Managing Life

By dare2hope Latest Reply 2013-06-17 16:12:11 -0500
Started 2013-06-13 09:31:18 -0500

I was diaganosed Type 2 about a month ago now. Like my attempts at weight loss over the past 2 years, I seemed to get on a roll where I could make necessary changes in my diet for the first week or so, and then life happens. My numbers are not so high as some, but I'm only 40 and don't want the numbers to gradually go up and up and up - even gradually.

The same week I was diagnosed, my then 4yr old got the stomach flu and my 18mo old climbed and then fell out of his crib and lost two teeth. The sales momentum at work I had before being diagnosed has slowed way down thanks to multiple reasons so that just adds more stress to life. Then I feel like eating this, or that. Then I feel bad from eating the way I know I shouldn't and then I am lethargic about work. It's been a circle like this for a while.

I don't drink much of any regular soda (pop if you're from MN), and don't eat much pasta anyway. Trying to avoid candy as much as possible.

Any thoughts on ways to manage life as a newly diagnosed Type 2?



8 replies

CADebbie 2013-06-13 20:28:00 -0500 Report

Is the carbs you have to watch, the ones that turn to sugar, rice, potatoes, pasta etc. same as eating candy. Eat protein. Soda takes calcium away from your body and your teeth, diabetics loose their teeth due to the medications. Numbers not under control loose small blood veins, eyes, impotent happened early on in our house and husband just had first amputation been fighting gangrene in foot 9 months. Oncologists are best help. Our first family doctor made many mistakes. In the beginning weight loss and get out and walk, walk, walk…

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2013-06-13 16:48:54 -0500 Report

Hi dare2hope,

It sounds like you got hit with a lot of stressors in one week, at work and at home. It's understandable that it would have taken a toll on you, as it would anyone. And one of the way humans cope with stress is through food. Food, especially sugar and carbs, can provide an immediate "fix" for the emotions that stressful situations bring up in us.

It might help to find some new coping skills for dealing with stress. These might include working on positive self talk, relaxation exercises, having someoene you talk to... things you can do to help relieve stress instead of reaching for food. It's possible to unlearn bad habits and replace them with good ones.

It might help to talk to a counselor, either when these situations arise or to help learn stress-busting techniques.

It's great that you are here on Diabetic Connect. Everybody here gets what you are gong thrugh because they are on the same path. I hope you will stay in touch, my friend.


Nick1962 2013-06-13 11:38:17 -0500 Report

I’m usually one who doesn’t deal with the emotional side of this condition. Never was that type of person.
For me, life is basically one long walk, some of which the path is smooth, others times full of hurdles, and you have walk it all to get to the end successfully.

It wasn’t until I got significantly older that I learned how to prioritize the hurdles. When I was in my 20’s, like everyone that age, everything was a big deal. Of course life experience then was limited and so was my perspective. Now that I’ve made into my 50’s (and I was sure I never would), my T2 diagnosis carries about as much weight as a case of psoriasis or IBS. Yes, it is something I can live with, albeit inconvenienced by it at times, but life could be so very much worse. I had to lose weight, I constantly have to watch my diet, my exercise, and at all times my attitude and outlook. Diabetes works just as hard on the brain as it does on the pancreas for some people.

I guess my point would be (and this is just my opinion) is; don’t make this a bigger hurdle than it has to be. Do what you need to do. You change your child’s diapers without question right? Not your favorite job I’ll bet, but it still gets done. I’m sure there’s a lot of things in your life you have this attitude about too – don’t like it, but it’s gotta be done.

Unless you’re one of the lucky few that lands a sweet job (or wins the lottery), there will always be stress. You’ve already identified yourself as a stress eater so this is a great opportunity to change that behavior. Grab a bottle of water or take a short walk instead. Again, you won’t like it, but it’s gotta be done.

There are a lot of happy T2’s in this group (and I doubt any were that way when diagnosed), who are enjoying life probably even more now than before being diagnosed. I know I am. I could go on, but I think you get it.

Welcome to the club by the way!

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