I am new to this

By Determined49 Latest Reply 2013-01-14 16:43:45 -0600
Started 2013-01-08 08:17:13 -0600

I was diagnosis with Type 2 diabetes 1 month ago and this whole thing is a bit scary. I received a phone call after having routine blood work done from my physical. It was all done over the phone I was told that i had type 2 and needed to start taking 500mg metformin once a day for 3 months and come back and be retested to see if it is managed that was it. So here I am totally oblivious to this thing, I started researching and found this site. I felt that I need a support system other than my family who has no idea of what i am dealing with. No one in my family has diabetes. Should i go out an get a monitor to test my levels everyday? I have read that diet and exercise can help. Can someone give me some pointers.

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Lakeland 2013-01-14 16:43:45 -0600 Report

my neighbors doctor told him he was diabetic but didn't give him a tester & I just don't get how you can control something if you don't know where you are, but maybe you are borderline diabetic. or maybe the meds they gave you are spiking your sugars & they want metformin to regulate it & they want to retest later.

when I first got diabetes I took a couple of classes. for the class they told me to take my sugar before I ate & then 2 hours after. the told me to make me meal around the carb, if I want bread then skip pasta & dessert, if I want dessert then skip pastas & bread. always try to pick a carb that has a fiber number of 4 or higher. I use sandwich thins for my breads, I use fiber one bars for my candy fix, I use lots of diet jello for a dessert fix.

what I found fun was taking the blood sugars after the meal, we were to write everything down & the write the blood sugar numbers down, I found it fun to see how much different foods spike my sugar, fruit for me really spikes my sugars & cerials really spike my sugars, I only learned that because I took my sugars so oftern, it cost me alot of money in test strips but now, I only test 1 time a day.

I'm surprised you didn't get a monitor, because if I"m 130 & take a walk I can drop that to below 100, but I know that now because of all the testing & record keeping I did.

best wishes, i hope something I wrote will be helpful

shortysmalls 2013-01-13 19:00:52 -0600 Report

can go onto dlife or webmd for information. You need to get with your doctor or a diabetic educator to get the information you need. finding out over the phone …well…its just not normal. and just giving you meds and not explaining anything…weather to test or not…nothing is not good. and yes diet and exercise does help…but the diet part is where the diabetic educator comes in. she can give all info you need as well as dlife, webmd and DC. I know when I was diagnosed 7 yrs ago, sugar was over 250!! sent me to a diabetic educator in which got a diet plan for me to follow and was suggested a meter to use and how often to test. You do the type of exercise you like… I prefer wealking but that is up to you/ and would see bout getting another doctor as well. but just take one thing at a time…you will be fine… Let me know how you are doing

jayabee52 2013-01-14 03:24:25 -0600 Report

actually shorty I have heard several Dx stories about getting the news over the phone. In fact, my friend who was Dx'd last summer got the initial news on the telephone (I was there when she got the news). Of course I encouraged her to get an appointment ASAP to talk to Dr about it.

Outreach Mountain
Outreach Mountain 2013-01-09 23:28:44 -0600 Report

Determined 49, I know how you feel I didn't have any idea how to deal with diabetes when I was told I had diabetes and truthfuly I'm still learning and I just found this site and it was God sent for me to find it for I have know support either. I just joined a few days ago and I have hopes my new friends will help me (praise God) I have faith God will do what I can't do but I do have to do my part. Well I got on here to tell you that there is a free meter my drug store gave me since I'm moving and left mine at the other house it come with 10 free stripa but the good news is the strips are like $25.00 for I think??? 50 stest strips I will let you know in a few days what the name of it is I'm at the old place I'm moving from I'm slow moving cause of health issues that has come up these past few weeks. I will keep you in my prayers. God bless and I pray your next A1C level is perfect. I know changing how we eat is hard I have to do it also and I love my creammer and suger in my only cup of coffee a day but I was told to stop that as well as alot of other foods. This will be hard but worth it I am a grandma as of 3/22/12 and I want to live to see him raised.

Determined49 2013-01-09 11:03:54 -0600 Report

Hi everyone,
Thanks so much for your input, finding this site was a God send. The helpfulness of everyone is overwhelmingly Good!! I did get my meter, test strips are expensive but nevertheless its needed. I also started my food log. @Just Joyce I am going to do the spread sheet on excel I am always on the computer so that will work for me. Again I just want to thank everyone you guys rock!!

Leslie S
Leslie S 2013-01-09 06:39:48 -0600 Report

I'm also curious why the doctor hasn't requested to SEE you instead of telling you over the phone. If you can't afford/insurance doesn't cover the diabetes classes, I would at least see a dietician. That's who gave me my monitor for free.

We're always here if you questions. :)

mississippipj 2013-01-09 02:15:02 -0600 Report

Hello I am also new to this I thought i should find a support grout of some sort an talk about my health issues. i have been diagniose with diabetic i am now on medformin 1000 twice a day i also have pasorisiform dermatisi i have no ideal how i got this but it hurst really bad . at times i can't walk but i have not given up i thought about it but by the grace of god i am still here.

CaliKo 2013-01-08 12:28:28 -0600 Report

Welcome to the site. I always suggest taking classes from a Certified Diabetes Educator if you have access to such a service. Many hospitals offer the classes and many insurance companies will at least pay part of the cost. You can research and get all the information, too, but it's a lot of work. The classes will give you the information you need and personalize a meal plan for your particular needs. We are all very different in what we can eat, how much and when. This site is a great resource, too, with so many experienced and knowledgeable people. I'm glad you found it quickly. Good luck!

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-01-08 12:06:52 -0600 Report

Hi Determined welcome to the DC family. First we have to get you past the scary point. Once you gain control and learn what you should be doing, you will find that it isn't as scary as you think it is.

People who do not have diabetes really don't understand what it takes being a diabetic. You have to educate them. Just don't overload them with information. If they choose to learn they will ask questions. If they have no interest, let it go. You can't educate anyone about something unless they are interested.

If you look at the ads on this site there is an ad for a free meter. I applied and got one. You can get them at Wal-Mart cheap. The test strips is what cost the most money. Call your doctors office and see if they have meters to give to patients. I have one that I carry with me all the time and a back up.

Start a food journal. I did mine on the computer in an excel spreadsheet. I did columns for date, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, carbs, calories and test results. This will help you monitor what you eat and your test results. Your meter will come with a log book for your testings. Take this to your doctors at all visits.

Write down all your questions you have for your doctor and take them with you. The hardest part is changing your eating habits. You have to learn how to read labels and carb counts. Stay away from processed foods as much as possible. To help you, start measuring your food so that you can get the right portion sizes.

No matter what do not stress over this, stress can have an effect on your sugar levels. Sign up for dlife.com it comes with tons of information and recipes. The next time you are in a store look for Diabetic Living Magazine. It has wonderful articles and delicious recipes. You can do this. Good luck to you.

jimLE 2013-01-08 13:24:50 -0600 Report

i joined dlife.com and i like what i see there so far..and it looks like that thier well informed of things.which is real great..

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-01-08 14:38:01 -0600 Report

I love the site. So many interesting articles and the information seems to be current.

jayabee52 2013-01-08 14:44:44 -0600 Report

I too love this site! Dlife is OK but I think DC is the primo site on the internet regarding diabetes.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-01-08 20:15:42 -0600 Report

I actually prefer dlife for up to date information. DC isn't bad I just prefer dlife. I joined that long before I knew about DC and that is where I got a lot of good information.

jimLE 2013-01-08 11:37:29 -0600 Report

howdy Determined49 and welcome to the group and family..
like Pynetree said.your dr might have what you need to get started with.and insureance might at least cover some of it if not all of it.my mom has medi care n all which dont quiet cover every thing.so she finally got onto the cba program through A Pineywoods. Texas Home Health Care.i dont know what type of home health care there is where you live.but you might want to look into that cba program.they pay for every thing she needs.which includes meds and other things as well.she even has a hov around scooter thats covered by it.

byrun 2013-01-08 09:43:52 -0600 Report

Hopefully they informed you to take the Metformin with a meal. You will probably be seeing your doctor and doing blood tests every 3 months for the first year. Which is a good thing as it will also give you a much better picture of how well you are managing your blood sugars. I was diagnosed 18 months ago with an A1c of 15.2 and my last test came in at 5.4. For the last 6 months we agreed to reduce my metformin from 2-500mg per day to 1-500 mg per day. Diet and exercise has helped tremendously. You made a great choice by joining our family. I know that I have learned so much about living with diabetes from the people here. Again, my friend…Welcome!!!!

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-01-08 14:41:08 -0600 Report

I agree with you metformin should be taken with a meal. You have done a fantastic job in reducing your numbers. I have been on 1-500 mg per day since I was diagnosed. Hard work and determination pays off.

MAYS 2013-01-08 09:41:53 -0600 Report

Welcome to the family!
Diabetes can be a serious health issue but YOU can manage it and live a healthy, happy, productive life, it's all up to you!

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If i can be of any help to you, please feel free to contact me at any time, meanwhile please explore the site, make some friends, enjoy the videos and the very informative articles and discussions, make yourself at home, after all you are family!


Determined49 2013-01-08 09:07:17 -0600 Report

Thanks so much for the responses, I am going to go out an get a BG meter today. And start tracking my levels and food intake. This is not going to be easy for me since I do love snacks. I have been restraining from indulging in my usual's because of the fear of not knowing what it is doing to me. This has been very frustrating. I know changing my diet is a very important factor. I was just going cold turkey and it is killing me lol!!

Pynetree 2013-01-08 09:53:05 -0600 Report

Hey Determined49…Welcome and good luck. Did you ask your Dr. if he/She has blood glucose meters to give out? The Manufacturers give them to the Dr.'s to give to Patients, so they will then use their brand of strips. Find out if your Insurance covers the cost, or part of the cost. If you are not supplied with a meter…ask your pharmacist which meters have the best price for the strips. The strips.. use one each time you test, is what gets expensive. There are some good basic meters that have the more resonable cost for the strips.
Check the county or state Diabetes Association, and they should have great getting started info packets to send you.

Nick1962 2013-01-08 09:20:55 -0600 Report

You're starting off right, no need to overreact though, this doesn't need to be painful. Get your meter and we'll go from there.

Nick1962 2013-01-08 08:53:01 -0600 Report

Welcome to our little family! You’ve certainly come to the right place.
Like many of us here, your doctor seems to have sent you out in the world of diabetes with little information. Mine just handed me a meter and told me to test. Every doctor has their preferred treatment method, but this is something you do need to gather your own education about, because it is unique to you.

Good news, for many (like me) simply changing your diet – sometimes not by much – can easily make this a non-issue. There are those cases that medications (like Metformin) are the only answer though. In any case, we’ll help you through it.

Buying a meter wouldn’t hurt, it will help you understand just where you are and what you need to do. It’ll help you (and us) to determine just “how diabetic” you are.

My personal goal has always been to be medication free as long as possible (I didn’t take well to Metformin), and I’ve been successful now for over 5 years. This wasn’t a life ending diagnosis for me, but more of a wake-up call that has made my health and life a whole lot better.

In the next three months, start a food journal of everything you eat throughout the day and at what times. If you do purchase a meter, this will be crucial to understanding just what is causing your BG (blood glucose) numbers and how to treat them if you can. And by all means, come here and ask questions, search through existing posts, and just get to know folks.

I’m sure as others here chime in you’ll get a lot more suggestions that I haven’t thought about, so welcome to the club. Sorry you qualify, but glad you’re here!

jayabee52 2013-01-08 09:17:26 -0600 Report

To try to manage Diabetes Mellitus (DM) with out the use of a meter is like attempting to navigate from New York to San Francisco without reference to a map. It can be done, but many mistakes may be made along the way.

Nick1962 2013-01-08 09:33:43 -0600 Report

No question about that James. I am a bit puzzled why her doctor hadn’t recommended or given her one. Judging by the Met dosage, perhaps he felt as though it may not be severe enough to deal with tracking.

jayabee52 2013-01-08 08:52:30 -0600 Report

Howdy Deternined!

I would get a blood glucose (BG) meter. Logging your BG levels over the 3 months will do a couple things: 1, give you a feeling of how you are doing day to day. 2, will give you an idea of what foods/drinks to avoid to keep your BGs in check. also if you present your Dr with your logbook it will signal to your Dr that you are serious about managing your diabetes.

There is much more I could say about what you could and should do, but I don't want to overwhelm you. Also once folks know this discussion is here, I am sure they'll have their own suggestions for you as well.

So ask any questions which may come to you, either here in this discussion or in a new discussion.

Praying God's richest blessings be upon you and yours always.

James Baker

CJ55 2013-01-08 09:10:31 -0600 Report

Good Morning James… Great advice for you as well. Have a great day !! Hugz

CJ55 2013-01-08 09:27:29 -0600 Report

James… Of Course "From You".. LOL.. You always have great advice. You are very knowledgeable and understanding to others feelings and you don't judge people. I always welcome your opinions.