By CheesyBanjo Latest Reply 2014-01-05 16:14:29 -0600
Started 2013-12-29 17:20:43 -0600

I've just found out that I'm type 2 diabetic and basically have no idea what I'm in for. Im waiting for an appointment with my doctor and I'm actually pretty scared about the whole thing.

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Chopstix 2014-01-05 16:14:29 -0600 Report

As an over-the-road truck driver I had to will myself to make changes is my diet. The best thing I did was start eating out of the truck. That means every week I went grocery shopping no matter where in the US I was. Driving for companies that got me home every week or two was not so bad. When I found out I was type 2 diabetic I weighed about 250 lbs, blood pressure and blood sugar were too high. That meant I could not drive/work. Well, several years later after getting everything under control and weighing 210 lbs I had a heart attack. That was 18 Feb 13. April they did bypass surgery and put me on insulin. My weight went down to 180 lbs and in August I was taken off of insulin. I had an EKG in August and it showed I have old heart damage that I did not know about and the government put me on disability. This is one of the best sites to learn and get good advice about diabetes. Also check out

jigsaw 2014-01-01 17:36:42 -0600 Report

That's a fairly common reaction. In reality, there is no need to be frightened. There is a learning process that comes into play for those with diabetes. It can be a be a bit of a catchy learning process, but keep your eyes open, along with an open mind, and you will achieve your positive goals. Pay attention to your sources of info, and know where it's coming from. You can still live a long and healthy life, by getting and staying informed.
I have had diabetes for 20 years. I'm still healthy otherwise, feeling good with no complications, and working on the next 20!

Rebelove 2013-12-30 12:13:40 -0600 Report

Diabetes is not as hard to control as it used to be. The right doctor and dietician can make all the difference. Keep a positive attitude, create a log book with what you eat and when, as well as your blood sugar numbers. That will help the professionals to help you better. Remember, you have diabetes, but diabetes does NOT have you! Keep us posted, and best of luck! :)

debimzadi 2013-12-30 09:40:32 -0600 Report

I was diagnosed last week. Hang in there. We will figure it out together. The folks in this group are very kind and willing to help with our questions.

denipink57 2013-12-30 04:23:37 -0600 Report

i am diabetic type 2 and have been for about 3 years. please don't be afraid. diabetes can be controlled with careful diet, meds and exercise. your doctor will put you on a good plan and you can live your life the way you choose to. just be careful to eat right according to how your doctor tells you, take your meds as prescribed and get active! even a daily walk is good. some people are able to control their diabetes just with diet and exercise. that is my goal. good luck and post as often as you like. lots of very caring people here will share their experience with you. welcome to diabetic connect :)

ryxter 2013-12-30 00:26:41 -0600 Report

It'll be ok I was diagnosed just this week, but I've been reading up what I can and am making plans to see a new doctor and find local classes that can help me.

Also everyone on here has been amazing and helpful and have good advice so I'm thankful for that.

I was pretty bummed as well when I found out but now I'm determined to take control of it take it easy and best of luck

Harlen 2013-12-29 18:57:02 -0600 Report

First take a deep breath .
It's not the end of the world .
For now cut back on the carbs
There's a book called the calorie king it has all the carbs in all the food you eat.
Rite down what your eating and keep a log of it.if you have a meter test as much as you can and keep it in your log this will help you in the long run .
There's a lot of info here read the blogs and you will pick up a lot.
Best wishes

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