Brand New, Outta Control and Detemined!!

By Spacy Latest Reply 2015-05-19 00:34:19 -0500
Started 2015-02-17 16:38:35 -0600

HI, I was just diagnosed 2 weeks ago. I had no symptoms, well that I noticed anyway. Went to the Doc for something totally unrelated and boy did I get a shocker! My A1-c was 13.5!!
I am also an RN and for a long time diabetes treatment made no sense to me. It always seemed to me like the medications contributed to insulin resistance. I have been testing different times of the day and before and after meals. I have found that carbs, no matter how seemingly healthy they seem spike my BS way up. For instance my fasting the other day was 316 (yeah I know way too high) I had a breakfast of plain shredded wheat which although low in sugar has 41 carbs per serving. 1/2 of a small banana and almond milk. 2 hours after my Sugar had spiked to 408!! After a breakfast of sugar free (not cured with) bacon and an egg it barley spiked at all. So I am learning. I am on 500mg of Glucophage (and will be titrating up)
I see the diabetic educator Thursday and also have made an appointment with a integrative medicine Doc. I have also stepped up my exercise
Has anyone else tried any thing else along with traditional treatment?
Thanks, sorry to be so long winded.

19 replies

debcox 2015-05-19 00:34:19 -0500 Report

The best thing is to try different plans till you find something that works for you. I started with an A1C of 14.7 and within a year I was down to 5.7 and I'm maintaining. I no longer take insulin and I am down to 500 mg of metformin in the evening. My plan is to be off that in August at my next A1C. I've lost 56 lbs and increased my exercise alot. I could decrease my calories and carbs more but at this time, I don't want to as I am doing fine. I average about 150 carbs a day at this time.

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Spacy 2015-02-20 23:30:23 -0600 Report

Have been experimenting and testing trying to find the perfect amount of carbs. I've been at around 50 a day and today I had my first blood sugar under 200!! It's the simple things LOL!! Thanks all for the warm welcome ;)

RosalieM 2015-02-20 05:33:09 -0600 Report

Welcome Spacy
I am so glad you are here. You will be able to get this thing under control with your attitude. I have taken Metformin and it did bother my stomach at a higher
dose. I have had diabetes for 30 years, 20 since diagnosis. Now I take no drugs at all but a small amount of Lantus 20 units once a day. I am 76 years old
and my body doesn't make enough insulin and really never did. The most encouraging thing I can tell you is there is no evidence of diabetes in my body after all that time. So It can be done.

If find it interesting that you think that drugs increase "insulin resistance", I agree
that the drugs make diabetes worse. I am not a medical professional but I teach a blood sugar and weight loss class so I know a lot of people on diabetics on drugs. Drugs do seem to make diabetes worse, my unproven theory about
it is they allow the diabetic to eat too many carbohydrates and that somehow does it. I am not sure of that yet.

I have studied diet and foods for all 20 years I knew I had diabetes.
My conclusion and those of some others on this board testing as I did,
made the discovery that a diet of fat, protein, fruits and vegetables and no added carbohydrates will bring your blood sugar down. You can have a very healthy diet and life if you eliminate sugar, anything made from flour, grain, rice
potatoes. Once you get the hang of that diet, it is not hard, tastes good. You will lose weight easily. It is carbs that cause weight gain. Saturated fat is good trans fat are not. Those are the basics of diet. The American Diabetes Association food rules are very bad. Don't follow them. We have all tried them.

Spacy 2015-02-18 20:40:49 -0600 Report

Had a follow up with the doc today. I lost 3 lbs since my last visit!! She also doubled my Glucophage from 500 to 1000. Hoping I don't get any GI symptoms.
How did everyone tolerate their Metformin when they fist started it?

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-02-18 20:48:29 -0600 Report

Oh dear lord…I had to drop my biology lab..because I had to be there for the epic three hour class…my other professors were nice enough to let me slide on a lot of things…emailed me my assignments and I didn't have to go in…I NEEDED to be 10 seconds from the bathroom for weeks…but my doctor started me at 2000 MG…( I have since worked my way down to 500)…it is my understanding that people who go up slowly in dosage have less issues..

Pegsy 2015-02-18 06:43:08 -0600 Report

Welcome! I had double digit A1c when I was first diagnosed as well. That was a very confusing and frightening time. As Steve mentioned already, the "conventional wisdom" isn't very wise at all for most diabetics. I eat very low carb and I take Metformin. I've learned so much here, from others, about what does and does not work. You will too. It can be very overwhelming at first. Just take it one step at a time and don't beat yourself up.

lilleyheidi 2015-02-18 01:44:34 -0600 Report

One thing you will learn to remember about diabetes is "your mileage may vary". In other words, every diabetic is different, what works for one may not work for the next. So, one diet plan may work for one, but not work for you. That being said, low carb works for most. Cutting down on grains works for most. Adding activity helps. Your on all the right steps. Just remember we are all individuals, and this disease is sneaky, what works this week, may not work next week. Best of health to you.

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-02-18 00:59:06 -0600 Report

well bravo to you…you, like myself learned very quickly that although diabetics are taught otherwise ..carbs ARE the enemy…so a yummy breakfast of bacon and eggs didn't spike your BG levels…yes..i live that horrible life…I don't eat grains or starchy veggies or fruits (with the exception of small amounts of berries) at all…my life consist of such horrible foods as bacon and eggs..steak..dark green salads…cheese and nuts..oh and yummy keto chocolate mouse…oh how I suffer..I was diagnosed in October of 2014..and put on 2000 MG of metformin…it is now Feb and I am down to 500 MG with an A1C of 5.9..going in about a week and a half for my next and fully expect it to go down..if it does I a considering going off all meds…not sure yet…still a wee bit nervous about it even though it is the goal…I take cinnamon with chromium…a multi vitamin without iron (because I get plenty from my diet)..and I have just added a high quality DHA supplement (one free of mercury and other pollutants)…welcome to DC…hope you like it here as much as I do..I find myself spending more and more time on this site and hope that you do as well..

Spacy 2015-02-17 22:52:11 -0600 Report

Thanks for the warm welcome everyone! Indeed I have come to the right place!! I look forward to learning and sharing tips and information.
Be well

jayabee52 2015-02-17 20:24:44 -0600 Report

Howdy Spacy
Like Valentine lady below, i didn't take my T 2 diabetes seriously after being Dx'd in '95. Today I also take it seriously and have developed a meal plan whereby I keep my BG (blood glucose) levels in the normal range, lost 65 lbs within a 5 mo period, achieved a 5.5% A1c and stopped the need for any diabetes meds.
I have written up that plan and make it available to anyone who requests it.

God's best to you

Ruth2015 2015-02-17 20:54:39 -0600 Report

Hi Jane

Ruth2015 2015-02-17 20:55:19 -0600 Report

Hi James can I see you diet plan please thank

valentine lady
valentine lady 2015-02-17 17:53:17 -0600 Report

Hi Spacey,
First of all, WELCOME to Diabetic. Connect. Also welcome to your new life as a diabetic. Even as a Nurse I'm sure you have a lot of questions. You've come to the right place. I've been a diabetic for 8
years now. At first I simply took my meds and that was that. I didn't
have the mindset to get my life together and take diabetes seriously.
I have since then. I lost 80 lbs. still have a long way to go. But I'm off all insulin, all diabetic medications. My A1C is 5.1 and I feel great. I' m on a low carbohydrate, high protein diet. I test twice a day and
my high is around 125. My fasting BG is around 105 everyday. Remember, your just getting started. Try different things until you find that thing for you. But listen to your dr. as well. Hugs, VL

haoleboy 2015-02-17 17:13:06 -0600 Report

IHi Spacey,
Welcome …
I've been dealing with this for going on 8 years now (come May), I am taking 500 mg of metformin (Glucophage) 2x daily but will be reducing or eliminating that depending on next A1c (if lower than current 5.8). I have had good luck with 16:8 intermittent fasting, eating no more than 50 total carbs per day, and daily walking and weight training. I was also helped by a large weight loss … so that I am now at my ideal weight.
The "conventional wisdom" may work for some but never made sense to me.


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