New to diabetes

By dashamolly Latest Reply 2013-07-27 10:00:19 -0500
Started 2013-07-22 12:09:30 -0500

I was diagnosed with diabetes type 2 at the end of June. I'm only 27 and I feel so overwhelmed by everything. I have been overweight my whole life and my father has diabetes. It was always a thought that I would get it and I have tried to maintain my weight. I know what I'm suppose to do to like whole grains,vegetables and low fat. I have been a vegetarian for the past 10 years so I already eat a ton of vegetables. I feel like for me it's portion control. The doctors I feel like treat me like an idiot. I keep thinking in going to get a call saying "sorry we mixed up your results!". I'm counting my carbs and following the nutritionist plan but I feel hungry. I have also stepped my exercise. I would love some advice on how to handle all this. I feel so overwhelmed so days.

15 replies

Scarlet03 2013-07-27 02:08:27 -0500 Report

You are the same age as I was when I was first diagnosed 13 years ago. I have almost been in your shoes. My mother is diabetic and I've also been heavy all my life …YES I understand you being overwhelmed, I did the same thing. You are doing all the right things . Getting the support from others with diabetes helps. You'll learn as time goes, how to keep yourself in check . Most important thing to remember is..count carbs ..keep your glucose in sync. Another thing is, if you don't feel right ask.

dashamolly 2013-07-25 11:08:25 -0500 Report

Shivangi2013. Have you had the surgery ? It is something to consider since I'm so young and want to beat this before it get worse.

farmboytype1 2013-07-23 13:44:47 -0500 Report

Hi dashamolly! I just want to say i am new to. Don't let diabetes stand in your way and your life doesn't have to revolve around it.

farmboytype1 2013-07-23 13:43:36 -0500 Report

I am new to type 1 diabetes. I got diabetes 1 or 2 moths ago or maybe a little longer than that. I started pricking my finger and giving my shots once I got diagnosed. And I would not let anyone give my shots. I am the only kid in the bend elementary schools that gives my own shot. So far. I've done great. My lowest I have been is 32. Bye guys!

abdulhaq 2013-07-23 13:29:13 -0500 Report

Calm down and take deep breath. Yes, doctors do mess it up sometimes. Can't blame, they are also humans.

dashamolly 2013-07-23 07:26:25 -0500 Report

Thank you all so much ! I really appreciate all the words of kindness and wisdom. It so nice to have people who are willing to help a total stranger. I can't thank you enough, yesterday I felt so hopeless today I have a new outlook,

cocot 2013-07-23 07:07:27 -0500 Report

It sounds like your doing things right, maybe need different meds, and it sounds like you need a new doctor

Harlen 2013-07-22 20:33:21 -0500 Report

Hello and welcome
It looks to me that your doing great !
You will get to know that some veg have a lot more carbs then others.
It takes time to work out how it all works for you ,no two of us are the same .
One of the big things for me was when my Endo saed to me it's not your fault ,you where always going to be a diabetic that I may have helped it come faster by my eating habits but I was always going to be diabetic .
Take the time it takes to work it out ,keep at it and you will get it.
Best wishes

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2013-07-22 16:05:32 -0500 Report

Hey Molly,

Great to see you here. Welcome!

I see that you have received some gread advice on the ins and outs of diabetes self-care.

I just want to encourage you to get lots of support. Coping with a new diagnosis can take a toll on your emotions, all the changes it introduces into your life, learning to communicate with healthcare professionals, as you described so well.

Have a place to talk about what's going on in your life, to vent when you need to, and to celebrate your progress. Especially on those days when you are feeling overwhelmed. Don't go through this alone.

And we are here for you. So stay in touch, okay?


dashamolly 2013-07-22 14:15:42 -0500 Report

Just Joyce thank you so much. I have been educating myself. I don't know if I'm getting across to the doctors that what I know. I'm not hungry all the time so I should clarify that. It's sometimes. I'm following the nutritionists meal plan. For the past 6 month I have had a food journal and app Lose It! Where I have tracked my food. So I was already doing that before the diagnose. I eat a lot of vegetable and stick to brown carbs like whole wheat, rye etc. I know that my issue is portion control so I measure everything out. Can I ask what where some questions that you has for your doc when you first got diagnosed? It feels like I'm missing something. Thanks again for your advice

AliB1980 2013-07-22 14:07:47 -0500 Report

Just Joyce that is a brilliant comment - sums it all up perfectly, honestly and intelligently!! As I am a T1 since I was 18 (I'm 33 now) it definitely struck a chord with me…!!

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-07-22 13:05:32 -0500 Report

First lets talk about the doctor. Doctors will treat you like an idot if you don't educate yourself and ask questions. They do it because they don't know if you know anything at all about your illness. If you can't talk to them on their level they will assume you are dumb as a doornail and treat you in that manner.

If you feel hungry all the time you have to add protien and fiber to your diet, fiber helps you to feel fuller longer for me protien does the same thing. For diabetics portion control is important. You have to eat enough food at the right potions.

Losing weight and controlling weight is very hard to do. I know because I have been struggling with that all my life. I stopped worrying about it and since I changed my lifestyle after being diagnosed, I lose weight without worrying about it. I eat what I know I can have and exercise. I eat meat because I don't think I could stand being a vegetarian.

To stop being overwhelemed, you have to fully accept that you are a diabetic. You have to educate yourself. Diabetes is not the same for everyone so what may be working for your dad may not work at all for you. This is why you should never compare your diabetes with other diabetics. Your next step is to be totally responsible for your disease. This means you have to educate yourself as much as possible. Make a list of questions for your doctor, you should also know at least some of the answer in order to properly discuss your medical problems and issues that may arise from being diabetic. Once your doctor knows that you can be on the same page as him or her, you may notice a change. I tell everyone of my doctors that I am a trained EMT because I am even though I am no longer certified. Once they know this, they do not talk to me like I am an idiot. You may have to speak up and tell your doctor that you are not an idot and to stop treating you as though you are.

Yes I am a diabetic. I control my diabetes, my diabetes does not control me. I have diabetes, it does not have me. I do not focus on being diabetic, I have far too many things to do besides letting diabetes be my main focus. This is why it doesn't control me.

Take a step back from focusing on being diabetic. Go out and do something for yourself and have some fun. Then start over.
-Start a food journal listing everything you eat for each meal, include the ounces for each item you eat with the carbs and your blood sugar test results
-List your questions for your doctor
-get a pedometer and keep track of your steps in a log book for each day. You can add them to your food journal
Take this with you to your doctor or nutritionists and discuss your progress as well as where you fell off the wagon.
-Set small goals for yourself and when you accomplish them, reward yourself. At the end of the day you will find that things are not as bad as you think they are. Have fun and live life to the fullest. Good luck to you.