Type 2 Diabetes

Monica1972
By Monica1972 Latest Reply 2013-09-17 09:10:36 -0500
Started 2013-09-16 17:22:42 -0500

I was recently diagnosed with diabetes. I was found collapsed in my apartment and went in to a diabetic coma. I had no idea I had it. It has all been very scary for me. I would like advice from anyone willing to give it. I can tell when my blood sugar gets low, but I am not sure how to tell when it is high. I was in the hospital for a month so they were controlling my insulin and all that. I was sent home with just the Lantis (sp) to use at night should my blood sugar reach 200 or above. It's all very new and confusing for me.


4 replies

Gabby
GabbyPA 2013-09-17 09:10:36 -0500 Report

You should have a meter. That is the best thing for an objective answer to how you feel and how your glucose levels are. I know when I first was working on getting my glucose down, I felt crummy at 100. It was just that my body was so used to high numbers. So let your meter guide you.

Did they send you home with any information on how to control your carb intake and what kind of exercise you need to be doing? What you might want to do is go to a class by a diabetes educator. I learned a lot when I went to mine. You can find my class "reports" here: http://www.diabeticconnect.com/search?model_name=Discussion&query=TCOYD (the TCOYD Class #1 thru #7)

silvie mae
silvie mae 2013-09-17 06:44:43 -0500 Report

Hi Monica1972,
Yes weight loss is common. I lost about 15 lbs in 2 weeks before I was diagnosed. High B/G causes dehydration which can cause significant weight loss. At least that is what I was told.

hpcdiabetes
hpcdiabetes 2013-09-16 18:07:39 -0500 Report

First thing to remember, diabetes is NOT a death sentence. It can be controlled with a few lifestyle changes and meds.

Second. Keep a log of your BGL levels, and how much insulin you are taking. This will be very beneficial when going to the doc for a follow up.

Meet with a nutritionist/dietician. They can help you make sure you know which foods you can and can't have, and which ones you need to cut back on.

The biggest thing to remember though, use support. Be it from a forum such as this, any classes offered by your doc for education, friends or family. Having a support structure will be the biggest help in adjusting to being a diabetic.

Monica1972
Monica1972 2013-09-16 17:32:00 -0500 Report

I also forgot to ask if anyone else lost a significant amount of weight before diagnosis and is still doing so afterward?