New onset of diabetes Type 2-Can anyone give me suggestions or advice?? Thanks

By SeaBeagle Latest Reply 2014-04-19 21:08:13 -0500
Started 2014-04-19 18:20:47 -0500

Can anyone give me suggestions and advice… Also, I have no clue what questions to ask so more information you want to share with me the better..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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haoleboy 2014-04-19 21:08:13 -0500 Report

Welcome SB.
A bit daunting at first, isn't it? Read as much as you can and ask questions as you go. Self-education is the key to beating this (IMO).
It's all about figuring out what foods cause your blood glucose levels to elevate and eliminating those. With that in mind … it is also important that you eat healthy and skipping meals is not healthy. Smaller meals/snacks 3-4 hours apart seem to work for me.
Everyone is different and what works for me may not work for you. When I was diagnosed my A1c was 10.0. Through exercise and radically changing my eating habits I have lost 1/2 my former body weight of 325. I have managed to get my A1c below 6 and my ultimate goal is to be sub 5.0.
As 'extra sweets' we have an increased risk for heart issues so listen carefully to your cardiologist. Getting ahead of this now just might help ward off some of the complications that many of us are dealing with.
So take your diagnosis in a positive light … it is your call to start living a much healthier life!


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hanna bella 2014-04-19 18:53:14 -0500 Report

Hey! First let me say, welcome to the diabetic club! It can be scary and frustrating at times, but this site is amazing for advice and support! I'm sorry about the new diagnosis though, be strong! So in the grand scheme of things an A1C of 9 isn't completely terrible, it's not great but it's not horrible. I have heard and experienced a lot higher! It's honestly not a bad starting point! With your diet, I would recommend cutting down on the carbs and really increasing the protein. Cheese is a great snack because it's carb free! Water is super great! Try and drink as much as you can, but I don't recommend crystal light. Although it is carb free, it contains aspartame, which is not good for you at all! If you get sick of plain water, trying squeezing some fresh lemon or lime in it! Or if you get sick of that, I have even just dropped a few berries in my water and it tastes really good. Good luck with everything, praying for your success!

SeaBeagle 2014-04-19 19:09:49 -0500 Report

thanks so much for the feed back. I was wondering about the crystal light… Just poured it out!! I was wondering.. should I have to eat so many calories a day or eat when I am hungry.. With this metformin, I am just not hungry… There is way too much literature on what to eat and what not that I am getting very confused… I have read up on the plate method.. is that good to follow ?? Cheese .. yummy!!! Thanks

Glucerna 2014-04-19 19:20:43 -0500 Report

It's great that you're searching for information to help you understand diabetes and learn how to manage it. The American Diabetes Association has a section specifically for people newly diagnosed at Also, ask your doctor for a referral to a diabetes education program. That way you'll have the opportunity to ask questions and get specific guidelines for your individual situation. ~Lynn @Glucerna