Newly Diagnosed & feeling a bit overwhelmed!

By smurfysuzi Latest Reply 2013-03-21 19:50:19 -0500
Started 2013-02-24 19:49:12 -0600

I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes on February 21st. I have since been carb counting and trying to get my blood sugar levels under control with the help of metformin. I know that my sugar levels won't even out right away, but I'm feeling overwhelmed and discouraged. I ate fewer carbs and sugars today than I did yesterday, but my levels are higher today. I know that it's only been 4 days now, but I feel like I'm losing. I feel like I'll never get my blood sugar stabilized.
I know people who have gotten their levels stabilized and have gotten off medicine completely, but no one ever says how long it takes to do that. I feel like I'm doing something wrong. I am trying very hard to keep my carb count at or below 40g per meal and 15g per snack, but my levels haven't dropped very quickly. I am managing to keep it under 200, but I … I guess I just expected a sudden stabilizing.
I know this is long and rambling, but I am feeling very overwhelmed and frustrated tonight and needed to express it, before I give in a reach the snickers bar that's calling my name.

19 replies

smurfysuzi 2013-03-20 21:00:55 -0500 Report

It'll be a month tomorrow since I've been diagnosed. I feel very proud of myself that I have gotten my BG levels almost stable. They are now varying between 113 and 144, usually closer to 125. I am sticking to my new way of eating (I refuse to call it a diet). I have found tons of snacks and other foods that satisfy my sweet tooth without containing too many carbs. I am getting lots of encouragement from friends and family as well as lots of tips from them.
My mood has been a lot better since I realized how ridiculous that I was being expecting to control this in just a few days. By eating healthier and taking better care of myself I am just generally feeling better, I sleep better at night, and i have more energy than I've had since high school. I also have gotten down to my high school weight (which unfortunately isn't that low) and am still losing.

I appreciate all the comments and support from everyone here.

GabbyPA 2013-03-21 19:48:39 -0500 Report

This is what I love to hear. I am very proud of you and the changes you have made to get here. It's amazing how much better we feel when we are doing good things for our bodies. Keep up the good work!

Mz Tara
Mz Tara 2013-02-28 12:11:04 -0600 Report

It took me 6 months to get my sugars stabilized (I am also T2) and more than a year to gain some of the weight back that I'd lost (I was down to 126 lbs at 5'7) …at first I was devastated and had to use insulin (long and short acting) in order to even get to the point where my blood wasn't toxic anymore. Even though I have never been really big on sugar, I remember chewing a piece of soft candy, spitting it out and rinsing my mouth out with water, so as not to swallow any sugar… by any means necessary I was going to BEAT my bg levels and bring them down to normal. I ate lots of nuts and berries in place of snacks and carbs (breads and the such) … lots of salads or just raw vegetables (baby carrots and cantaloupe were my favorites). I too had to count EVERY SINGLE THING I PUT INTO MY MOUTH… I went to the dollar store and purchased dry and liquid measures… checked my bg levels after every meal … and in about 6 months I was off insulin and on oral medication. I am still taking oral meds because I have not incorporated enough exercise into my daily routine, but that's my next step. I like you would like to be med free… it just takes dedication and determination. You'll be fine. Welcome to the world of diabetes :) And just to give you a time frame … I was diagnosed mid 2011 … it took me 6 months to be free of insulins (I was on two: humalog and lantus) and a year 1/2 to gain some weight back … it took careful and precise planning. You can do it… you are in charge…

Lentyl 2013-02-25 14:54:34 -0600 Report

You are beginning a life-long process and it will take time to settle into a routine which, from time to time, will need to be readjusted. Everyone here has that happen. Since you are very new to this health issue don't get discouraged. It will take time. Please, be patient with yourself, and how you are learning. Don't compare yourself to anyone else. You'll stress yourself and that won't help to reduce your BG numbers. Each person is unique and have unique responses.

Kirla 2013-02-25 12:02:08 -0600 Report

You might want to cut the carbs to maybe 25-30 grams per meal or less and maybe 5 per snack. Peanuts, walnuts, almonds and sunflower seeds all make good snacks and they shouldn't raise your blood sugar much. Temporary stopping to eat any foods made with flour or grains might help also. Potatoes will spike most people a couple of hundred points so cutting them out for a while might help with controlling your blood sugar. Corn and peas are some other foods that will spike peoples blood sugar.

Most meats like chicken, fish, turkey, beef and pork shouldn't spike your blood sugar. Just keep serving size to about 3-4 oz’s per serving. Eggs are also low carb so having an egg once in a while should be ok also.

Most green vegetables are low carb. Cauliflower is also good to eat. I try and limit most vegetables to ½ to 1 cup per serving at a time. I once ate about 4 cups of broccoli, which resulted in spiking my blood sugar. Sometimes too much of a good thing isn't good either.

I now balance my meals with some meat and vegetables. I found that balancing carbs with some fat and protein helped a lot with my blood sugar control.

By cutting carbs to about 30-40 grams per day and cutting out starchy carbs or most products which contained more than 5-6 net carbs per serving, it took about 4-6 weeks for my blood sugar to approach normal numbers. By following a strict diet I have been able to quit all meds and have had great blood sugar control for over 4 years now. Most people will take longer to learn to control their blood sugar.

Testing your meals with a blood sugar meter is a great way to see how what you ate, did to your blood sugar. Testing before and 1 or 2 hours after eating you should be able to see how much your blood sugar is spiking after eating. I found that cutting carbs helped a lot with keeping my blood sugar spikes to a minimum.

Walmart sells meters and strips. Most states you can buy over the counter. For about 30 dollars you should have enough supplies to test all your meals for a week. After a couple of weeks you should have a pretty good idea, how what foods affect your blood sugar and you can cut back on testing. After you get your blood sugar under control you will only have to test a few times a day. I found that testing a different meal each day, worked pretty good in seeing how I’m controlling my blood sugar.

I found that following a low carb diet worked great for me. Most people I know of that was able to learn to control their blood sugar with diet and exercise and get off meds, did it following a lower carb diet.

This is what I usually post for new people. Its what helped me. It may or may not help you, but should give you some things to think about. If your BMI is over 30 losing weight will also help.

Feb 2009 I was diagnosed with a fasting blood sugar of 366 and A1C of 14.1. Started to eat a salad every day at supper. Also started to eat lots of low carb vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, cucumbers, spinach, pickles and sauerkraut. Started to drink 8+ glasses of water every day.

I then bought a meter and started to test my blood sugar before and after each meal. At first I was testing 2 hours after each meal and when my numbers dropped a lot I started testing 1 hour after meals. I was testing 5-7 times a day. I cut back or eliminated foods that spiked my blood sugar more than 50 points after eating.

By testing I found that foods like bread and most foods made of grains along with pasta, rice, corn, potatoes, oatmeal, cereals, chips, crackers, cakes, cookies, candy, soda, fruits, fruit juices, milk and most foods that contain more than 5-6 net carbs per serving as found on the package label all spiked my blood sugar. Some people can cut back on these foods and some people like me have to stop eating them.

After about 6-8 weeks my blood sugar readings were almost normal levels.

I found by reducing and eliminating high carb starchy foods helped me a lot. By adding small amounts of chicken, beef, pork or a hard boiled egg to my meals helped reduce blood sugar spikes also.

Good luck

Lentyl 2013-02-25 14:48:41 -0600 Report

Excellent advice kirla. I had to cut out all grains to get down to a somewhat decent diet plan. Actually low carbs seems the only way for me at least.

GabbyPA 2013-03-21 19:50:19 -0500 Report

I am the same way. I am working now on cutting out wheat carbs nearly 100%. Those really seem to cause me cravings and keep me in carb mode. Eating really almost no carbs at all is the only way to keep my numbers on target.

GabbyPA 2013-02-25 00:22:58 -0600 Report

Metformin takes time to kick in and your body may take time to get lower. Too often, we don't know what our numbers were before we started a treatment plan, so you may be lower now than you would have been normally. So don't give up. Keep on doing what is right and it will pay off in the end.

manapua72 2013-02-24 23:37:50 -0600 Report

No it wouldn't mean you were insulin dependent … There are many oral meds ( pills ) that help the body to use the insulin are pancreas makes or gets our pancreas to make more insulin …when these meds no longer work then yes a type may need injections then becoming insulin dependent . Also sometimes the pancreas of a type two has just been making such high amounts of insulin that it gets worn out and it stops making insulin … Then that person would be insulin dependent … Using insulin a little while would not make you insulin dependent … You just found out you were diabetic … Unless the doctor thinks its really serious they'll likely have you try numerous pills first … Then again I guess you could ask your doctor for insulin and tell him or her why you want it and see what doc has to say about it … Sounds like u are off to a good start counting carbs and taking your meds give it some time … Keep up the good work ..,. You'll find many awesome supportive people here … Hope you get your #'s down soon …

Harlen 2013-02-24 21:19:33 -0600 Report

Hello and welcome
Yep there's a lot of crap that go with having D it will take some time to get it down you mite ask your doc to help with a little insulin to get your #s done
Never give up
Best wishes

smurfysuzi 2013-02-24 21:26:06 -0600 Report

Thank you Harlen. Wouldn't my doctor giving me insulin to get my numbers down, make me insulin dependent?

jayabee52 2013-02-24 23:34:14 -0600 Report

no Suzi, it wouldn't.

I had been on Met. and when I developed kidney problems I was put on low doses of NPH insulin, injected 12 hrs apart.

Yet I am one of those who discovered that IF I eat very carefully, I could do without any diabetes meds at all. But since my diabetes had been established for a few years, it had settled down and there was no major problem with my Blood Glucose (BG) levels.

If you would be interested I could send you a link to my meal plan I developed at that time.


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