Newly Diagnosed and So many questions~

By SEvans8707 Latest Reply 2014-04-26 18:18:13 -0500
Started 2014-04-14 11:49:32 -0500

Hi everyone I am new here last Thursday I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and put on metformin .Ok I knew this could happen due to my family history but yes it is still a big shock. New diet, exercise, and more pills. I am disabled due to massive back problems can stand and walk for a short amount of time.
My doctor is very concerned about this because my readings are in the 280 range which in very bad as he stated when explaining all the tests done on that day. I still have to meet with a dietitian which diet really doesn't bother me. But should I measure out portions and do I count carbs, sugars, fats etc. I want to know if there is a good journal out there to keep all my records in i.e. weight, blood pressure, pulse rate, and of course sugar levels, exercise and all thing pertaining to my health.
There are so many books out there with everyone's story. I need to know facts this is me and my body which has me worried and a bit stressed out right now I also need for my husband to understand this as well so he is going to the dietitian because he needs to know.
Are there any good journals? What is a good way to check out what I should and shouldn't eat do I make portions by size and carbs? all the basic stuff.

8 replies

SEvans8707 2014-04-26 18:18:13 -0500 Report

Well I want to thank everyone for the welcomes and sharing of the journal pages which I saved and will print out here shortly. I had forgot there was a journal I used when I was much younger and able to workout and such. This is a three month journal 2 pages for entries. Check it out if you like!

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2014-04-16 12:24:28 -0500 Report

Hello SEvans,

I just want to say hi and welcome you to Diabetic Connect. I am glad you are here.

It sounds like you have a lot going on in your life. I am glad to her you have a doctor who is watching over you and that you have time set up with a dietician. Really important. Great idea to bring your husband along to the dietician meeting, so that he can be onboard to support you.

Speaking of support. It's really important to be part of a community of people who can share ideas and experiences and give you some encouragement. So you came to the right place.

I hope you will stay in touch with us!


Shawn Grant
Shawn Grant 2014-04-15 06:34:40 -0500 Report

Sorry to hear about your diagnosis. It's tough. I was diagnosed 4 months ago myself. Best book is Diabetes Solution by Dr. Richard Bernstein. It advocates ultra low carb diet and exercise. Low carb as in no fruit, no bread, no potatoes and other starchy veggies and no milk. Milk has lactose in it which is sugar. There is lot of other yummy choices to eat. Meats, non-starchy veggies, and cheese. He recommends 6 grams of carbs at breakfast, 12 lunch and 12 dinner. I do more than this because my body can handle it. Bottom line eat what your blood sugar monitor tells you. When you eat something test 1 to 2 hours after depending on the speed of your metabolism. If it test high then you ate the wrong thing. If it test normal you ate right. Please note at your early stage you maybe high for a bit no matter what you eat.

You will want to ask your DR. about exercises you can do with your disability. He/she may refer you to a PT or personal trainer for exercise tailored to your capabilities. Hopefully there is something you can do as it is very important at controlling sugar and reducing risk of heart attack.

Bernstien's book works. When I was diagnosed my fasting sugar was 225 and my A1C was 8.8. 4 Months later my fasting sugar is 86 and after meal 96. My A1C is 5.4.

I use Excel as my journal as it can be customized to my needs.

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2014-04-14 12:55:17 -0500 Report

Hi SEvans: I am also type 2, and have been on metformin now approx. 5 years. I know how frustrating it can be. You want to eat right and change your life style. That is really scary at first. Talk to your doctor about stress because that can effect your glucose levels, also maybe he can suggest some physical therapy that you can do with your handicap.
I just googled diabetic food journal and it came back with 10 different options. Some were down loadable and some were for on line recording. I don't know how to post the sites but if you google it you can find them.
Personally I just keep a simple record of what I eat and how it effects my blood sugars. I read a lot on line and I read labels on food. I prefer to cook fresh food when it's available, then I know what is in it.
It does get some easier and I know of others who have been able to get their blood sugar levels down with eating right and exercise.
I wish you good luck, and hope you find the journal that works for you. There is a lot of good info right here on Diabetic Connect, and a lot of caring people who share their experiences. Just remember that what does or does not work for them may not be right for you. We are all different and our bodies all react different to things.

SEvans8707 2014-04-14 14:41:56 -0500 Report

Hello Trudie Ann! and thanks for your reply. I have so many things wrong with me I need a journal to keep records on just about everything the diabetes is just the newest icing on the proverbial cake. I have been to all kinds of doctors in the past year I can no longer remember all their names…
I have had a few strokes that took 5 years to figure out by the doctors .My whole back is just wasted this making it hard to get the exercise I need for anything :( This really was expected as it has happened to almost all the women in my family I am fairly sure I am over the shock part now and ready to get this stuff all on track. I cook balanced meals and healthy as I always have so now I will just watch what I do even closer..!

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2014-04-15 10:10:20 -0500 Report

I am sorry to hear about all these problems. My sister has scoliosis and type 2 diabetes. I wish you all the best and I will be thinking about you. If it is ok I will add you to my prayer list, either way you are on my heart and in my thoughts. I hope you are able to sort through every thing and come up with the best solutions.