New To Diabetes (Type 2)

By JNA Latest Reply 2013-04-14 11:53:10 -0500
Started 2013-04-09 14:49:21 -0500

I myself have just joined the ranks of having Diabetes and struggling to grasp the implications and limitations as this came as a surprise… Being me, I fell that I can beat this with sheer will and determination… Trying to take in the need for medication (Medformin 500 mg 2X) as in my 55 years, I have been medication free…

Any help or direction would greatly be appreciated…

46 replies

srs1960 2013-04-14 11:53:10 -0500 Report

Hi I find low carbs are best high fiber foods as with anything exercise I am trying to get better at:)

Laurams 2013-04-13 21:11:58 -0500 Report

I,m 65 year young.I live in Fresno and they ( doctors ) say lose weigh .I won,t need to take shots.

Type1Lou 2013-04-12 11:46:06 -0500 Report

I've been a Type1 for 37 years and am now 64. Diabetes need not limit you…but, then again, I've never been involved in extreme sports where there may be limiting factors. Before moving to Florida, I was an active downhill skier and even won some recreational racing medals. I had a demanding career working 10 to 12 hour days with much travel involved before retiring. I never felt diabetes hindered me from achieving my goals.

I would advise you to learn as much as you can about diabetes. Managing our condition well is within every individual's power. We just need to know what to do, what works for us or doesn't, and make the right but sometimes hard decisions. In my case, it's following a low-carb diet. I'm able to maintain my weight at 120 lbs (I'm a 5'3" 64 year old female, moderately active) and keep my A1c in the 6's by limiting my carb grams to no more than 120 grams per day. (You will see much discussion on this and there is disagreement, even among the experts!…sheesh!) I do still need to increase my level and frequency of exercise. Several books that I might recommend are Suzy Cohen's "Diabetes Without Drugs" and Dr Richar Bernstein's "Diabetes Solution"

Many people here are very successfully dealing with their Type 2 and so can you! Welcome!

midgemills 2013-04-12 10:11:59 -0500 Report

I am new to this site and new to type 2 diabetes let me know how you are doing//Advice or suggestions maybe we can learn from one another

jayabee52 2013-04-12 16:50:11 -0500 Report

Midge, WELCOME to DC we certainly may learn from one another! Do you have a specific question for us to tackle?

Gingerbutterfly 2013-04-11 23:11:06 -0500 Report

I am 32 and diagnosed 7 years ago with type 2. I am on metformin 500mg 3 times a day and also Glyburide 5mg twice a day. I have been on some type of medication all my life as I have severe allergies and Asthma as well. Metformin is a good medicine to be on. Try to take it on a regular basis to keep sugars from spiking or dropping with it. Diet and exercise can really help too. I was able to come off of Novolog and Lantus insulin by adjusting my diet and losing some weight. Good luck to you. My mom will be 60 in June and is on Metformin twice a day. She was just diagnosed 2 years ago. Things will get better and easier for you.

Chopstix 2013-04-11 14:51:12 -0500 Report

Are you snacking between meals? And if so, what are you snacking upon? Some people have to have a snack between meals to make their pancreas, liver, etc. stay in check, so to speak. What about you chromium and magnesium levels? Not having enough of certain trace minerals and vitamins can cause your numbers, and that does include blood pressure, to be out whack. Make sure you discuss with you health provider what is going on. Don't be afraid to ask! If it seems crazy, ask any way.

JNA 2013-04-11 14:59:27 -0500 Report

Thanks and will eat a piece of fruit or some cheese if I get hungry… Way early into this journey so still trying to figure this out… Kind of frustrating and feel like a pin cushion…

PetiePal 2013-04-11 08:59:19 -0500 Report

Welcome to the club no one wants to be a part of! :)

Definitely up your daily walking level and see if you can improve sugars and weight loss. Weight loss and diet change will definitely help you get back on track.

JNA 2013-04-11 09:17:28 -0500 Report

Interestingly enough… I lost a ton of weight (I thought I was half way in shape)and muscle mass prior to being diagnosed and working the weights once again… I am also bike riding ten miles a day, watching my diet yet, the BG levels remain high (199)…

PetiePal 2013-04-11 10:07:45 -0500 Report

That's great! Sometimes the damage has been done though and our IR goes up way too much, exercise can actually spike glucose levels

jayabee52 2013-04-11 13:21:06 -0500 Report

What MAY be happening when one's BG (blood glucose) goes up upon heavy exercise, is one's insulin resistance goes down, and the BG gets used up and one is "running on fumes" glucose wise. To prevent a crash, the liver automatically dumps the load of glycogen which it was storing. A flood of glucose streams into the blood and the BG level is up again.

jayabee52 2013-04-11 14:15:58 -0500 Report

not sure what you mean by a true reading. I would guess from your question a true reading would be the BG reading one takes at any point along the way.
A BG reading could be likened to a snapshot. It freezes that moment in time. Later on you can take another snapshot, which would be a true reading for that moment in time. Not sure what information you're trying to get at.

JNA 2013-04-11 14:34:13 -0500 Report

What I mean is as follows; My BG this morning before eating 237, before lunch 235, before work out at 2, 187 and after 113… With the exception of the mid morning reading (this is usually in the 180 range) this is how it is shaking out and not sure what the real BG level is (do you average it out?) Thx.

jayabee52 2013-04-11 14:10:22 -0500 Report

not sure of the question you are asking. Only guessing here, that the true reading would be the BG reading you would take at that moment. A BG reading is like taking a snapshot of your BG at any moment of time. Hopefully it is not changing so dramatically as a roller coaster, but more like a rolling wave on the sea in calm weather. But it is constantly moving and changing. Our task in managing our BG is to try to slow down the rate of change from the norm. Going on a roller coaster may be fun in an amusement park, but with regards to diabetes we try to stay off the BG roller coaster!

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2013-04-10 17:33:46 -0500 Report

Hey JNA,

I just wanted to jump in and say hi. As you can see from the responses to your post, you came to the right place. What I always encourage people who are newly-diagnosed to do is to get support and get information. Team up with people ware are traveling this road along beside you.

Sheer will and determination is the foundation for an empowered attitude toward diabetes. The key is to focus your energy on working with your treatment plan to take the best possible care of yourself.

I am glad you are here!


katcot2152 2013-04-09 23:47:39 -0500 Report

JNA, welcome to the group! You will find a lot of support here. You said what your BG was, but how is your A1C? My physician thinks that number is even more telling than the BG because it covers a 3 month time frame and gives the doctor more to go on. Another suggestion I have is to check out the American Diabetic Association…You can get the latest information from them. Also, I found the magazine Diabetes Forecast to be interesting and often times has some good recipes. As the others have said, all this new information can be a bit overwhelming. And if you ever feel you are alone, come to this discussion and you will find you are not alone. You will ride the roller coaster of emotions as you muddle through the first few weeks, but you will get the hang of it. I am also on Metformin, 500 mg but only once a day. If you can keep your A1C down below 7 that is good, 6.5 is even better. You know you are on the right path if you can keep those numbers down. You are lucky to have been medicine free for so long. I am 61 and take enough medications I think I could open a pharmacy myself. At the very least I wouldn't need training as a pharmacy tech…Lol And as the others have said, check in with your doctor and tell him or her all of your concerns or questions. It is a good idea to keep a note pad nearby so you can jot down questions or concerns as they arise and not have to rely on memory. Good luck and again welcome to the "club"!!!!


JNA 2013-04-10 05:31:24 -0500 Report

I do have another question and that is my BG is always higher in the morning (259 this a.m.) while being 139 last night… I am eating like a rabbit and wondering if this is normal… Thx.

katcot2152 2013-04-10 18:46:57 -0500 Report

JNA, while i am no doctor, I would venture a guess that perhaps the morning BG is higher than the night before because it is possibly due to inactivity at night. You are sleeping and your metabolism may slow down so that your body isn't using as much insulin. And while it is considered a fasting BG, again your body is not functioning quite the same way while sleeping than it does during the daylight hours. This would be an instance where you might want to jot down this question and ask either your doctor or your nutritionist, if you are seeing one. They would be better informed than the most of us and could undoubtedly give you the best information.


snuggles11 2013-04-09 18:47:21 -0500 Report

Welcome JNA
I found out about a month ago that I'm a
Type 2 also !
And I'm also 55 years young !
Take you some classes on this it really helped me !
Government grant at your local hospital
Talk to your dr about it ! It's free !
I'm learning daily !
And so will you get all the knowledge you can !
I'm taking a pill Glipizide 1 breakfast 1 dinner
Have a great day ! :-)))

95ncountin 2013-04-09 18:07:11 -0500 Report

I hear you being with that idea of fixing it by sheer willpower. I have been struggling with that for the last month since I received the formal diagnosis. I have been able to accomplish so many things with Faith and willpower. Once you get your head around all of this, you will find those assets invaluable. You sound like you're organized and focused. That has really helped me with this. Hang in there. You will come out ahead. I'm sure of it.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-04-09 17:57:54 -0500 Report

Hi JNA welcome to our exclusive club. The only limitations to diabetes is that you have to watch your sugar and carb intake. You can continue to live your life to the fullest.

Currently there is no cure for diabetes. You can get to the point where medication is no longer needed but you will still have to control your carbs. Make sure you speak with your doctor about all of your medical concerns. Diabetes is not a one size fits all disease. What works for one person may not work for another or anyone else.

Find a diabetes education class in your area and attend. Tons of information will be given to you. Also meet with a dietitian who with your assistance can work out a meal plan for you. Your doctor can refer you to one. The key is taking care of yourself, staying positive and as stress free as possible. Stress can have an effect on your glucose levels. Good luck to you.

Nick1962 2013-04-09 15:04:02 -0500 Report

You’re only a few years older than myself, so not to worry, you may be one that can easily “come back” with just a diet change and some exercise. Not to provide false hope, some doctors will prescribe meds to get a quicker to “normalcy” in the interim to what might be considered a recovery. In some cases it may be life-long.

If you haven’t already, ask questions of your doctor about your diagnosis and what you can or can’t do about it. You’ll get a great deal of advice and information here, which in some cases may be overwhelming without knowing what your doctor thinks will be a good path to follow.

Also, letting us know what your BG (blood glucose) numbers have been like (if you’ve started testing), and what, if anything you’ve tried/considered so far. Best case, you just have to watch what you eat, which for someone like me should have been done long ago anyway. This won’t limit you, in fact, it may liberate you.

JNA 2013-04-09 15:09:59 -0500 Report

Thanks Nick and last Wednesday my BG was 482 and as of today, I am at 199… Back to working out again (House of Pain Is In Effect) and trying to figure out what the right food choices are…

Nick1962 2013-04-09 15:17:16 -0500 Report

Excellent! That much of a change in less than a week is promising. It seems like powering through might just work. If you haven’t started reading food labels for nutritional info, that would be a good place to start. Limiting your total carbs and sugars daily helps a lot, not to mention portion control. The fact you’ve made it this far without meds is promising too. I think it’ll work out.

jayabee52 2013-04-09 18:02:14 -0500 Report

it definitely is interesting! You may find yourself knowing more about food and nutrition than most folks. I certainly have.

sNerTs1 2013-04-09 15:02:00 -0500 Report

Hi JNA ~ Welcome to the community. There is a lot of information to be found on here to answer most everything we have run into. First thing you should know is … There are NO limitations with diabetes <3. We as individuals limit ourselves. I'm a firm believer in self accountability, and live with the motto that I OWN diabetes, it will NOT own me.

55 years and med free is amazing! I remember when I first found out that I was diabetic, my doctor told me "Cheryl, be prepared to become a frequent flyer to my office". But it's not really so bad.

The best thing I can tell you is, be true to yourself, know that nothing can change unless you are willing to change it and genuinely live everyday. I know that sounds "hokey", but its true.

Managing your weight and foods properly will help you manage your glucose levels.

Again, Welcome! You are in the right place now. *Hugs* Cheryl