New onset of diabetes Type 2

By SeaBeagle Latest Reply 2014-04-22 20:27:19 -0500
Started 2014-04-19 17:17:29 -0500

I was dx with type 2 yesterday so this is all very new to me. I went to the doctors because I was my mouth was dry but I am short of breath. chest x-ray and labs.. came back and A1C is 9?? I was told not good. Was told to come back to the office this week for another check. I also have an appointment with the cardiologist Monday. So, yesterday I didn't eat anything at all.. just drank water.. but I read up on different sites until I just landed here. So, last night I started Metformin 500mg 2 times a day. I have eaten yogurt this morning and a banana and for lunch turkey hot dog with lettuce and tomato… (Salad I eat plain) I am very full.. and it is dinner time.. Am I okay to skip… or what should I eat.. Okay, I told my husband he cannot bring any sweets in our home. I love chocolate!! So, a couple of questions. Thoughts about A1C being at 9?? How many people join the Trim Down Club and is it geared for someone like me? Any suggestions on where to start would be great…I was told to drink alot of water and I am being very good but I know it will get old.. Thoughts about Crystal Light?? Thanks so much Mary

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Television1 2014-04-22 20:27:19 -0500 Report

I'm seeing a dietitian, and she has helped me out a lot, she told me to write everything down on what it is I'm eating, and she also told me the size I'm eating is no bigger then my fist. and it has helped me a lot, I went from an 8 to a 7, I was diagnosed three weeks ago.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-04-19 20:57:17 -0500 Report

As a diabetic, the worse thing to do is not eat. The first thing to do is write down every question you can think of for your doctor. He or she is the best person to answer medical questions. Ask the doctor to refer you to an endocrinologist, a diabetic education class and a registered dietitian. The most important question to ask your doctor is how many carbs per meal/day you can have and try your best to stick to them.

T-2 Diabetes can be easily managed with time, patience, eating properly and exercise. You will have to make a lifestyle change and be committed to it. You and your husband can eat the same meals only you have to eat less carbs. There is no such thing as a diabetic diet. You and the dietitian can come up with a meal plan you can live with and build on.

Your A1C is not going to drop right away. Diabetes is NOT a one size fits all so asking how long it takes to get it lower is not going to help you. Each of us got ours lowered at different times. It took me over a year to get down to 6.5 from 11.

The best thing to do as a new diabetic is to write down everything you eat. Buy a book that teaches you how to count carbs and learn to read labels in the grocery store. Look at serving sizes. If the serving is 1/2 cup the carb for the food could be 15. Watch your salt intake and try to keep your cholesterol at a good level. Do not be surprised if your doctor gives you medication for your cholesterol. I was on it for a year and got it down and got off the medication.

The best foods to eat are fresh foods which includes, meat, fish, poultry and fruits and veggies. If you must buy veggies that are not fresh, buy frozen not in creams or sauces. Avoid processed foods such as frozen dinners, hot dogs, lunch meats and canned goods. I bake, broil or grill everything.

Learn to take snacks everywhere you go. Snacks can be string cheese, yogurt, nuts unsalted, crackers/peanut butter etc…I keep chocolate in my house. I use it for lows and because I am so controlled, I can have a candy bar but I take a walk.
I also carry regular hard candy with me for the same reason.

Diabetes is not the end of the world. I still do everything I was doing prior to being diagnosed. I keep a positive attitude and do not hate the fact that I have diabetes. Life is short and I plan to enjoy every minute of it. I control my diabetes, it does not control me and I have diabetes, it does not have me. Good luck to you.

SeaBeagle 2014-04-20 05:37:51 -0500 Report

Thank you so much. The doctor only told me I have type 2 and nothing else. I will start my list today. Thanks!! Mary

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-04-20 14:59:08 -0500 Report

Doctors are not the best source for diabetic information. They basically diagnose you and turn you over to endocrinologist and dietitians. This is why you self educate and learn what you can and question you doctor as you learn. He/she can tell you the medical aspects and treat you.

If you have not done so, go buy a meter and ask the pharmacist to teach you how to use it if your doctor did not give you one.

SeaBeagle 2014-04-20 17:20:53 -0500 Report

I went out today and grocery shopped… I didn't buy any pasta or bread cause the labels are too confusing and I am feeling guilty every time I put something in my mouth .. like don't eat that..(even like my fish, 1/2 red potato, small and salad for dinner) Good thing is when I bought the meter today. I came home cause it was two hours after lunch and it was 143. That is better than 254.. So, I will check my sugar again tonight after my meal.. It says take it two hours after your meal and then in the morning when I get up??? Thanks so much for your help. Mary

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-04-20 17:56:58 -0500 Report

Please don't be afraid to eat and do not feel guilty about eating. You have to do that. Go on You Tube and type in How to Read A food Label and the video will help you. Good luck

Glucerna 2014-04-20 23:19:55 -0500 Report

You're making really good progress Mary. Ask your doctor for a referral to a diabetes education program so you can ask questions and get the information you need. The American Diabetes Association has an entire section devoted to people newly diagnosed with Type 2 at Keep asking us questions as well. ~Lynn @Glucerna

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