New here and trying to improve

By myhealth77 Latest Reply 2014-04-11 13:51:46 -0500
Started 2014-04-11 10:23:05 -0500

I am new here, but not new to diabetes. I was diagnosed with pre-diabetes in August 2012. I had gestational diabetes with my 3 year old. I did really well at eating when first diagnosed for several months and then I had some serious family tragedies and gave up for awhile. Since then I have tried to get better at my eating habits and tearing and give up. I had someone in my life just die from diabetes complications and I really want to make sure I am able to be there and healthy for my son and husband. I worry about stopping my positive habits so I came here to get support. My parents both have type 2 diabetes and are at least 100 pounds overweight. They are not controlling their diets and I can already see the effects in them. I am 36 and about 15 pounds over my ideal weight. I would like to lose at least 20-25 pounds to be well within my healthy weight, but in my experience eating the healthy diabetes diet my dietician gave me helps me lose weight without having to worry about losing. I just really need encouragement to eat healthy, exercise, and test. Any help and encouragement would be greatly appreciated.

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Glucerna 2014-04-11 13:51:46 -0500 Report

You have some really powerful motivation to take care of your health, and I give you a lot of credit for not giving up. You'll find a lot of support and encouragement here! ~Lynn @Glucerna

myhealth77 2014-04-11 13:08:20 -0500 Report

I am controlling my levels with diet right now, yes. As long as I actually control it, haven't done very well with that for about a year now. Haven't had my a1c levels checked in a few months so I am hoping I am not in full diabetes now.
I know my dad is on metforman, but not sure what my mom is doing. I don't think either are following healthy eating plans.

jayabee52 2014-04-11 11:49:10 -0500 Report

Howdy Myhealth!

WELCOME to Diabetic Connect!

Sorry you qualify for this shindig but since you do, I am glad to see you here.

You certainly can find support, encouragement and good info from folks who may not be MDs (and don;t claim to be) but who have managed their diabetes with a modicum of success, and even admit to having made some mistakes along the way,.

Family tragedies like all stress does have a way of raising our Blood Glucose (BG) levels. And sometimes during those times of stress we may make choices which we might not make otherwise.

Since you are "pre" should I guess that you control your disease without the use of diabetes medications?

I would like to encourage you to eat healthy and to exercise. That IMHO is the best way to manage one's diabetes. Unfortunately not everyone can do it that way and may have to turn to oral pills or even injections of insulin. Sorry to learn of your parents' difficulty. Are they using anything besides eating plans and exercuse to attempt to control it?

God's best to you and yours!

James Baker