Sunday March 30th 2009

Cole - 34036
By Cole - 34036 Latest Reply 2009-03-31 01:40:15 -0500
Started 2009-03-30 01:19:11 -0500

Hello, My husband was just diagnosed today and as it was a shocker I think we both knew this was comming, We are both ignorant when it comes to Diabetes and are both learning, He has not come here yet but he knows I made him an account. couple Questions, The doc told him to test only 3 times a day but the more I read here he should be testing more or am I wrong?
We have no clue yet if the meds will help out a lot or not the lowest his numbers have been so far is 250 I think that's really high still saturday night his numbers were 445-475
Id be happy to get any info that any one has, Ill be here daily to read all the great information you all provide
Cole's Wife Jessica

15 replies

dj7110 2009-03-31 01:40:15 -0500 Report

there is a lot to know about this disease. I'm a type 2 currently insulin dependent and still learning new stuff every day. Another adjustment I had to make when first adjusting to my diet was how you eat.. Smaller portions. more smaller meals with the in between meal snack helped me a lot when I first started out. You've found a great group with lots of info and support. David

zobel 2009-03-30 23:36:11 -0500 Report

please see ketones blog under discusions
symtoms should be watched for.

good luck and keep learning

Judimar 2009-03-30 23:25:31 -0500 Report

Hi Jessica!

One of the first things I did when I was diagnosised was buy a book by Hope S. Warshaw called the Diabetes Food and Nutrition Bible. It has a lot of great info that includes recipes, portion sizes, meal planning and explains what to look for when reading food labels as well as other helpful things.

Another thing I did was I cut out as much sugar from my diet as I could. If Cole likes sweets that maybe a hard thing to do.

Welcome to Diabetic Connect. I hope you and Cole find as much help and enjoyment from this site as the rest of us!



rbergman 2009-03-30 08:48:23 -0500 Report

Hello Cole and Jessica and welcome to the site. Once diagnosed and put on medication, there is no miracle drug that automatically makes everything right. It takes time and there could be medication changes along the way, it's a kind of trial and error thing for all of us. Even those of us diagnosed for quite some time can experience medication changes for one reason or another.
I would suggest asking the doctor to refer you to a diabetes educator or dietitian/nutritionist to begin with. They can clue you in on proper diet and answer the many questions I'm sure are swimming through both your heads right about now. As far as testing, it differs with different doctors, I myself test fasting, pre-meal and post-meal, 7 times a day, however, my daughter only tests fasting and 2 hours after supper. Did they tell you what times to test? Fasting is an important one so I'm sure you were told to do it then, but what about the other 2 times, did they tell you when to do them? What type of medication did they put him on? Insulin or Oral Medication (s)?
We are all here on this site for advice and help from all the other diabetics and we are all within different age groups, newly diagnosed, and old pro's so to speak lol.
Feel free to ask us anything and someone here is bound to either be in the same situation or has gone through it and can give you our thoughts and advice. Also, I'm assuming your husband was diagnosed T2? Adult onset T1 isn't as common so that's why I assume T2.
This is a very frustrating disease (I hate that word by the way), and we all have our ups and downs and none of us has ever been perfect about our control or emotions over having diabetes. It can be very frightening but, with proper diet and exercise and medication regimen things do improve over time, again, there just is no quick fix for this and no reversal or cure. The main thing to remember is YOU control the Diabetes, it doesn't control you. Easier said than done at times but there are many here with success stories of being under control and some have done it for many many years…I'm not one of those but am inspired to try by the stories they share here.
I gave up on taking care of my diabetes at one point and as a result have other medical issues that I may not have had, or at the least wouldn't have gotten so early on had I just buckled down and did the right thing. When our 7yr old daughter was diagnosed back in February it was my wake-up could I teach her to do the right thing when I myself wasn't? I hate the fact that she has it, and though her story isn't the "typical" diabetes story if it hadn't been for her diagnosis I doubt I ever would have decided to once again do the right thing myself.
I wish you the best of luck, and again remember, it isn't going to be an overnight fix but he can get it under control and your support is crucial in assuring he does all he can to get his numbers under control and lead a fairly normal life. It isn't a death sentence it's just a life change.


Cole - 34036
Cole - 34036 2009-03-30 17:21:52 -0500 Report

Thanks for all the replies, I (Jessica) do not have T2 my husband does and I am on a mission to find what ever I can to help him through this hard diagnosis He was put on 2 different type meds to help control his Diabetes, The doctor told him to just check it 3 times a day never said fasting after meals nothing. So That's why I came and found a site where I knew people would have been there done that and would share there thoughts!

kdroberts 2009-03-30 18:16:46 -0500 Report

"I am on a mission to find what ever I can to help him through this hard diagnosis" word of caution about that, keep your common sense when you are looking. There are thousands of sites and people out there who are all too happy to take your money in exchange for promises they cannot keep. If it sounds too good to be true, it is. Remember, there is no cure yet and anyone that says they have the cure is telling porkies. Especially if it comes in the form of an "all natural cure" pill that is "side effect free"

Cole - 34036
Cole - 34036 2009-03-30 19:07:41 -0500 Report

Oh I know that kdroberts, I would not pay anything to "cure" this disease, I'm just looking for the simple ok maybe simple is no the right word but the things that will help as in exercise and food journal, test number log, simple foods to make stuff like that I think is what will help him a lot.

2009-03-30 21:52:55 -0500 Report

Most importantly, he needs to learn to help himself. You can't do it all for him although I know you want to help him. Try not to enable him to let you take care of it. It's his disease and he needs to get to know it and learn to care for himself. It's overwhelming at first but there is a ton of information available now for him to learn to do what he needs to do..

Good luck

kdroberts 2009-03-30 08:38:37 -0500 Report

Normal, non-diabetic numbers, are almost always going to be between 60-100 but can go as high as 140 depending on the amount and type of carb eaten. As a first step he should aim for the ADA guidelines, under 120 fasting and before meals, under 180 after meals.

Simply put, carb increases blood sugar, all carb, so first step is to evaluate what he eats and then make changes. Second step, exercise uses blood sugar so evaluate what exercise he is doing and then make changes.

Testing 3 times a day is not great but also not bad. Most doctors don't prescribe anything right off the bat. Take those 3 tests and work on one meal for a week. Test before, 1 hour and 2 hours after. You will then get to see how that meal works, if it does than great, if not then change it. Once you have that meal down, move on to the next. I would start with lunch and then move to dinner and breakfast. The before breakfast number will be a fasting one and will be tied a bit to the after dinner number so you need to get dinner sorted first. Breakfast is also (usually) the hardest meal to work with so it's better to get the process down before trying that one. You could also ask for a prescription for more testing.

2009-03-30 08:37:33 -0500 Report

Hello and welcome to Diabetes… It's not somewhere any of us want to be but we are here so we may as well learn to enjoy the ride!! Anyway, you say he is on meds so I assume he was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. Testing 3 x a day to start is probably standard for Type 2. When you get further into this and learn carb counting for meal planning and meet with a dietician he'll want to test more to find out how foods affect him personally as everyone is different. There is a lot to learn but you'll both figure out what works best for your situation.

Welcome and look around on this site and on the web, there is a lot of good information out there. There are several reputable websites that can give you the basics. The American Diabetes Association, Joslin, WebMD, Mayo Clinic, and Dlife to name a few other than here. Just plug those names into Google and you'll be on your way. :)


Sally 2009-03-30 08:12:41 -0500 Report

I found that testing more often, like Sheila mentioned if you can afford it, helps tremendously, especially when you are first diagnosed. That way you can find out how certain foods or portion sizes affect you. For me personally, green beans raise my sugar. I have no earthly idea why, but they do. But I have learned what size serving I can get away with, thru trial and error testing. This is also invaluable learning for when you plan to eat out or will be traveling. Portion sizes at restaurants are many times the recommended serving size. IF you can go in with a clear picture of what you can get away with, ordering is much easier. In the product review section on here, there are alot of posts about meters and which ones are cheaper to use and still give you accurate results. I hope you find this site as wonderful as I do. Everyone on here is great and there is a wealth of information on here.

dyanne 2009-03-30 02:04:41 -0500 Report

Hi being new to diabetes it will take a little time to get medications fine tuned. He should test before each meal and first thing in the morning. I also check anytime Iam feeling not right. Watch the carbs they can really raise your sugar. If he is able to exercise its very important. If he can take a walk when sugars are high it will help bring it down some.
Getting exercise on a regular routine will be best. If numbers stay high put a call into the Dr. Did they have him see a diatition ?? They should have. Well good luck and Iam sure things will fall into place it takes a little time
Best wishes dyanne

lipsie 2009-03-30 01:44:38 -0500 Report

Okay, here's my thoughts on this as looking at your numbers and being new diabetics, having to get a idea of how things are, etc, Did the doctor give medication now that I think of it, you did not specify that? Anyhow, you should always listen to your doctor, but in cases like this, IF you have the money, way to get the lancets, test strips, etc I don't see why it would hurt. But also a great idea is making a chart of ALL numbers (yes your doctor will find out you are testing more this way), also chart your meals, snacks, drinks, etc…get a idea where you are at there too and how maybe it could relate to his sugars. I am confused, are you BOTH diagnoised now or just him? And hey, this is just my thoughts, soon many others will be on and have much to say as well I am sure, and we have excellent support here, it's the best place ever, LOVE IT, LOVE THE PEOPLE!! Love you all!! If you want to msg me to, I will talk to you anytime.Take care, tell him hello from Sheila, and good luck! Sheila

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