Hello, newly diagnosed and a bit lost

By ryxter Latest Reply 2014-01-04 06:53:37 -0600
Started 2013-12-25 21:59:34 -0600

Hello everyone I was just diagnosed this week with type 2, and I'm a bit lost. My doctor basically just told me 'I have some diabetes now' prescribed me 500mg of metaformin morning and night, and when I asked what else I should know, he just told me lose weight, low carb no sweets and exercise and shoved me out the door.

I've gotten a recommendation from a friend to go see her doctor, and I've been doing research on my own since, but it's a bit overwhelming and there is a lot of conflicting info and I don't know where to start…

I'm hoping the new doctor can steers in a better direction and I've found some good threads here with info I was looking for, I've joins the ADA site forum as well, is there any bother sites any of you can recommend on someone just like me starting out with good tips and advice?


20 replies

Jennieetch 2014-01-03 20:01:46 -0600 Report

Just to give out hope a friend of mine was diagnosed with Type 2 and worked his butt off and no longer carries the Type 2 diagnosis. He has to work hard to keep it away but he kicked its butt.

ryxter 2014-01-03 20:40:28 -0600 Report

That great to hear! I hope i can do the same, one of my docotrs today mentioned it is possible with work to achieve something like that, thanks for letting me know there is hope ^_^

Is your friend on this forum? Does he by chance have an outline of what kind of stuff he did?

Jennieetch 2014-01-04 06:53:37 -0600 Report

No he's not on here but I will ask him exactly what he did. He was at one point really over weight. He's lost all his weight. He works out I think like 2 hrs a day. He eats properly. I'll ask him and get back to u. You can do it!!

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2013-12-29 20:08:55 -0600 Report

Hey ryxter,

Welcome! So glad you are here. I am not a physician so I don't have any helpful medical advice to give you. But I am a therapist and I always like to jump in and remind newly-diagnosed diabetics of how important it is to get emotional support. There's nothing better than reaching out for ideas from people who are walking this road along beside you.

So I hope you will keep the connection going!


ryxter 2013-12-30 00:39:05 -0600 Report

thanks, i am very glad to have joined this community and everyone has had great advice and i truely appreciate it ^_^

GabbyPA 2013-12-29 11:53:14 -0600 Report

Doctors don't really seem to be very helpful with this. I was told "just because that is for diabetics" to some of my questions. It sucked. So I did what you are doing...my own research.

Stuff gets conflicting because we are all a little different. One thing will work for you won't work for me. There are some basics, but even those can be customized for your needs. It takes time, practice and a lot of experimenting to get it kind of figured out.

One place I started is with http://www.tcoyd.com/. They have a great class curriculum out there. My local one was 9 weeks long and very informative. I loved it. You can read some of my notes in the discussions here: http://www.diabeticconnect.com/search?query=TCOYD+class

Give it time, you will find your way. You will find things that amaze and frustrate you, but the discovery is part of the adventure. Make it fun and keep it going. You will find a lot of eager helpers here.

One Step at a Time
One Step at a Time 2013-12-28 14:16:31 -0600 Report

Check with your local hospital for free classes. Ours has a monthly class for diabetics lead by the Endo & Diabetic Nutritionist. It's really helpful. Also, they should have some free literature for you. My suggestion is to record everything. I love the app MySugr if you have a smart phone.
I don't recommend weight watchers for weight loss or other plans as they tend to be largely carb based- those frozen meals are almost all pasta or rice. Count your carbs and follow an exercise routine. Even if it's just a walk around the block.

LadyAeveryday 2013-12-28 11:09:54 -0600 Report

Don't feel bad ryxter. I was diagnosed about 3 weeks ago. I am 30 and weigh 146. My doctor didn't tell me anything either. She doesn't even really speak English! Lets just say I left unaware of the actual risks associated with BG. I never even thought twice about carbs before. When I started checking my glucose I was at about 440. Then a random friend told me that 500 could mean your in a coma! I didn't even know where I should be and I am still trying to figure it all out! I am on 1000 mg of kombiglyze at night. I was reading reviews of the medication today and one lady mentioned she was on it for 2 yrs and with no family history of it, she got pancreatic cancer. Ahhhhh! I am hoping that a new doctor and a support system like DC will give me a better understanding because its definitely new to me! Good luck with your new doc! Keep us posted.

tabby9146 2013-12-29 11:34:53 -0600 Report

yes many will help you here, and try to take classes in your area if you can. lots of times insurance will pay for them, they are great! I was so grateful that my ins. paid for mine, which I think was 3 or 4 classes each lasting about 2 hrs. I learned so much! 146 is not bad. I was 43 when diagnosed and weighed close to 170. I am kind of short, so that was too much for me, but I'd been at that weight a few yrs by then. When I began to gain control of the BS and decreased carbs, I finally was able to lose weight and it really wasn't as hard as I thought it would be, I never ever drink soda. that was one thing in class they told us to stay away from completely. they said we could have small amount of juice but to make sure it was no sugar added and that the fruit was much better, you get more nutrients and fiber from that. Some have to cut out all white foods, some can have a little like white rice, potatoes, flour, etc. I always loved sweet potatoes, but started eating them much more often. always include protein and fiber in every meal and snack and it is a good idea to have a healthy snack between meals, like low fat yogurt or a handful of nuts. I discovered the Kind bars, they are all natural and anyone who loves nuts, would like these I think. I also think the Luna bars are healthy and tasty, the less processed the better. lots of veggies, fresh or frozen.

ryxter 2013-12-29 01:57:26 -0600 Report

I'm sorry to hear you've had a bad experience with your docotor as well. I've been using the Lose It! app to help keep track of what i eat. I had used it before and had good results losing weight then slacked off, but now i use it to track carbs now as well and it has a summary of how much carbs you've eaten at a glance thats useful.

i hope you are doing well and yes it hink DC is a great resource its been very helpful for me, hang in there and best of luck to you as well ^_^

Harlen 2013-12-25 23:11:35 -0600 Report

That's better then what I was told the first time at the diabetic clinic
Cut all the fat and all the carbs out of your diet hummmmmmm
As a Chef I know that all foods have carbs and or fats .
There's a lot to get down but the biggest it to cut down on the carbs read the labels on the foods you eat it will shock you on what your really taking in on a daily a bases , rite it all down in a book .
I have friends that are skinny and have T2 so it may help a little to lose wight but don't think it will make you non diabetic .
Best wishes

tabby9146 2013-12-29 11:36:41 -0600 Report

so true I am skinny and type2. I was overweight when diagnosed, but not by a whole lot and it was all in my mid section and nowhere else, which was weird, but then that is the most dangerous place for fat. It is amazing also, what exercise will do, on a daily basis, and combined with eating right most of the time, you will be surprised Ryxter.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-12-29 11:29:39 -0600 Report

I agree with you Harlen. I have skinny friends who are diabetic also. I think the misconception is that if you lose weight you will get rid of the diabetes. Not true but losing the weight will improve your health with diabetes.

ryxter 2013-12-25 23:10:34 -0600 Report

Thank you so much! This is more info than I got from my doctor! I have ordered a machine to test my BG level and ill b sure to make a list and ask my new doctor the things you've recommended thank you thank you so much

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-12-25 22:39:35 -0600 Report

Hello, welcome to the DC Family.
Diabetes can be different for everyone. It is not a one size fits all disease. What works for one person may not work for you. The first thing you should ask the new doctor is to refer you to a Nutritionist who can help you with meal plans and understanding carbs. The next thing is to find a diabetes education class. Ask the new doctor how many carbs you can have per day or per meal. Make a list of all the questions you need to ask a doctor and listen to the responses. Self education is a plus and it can be overwhelming. Take a break to keep from confusing yourself. Ask your doctor about neuropathy, kidney function and liver dumps. Liver dumps usually occur at night. The liver will kick out carbs because you have not eaten. Try to eat a protien just before bed. This will prevent morning highs. The one thing I never do is take medical advice from anyone who is not a medical doctor.

If you don't have one, go out and buy a meter, a lancing device and test strips. The pharmacist can help you with learning how to use it. When testing your blood wash your hands in warm water and do not use an alcohol wipe or antibacterial hand sanitizer as they contain alcohol and alcohol can effect the test results. The meter comes with a log book so write down all your test results and take the book with you to the doctor. This will help both of you track your blood glucose levels. Get use to carrying your meter and snacks with you

Read the labels of every kind of food you buy and pay attention to carbs on the label. Avoid processed foods as much as possible. I do not eat at fast food places unless it is absolutely necessary. Eat fresh fruits and veggies and home cook as many of your meals as possible. I bake, broil or grill everything. This website will help you with carbs found in just about all kinds of foodshttp://whatscookingamerica.net/NutritionalCha...

Start a food journal. This will help you when you see the nutritionist. Log every thing you eat for every meal with the carbs if you know them. Wait two hours then test. This will help you determine what foods will cause a spike. Drink plenty of water and exercise. This will help you lose weight and gain control of your diabetes.

Diabetes is not the end of the world, it is just another phase in your life. I still do all of the activities I was doing prior to being diagnosed. I control my diabetes, it does not control me. Hope this helps and good luck to you.

ryxter 2013-12-26 11:06:10 -0600 Report

Just Joyce thanks for all the insight, i'll make sure to write down a list and ask my new doctor the things you've recommended, i really apprecaite it, this is so much more than i was told by my docotr and a really good place to start thanks so much!

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-12-29 11:27:51 -0600 Report

You are very welcome. Getting control of your Type 2 will only be hard if you make it harder than it has to be. So many people complain that their doctors talk to them like they are stupid. If you self educate and ask concise questions, be honest, not only will your doctor respect you but he/she will talk to you like you are intelligent even if you don't fully understand. Check with your local supermarket. If it is a major chain with a pharmacy, some of them have Diabetes Tours. Check into that. You will go on a tour of the supermarket and you learn how to read labels and how to choose the proper foods. If they don't, learn how to read labels and when you take a diabetes education class, take a list of questions with you. Good luck.