New to this! Confused!

By SweetinNJ Latest Reply 2014-08-03 22:58:07 -0500
Started 2014-08-03 07:21:04 -0500

I'm newly diagnosed. Type 2 and also have high BP and cholesterol. I'm on 20 mg Lipitor, Atorvistatin, and 1000 of Metformin. I take them all at once in the AM. I've been on them 8 wks. My blood sugars are still high (180-190) fasting in the morning. And my BP has been high too! (ie they're not working!) I know I am to blame because I haven't started exercising and Haven't changed my diet much—thought I had but realizing i am eating way too many carbs!! So now I have to get serious - that's why I'm here! I'm afraid I will need to up the doses of my meds. Its scary cuz i just started! im 51 yes old!! I see a cardiologist who set me up with all of this and who did the diagnosis… but I probably need a diabetic doctor. Do you suggest?? Also—this Lipitor is making me crazy—horrible chronic DRY COUGH!! I have to change it. dr wanted it cuz it was good for diabetics.

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jayabee52 2014-08-03 22:58:07 -0500 Report

Howdy NJ
When you mentioned Lipitor something clicked in my brain and I looked up Lipitor (atorvastatin) and found this ~ Your raise in BG (blood glucose) may be attributed to the Lipitor. I would suggest to your Dr that you may need a different statin med. There are plenty of others from which to choose. (However you may wish to stay away from Chrestor since it is new and very expensive)

It would of course be better if you consulted an Endochrinologist who focuses on the pancreas and diabetes. (There are Endos who have expertise with other glands like the thyroid, so just being an Endo is not sufficient).

As Steve suggested below you may be able to affect your cholesterol and get off statins altogether, but that would take eating differently than you do now.

You can get others' suggestions for meal plan changes to affect the cholesterol and other blood lipids. Just ask.

Just remembered that recently funnygirl posted a similar discussion. You might want to take a look here ~

Praying this is helpful for you


haoleboy 2014-08-03 22:02:23 -0500 Report

Congratulations … you have hit the Trifecta!
Diabetes, Hypertension and High Cholesterol. The rewards of the modern western diet and lifestyle.
As one who also cashed in, and with the added bonus of having a stroke as a result, I understand your concerns.
My approach has been to focus on the heart health issues and by default address the diabetes. (In case I need to explain … diabetes will get you eventually, the heart risk is much more fast-acting).
Fortunately, as I said, taking care of one helps take care of the others.
Your continued health is squarely in your hands and as you correctly pointed out … you have to get serious.
Work with your medical team to get the proper medications. Just because you go on meds does not mean you will have to take them forever. I recently got off statins and hope to be off the metformin and lisinopril soon.
Exercise and diet are your other tools. I have successfully reduced my cholesterol levels to the "ideal" range … I'm maintaining normal blood pressure … and A1c is at 5.8, all by reducing my weight to a normal BMI, quitting smoking and drinking, exercising daily and eating a low carb, high fiber diet, rich in omega-3's and other healthy fats.
This is not a yea me post … it is just to let you know that you aren't alone and it is possible to beat this.
My advice is to learn as much as you can about metabolic syndrome and its various components so that you can make informed decisions about your treatment. My experience is that the medical community is fairly coservative when it comes to diabetes and that might work for you.I have chosen to aggressively fight my diseases … I do not want to drop dead of a heart attack and I am positive I do not want another stroke.
As my friend Joyce points out it is not hard. Not as long as you educate yourself and become your own advocate.
Good luck and welcome to the DC family … anything I can do to help … let me know.


Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-08-03 21:07:58 -0500 Report

Welcome to the DC family. First of all diabetes is never to be taken lightly. If you are newly diagnosed, ask your doctor how many carbs per day you can have. Then ask him to refer you to a registered dietitian and a diabetes education class.

I am older than you and I was scared for 24hrs then I started taking care of myself. All it took was a friend saying "So you have diabetes, what are you going to do about it?" When you don't change your lifestyle and eat more carbs than you should, and not exercise, you are playing Russian Roulette with your diabetes and your health. Personally, I don't have time to be scared. takes up too much of my time and energy.

Start be not eating white foods such as bread, potatoes, rice, pasta, peas and corn they are high in starch. Avoid processed foods such as canned veggies, frozen dinners, boxed dinners and lunch meats. They can be high in sodium and carbs. Go on line and find a list of foods and their carbs or visit your local library and get books on diabetes. The best thing you can do for yourself is to self educate.

If you are having a problem with Lipator, call your doctor and ask for something else after explaining your problem.The only person I take medical advice from is my doctor because he has my medical history.

Finally, being diabetic is only hard if you choose to make it hard. I opted out of making anything hard. I am too old for that. I am diabetic and I enjoy doing everything I was doing prior to being diabetic. I have diabetes, it does not have me and I control my diabetes, it does not control me. Before you know it you will be doing great and you may be able to lower the dosage of your medication. This is not going to happen over night. It could take weeks or months to gain total control. Best of luck to you.

kimfing 2014-08-03 09:42:24 -0500 Report

First and foremost, welcome. I would recommend an endocronologist, dietician/educator. You nailed your problem, u need to exercise and change your meal plan. Keep a log of bs and food you eat. Test, test, test to see what and how what you eat does to your bs. Invest in food scale, measuring cups, start reading food labels so u know what a serving size is and how many carbs u r eating. Stay away from instant foods, my Dr said think instant raise in bs.

Good luck