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By atbrooks Latest Reply 2014-10-21 09:47:31 -0500
Started 2014-10-06 10:59:51 -0500

Hey everyone,

I'm new here and I've been diagnosed with type 2 since 2011. My dr talks about my a1c and all…but I still struggle with taking my meds consistently and checking my levels.
Since being diagnosed, I've come to know other friends and family who deal with this. My dad has type 1…I have been to the dietician and I know the drill about portion size and eating small meals and snacks, but I don't eat a lot. Or often but when I do eat, it maybe more than what I should.
I try to walk more. I'm used to having high sugars, usually in the twos , which isn't the best. I take metformin 60 units of levimere and 22 units of humalog with meals. I'm also taking lisinopril, as my dr said, to protect my kidneys.
I'm afraid of dialysis or losing my vision or any of the other side effects…It seems I am always grumpy or sleepy and irritable any my sex drive is not the same. I always feel stressed out in some way…and at times, a bit sad because my body isn't functioning right and I feel it's my fault and I'm trying to control it.
How to deal?

10 replies

L.Chancellor 2014-10-17 13:59:32 -0500 Report

I think everyone goes through that from time to time. I found out when I was 18 that I was a type 1 diabetic. I'm 27 now, and the main thing that I have learned is not to be so hard on myself. Having to live with diabetes doesn't mean that life has ended, it just means that a healthier life needs to begin. Exercise has helped me greatly in my efforts to control my sugar levels. I admit that I can do better with my eating but having a support system in place will work wonders for you. My wife gets on me all the time and my dad actually always ask how am I doing in reference to my diabetes. Another big thing that has helped me is having an outlet, something that you can do to decompress or let go of stress because lets face it, living with diabetes can be stressful! I pray that all goes well with you and if anything remember that you are not alone in this fight.

atbrooks 2014-10-16 22:13:38 -0500 Report

Thank u chopstix I appreciate it. That's why I came on here…bc I've been trying on my own this whole time and I'm just not doing so well. I have never had to deal with anything like t2. I know there are plenty of other bigger challenges…but for me, this is difficult. And I have so many people who love me and need me to be around, and I want to be.

atbrooks 2014-10-16 22:06:18 -0500 Report

I think u are right that taking it a step at a time. And perhaps I've been trying to do it all at once

Chopstix 2014-10-07 17:15:40 -0500 Report

You sound like me the first couple of years after I was diagnosed. Are you getting enough vegetables in your diet? How about omega 3 fatty acids? I take flaxseed oil. Chromium, magnesium? Not having enough can cause whacky readings. Three of the best things I've added to my daily diet. I also take apple cider vinegar, turmeric, ginger, cinnamon daily. Please research the health benefits. I read two of Don Colbert, MD's books, Toxic Relief and What You Don't Know May Be Killing You, to be very good reads. Diabetes Without Drugs by Suzi Cohen, Rph is another book you want to read. As I read them I took a close look at what I was eating and went about trying to make adjustments. I even had one doctor wanting to take me from 500mg of Metformin a day to 1000mg. Cutting back on read meat, processed meat or anything processed will be of big help. Don't try to make big changes at once, small ones are easier. The majority of what I have learned to do is by reading and trial and error. You can do this and let us know how you are doing. Remember, you won't know if it works until you try and don't expect over night results. Going natural can take a little longer to work than drugs…

Glucerna 2014-10-06 16:25:32 -0500 Report

It sounds like you're really struggling with knowing what to do in terms of food choices, medication and testing your blood sugar and following through with these self-care steps on a regular basis. You list several excellent reasons to make changes: afraid of complications of diabetes and feeling stressed out and sad. Sometimes it can seem overwhelming to follow through with all of the changes you want to put in place. Perhaps you might feel better if you start with one specific change, follow through with it consistently for 2-3 weeks, and then add in another change? Taking it one step at a time can make change feel more manageable, plus as your blood sugar levels start to come down you will also begin feeling better. ~Lynn @Glucerna

jayabee52 2014-10-06 15:09:42 -0500 Report

Howdy AT

You write "I have been to the dietician and I know the drill about portion size and eating small meals and snacks" Knowing the drill and following what you know is often two different things. Evidenced by your statement ". . . when I do eat, it maybe more than what I should".

What is needed is consistency in your eating and drinking. When you say your BG levels are "usually in the twos"
Does this mean 200s or are you using the mmol/l measurement used most everywhere in the world except the USA? (we use mg/dl measurment).

God's best to you and yours


Type1Lou 2014-10-06 12:49:19 -0500 Report

Your priority should be to get better control of your BG's, since consistently high BG's is what puts you at risk for those nasty diabetes complications. It's what motivated me to reduce my carbohydrate intake, which in turn, has led to better blood glucose levels. My last A1c was 6.6. Determine how many carbohydrates per day you are currently eating. Then reduce them gradually until you achieve the results you want. No, it's not easy, but the results will be well worth it. Read the labels of all of the packaged food you buy. We are all different and have different limits that work for us. I limit my carbs to 120 total carb grams per day. I don't pay attention to the calories and fats, although, out of curiosity, I calculated that I eat around 1200 calories per day. I am a 5"3" 65 year old active female who weighs 120 lbs. Once you get your BG's under control you will start to feel better because your body will function better and you will reduce your risk of complications.

atbrooks 2014-10-16 22:03:58 -0500 Report

Thank u soo much for that info…it's really hard…for me. I don't like how I feel…but I don't like that I have t2. And the complications are scary…and I don't handle stress well so I know there see times I eat when I'm stressed