Young, new and afraid.

By kate88 Latest Reply 2013-02-28 19:45:22 -0600
Started 2013-02-21 09:39:02 -0600

Hi, I am new here I am 25 next week and just fond out I have type 2. I knew deep down in my heart that I had it but I was stupid and didn't go see the doctor. I dont have insurance and last night I ended up in the er because I was having pains and I walked out with this. I am really frustrated and scared. I am mad at myself and I feel super low…I am just at a loss. I have no idea where to start and what to do. With out insurance I feel screwed.

14 replies

melinaroselynn 2013-02-28 19:45:22 -0600 Report

Try going to a clinic and see if they can help you with you meter and test strips. Also exercise and ear healthy not a lot of carbs and stay away from sugary drinks.

Mikeal72 2013-02-25 21:24:00 -0600 Report

Even without insurance, you will be just fine. It's not a panacea, thats for sure. I am 34 and was diagnosed with type 1 less than 6 months ago. I understand everything you are going through. Try to do your best and it all work itself out. It helps to join in the conversations here to learn and contribute!

pixsidust 2013-02-25 05:14:02 -0600 Report

I understand the pain. You grieve the loss of yourself. As stated below some meds are affordable its $10 for 90 days though. Even with insurance you won't find cheaper

tabby9146 2013-02-22 17:58:29 -0600 Report

don't be afraid it can be managed and controlled, won't happen over night, but it will happen. I read what the others have said, not much I can add to it, maybe there are free classes near you or low cost ones? I hope so. that is one of the best things you can do, and go to the ADA site and get info ,and from here too. Welcome to DC!

Mair 2013-02-22 15:56:02 -0600 Report

Hello Kate,

Please don't be afraid of this. You are at the right spot for support and education about diabetes. people have been wonderful here. The best place I have found for help in the beginning is the american diabetes association. They can guide you via their information and programs.

Mz Tara
Mz Tara 2013-02-21 22:02:44 -0600 Report

Hi Kate. One thing that will benefit you online is the "diabetic exchange list" It gives you a very helpful overview of different food items and how many carbs they hold. For example: 1 slice of bread is 15 carbs. You should use "wheat" products instead of white. When I was diagnosed I didn't have insurance either and I started out on insulin (I'm a type 2 also). The clinic I went to had a program that provided me with free 6 month supplies of both insulins I was on (I am now on oral medication) It's hard work, but you can do it. It only makes you healthier. Good luck to you and I hope this helps.

lisanc2005 2013-02-21 21:38:43 -0600 Report

I am 25 years old as well. I did actually just join this site. I have type 2 diabetes. I finally figured out on my own that I had Type 2 diabetes. My dad has Type 2 diabetes as well. But he isn't on meds or anything. He is very active at work and he watches what he eats so he has no meds or anything. And he isn't out of shape or anything. Myself on the other hand I am over weight. Although since starting meds for diabetes I have lost 56 pounds in a year and a half. It actually took a year to loose 54 pounds. Nothing really to be afraid of. I was the same way at first. I was like OMG what do I do about this and that and what does this mean and what are they talking about and all that… Really Once you check your sugar and stuff like they tell you… You will get used to it after a few weeks and then you will get to where you know when your sugar is high and when it isn't… And actually when I first started taking the Metformin I was told to take it twice a day. With breakfast and dinner… I did to start with and then I just started taking it in the mornings unless I went out to eat and ate something that people who are diabetic should try to stay away from then I would take it at dinner. But I mean health wise it has a positive impact. I mean you start feeling better. Your body gets rid of more sugar so you will start loosing some weight… Not sure if you are over weight or not but it makes you feel a lot better just from loosing weight… Then your body will be able to fight the sugar off more…

Just look at it this way. You have just taken the step to opening a door to a bright and new beginning.

Also not sure of your situation but you may be like I am. I went I was diagnosed and I was in your feet scared worried trying to stay serious and not let him see my nerves were now on the edge and all that… And he told me. Insulin is the part that you don't want to get to. Eat more vegetables, salads. If you like salad eat a salad with every meal it helps digest things better… IDK for some reason… And try to stay away from starches… Loose some weight get your sugar under control and you are young enough that you can do all this and you won't have to take the medicine anymore.

So I mean have a positive outlook. I thought this is going to be impossible. I have tried to loose weight different ways for years it isn't going to happen… But it has. I mean i still have a way to go but I feel better now just that I have lost weight and now that I know I can eat this or that. And you know maybe I can eat a little of this but not too much… ETC…

GrammieMags 2013-02-21 17:03:44 -0600 Report

In my area a chain local everything store gives the metformin for free. There is a diabetic supply store here that specializes in diabetes, if there is one in your area they would be a world of advice and information.

Talk to the doctor's office ahead of time. Tell them of the diagnosis and your non insurance. My office charges me a lower rate for non insurance than for insurance, because their overhead costs are reduced. I can also pay some of it every month.

The Social Services office is a good resource.

I have found the articles on DC to be accurate. I read online first, and the information I read agreed with what the professionals told me.

Welcome, and congratulations. You will be surprised at how healthy you will be and what you can actually accomplish when you are healthy!

ShellyLargent 2013-02-21 14:41:17 -0600 Report

Welcome to DC! There are so many people here with such good advice. No question is off limits!

I'm not sure which medications you are on, but Walmart has quite a few of the oral diabetes medications available for $4 or $9. See the list below. A 30 day supply is $4 and a 90 day supply is $9, no insurance is required. Glucose meters and testing strips are relatively cheaper at Walmart too. They carry the ReliOn brand. I've used their meters and strips for a few years and have never had any issues with them. You can get a meter for about $8 - $10 and strips for significanlty less than the name brands. If your doctor gives you a free meter and it's one of the name brands, you can contact the mfg. and most of them have savings plans for their strips.

I hope this helps. The best thing to do is to talk with your doctor and get a game plan in place so that you don't feel so in-over-your-head. Good luck and God bless!

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Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-02-21 11:39:02 -0600 Report

First do not be mad at yourself. Diabetes can happen to anyone at any age. You have to educate yourself. You can go to Wal-Mart and purchase a meter and test strips and ask the pharmacist to teach you how to use it. If you buy a Bayer Contour Meter, you can go the the Bayer website and get a card that allows you to buy test strips at a reduced rate.

Depending on your income or if you are unemployed, you may be able to qualify for Medicaid. Go to your local Social Services office and apply. Contact your State and Local Health Departments to find out if they have programs that will help you. My state has the Primary Adult Care program to help people with no insurance and it is based on income.

Depending on where you live, you may have health clinics that provide service on a sliding fee scale. You will need proof of income. Contact local homeless shelters and ask if they have names of those clinics that may be able to help you. At the same time check local hospitals to see if they have a diabetes education class. Most of those are free and you will get all kinds of information.

Finally, diabetes is not the end of your life, it is the beginning to becoming healthier. Diabetes requires you to eat healthy meals and exercise. The key is to control your diabetes and not let it control you. Good luck.

kate88 2013-02-21 13:29:05 -0600 Report

Thank you for the information. Hearing this makes me feel a ton better. You are right I do need education on this so far my only education is what I read online and some online places give you very different information. I guess I have my work cut out for me. I hope this gets easier.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-02-21 19:44:04 -0600 Report

Kate be careful with what you read online. Not everything is accurate. As you learn what foods to eat, what foods will raise your blood sugars, how to eat and test, things will be so much easier for you. Just because you are diabetic doesn't mean you can't still have fun and be all you can be in life. Don't worry you are not alone and worrying causes stress and stress can mess with your blood sugar as well as other problems.

Nick1962 2013-02-21 14:16:03 -0600 Report

Joyce is right on there Kate. Don't worry, it does get a lot easier. Depending on just "how diabetic" you are, it could easily be only as life altering as putting in contacts in the morning. In fact i have more trouble with my contacts.

davidhogan 2013-02-21 10:01:50 -0600 Report

Good for you for coming here. Educate yourself and keep an open mind. Try to find out here and through your local health department if there are any programs or assistance for those without insurance for diabetics. Keep looking and REMEMBER that there are many things you CAN do that are simply lifestyle changes that REALLY make a difference such as healthy eating, watching carbs, exercise and more, BUT DO try to get professional medical assistance through what I mentioned and further education. Hang in there and good for you for asking!