Young, and newly Diagnosed! HELP!!!

By momsangel_03 Latest Reply 2009-04-27 11:48:24 -0500
Started 2009-04-16 22:50:57 -0500

I am 24 yrs old and was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes a little over a year ago. I am stuggling with dieting, and getting a routine with tracking my numbers. I work 6 days a week and have a lot of responsibilties. Taking time for me is hard. Help me please.

17 replies

Babs341 2009-04-27 11:48:24 -0500 Report

Welcome - Welcome!!!! :)

Sweetie you "MUST" take time for yourself. The first responsibility is to you!! If you don't take care of you, than you won't beable to take care of the other respsonsibilities in your life.

I know that it's hard. Espically when there are so many other things that are happening in your life. Make a list of what you "need" to do to get your diabetes on track. Then start making little changes - stick to it no matter what!!!! Then keep adding to them. You can do it we know u can :) We are hear for you - remember you are a very important person, you deserve to take time for yourself. As you make the changes that you need, they will become 2nd nature to you - and to your friends & family around you.

And remember you have "friends" that are here for you, all you need to do is ask :)

Take a deep breathe, Hang in there, and tell yourself that your are important - you need to take care of yourself first -only then can you take on the responsiblies of caring & doing for others :)

Have a great week!


aq 2009-04-22 08:36:07 -0500 Report

There is one thing I can say for sure YOU are number ONE. Without your health what do you have? I've been a diabetic for 32yrs. diagnosed at 14yrs. old. Trust me it was extremely hard I cried I didn't check my blood at all my A1c was 13+ I just didn't carebut you what when I learned my baby boy was coming it was a very big wake up call. Do I bring him into the world having medical problems or do I give him a chance at life. He is now 25yrs. old and was born in perfect health my 18yr. old daughter as well. My point being is all about choices not just for you but for your family as well. Do I choose to be here and dance at their weddings or ? Trust me their were people who told me all the right things to do but it was totally up to me. I have all my toes, my eyesight a little bit neuropathy and small kidney damage. My doctors are literally amazed at me and say they can learn from me it is my choice to be around when they both get married and see my grandbabies. It's not easy I know and if I can be of any help in the future do not hesitate to write.


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l@dy j@!3 2009-04-21 13:50:40 -0500 Report

hi my name is jasmine iwas diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when i was 7 yrs old i am now 17 yrs., i know exactly how it is to deal with dieting i did not eat right at first because it was hard for me being young, but start making appointments regularly with your dietician or take anutrition class at least twicw a month. you actually dont have to be so strict with the foods you eat. just know how many carbs you take in. and with exercising start off little, nothing thats going to ware you out, light cardio would be good. i just learned to start eating right and exercise cause not staying on your diet will soon catch up with you, trust me, i learned the hard way.
-Take Care

2009-04-20 19:02:26 -0500 Report

I first want to say, in a perfect world, all the exercise, eating right and all the other stuff is possible.

But in the REAL world, it's a real bugger to deal with this disease, ESPECIALLY, (in my view) since you have Type 2.

The main reason I give my doc when he asks why I don't test as much as he would like me to, I give him the real REASON,(not an excuse) I haven't got the time. Everyone says you do, but if you have children, and work 6 days a week, realistically you relax when you have time. As far as food goes, I try to make a meal plan for the week, that way there is none of that, "what's for dinner" stuff. And plus, you plan your shopping list that way too, and with making time to make a menu, you can plan healthy meals. It's not impossible, but don't get overwhelmed, I've been where you are, a small child, newly diagnosed, and I worked. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask any of us!!

DJ 2009-04-20 09:42:54 -0500 Report

Welcome Christina!! You have come to the right place…so much knowlege here, and an abundance of friendship and help of all sorts!!The key to living with this condition is knowlege,and the understanding that you need to be just a bit selfish in order to be of use to yourself first, and then you can be useful to others..what do I mean?? Well, You mentioned that it is hard to find the time to test and take the steps neccesary to help yourself…and by "A bit selfish" I mean you MUST find the time to test, and eat right and see your Dr's on a regular schedule..Your job is important, but your first priority is YOU!! Never,Ever let anything come between you and your ability to take care of yourself…Nothing is more important than your health and well being!!

beedy 2009-04-19 23:57:05 -0500 Report

You can live well with this diagnoses. I was diagnosed 2005. I am doing very well,except I regained 25 of the 55lbs I lost the first couple of years. I guess you could say I relapsed. But I am headed back. My glucose levels have remainded normal, because I stay active, which I wasn't doing before being diagnosed. The key to my "success"was going to Diabetic education, nutrition is the key. Don't assume you know it all about nutrition. Go in with an open mind,as a novice. The best part was learning how try new foods and healthy foods I'd given up in an attempt to loose weight. If you would like to hear more, I will stay in touch. You can do it. " I can do all things thru Christ,which strengthens me"

bigjrm45 2009-04-17 13:06:47 -0500 Report

you need to take the time and get back on track cause if you don't you can end up in the hosp.where you can not work or help other around you,I went from working 40 to 60 hours a week to a hosp.bed for 3 days when I became a Type 2 and I did not like it,so I learned as much as I could and as fast as I could.I do not want to end up like my ex-wifes husband he is about to lose one or both of his feet,so we all have to work to keep us as healthy as we can a little time NOW will give us a longer life later your freind James

lipsie 2009-04-17 12:17:40 -0500 Report

Hiya there!! Very nice to meet you! Like they were saying, you have made the first step by asking for help. It is very difficult to switch up your whole lifestyle as you know it, I know. A lot of us struggle still after many years with diet at times, but the main thing is getting to one, sticking with it for the most part. They have many recipes here that are great for one, the low carb, high fiber. And the crowd here is sweet. We have some fun, honest, loving, smart, friendly people here willing to talk with you as needed. So take us up on that at any time for real! Being busy could be helpful, sorta..but you have to get down the regular meals nad snacks…exercise…make time somehow. Cause your care should come first…as far as keeping it together for your family you may have. I wish you best of luck, msg me anytime. *Hugs* Sheila

alwaystryin 2009-04-17 11:13:07 -0500 Report

You are in one of the best positions to take charge. Just look at your Subject "Young and newly Diagnosed". And as people are suggesting, especially where you appear to be, Diet and Excersise are key! That along with knowledge and support, you will be just GREAT!

John Crowley
John CrowleyCA 2009-04-17 10:53:36 -0500 Report

You've already taken a great first step in the right direction—asking for help. I think in one way or another, everyone here has felt what you're feeling. It can be so overwhelming at first. But it does get easier with practice.

For starters, it would be great for you to meet with a certified diabetes educator (CDE). You could call your doctor's office and ask for a referral, or you could visit this site for more information.

Next, you must take the important steps to improve your diet and exercise. These are the foundation of staying healthy in the long run. Start by working to eliminate the worst things from your diet (if you're currently eating any of these things) soda, fast food, processed/packaged junk food. Then start paying attention to food labels. You've got to watch out for carbs. Be careful with breads and starchy foods (like rice and potatoes). Always try to choose whole grains.

Fresh vegetables, some fruit, and lean protein like chicken, turkey, and fish are the building blocks of a healthy diet.

Here are a couple of links to other discussions that might help you out as well:

2009-04-17 10:53:26 -0500 Report

Welcome to the community. I know you are really busy, but your health is the most important thing and you need to take time for yourself. This site will help you with receipes, ideas as to diet, excercise, what works for others, and what doesn't. Just take some time to browse the site and the discussions and I'm sure you will find alot of information that will be of help to you. Best of luck, and someone is always here for you.

cyncyn 2009-04-16 23:17:55 -0500 Report

welcome to the community. it's hard to find time for yourself. but i'm sure you can do it. with patience and will power. if you need any help. that's what we're here for. great people, advise,articles, and lots and lots of recipes. but mostly the friends.

zobel 2009-04-16 23:03:29 -0500 Report

welcom to the site, there are great peaple here that have great advise and ideas.