Recently diagnosed type 2

Brandon Williams
By Brandon Williams Latest Reply 2014-01-14 16:47:13 -0600
Started 2014-01-12 16:22:37 -0600

I was diagnosed dec 27,13 type 2. Although I'm learning a lot my doctor like a lot of you also said here you have this go eat right and maybe it will be ok. I had already started a diet and had lost 18 lbs buy that day since then I have lost another 18lbs as of yesterday. I'm a 42 year old truck driver one of the things I have learned is eating on the road as I have done for many years won't work anymore. I was mainly eating out of my truck anyway but my many stops at truck stops were and are hard for me. I'm reading a lot and learning carbs my wife is supporting my needs and getting a lot of info from places like this are helping. One question I have is how do I know the symptoms of low bs?

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Brandon Williams
Brandon Williams 2014-01-13 20:38:42 -0600 Report

Thank you all I will get a bracelet. And I do carry some lifesavers in here from before I was diagnosed so I will keep that. It is hard out on the road but I'm learning to change my habits and to live my life different. It is nice to get good info on questions that come up from people that have been were I'm going so thank you again.

Risingsun611 2014-01-13 13:11:41 -0600 Report

It's hard when you're on the road as you are. When your BS drops, you may feel a bit disoriented, tired and in some cases your speech my get a little slurred. You may feel like you've been drinking. Always keep something small to snack on that will raise your BS level. It may be a good idea to get a medical bracelet to identify that you are diabetic…especially since you drive all the time. You wouldn't want someone to misinterpet your diabetes for being drunk. Good luck, stay strong and stay connected!

101 Diabetics
101 Diabetics 2014-01-13 10:51:57 -0600 Report

Hey Brandon! We were truck drivers too! My husband had been in trucking for about 40 years, and I had been in trucking 17 years. The last fifteen years we team drove. We had our own company. We just closed it in July 2013. It was the smartest thing we have done. Since then, we ain't looked back. The truck and trailer is just sitting there in the driveway.

You are right, it is so hard to eat right while being on the road. We purchased a generator, electric pressure cooker, and bought food daily to cook fresh nutritious meals.

Fast food and truck stop food will kill you in this day.

As far as low blood sugar, I don't have that problem yet. But I have heard that getting shaky, weak, and then trying to just gobble up stuff may be signs. Not sure, but others should be able to respond shortly!

In the meantime: Just keep on truckin'!!!

Brandon Williams
Brandon Williams 2014-01-12 16:42:24 -0600 Report

Thank you gabby. Not much has changed in truck stops I do have a fridge a microwave and toaster oven in my truck I am more of a regional driver so my stops are usually the same mostly fast food places at the truck stops.

GabbyPA 2014-01-12 16:31:13 -0600 Report

My brother also was a truck driver while he was diabetic. Keeping it under control will be vital, as it may be what helps you keep your job.

He started packing a cooler and taking it with him with his snacks and things. He also kept some candy (hard candy like life savers) for lows handy, though a coke or glucose tabs will do fine as well. They symptom of lows are different for people, but a general shakiness will take over some people sweat, some get light headed. I know when I have a low, I feel shakes from the inside and my body just in general feels off. I feel like I'm drunk, for lack of a better description. Balance is off and I feel like everything is in slow motion.

He found the truck stops to be hard to fit into his meal plan, as most of it is heavy carb based. But that was years ago, so I don't know if they have changed much. There is a lot more awareness out there. He did much better when he went from cross country to day trucking and was able to be home for dinner at night. You might want to consider that.

101 Diabetics
101 Diabetics 2014-01-13 11:00:59 -0600 Report

Gabby, things have changed out there, for the worse!!! It is so hard to find healthy food out there. They serve you anything just to get your money. They know most of us were in a hurry. You get your food to go, then get down the road only to find that the food is not fit for human consumption to say the least.

Cooking in our truck was the best thing we could do. The next best thing was to just retire!

Like you said long haul is hard for anyone. Short hauls are better. But you usually end up working even longer hours trying to make up for the loss of money being earned.

GabbyPA 2014-01-13 13:47:15 -0600 Report

That is so sad to hear. You would think there would be some options out there. Yeah, my brother made up for the loss of funds by hauling gasoline. The money was good, however, the haul was what killed him. He died doing what he loved though. He wanted to be a driver since he was a kid.

101 Diabetics
101 Diabetics 2014-01-13 21:53:54 -0600 Report

My husband pulled hazmat liquid tanker for about 25 years. A lot of it was gas and jet fuel, some chemical.

When we met, I was also qualified for hazmat and tanker. We pulled a tank together for a year. Then we went back to my first love: flatbed.

We continued to pull strictly flatbed until we retired July 16th, 2013. Should have done it much sooner!

I am sorry to hear of your brother, but as you said, he was doing what he loved.

GabbyPA 2014-01-14 16:47:13 -0600 Report

That is scary to haul those things. Someone has to do it, but it's something most of us never give a second thought about.

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