Newbie here, just wanted to say "Hi" and ask a few questions

By steph_d Latest Reply 2013-06-06 15:09:42 -0500
Started 2013-06-03 14:21:52 -0500

Recently (like 2 weeks ago) was diagnosed with diabetes. So everything is still new and a little bit scary. I had a doctors appointment last Thursday and was told that I needed to get a meter. Got one of those over the weekend. I have to test once a day for the next month. The doctor and I are trying to find when my high is and what my low is. So far feeling a little discourage. I'm trying to lose weight and change my diet to help with my BS levels.

Along with finding out I'm diabetic, I've found that I'm lactose intolerant, as well as having an egg allergy and a gluten sensitivity. Finding it hard to understand what sort of foods are there left for me to really eat. Any suggestions???

Also, I'm currently on 500 mg's of Metformin, any side effects or issues I should know about? Right now, my doctor said that as long as I lose some weight in the next 6 months, that the metformin should work and there shouldn't be a need for insulin. Concerned about long term effects of metformin. Any ideas???

Open to suggestions and ideas!!! Like I said, I'm new to all of this so I'm just a little overwhelmed.

12 replies

jojowm 2013-06-06 15:09:42 -0500 Report

Hi Steph, welcome to DC. Not to sure about the food thing. Maybe seeing a dietician would clear up that confusion. As far as the Metformin, I have been on it since Sept of 2012. Started with 500mg twice a day, now up to 1000mg twice a day and no ill affects what soever. Hope you can find a solution to your dietetic needs. Good Luck

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2013-06-04 22:32:49 -0500 Report

Hi Steph,

Just wanted to say hi and welcome you to Diabetic Connect. I am glad you are here. As you can see, you have a whole lot of helpful new friends.

I am not a physician but I counsel individuals who are living with chronic conditions. What I always tell them is that knowledge is power. The more educated you are, the better you will be able to manage your diabetes. As others have suggested, talkiing to experts, like a diabetes educator and a dietician, could help get you moving forward in a positive direction.

Support is power, too. So I hope you will stay in touch with us!


fabmom3 2013-06-04 15:17:58 -0500 Report

i only scanned a few of the replys, but did not see you mention ever meeting up with a DIABETIC EDUCATOR, these folk can give you really good information on what food you can/can not eat. mine are located at out hospital and insruance normally covers the visit. when i first was diagnosted they even GAVE me my meter. welcome to the group. debbie

NaoV1 2013-06-04 13:27:08 -0500 Report

Girlllll . . . have no fear! :) . . there are egg replacements out there that are SO DELISH. They come in cartons . . LOL . . also some in powder form. Gotta love Google! . . .plus there are also lactose lacking replacements for foods just as healthy . . as well as gluten free . .you will be fine . .I too am on metformin, have been since 05 and so far so good . .(although my doc said take 2 a day, I have primarily taken one at night only along with glipizide) . . stay pain free, sugar stays good, all is good!! :)

kim_renshaw 2013-06-04 12:48:16 -0500 Report

Hi Steph,

I was diagnosed with Type 2 on January 14th of this year…it is very scary especially since I had no idea that this is why I was sick.

I take 2000 mgs of Metformin every day. I have not had any adverse effects from it as long as I eat it right after I eat a meal. If I take it on an empty stomach I do suffer from upset stomach and bathroom issues.

I am 53 years old and was carrying a little extra weight. I have lost that in the past 5 months and I think that all is from drastically changing my diet. No potatoes, no rice, no bread unless it is multigrain. Lots of vegetables and fruit. Protein is hard for me because I am not a big meat eater although I am not a vegetarian. I drink protein shakes that really help supplement my diet and also make me feel full. I drink the Body by Vi and like the taste and different recipes I can make with the powder. I don't sell this or anything…it is just what I use.

Exercise is really important…no matter what it is. If my bg goes up, I take a walk or ride my bike and it goes down. Any kind of exercise is good. Working in the garden, housework, etc.

My A1C in January was 10.8 very high. When I went in for my three month check up it had went down to 6.9 and my doctor was astounded. You just have to be vigilant about your diet and exercise.

I understand feeling overwhelmed because diabetes is something that is always there. You always have to think about it but you don't have to let it define your life or who you are.

The recipes on Diabetic Connect are awesome…I have tried several and all of them have been wonderful. I also treat myself once in a while to something that I should not have but hey you have to sometimes.

Best of luck to you…you can overcome this.


NaoV1 2013-06-04 13:22:05 -0500 Report

KUDOS KIM! That's what I'm talking about! Also note, Broccoli has MORE protein than meats - ALL meats! ;) . . .plus also, what helped me is like I wrote, when I was first diagnosed I wrote my meals down and then checked my sugar 20 -30 mins after and found that Mexican Rice and popcorn done outside my home for some reason raised my sugar. I can eat rice, potatoes, etc. and I'm coo. Do the same, you may see there is a connection to only "certain foods" and may still be able to enjoy meat and potatoes! LOL ;) I was diagnosed in 05 and my sugar average was 6.3 (until my wreck when it went to 8.3) but now that my injuries are healing . .that sucka will go to the 5's watch what I'm sayn (and I still enjoy my Dr. Pepper every now and then)!! Everybody is different . .just figure yours out!! YO GO GIRL!! <3

kim_renshaw 2013-06-05 23:10:56 -0500 Report

I love your attitude NaoV1…you rock. Now I am going to go and try to choke down some broccoli…lol

NaoV1 2013-06-06 00:54:53 -0500 Report

Trust me . . I do a LOT of reading (plus had a mommy with T2D and learned a lot from her too). Remember, folks got by without meds for centuries until all the processed junk came in the picture . . try to refrain from all the junk! LOL ;) (plus like a dietician once told me years ago . .you can have cake and ice cream . .just NOT THE WHOLE CAKE AND TUB OF ICE CREAM . .ROFL :)

Sherelle112 2013-06-03 17:08:04 -0500 Report

Hello!! Ive only had diabetes for 2 months so I definitely can't answer all of your questions, but I do know from experience that you must eat with Metformin!!! When I first found out I was honestly scared to eat so I ate very little, but your tummy will not like that with the meds! Will cause diarrhea! So be careful & good luck on this journey!!

NaoV1 2013-06-04 13:29:45 -0500 Report

Yes always eat with Metformin or else you get the boo boos . . but did the docs also say that Metformin in general in itself helps with weight loss for us? LOL ;) (it does!) Also, keep up with the BP . . diabetes normally comes in pairs (with the ole BP) . .I also am on hydrocloro(something - a water pill) to maintain my BP . .I am NOT hypertension, just pre-hypertension which means if I don't watch it and stay on it . . I will be HI the wrong way! HA! Good luck erbody! ;)

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