New Diabetic

TWOSWEET67
By TWOSWEET67 Latest Reply 2014-07-11 08:58:55 -0500
Started 2014-07-08 16:47:41 -0500

I just recently found out that I have type 2 diabetes, my doctor didn't really give me any type of information about what my levels should be or anything like that. He basically said you are diabetic and gave me the FreeStyle tester kit. What I am wondering is what is normal glucose reading…someone told me between 60-120? What are you supposed to do if it reads high in the 200 region? I have also had trouble with blurry vision and my ears being clogged up, is this a relation to my levels? HELP…I have no clue what I am doing here?


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Chris Combs
Chris Combs 2014-07-11 08:58:55 -0500 Report

I'm new as well. My vision got blurry right after being put on Metformin, but now that my levels are coming down, it's getting better. See if your local hospital has a diabetic support group..my dr was a bit vague as well with information. I had to to most of my research online.

rolly123
rolly123 2014-07-11 08:42:16 -0500 Report

It's hard being new with me if my sugar is high I get blurry I have to take insulin u need talk to u Docter about this!! What medicine u on? Look on site for information on diabetic it can help!! Also keep asking question a lot Peaple on this site has been diabetic long time they can help. Do u have family friend close by that has it? If so ask them also

Rose67
Rose67 2014-07-08 23:15:13 -0500 Report

I agree fully with what others have said. This can be managed. Your indo dr. Is very important. Ask lots of questions, write everything down. He will advise you on everything you need to know.
Read and learn everything you can. Learn about good carbs and choose them over the bad carbs. There are cookbooks out there about low GI foods, these are the good carbs. Remember it is total carbs on labels you look for, not just sugar. All carbs turn into sugar. Eat protein, and fiber. Drink and choose water over other drinks.
You can look up American diabetes ass. Or National Diabetes Association online. Try not to become overwhelmed. You will need patients, persistence, and time to learn and adjust.
We are here to support you.
I will keep you in my prayers,
Rose

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-07-08 22:05:30 -0500 Report

Your regular doctor is not your best source for treatment and management of diabetes. You should ask for a referral to an endocrinologist. You should also find out how many carbs per meal/day you can have. This helps with meal planing and diabetes management.

Diabetes is different for everyone so if you have a reading of 200 you should contact your doctor. My doctor told me that if my blood sugar gets that high to call him immediately. Thankfully mine stays in the 90-120 range. It has gotten as high as 150. The higher your blood glucose level the more problems you will have and blurry vision is one of them. Never compare your diabetes to anyone else because what works for some may not work for you. Find what works for you and stick to it.

Right now you have to concentrate on getting your blood sugar down. It may never go to what a person without diabetes will be. I really don't care what normal is anymore because odds are it will never get that to that on a regular basis so I won't need medication.

T2 is easy to control once you learn how to manage diabetes. A diabetes educator and a registered dietitian can help with that.

haoleboy
haoleboy 2014-07-08 17:59:47 -0500 Report

Normal fasting (8 hours since last food) BGL (Blood Glicose Level) for non-diabetics is between 70 and 100 mg/dL
Again for non-diabetics 1-2 hours postprandial (after meal) is 120 mg/dL (most non-diabetics are <100 after 1 hour).
Your "normal", or target BGL would be determined by your health care team..
A1c is usually determined by a prescribed blood test done at a lab every 3 - 6 months … your doctor should set that up. Home test kits are available, but pricey,
For high BGL's (as opposed to low's) your best bet is a proactive approach … eliminate processed foods and sugar from your diet and keep carbohydrate intake low … something your dietitian will explain.
Not sure on the "clogged up ears" but blurred vision is a symptom of high BGL.
But most important … as Irish said … take a deep breath, you didn't get this overnight and you can't fix it overnight. You appear to be off to a good start. follow your health care professionals instructions, learn as much as you can about diabetes and do not hesitate to ask questions,

namaste
-Steve

neverlowbg
neverlowbg 2014-07-08 17:42:46 -0500 Report

Your regular dr is not very helpful try to find an endocrinologist that specializes in diabetes take a diabetes and nutrition class usually offered thru your local hospital some are free some covered by ins but you need to ask questions and learn all you can to stay healthy
Like for me my endo wants me between 80-120 bg for now we are working to get my a1c below 6 allot of people will give good advise here but you do need to get a specialist to help you along

TWOSWEET67
TWOSWEET67 2014-07-08 17:47:05 -0500 Report

Thank You, I have an appointment with a diatician on the 29th at my local hospital :)

neverlowbg
neverlowbg 2014-07-08 17:54:01 -0500 Report

Your a1c is a lab test they do sell a1c testers and they are pretty good but you really only need to check it every few months as long as your bg levels stay normal a1c follows best was to stay away from high bg levels is when eating read labels for carbs your dietician will let you know how many a meal you should have but to see yourself test before eating you should be under 120 bg then eat say 30 carbs for that meal test two hrs later should still be around 120 it's really all about the carbs in good carbs is everything that is sugar and that turns into sugar web md has a lot of videos to watch on type 2 and carbs and testing

Irish1951
Irish1951 2014-07-08 17:19:42 -0500 Report

First- take a deep breathe and relax. We have all been there. This didn't happen to you suddenly and it will take time for you to get it under your control. Best advise I can give is to read, read, read. The next time you see the doctor have a list of questions ready ( I write mine down). Ask the doctor to send you to a support class- usually there is one at the local hospital. You didn't say if the dr. put you on any Meds but if he did they will take time to work(weeks is not uncommon). Finally, ask questions here. We are always willing to help. Someone ( or multiples) will give you our best answer. The other things you asked about are best answered by your Dr. We could guess but you don't need guesses. Sorry you had to join our group but know you are not alone.

TWOSWEET67
TWOSWEET67 2014-07-08 17:37:48 -0500 Report

Thank you so much :) Yes I am on Metformin twice a day. It has only been a couple of days and I have to go see a diatician on the 29th. Really just frustrating not knowing what being a diabetic actually means :( Like how do you check your A1C levels yourself?

Irish1951
Irish1951 2014-07-08 17:50:37 -0500 Report

I was Dx in 2010. I'm on met also 2x day. It took me almost a year to get my numbers down to where I felt comfortable. Test daily as directed by your Dr. Initially, test 2 hrs after eating. If you can do it after every meal , if not one day do breakfast then the next do lunch, etc. don't worry about A1c at this point. It is an average over two to three months and testing more often doesn't give you anymore info. Track your daily nbers and what you eat. By comparing your meals and what your numbers are can see what foods spike you. Food is a major thing that will help you control your numbers. Except size is second. If you are reading high- take a walk around the block. Shoot for 15-30 minutes after meals. Look to excersize 65 days a week at least. Easy to say- hard to do I know. Again, don't panic. You can control this monster. It takes time and determination and gets easier over time.