New diabetic diagnosis today

By kcbmarek Latest Reply 2013-11-20 18:12:53 -0600
Started 2013-08-19 12:56:18 -0500

Just returned from the doctor and have been diagnosed as Type 2. I have gained 20 pounds in the last 6 months and my A1C was 13 on my labs last week. I have been put on Lantus 25u bid and Januvia 100mg once a day. I have been told by my doctor to cut out all starches completely. Any insight, help or ideas how to come to terms with this is much appreciated.

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Sam Stokes
Sam Stokes 2013-08-22 11:16:14 -0500 Report

welcome to DC, first do not just discouraged , getting your body back in sync may take a little time,
it took a few months in 2007 , to find the right dose of insulin for my body ,i'm a
type 2 insulin dependent since then .
i agree with Nick , learning what foods trigger either , hunger , or sugar spikes
and writing them down , will help you to avoid them and make other choices.
pay attention to how you body feels , it's taken me many years to understand
that how it metabolizes food has made a difference in my energy levels and how i feel . it's all a process , we work with our primary care mds and learn as we go
this community helps a lot .
in my case , my medicines were causing some of my weight gain ,
that's why, it's so important to keep you md in all your doing .
bless you , my friend .

silvie mae
silvie mae 2013-08-20 14:24:23 -0500 Report

Welcome! Glad you joined DC. This is a great source of information and support. Wishing you all the best as you start on your new journey. It's a life changer, but I have found that many of the changes have been very positive. :-)

sajid56 2013-08-20 11:45:21 -0500 Report

Exactly what said Nick 1962 is perfectly correct. . In addition, i suggest that First two weeks, keep an eye on glucose monitor reading and adjust insulin dose until you are well acquainted yourself. Low or high doses makes trouble. Else all O.k. Remember to sleep for 8 hours and night awakening is not good for health.

Grandmama16 2013-08-20 01:48:13 -0500 Report

I'm new to this too. Diagnosed last year but ignored it. doing better now. I would suggest easing off on the starches like potatoes, bread, and pasta…also sweets like cookies. Then start replacing them. I have 1 piece of toast in the morning and yes you can have butter and I use spaghetti squash for pasta. Think in terms of lean meats, cheeses, eggs, salads and veggies, even pnut butter. There are good recipes here. I'm going to make some egg white macaroons, and there are others too. I think we're supposed to limit carbs to 45 a meal but I don't have real meals…maybe one a day with snacks in between or I get weak in arms especially. I take several meds for different things. I love popcorn mmmm, when I read at night. I test 2 times a day. I went to Dr. Today and will know soon how blood test came out. Weight was down over 10 lbs tho. Wishing you the best of luck.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2013-08-19 22:08:36 -0500 Report

Hi krbmarek,

I just wanted to say hi and welcome you to DC. It's great to have you here. I am not a physician so I don't have any helpful insight into your question. But I am a therapist, and am glad you are getting support. It's a really important part of your diabetic self-care. So don't go through this alone. Stay in touch, okay?


SandySilvers 2013-08-19 21:56:49 -0500 Report

Welcome to the group! I couldn't agree more with everything Nick said. The important thing is to not give up. Set your goals and work toward them. Slow progress is better than no progress at all. I was diagnosed with Type 2 last August. Since then I've lost 55lbs, I eat right, exercise daily, and I feel better than I have in my entire life. Just try to keep a positive attitude and everything will be ok. I am on 100mg of Januvia and 10 units if Lantus daily (down from 15). My A1c went from 14 to 5.4. Best of luck to you!!! :)

Nick1962 2013-08-19 14:12:38 -0500 Report

I’m sure others will chime in here, but my first advice is don’t panic. For many people, type 2 is more or less just a result of a lifetime of poor eating habits. Cutting starches, carbs and sugars (or more accurately, limiting them) is one way to tell for sure. You could be off medication and relatively “normal” in as little as a few months.

Test as often as you can afford to and keep a log in addition to a food journal to see just what foods are trouble for you.

But above all, don’t fall into the hype and horror stories you hear about body parts falling off, or life being miserable with this diagnosis. It simply isn’t true. In fact many people here will tell you their life has gotten better since their diagnosis because they’re in much better health. Just my 2 cents, and welcome to the group!

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