Terrified

Jma80
By Jma80 Latest Reply 2013-03-30 23:34:55 -0500
Started 2013-03-26 23:39:59 -0500

My doc left me a message today saying i was prediabetic and that all i had to do was diet/exercise and repeat A1C in 6 months…
Im terrified!!!

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19 replies

locarb
locarb 2013-03-30 23:34:55 -0500 Report

We were all there once. Further, each one of us have our own unique fears on occasion based on how we are managing this condition. I can tell you that I am healthier today that I was when I was diagnosed 2 1/2 years ago. I exercise four days a week, eat healthy and I am in better physical condition that I have been for many, many years.

Having said that, I developed a kidney stone and am scheduled for surgery next week. There is no evidence there is a relationship between that and my diagnosis, we can have different or unrelated health issues at any time.

At least I know that once I recover from surgery, I'll be back to living a healthier, more active life than I did prior to this diagnosis.

Please don't be afraid. The more you know, the less you will fear.

Best of luck to you.

Tony5657
Tony5657 2013-03-28 16:14:49 -0500 Report

Another book recommendation: "Stop Prediabetes Now" by Jack Challem. I found it at alibris.com for $4, shipping included.

Tony5657 in New Braunfels, TX

old biker
old biker 2013-03-28 15:07:55 -0500 Report

There is a book you might want to look into called Prediabetes for dummies by Allen Rubin MD. You can find it on Amazon, I wish I had read it 13 years ago when I was in my prediabetic stage.. It should answer most of your questions and what isn't covered in the book you can always find the answer here

Miss_Teal
Miss_Teal 2013-03-28 12:08:22 -0500 Report

I was able to bring my numbers A1C down with Weight Watchers and daily exercise. Every 10 pounds makes a difference when your pre-diabetic. It's scary when you are told I remember. WW teaches more a life style then dieting. I can recommend exericise DVDs as well - I love collagevideo.com you can view them before purchasing. If you are a beginner Walk away the pounds is great as it's walking in place. Or just go for a 30 min walk with an ipod. Anyway my point is diet/exercise kept me below the diabetic number.

KG66
KG66 2013-03-28 10:57:56 -0500 Report

My mom is also prediabetic. She is on the Paleo diet along with the rest of my family! So far everyone is doing good on it!

Gabby
GabbyPA 2013-03-28 20:23:28 -0500 Report

Will you guys adopt me? I want to do that, but the rest of the family would never go along. We have tried it on smaller scales, but it ends up being a battle.

KG66
KG66 2013-03-29 13:45:05 -0500 Report

Haha! My family has found it pretty easy. My mom doesn't want to completely remove bread products from my diet but I still eat the meals they do and I find they make me full really fast!

Jma80
Jma80 2013-03-27 20:28:37 -0500 Report

Has anyone tried weight watchers???

KG66
KG66 2013-03-29 13:46:05 -0500 Report

I was on weight watchers when I was younger and it mostly only helped me with portions. I didn't have much luck on that diet but I have seen it work for others! :)

diabetic diva 1975
diabetic diva 1975 2013-03-27 19:59:03 -0500 Report

You should take the dr's orders and change your diet and if your not exercising to start doing so. I got the same diagnosis and 20 yrs later I'm insulin resistant I guess. If you can do it without meds that's the best way. Good luck.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2013-03-27 19:33:22 -0500 Report

Don't you just love that bed side manner?

Don't be terrified. Well, it's okay to be terrified, but don't let it stop you in your tracks. There is a lot of great information here and many people who will support you along the way. We hold hands, have shoulders to cry on and long listening ears. We are here for you.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2013-03-27 14:07:47 -0500 Report

For a whole lotta people (both those diagnosed pre-diabetic and as having diabetes) their are foods that usually cause blood glucose problems. Most of the foods to avoid seem to be white, such as white bread, potatoes, rice, pasta, white wheat flour seem to be among the worst. Oh, and most forms of sugar. But by just cutting down on the amounts and or cutting them out can really help.
Even if the Dr. didn't tell you to test your BG (blood glucose), you might want to. Walmart seems to have the lowest cost house brand of test strips. Knowing what your BG is before and after eating sure helps you make progress in learning which foods don't cause spikes. Sometimes what we think is healthy our bodies don't handle. For me healthy oatmeal is a quarenteed high BG reading. Other people can eat it. I can eat carrots, others try and up goes their BG.
Depending on your fitness level, exercise can be just walking a little more to jogging, or using fitness equipment. I spent most of the 1st year after being diagnosed confined to bed, so limited walking was my best exercise option, it seemed to help.
The first terrifing days get better as you learn what works for you.

Jma80
Jma80 2013-03-27 13:15:51 -0500 Report

Thanks guys i really appreciate the support. So i dont even know the first thing about dieting or exercise. Help please!!!

Nick1962
Nick1962 2013-03-27 13:37:59 -0500 Report

We usually start be keeping a food journal. Writing down what we eat, how much and when. If you can afford to test often, we do that too to see what foods do what to our blood glucose numbers (BG’s). You can take this as far as you want, and it gives you a good picture of what food does what to you, where you could cut or eliminate and so on. Doesn’t have to be permanent, I took about 12 weeks before I got a good diet figured out.
We read food labels a lot to check for things like carbs and sugars. Cutting down on those makes a big difference and you might only have to make a few changes depending on age, weight and lifestyle.
This condition is really personal to just you because we all have/had different goals to achieve. Others here will have some good suggestions, and by all means ask questions, even if you think they’re stupid. This is only as big a mountain as you want to make it, and the bigger you make it, the harder the climb over. We’ll help on the climb.

Nick1962
Nick1962 2013-03-27 08:02:57 -0500 Report

Don’t be terrified. Like Tony below, I was just handed a meter and was told I’m diabetic (T2). Wasn’t even told the diet and exercise part. Started seeing my doctor 4x/year (now only 2x), found a good diet and I’m in better shape now than I’ve ever been and loving life. No sign of the diabetes anymore either.
Hand around here and we’ll get you fixed up in no time.

dwane30
dwane30 2013-03-28 13:33:07 -0500 Report

Hey nick
I when throw the same thing too . I find out in 2002 I have dietabetes but the doctors was not sure I was t1 02 t2

Tony5657
Tony5657 2013-03-27 04:51:39 -0500 Report

Hi Jma80,

I received pretty much the same information from my Dr. He said I was heading for diabetes and prescribed some pills, not even mentioning diet, exercise and other helps. I didn't have the prescriptions filled and chose to do research and I'm OK now, not diabetic. :o) This site has been such a great help to me, as I'm sure it will be for you. There are lots of wonderful, helpful people here.

But, you still should listen to your Dr. and let him/her check you out. Hopefully your Dr. gave you some helpful information.

I just went to your profile and requested that we become "friends" here on this site. That way we can share information directly via our "in boxes" and when we receive a new message from a "friend/member", we get a notification in our main email account. I use Yahoo for mine & when I go to my Yahoo email account, I can see if a Diabetic Connection (DC) friend sent me a message OR you can just log into this site and see the same thing.

Tony5657 in New Braunfels, TX looking forward to sharing info. with you

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