I'm new to this site, and I'm just recently diagnosed Type 2 diabetes on Oct. 31, 2013. My A1C was 7 and my doctor started me on Metformin 500mg 1 time per day. He didn't start me off taking my own blood sugar reading nor going to a dietician or anything else. Just said cut down on the sweets. He's an internist. My Primary Care Physician. He wants to do bloodwork in 3 weeks.
My question is this: about 5-6 yrs ago I was told by a different doctor that I was Pre-diabetic. I started watching what I ate and he gave me a meter and I wanted to schedule going to a dietician. This doc got angry with me and said you don't do that until you've been diagnosed with diabetes!! I asked why not? I said wouldn't it be better to go now and start now to do all I can to prevent it from progressing further? He was very angry with me and said no you don't do anything else until I say so! So I stopped all of my preventative measures and just changed my diet, but then fell back into old habits.
NOW, I've been OFFICIALLY diagnosed and this doctor doesn't want me to do anything but let him take my blood sugar reading and try to stop the sweets! From the websites I 've read, I should be my own best advocate like I originally started out being way back when I was first told I had pre-diabetes. This time I want to get all the information I can and do all I can because I've had the tingling in my feet and the blurry vision and other markers that I've already noticed and now know are things that are already affected by high blood sugar.
What would be ya'll's suggestions for me to do? I'm 55 yrs old and on Medicare because I'm disabled and retired. I've been reading a lot of info this last couple of weeks and I've changed a lot of my eating habits. Thanks for your suggestions and help. ~Joan
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