Introducing myself

hcarson
By hcarson Latest Reply 2013-06-25 14:25:41 -0500
Started 2013-06-23 10:56:08 -0500

Hi my name is Helene. I am not necessarily newly diagnosed, but I am new to diabetic management. I was diagnosed with type 2 almost 2 yrs ago. I was given Metformin to take (500 mg twice a day) a low dose of blood pressure meds to protect my kidneys and meds for high cholesterol . I went to the dr every 3 months for blood work and up until about a month ago my dr tells me all is good, keep going what I am doing etc. he did not seem overly concerned therefore neither was I. I have no clue what my A1c was and didn't know to ask. Well a few months ago I started feeling horrible; tired, sluggish, just overall yuck. I had a glucose meter (which I asked him to write me a prescription for because I felt like I needed to know what I was facing) and I was in Themis to high 290's range most of the time. Went for bloodwork again in May my A1c was 11.6!! he kept me on my other meds and added Victoza. 0.6 mg for the first 2 weeks and 1.2 after that, and he sent me to Diabetes Counciling and on top of educating me on so much I did not know I am on a low carb diet. It has been a month, I have lost 7 lbs, my sugar levels are within range (80-120 fasting am and under 140 2 hrs after meals). I am 50 and about 50 lbs above my BMI. I am little by little learning what foods shoot my blood sugar up and which ones don't but I have so many questions:)


11 replies

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2013-06-25 14:25:41 -0500 Report

Hi Helene,

Nice to meet you, and welcome to Diabetic Connect, the most supportive place for diabetics on the planet! Glad you found your way here.

It sounds like you got a wake-up call,and that you listened to it, and are taking action to take better care of yourself. Congratulations on the weight loss and and improvement in your numbers. Excellent!

I am looking forward to getting to know you better. So I hope you will stay in touch!

Gary

karen7t2
karen7t2 2013-06-25 06:08:05 -0500 Report

Hi Helene. Welcome to the community. I have recently been diagnosed too, and am struggling to find what I can eat. Lately, I have just been sticking to the same three meals for lack of knowledge of any more. As I learn them, I will post them somewhere in the kitchen for a go-to list. I am on metformin 500. 1/2 pill three times a day. It is very scary for me too especially since my younger sister has been diagnosed two years ago and is now taking insulin four times a day. I don't want to be there. I am hoping as we learn new things here on DC, that we can help ourselves and one another. Good luck with your journey.

suncityjanet
suncityjanet 2013-06-23 20:54:35 -0500 Report

Hi Helene, I'm new to this site and also fairly new to managing my diabetes. Good Luck, maybe we can both learn and take care of our health here!

hcarson
hcarson 2013-06-23 16:29:05 -0500 Report

I bought the plain they didn't have the one with the vanilla but I suppose I could add vanilla extract and try that. The pre made shakes are so expensive and my grocery bill has gotten so much higher with buying all of these fresh fruits and veggies. Go figure the food that is bad for u is so much cheaper. I may have to resort to the pre made shakes if I can't figure it out lol. Thank u again

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-06-23 19:46:26 -0500 Report

I don't buy them at all, I don't replace meals with shakes. I prefer to cook the meal. Look online for shakes you can make yourself. You might come out cheaper.

Depending on where you live, you can buy fresh fruits and veggies from farmers markets. I buy the green leafy veggies and cook and freeze them for the winter months. You can grow your own herbs in your yard or on a balcony in pots. I just raided a friends sage plant and about to raid her rosemary.. My sister is growing cabbage, cucumbers, tomatoes, sage,, peppers including hot in our community garden.

I save on my grocery bill by making soups and freezing them during the winter. I buy meats and poultry in bulk, separate it and freeze it. I make hamburgers with the ingredients I want in it and freeze that also. Like you said, eating healthy is expensive but it is something I have to do and I find ways to cut cost as much as possible. Every little bit helps.

hcarson
hcarson 2013-06-23 13:44:08 -0500 Report

Hi Mimi and thank you! I have downloaded an app called "In Check" on my phone where I log my readings, what I eat, etc and it seems to help a lot :). It helps me hold myself accountable. I am still experimenting with it because it also tells me when I go over. For example I am having a tough time regulating my proteins … I don't go over too much and my readings r good but I am not getting in all of my carbs or even my calories. But I am working on it. Since I am not a huge breakfast person I had been making myself a shake with banana milk and peanut butter. My sugar would go sky high.. And I felt horrible. By process of elimination I found it was the milk. So I tried almond milk. My readings r fine but I am having a problem choking it down. Was thinking about trying a lactose free milk. Any suggestions?

Mimi43
Mimi43 2013-06-23 15:30:07 -0500 Report

Have you tried the Boost or Glucerna shakes? They make some for diabetics that won't skyrocket your sugar, and if you get them really really cold, they're pretty tasty. On the almond milk, are you using plain or vanilla? I'm not sure about the sugar in soy milk, but that is another option. Try the vanilla flavor… Hope that gives you some choices, keep going!!

Mimi43
Mimi43 2013-06-23 15:30:02 -0500 Report

Have you tried the Boost or Glucerna shakes? They make some for diabetics that won't skyrocket your sugar, and if you get them really really cold, they're pretty tasty. On the almond milk, are you using plain or vanilla? I'm not sure about the sugar in soy milk, but that is another option. Try the vanilla flavor… Hope that gives you some choices, keep going!!

Mimi43
Mimi43 2013-06-23 12:50:53 -0500 Report

Hi Helene. I was diagnosed type-2 three months ago, and like you, I am on Victoza and Metformin plus a blood pressure pill. My doctor said I only needed to test in the mornings, because I'm not on insulin and I can't do anything about it if I get a high reading. But that's not true!! By testing frequently, I have learned that a brisk ten minute walk will lower my blood sugar 50 points! I have also learned about how some foods affect me, some that I thought were ok but aren't, and vice versa. Testing and logging my readings have been tremendous in helping me learn how to control my diabetes, it may help you also. Good luck to you, and keep up the good work!