Just diagnosed

By midgemills Latest Reply 2013-04-16 18:59:13 -0500
Started 2013-04-12 10:04:13 -0500

I went to the doctor yesterday they said I had type 2 diabetes they gave me meds but I am not going to take them.. At first I had no response but later that night I just started crying. I don't do good with needles or medicine so I am going to try and beat this myself with God he is a healer.. (any suggestions)

27 replies

Scarlet03 2013-04-15 06:38:56 -0500 Report

Ive been reading…when I was first diagnosed I tore my kitchen apart…and was put on Metformin…and I can say it worked well for a very long time…my average A1C was 6.8 …

Have you gone to a diabetic class yet? Through your doc? Might be a good idea…Diagnosed for 13 years Ive gone back to 1 or 2 since then

Ive been on insulin, cause I turned allergic to alot of diabetic pills…I really dont know why…BUT I can tell you this…READ LABELS ON EVERYTHING…

There are charts of carbohydrates for food on everything…

And I have a regimen of 30 to 40 carbs per meal…at the most I go to 50 when Im really hungry..but cover with insulin… I did that at being first diagnosed…

Your body needs a balance of protein and carbohydrates and others to function properly…

If you set in your mind a carb count limit for every meal you should be ok…DONT be afraid to ask for help…you're not alone…

Set apart
Set apart 2013-04-14 07:12:52 -0500 Report

Hi and welcome, you have just found the greatest support on line and so much to learn. After reading everyone's responses along with yours, I gotta say that when diagnosed I learned one thing. Diabetes belonged to ME, not anyone else. I am in charge of my meds, foods I eat, and choosing to exercise. Sometimes you will find that it seems like a lonely journey living with D, that's why initially I chose to be called Set Apart. I was diagnosed August 2011, and felt exactly that way, alone and scared. That didn't last too long, I choose to take care of ME, I want to live, I want to be healthy, I don't want to be sick! I also found this web site, which has carried me through the rough days! Sometimes your walks may be lonely, when exercising, but don't let them be, use your iPod, we've got a great discussion going on about great music, etc. Learn about D and what you can and can't eat, your BG readings will tell you what's safe to eat. Count your carbs and most of all BE HAPPY,

katcot2152 2013-04-13 12:14:56 -0500 Report

midgemills, welcome to our circle of friends! First of all, if you go to your home page, the column to your left has a list of places to look, such as these discussions. If you scroll down a little further, you will see recipes! And I must say that they all look delicious. It is for diabetics, but really can be eaten by others as well - it is a healthier plan than what some of us have eaten in the past. it will give you all you need to know in terms of which foods are beneficial and allowable (and I use this term loosely because no one is forcing you to eat the food0. Also, a great resource is the American Diabetes Association (ADA) - there is a wealth of knowledge you can obtain through them. And if you want, there is a magazine, Diabetes Forecast, which is also a good resource, and they have recipes printed in there as well (you can get this online, or a hard copy. Hope some of this helps!


MommaLibby 2013-04-13 09:12:19 -0500 Report

Hey there Midge. I'm still trying to create my menu, so I can identify with that. A tool that's helped me is Pinterest; I have different albums for diabetic friendly food. I also recently saw pins for a diabetic meal plan. I would check out Pinterest & follow various pages that're geared toward diabetes. It's worked for me anyway; it gives you many ideas for what to eat. Check out my page http://pinterest.com/3libbys/

midgemills 2013-04-14 15:19:16 -0500 Report

Hi MommaLibby I just went to your pinterest page.. I am still unsure as to how to find recipes all I see is pics.. I am pinning and following please help haha

MommaLibby 2013-04-15 02:07:16 -0500 Report

That's understandable; I was confused when I first joined the site too. You click on the picture you want to check out, then it will make it bigger, & then you click on the picture again and it will open the webpage with recipe. Oh, what's your username? I'll follow you.

midgemills 2013-04-15 18:41:55 -0500 Report

Looks like it is under my name which is Bridget.. I clicked on your link and hit follow.. Fond me if you can I can use a friend on Pinterest haha.. I feel useless on that site

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2013-04-13 08:54:30 -0500 Report

Hi midge,

I am glad you found your way to Diabetic Connect, the most supportive place on the planet for diabetics.

I am not a physician but I counsel clients who are living with chronic conditions like diabetes.

It has been my experience that the initial reaction to the diagnosis of a chronic condition like diabetes is shock, especially if you weren't expecting it. Sooner or later, the shock wears off, and other emotions kick in, including sadness, anger, fear... We are each of us unique and we react to a diagnosis in our own unique way, in our own time. In that way, reacting to a new diagnosis is like going through the grieving process. We each do it in our own way.

What I encourage you to do is to let yourself feel how you feel.

Am I telling just to sit and feel bad? Not at all. But humans have emotions, that is part of being human.

But also get support. Sit down and talk to someone who can listen without judging you or telling you what should do. Support is power.

I also encourage you to start taking action. Balance your emotions with information. Learn as much as you can about diabetes, especially what you can do to take the best possible care of yourself. Information is power.

Talk to your doctor, talk to a diabetes educator, get information from trustworthy websites.

Stay connected with the other people who are traveling this road along beside you. Remember that you are not alone!

Looking forward to getting to know you better here on Diabetic Connect, my friend!


Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-04-12 19:32:54 -0500 Report

You didn't say how high your blood sugars were when diagnosed. Depending on how high they are, the medication would help you get in control. Not taking the medication is your choice. You should know that the sooner you get in control the better off you will be. Not taking care of it can kill you.

I can't say I understand your reaction as I was stunned for 24 hrs and then immediately started taking care of the problem and getting my numbers under control. I am not one to spend my time being upset, aggravated or being in denial. I have a life to live and I refuse to waste my energy being emotional over something I can handle.

Diabetes is not a game to play, it will cause you to lose limbs, other medical problems and eventually kill you. If you want to live a healthier life, enjoy life, do many of the things you plan to do, you have got to take care of yourself. There are so many diets out there. Talk to a nutritionist who can help you put together a diet that you can work with. You will need to know how many carbs per meal you can have. Your doctor can tell you this. You should also talk to your doctor about not taking the medication. He or she may be able to come up with alternatives. Good luck.

midgemills 2013-04-15 18:44:19 -0500 Report

When they did my fasting blood work they said it was 244 I am not sure that I heard that right, because since I been checking it myself the morning runs between 110-120 and my nights runs 117-147.. I have went grocery stopping and bought a few things I knew I was allowed to eat like fish and vegatables.. I been going to the park and walking also

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-04-16 18:59:13 -0500 Report

That's interesting, mine was higher than I thought it was but not that high. I don't let that bother me too much as long as I review my log book with my doctor.

There are a lot of things that are healthy that you can eat including meat and poultry. I have to have taste for fish to eat it. I try to stay away from as much processed food as possible. I also eat sugar free jello and pudding. Just got a recipe to make frozen pudding pops for the summer.

Harlen 2013-04-12 17:30:29 -0500 Report

Hello and welcome
Cut out as Huchel carbs as you can and test test test
Then you will know if you can keep you #s good with out meds????
Just know if you don't take care of D it will kill you and sometimes it very slow other times its not .
Pleas keep us posted on how your doing
Best wishes

davidhogan 2013-04-12 15:06:49 -0500 Report

You've already received some very good advice looking at the replies. I would add to take charge of this condition and keep an open mind. When I was first diagnosed I charged in with a 6 mile walk every day, and I'm going to do this without meds attitude, and it worked for a couple of months and then life kicked in and I didn't have time to walk 6 miles a day and had to rethink.

Diabetes can be managed and you may change your way of thinking as time evolves, but I do encourage you to monitor your blood glucose levels as that is indeed the measurement stick for eating, meds and all things diabetes.

When you measure something you can take action on it.

Diabetes can be overwhelming at first but as already mentioned there are numerous things to help, starting with this forum, recipes, etc.. Just remember to do things keeping your health care professional in the loop and do find one you are comfortable with if that ever becomes a problem.

I would echo what JoleneAl said below in regard to God and doctors and nurses, and as she said "you have to decide how you want to believe in that area". Hang in there and remember you are not alone.

locarb 2013-04-12 14:21:49 -0500 Report

Take a look at recipes on Diabetic Connect. There are overly-simplified guidelines. For example, pretty much rule out anything white. Also, if there was a food label on an egg it would say :"egg". Similarly, if there was a food label on an apple it would say: "apple". So when you look at products that have dozens of ingredients, most of which are polysyllables and, in time, you will see are marginally more than chemicals to prolong shelf life to increase corporate profits, you learn healthy choices.

Try starting off with a look on this site.

locarb 2013-04-12 12:53:47 -0500 Report

In varying degrees, we probably all felt the same way as you did at the time of diagnosis. Many of us possibly still do.

If you aren't confident with your doctor, please find a new doctor. You didn't mention which medication(s) you were prescribed. Many of us here manage BG with diet and exercise alone; however, there is no substitute for following the advice of a licensed healthcare practitioner. The rest of us offer (hopefully) support, experience and recommendations. I would even be reluctant taking "advice" from a stranger on a website no matter how well intended they are.
A medical professional needs to have an intake, make an assessment and a diagnosis. Very, very, very few here are qualified to do so (we may have an M.D. or two), but even at that you can't virtually diagnose someone regarding important health matters.

Regarding how you feel…at the risk of sounding like a greeting card; it takes time. When you learn even one thing that helps you; you gain a little more confidence and a little more control. Those that are able to can start merely walking (some of our members are not ambulatory and are unable to do so).
You can immediately start modifying your diet. You will find how important carbs are, or more importantly the reduction of carbs, and start testing right away. Your meter will give you immediate feedback whether your BG is going up or down (or not). You repeat this process, attempt to exercise, follow the advice of your healthcare provider and take medication (if prescribed).

You will see, in time, that you can live and manage this condition. You may just end up feeling and looking better than you do right now in terms of health and fitness.

All the best.

midgemills 2013-04-12 15:42:25 -0500 Report

They gave me metformin 500 mg twice a day.. I am trying to find me a partner to walk with but where I live most are lazy for sure

JoleneAL 2013-04-12 10:35:39 -0500 Report

I completely understand the feelings. Feel them. Don't ignore them. Then move forward from there.

The medicine is to help you and I firmly believe God gave us doctors, nurses and medicines to help us. That's "my" belief - you have to decide how you want to believe in that area.

Read all you can if that helps you.

But take care of yourself. This is a shock to your whole system and way of life. Life changes are hard and frankly can suck. You will take 2 steps forward and fall back 3. After 9 years as a T2, I'm still falling back at times.

We're here to answer the questions as best we can, from our experiences.

Cyber Hugs!

midgemills 2013-04-12 13:35:51 -0500 Report

thanks for replies. I guess I am a working progress on this and very aggravated at this point.. I have googled and googled trying to find a menu to go by with no luck.. If anybody can suggest foods to eat or stay away from please do.. Thanks and God Bless

dochumphreys 2013-04-15 06:21:56 -0500 Report

I was newly diagnosed type 2 in January this year and I had much the same response as yours so I can understand where you are coming from. However, I quickly realized I had to be proactive about my disease. If I didn't, not only could it kill me it could take my hands or feet, take my eyesight, and many other horrible things. It is not as hard as it seems. Give yourself time to adjust. Make small gradual changes that will lead you to a common goal. Reduce carb intake. That is one of the main things I have learned. Find out what foods you can eat that won't spike your BG. Test often. I was told initially I only needed to test twice a day. I quickly found out that was unacceptable. I test on the average 5-8 times a day. Everyone on here has given good advice. The only exception that I found is about the white foods. Cauliflower is wonderful for most diabetics. We can make it into a mock mashed potato that almost tastes like the real thing. It can be grated and microwaved with a little butter or EVOO for a very filling, nutty tasting snack. I have lowered my carb intake to less than 40 a day. I am already off of one medication and working on the other. My initial A1C was 12.4. A couple of weeks ago I tested again and it had dropped to 7.2! It can be done. You just have to do it! Good luck and remember, we are here for you!

Lentyl 2013-04-15 03:01:14 -0500 Report

You will recover emotionally. Others have given you very good advice but only you can do the work of managing your health. May I suggest that you discontinue eating potatoes, grains and grain products, all white foods like sugar and baked goods. There is a lot of helpful information on the Internet. You can create your own menu plan. Consider this - a protein source, vegetables, especially the green leafy ones. Be careful of fruits because they can increase your blood sugar readings a great deal and that is something that you want to avoid. These are my thoughts and suggestions. Others here will have excellent suggestions for you. There are many recipes on this site that you can access that will help you. - Lentyl

midgemills 2013-04-15 18:49:10 -0500 Report

I am a Big vegetable eater.. I like fruits like Cantaloupes any melon.. Grapes hurt my stomach, don't like strawberries or cherries Thanks for the advice

jayabee52 2013-04-15 03:18:09 -0500 Report

Fruits, if consumed in large quantities will raise one's BG (blood glucose), but eaten in recommended serving sizes will be a good source of GOOD, nutrient dense carbs.

Berry fruits such as blueberries and stawberries and raspberries are especially good and lower in carbs. Personally I avoid bananas and pineapple since even a little of those raises my BG levels

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