New to the site and Diabetes
By Latest Reply 2013-11-22 06:17:45 -0600
Started 2013-11-16 02:29:55 -0600

I have been newly diagnosed and I'm devastated and not at all surprised because I'm overweight and in denial. I have not been given much in the way of advice from my doc just lose weight and take pills. I am on Mavik , water pills for BP and now on metformin. I don't have a blood glucose monitor nor would I know how to use it if I had one. I am emotionally drained at this point, I can't sleep and I am so confused. I do know that I don't want to die and things need to change I just don't know where to start.

14 replies 2013-11-22 06:17:45 -0600 Report

Thanks to all who have replied, I have my work cut out for me. I need to dig deep and find that inner toughness that I know is in there, just have to get myself reacquainted. I will get educated and help myself to stop abusing my body.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2013-11-20 18:48:26 -0600 Report

Hey dolfinlvr,

Welcome to Diabetic Connect. I am glad you found your way to us.

I can't add much to the already great advice you have received from other members. But I want to also give you some support and encouragement. It's really important to get involved in your self-care. I would also encourage you to get educated. See if you can get connected with a class for new diabetics, or if you can meet with a diabetes educator give you a hand in getting your self-care on track. You might also consider going back to your doctor, armed with questions. What's important is to take charge of your care.

And get lots of support. Stay in touch with us!


jigsaw 2013-11-19 06:42:34 -0600 Report

Sounds like the worst part of all of this is your state of mind! Quite a bit of good advice from some of the members here , so I won't be redundant. You can get your head into a better place. Diabetes and weight are all manageable with 3 ingredients! Time, effort, and knowledge contain the answers you need. Dig into your gut, and pull out the strength that is within you, and ready at your beckoning. There are many people with diabetes, and on more meds than you, and they are enjoying life. It can, and is being done by many. Now is your time!

kimberly1974 2013-11-18 23:35:41 -0600 Report

I was in your shoes back in 09 it's not easy I see that for my self as well it's a fight for me day by day to were IM innovation and insulin it is a struggle I know the good thing is I don't have blood pressure problems but I do have the cholesterol with my diabetes

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-11-17 20:24:19 -0600 Report

The first thing to do is get a meter. The next thing to do is a diabetes education class followed by a visit to a nutritionist. Then start self educating yourself. Write down questions for your doctor and the nutritionist. At a diabetes education class they usually have tons of free information via handouts.

You are the only one who can make lifestyle changes and the changes you make will have to include diet and exercise. Find a support system if you need one. Diabetes is not a death sentence unless you don't take care of yourself. The more you self educate the less confused you will be.

pokey51 2013-11-17 10:51:07 -0600 Report

I think a good start might be to get a meter and start testing your levels. Only then can you start to see how the foods you eat effect your levels. Find a good diabetic educator to learn the right foods that you should be eating and how much. Good luck to you. You CAN DO IT!!!

daygogirl 2013-11-16 14:49:11 -0600 Report

I was diagnosed a year ago. My doctor had me go to a diabetes class. I learned all about what I should do. I was even given a meter and prescription for the strips. I followed the plan for a few weeks and have been off ever since. I stopped taking my metformin too. It makes me feel sick. What's worse is my binge eating on fast food and sweets has gotten worse. I'm out of control.

I started going to overeaters anonymous. I need to develop a food plan and find a sponsor. I've yet to do do.

I feel powerless over food and can't seem to follow a healthy routine. I need serious help.

I'm a wreck and don't know if I can be of help to you other than to say ask about a diabetes education program through your medical plan. Stick to what you learn. I may ask to return to that program for a refresher.

Glucerna 2013-11-16 16:49:49 -0600 Report

You're right that changing eating habits is hard, and I give you a lot of credit for being ready to talk with your doctor about a diabetes class refresher. Or ask for a referral to a certified diabetes educator who can work with you one-on-one and help you figure out the best way to manage your diabetes. ~Lynn @Glucerna

jayabee52 2013-11-16 03:28:14 -0600 Report

Howdy Dolfinlvr
Welcome to Diabetic Connect.
I remember being newly Dx'd and feeling kinda numb for a while..

Just coming here is a good first step to take because here you can find out how best to take care of your diabetes, among those of us who have been doing this for quite some time now.

You DO have a lot to learn, but pace yourself, because your journey with diabetes is more like a marathon than a spring. As Ray. one of the folks here has said many times "take baby steps"

One of the things you may find helpful is your relationship with food and drink has been changed. You may find it helpful to learn new ways of eating. It took me about 10 yrs of having diabetes before I got that clearny, and I changed my eating habits and what and how much I ate. I now am able to manage my diabetes without the use of diabetes medications. I had been on low doses of medium acting insulin, and was able to discontinue it. I have written up my meal plan and will send you the link should you ask. (But it may be a bit premature at this time)

Make an effort to learn all you can about this disease and about yourself with this disease, for diabetes does have variations for different people. How I react to a medication or food may be different than how you react to if.

Praying you learn much here

James Baker

LiLHiL81 2013-11-17 19:41:07 -0600 Report

Hi there James,

Can you please send me your meal plan? I need help being newly diagnosed and have no clue what to eat. My name is Hilary and my email is small. Thanks in advance!

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