Just Diagnosed at VA

By JohnnyAmerica Latest Reply 2014-06-25 14:07:39 -0500
Started 2014-06-21 16:07:10 -0500

I am new here, and was just diagnosed with Diabetes Type 2 two days ago. I am not yet on meds. I have to go back for a follow-up appt.

What can I do to help myself? I want to feel better. These are my current symptoms. Extreme fatigue, trigger finger, debilitating muscle cramping especially at night, frequent urination, very hungry, wake up hourly with hands asleep/numb.

I'm reading as much as I can. Im
active, walk or hike 3-5 miles 4-5 times a week and swim/water aerobics 2-3 times a week. My diet is good but could be better. The only sweet I haven't been able to quit completely is ice cream. I tried sugar free but I think I'm allergic to sorbitol, it makes my stomach a mess and I get bad headaches.

So, I'd appreciate any help. Thank you in advance.

7 replies

peanutbutterandjelly 2014-06-25 13:16:42 -0500 Report

I'm in the same boat (although diagnosed a month ago). Have you tried the low-carb ice creams? I found them last week and am in heaven. Keep in mind also that it's not only sweet stuff you have to watch out for. You have to watch your carbs overall. One book I got that's been helpful is "Your First Year with Diabetes: What to Do, Month by Month." It's on Amazon.

haoleboy 2014-06-25 14:07:39 -0500 Report

I was a Ben and Jerry addict (Cherry Garcia being the drug of choice) so I was devastated when I had to give it up. I looked at those "low carb" alternatives but was put off by all the additives and sucralose and sorbitol (sugar alcohol) … decided to pass. I will go for a bowl of berries w/ half and half if I am really jonesing


Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2014-06-23 05:21:02 -0500 Report

I must say everyone has given you some great advice.
I am wondering, you said you are allergic to sorbitol. Just a thought but do you know if you have any other food type allergies?
It sounds like you are trying to eat right and exercise. What symptoms you described sounds like me when I was diagnosed with type 2. I hope you get your follow up visit soon and start feeling better, and check out the web site Lynn @Glucerna suggested.
Best Wishes

Type1Lou 2014-06-22 13:52:18 -0500 Report

As a Type 2, you may be able to manage your condition ultimately without medication…emphasis on "may". You seem quite active which helps in diabetes management by increasing your sensitivity to the insulin you still produce. I would recommend reading Dr Richard Bernstein's "Diabetes Solution". This book opened my eyes to the role played by carbohydrates on our blood sugar. Although I've limited myself to more carbs than advocated by Dr Bernstein, it had enabled me to gain better control. The amount of carbs that will work for you is based on gender, age, weight, height and activity. As a very active male, you may need more than the 120 grams of total carb that I allow myself daily (I'm 5'3", female, 120 lbs, moderately active and soon to be 65 years old) The first step is to determine how many carbs you are currently eating. I also read Suzy Cohen's "Diabetes Without Drugs" which is more geared towards Type 2. I found some of her arguments very pursuasive. My sense is that your eating habits will need to be revamped to accommodate and control your diabetes. It can be done, with the right information and determination. Wishing you well!

JohnnyAmerica 2014-06-22 13:19:16 -0500 Report

Thanks everyone for your responses. Thank you Robin for the tips. I'm VERY happy to hear I will feel "1000" times better because I feel like a thousand tons of crap! LOL. 31 years is a long time, you must have been a child. Seems like it would really put a damper on your childhood. Thanks again. Any additional info would be great.

I can't tell what food is causing my worse symptoms, how long after I eat does the food effect my body? What can I do now (while waiting for my follow up appt) to reduce my symptoms. Will eating less sugar and carbs help? I stopped eating most sugar and I've limited my carbs but I'm not feeling better as of about 3-4 days of a strict diet.

robinsab 2014-06-22 10:03:53 -0500 Report

Hi there Johnny! Once your on the proper medication you will feel 1000 times better. I've been type 1 for 31 years and my best recommendation is everything in moderation. If you check your sugars frequently and you monitor yourself, you will be in good shape. I've seen many people not take the best care of themselves and that's where problems start happening. I also recommend getting to an endocrinologist since that is their specialty. General practitioners are okay but endocrinologists are much more versed in the world of diabetes. Diet and exercise are key too. It sounds like you're pretty active which is great. No ones diet is perfect. I, personally, don't ever limit myself in what I eat or the types of food—if i want a sweet I have it but I ALWAYS make sure my blood sugar is good enough at that moment to have it.

Glucerna 2014-06-21 21:54:21 -0500 Report

I give you a lot of credit for looking for information on how to manage diabetes. The "Understanding Diabetes" tab at the top of this page has great information, and the American Diabetes Association at www.diabetes.org has a section for people newly diagnosed. When you go back for a follow-up appointment, ask about their diabetes education classes. It can feel very overwhelming when you're first diagnosed, and learning as much as you can will be helpful. ~Lynn @Glucerna

Next Discussion: neuropathy questions »