New To Diabetes, But Not To Illness

By pontufex Latest Reply 2012-09-28 12:04:44 -0500
Started 2012-09-26 07:46:41 -0500

9/1/12 I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, adding yet another brick to the ill health I've been suffering through for the past two years.
I was 30 when I was diagnosed with Congestive Heart Failure, Cardiomyopathy (Heart Death), Hypertension, and Early Stage Coronary Artery Disease. I knew the odds of having heart problems were against me since most of my family suffers from them and those who have past on did so because of those ailments, but to be 30 and a single father raising a teenage daughter alone I was at a loss.

When my doctor gave me the news that I had developed Type 2, I felt like my world was crushed. It's one thing to suffer from a bad ticker, but to throw all the concerns and risks of Diabetes into the mix was a whole new monster to deal with.
I can't express how grateful I am to have found this community! I've been lurking around for a couple weeks reading, learning, and trying to figure out what's best for me. It's slow going, but it's going. I look forward to gaining as much knowledge as I can, and figure out what works for me and works against.

Thank You.

7 replies

awakening2health 2012-09-28 12:04:44 -0500 Report

Perhaps a tough pill to swallow - a plant based diet is likely best for all your conditions. Check out EAT to LIVE by Joel Fuhrman. Having adopted this way of eating as best I can (far from perfect)… I can say that it's really delicious and satisfying; surprisingly so really (since we're talking about a tremendous amount of green vegetable to start with). Salads really can be the main course! Over the last three months I've lost 34#! (I did eat a dog and some garlic fries at the ball game on Sunday and it was good, but it did not set off an orgy of junk food!)

mystikfairy61 2012-09-27 01:13:16 -0500 Report

Welcome to DC. I had the diabetes in my family as you did the heart problems so I understand how that feels to know something will most likely happen. But to add more to the mix feels like your body has turned on you. You have come to the right place for support. We are all here for the same reason, support and understanding. Learn all you can and ask questions of your support team, doctor, nutritionist and diabetic educator. Diabetes is a process and a journey we are all on.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2012-09-26 09:58:06 -0500 Report

Sometimes we complain about not having shoes, then we find a guy that doesn't have feet. Welcome. Wish I had some words of wisdom to offer, but the best I can do is to fight each battle the best you can. Is CHF inherited or is it something that runs in families because of family lifestyles and eating habits? I know a lot of my diabetic fight is from stuff that was suppose to be good for me isn't as good. My diet was heavy on grains, which means high in carbs. I ate potatoes, corn, peas, beans…now not so much. So I guess what I offer is this, look at your meals and totally revamp them if you must. My feeling is whatever you do for your heart will also help you with the diabetes. I did wear the shoes of raising 2 teenage daughters alone. It was not always easy, but it was always great. Wish you the best, Jim

pontufex 2012-09-26 11:30:17 -0500 Report

At first (when I learned of my heart problems) I was of course the one shouting from the mountain, "Why me!", but since then I've come to terms with it and adjusted my lifestyle accordingly, but those adjustments now are the exact opposite of what needs to be done to combat my diabetes…life's funny isn't it.

As for CHF, it depends on who you talk to as to whether or not it's inherited. My family doctor says it's a lifestyle issue, while my cardiologist says it a family trait. Neither opinion matters to me since I already have it

Since my heart diagnosis I've been on a cardiac diet that limits fat and sodium, but little mention of carbs, so I paid little attention to them until now since also being placed on a diabetic diet. It's taking some adjusting (I would kill for a loaf of fresh homemade bread :) ) but I'm adjusting, my daughter on the other had, that's a different story. She feels guilty for eating things around me that I can't have so she insists on sharing my diet. I know she doesn't like it, but I have to admire her for being willing to forgo the copious amounts of sugar,salt, and fats her peers enjoy.

Thank you for the warm welcome.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2012-09-26 12:11:04 -0500 Report

Ahhh a loaf of homemade bread…I can smell it now. Guess who has 3 breadmakers? I have been emailing my brother who is in the medical field. He says, it depends on who you talk to. He thinks it is not inherited. If you were plucked from your parents at birth and raised in a foreign country, you probably would not have developed CHF, especially at an early age. He also thinks it is controllable/reversible by strict diet and regular exercise, provided that not a tremendous amount of damage has not already been done. Limiting fats & sodium is good for the diabetic diet as well. The carbs are tough. I am 58. Most mornings of my life have started with a bowl of cereal. Most lunches had bread. Most suppers had potatoes. My cereal, mind you, was usually whole grain, like shreadded wheat, my breads were rarely white, my potatoes usually baked.
To your daughter I send a wrap around hug from her virtual Pop-Pop. You have to be proud of her for her suppot of you. You know what, this might be the best gift you could ever give to her. As a teen she would tend to gravitate to foods that are not healthy for her. Even staying away from the sugars, salts and fats while she is around you will benefit her. She is your daughter, so if CHF is inherited, life style or whatever, she will live longer and happier for it.
Family trait and lifestyle issues are the same to me. Your lifestyle is the family that you grew up in. If like mine, meat & grains made up most of the diet, while it should have been fruit and vegtables. I see some great changes in my own family. When my 5 year old grand daughter says, "Mom, can I have a snack?" My daughter says, "Sure. What do you want? Apple slices, bananna, celery sticks or carrot sticks?" Anika, "Do we have any strawberries or blueberries?"
There is no soda in the house. There is some candy to satisfy Dad's Snicker addiction. Suz makes sure that Anika and her 1 year old brother get outside playtime everyday, wither with Suz or with friends. TV and computer time are limited. Still I smell that bread…

pontufex 2012-09-27 10:05:47 -0500 Report

Oh the things I could do with three bread makers *drool*
I'm a carbohydrate fiend, give me bread and pasta, and I could eat myself into a blissful dream.

Without my daughter I doubt I would be here today. Just knowing she's there to lift me up when I'm down, or make me laugh when I'm sad, gives me ample reason to get out of bed in the mornings.

The funny thing is my niece and nephew use to love coming to my place to visit…uncle Ben always had the good food…now they dread when I ask them if the want a snack, but hey, if my situation can make an impression on them now, maybe down the road they'll make better decisions.

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