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Joetwitty
By Joetwitty Latest Reply 2010-09-20 13:23:02 -0500
Started 2009-08-12 07:24:22 -0500

I had a blood test done about two years ago. when the test came back my doctor called me and said to go and pich up a meter and test strips at your drug store. and the clerk will explain what to do. Is this the way it's done. I have been looking in stores and on line and i get bits of information here and there but I don't think i know all that I should. and what is the diffrence between type 1 and type 2. and why will nobody explain it to me. People act like I 'm contagist.


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lipsie
lipsie 2009-08-13 08:38:35 -0500 Report

Just wanted to welcome you to the website, I see you have a good start with some information already here, and you just get more n more here, it's great here learning, support, you name it! Great having join! Hugs! Sheila

Sarguillo
Sarguillo 2009-08-12 16:43:40 -0500 Report

Hello Joe, glad you found us, Good way to think about it, a Type 1 is like a car with no engine. It cant move the molucues around in your system and allow what you eat enter your cells. A type 2 is like a car with 300,000 miles. Might still work, on its last legs. May give out at any moment. Some Type 2 are like the engine is there, but its dead.

Sorry you werent informed about your condition. WIthout knowledge, you have no guildlines. Please see a doctor soon. Find one you can talk to. Take a list of questions. Make them good questions. Or ask us. We can answer just about anything as long as its not giving out medical advice, (and we do that sometimes even though we know we shouldnt).

What you will find out in about a year from now is that you will by that time know as much about diabetes as your dr or nurse (well not as much, but close).
This is like a mini medical school on this condition.

If he just said to get a meter and listen to pharmisist then, you are most likely a Type 2 (or T2 for short).

Yes, use your meter,
Take a reading in the morning. .
Take another reading in evening just before Dinner.
Keep records. You dont need a book, you can write it down on a piece of papper.
As long as you can go back and see what your numbers are.
Look into some diabetic classes. A talk with a nutricionist.
People who can help you with your condition.
Everyone is different.

Now healthy eating for a diabetic.
You will get an argument if you ask that.

Let me tell you what I do and if you want to emulate me, please feel free to do so.

I eat breakfast eveymorning. I went years without doing that.
You want to try to eat lower carbs.
A slice of bread has about 15 carbs.
Try to keep your breakfast to about 30 carbs or so.

Learn to read the packaging on food stuff.
Dont look at the sugars. look at the carbs and portions per packaging.

I tend to eat more meat.
More Vegtables.
less pastas and less breads.

For lunch, try to eat about 45 carbs.
athat is a sandwich and a small apple or so.

For dinner, Try to keep your carbs to about 60 carbs.
That comes out to about 4 slices worth of bread.
Now carbs are in alot of stuff so be carefull.
Since dinner is where I eat more, I want a good vegtable.
Broccoli with cheese on top is a favorite.
Cauliflower massed pottatoes (fake potatoes, use cauliflower instead of potatoes.
I dont skimp on butter.
If Im going to die because of butter, then I die.

Stay away from most acohols.
No beer if you can do that.
If you must, light beer and keep it to one.

Stay away from soft drinks.
Learn to love diet soda.
wean yourself to diet soda.
It might taste funny now, but later when you have weaned yourself from sugar, it tastes fine.

Ice tea is your friend.
Fake sugar is your friend.
I like to drink crytal light type soft drinks.
Its mostly food coloring so dont be surprised if you see other stuff that is now colorfull.
You will now what I mean if you drink these type of drinks.

Pleease stay off of scales.
I know myself and I only scale evey 6 months when I have to go see my doctor.
When I used to scale myself often, I was depressed if I gained or not lost weight which made me more depressed which made me eat more, which drove me Blood sugars up and made me gain weight, which made me more depressed.
Get it?
Its an never ending cycle.

Please understand that you are not alone.
Please ask away, That is what we are here for.

Just remember, Ive been there. Im willing to share my expiernce if it helps anyone else not to make the same mistakes I have.

Good luck.

Take care of yourself.

BLC
BLC 2009-08-12 22:35:29 -0500 Report

I absolutely loved your comparison of T1 and T2 to cars! What a great way to make sense out of something that seems so complicated. Are you a teacher?

Sarguillo
Sarguillo 2009-08-13 18:32:06 -0500 Report

Hello, Glad you like the comparission. Nope, not a teacher. Just the way it was explained to me about 12 years ago. It made sense and I have used it to explain it to others.

BLC
BLC 2009-08-12 22:35:30 -0500 Report

I absolutely loved your comparison of T1 and T2 to cars! What a great way to make sense out of something that seems so complicated. Are you a teacher?

Crashnot
Crashnot 2009-08-12 15:44:04 -0500 Report

In both Type 1 and Type 2 though, if you do not control the level of sugar in your blood, serious complications will come about. In the most simplistic explanation, sugar acts like a corrosive agent and damages the blood vessel walls. This causes a breakdown of the blood vessels. As a result, vital nutrients like minerals and vitamins cannot reach your cells, along with oxygen. The cells break down and soon you are dealing with damaged organs, especially those that are served by the smallest blood vessels. These include the eyes, kidneys and fingers and toes. Your doctor should have you going to an opthamologist (not an optomytrist) (pardon the spelling, my type 1 sugar is very low from pulling weeds all afternoon) to have the back of your eyes examined for damage. He should also ask you to do a urine test to check for protein in the urine that would indicate damage to the kidneys.

BLC
BLC 2009-08-12 15:19:57 -0500 Report

Type 1 Diabetes is a disorder in which the body does not produce insulin (a hormone that aids in moving sugar from the blood to the cells). This type of diabetes can be due to a virus or autoimmune disorder in which the body does not recognize an organ as its own and attacks it. In this case the body attacks an organ known as the pancreas where insulin is made.

Those with Type 1 Diabetes are required to take insulin injections to move sugar from the bloodstream. This type of diabetes is usually diagnosed before age 40.

Type 2 Diabetes occurs when insulin that the body produces is less efficient at moving sugar out of the bloodstream. Some sugar is moved out of the blood, just not as effectively compared to a person with normal insulin efficiency. High blood sugars are a result of this.

Diet, exercise, weight loss, and possible medications are the treatment for this type of diabetes. Occasionally, someone with Type 2 may be placed on insulin to better control blood sugars. This type of diabetes is associated with physical inactivity and obesity. Type 2 Diabetes used to be thought of as the adult onset type of diabetes. However, an alarming rate of children are now being diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes.
Source(s):
http://www.diabetesplanner.com/articles_
Someone who is type 2 may have to eventually go on insulin but this doesn't make them type 1.
I would recommend having a long talk with your doctor so that you can get all the information about your type of diabetes, meal planning, exercise and medication. Best of luck to you.

PAT L
PAT L 2009-08-12 13:55:59 -0500 Report

WELL GUY TO MAKE IT EASY A TYPE 1 REQUIRES INSULIN INJECTED IN THE BODY TO KEEP YOU ALIVE. A TYPE 2 IS A PERSON THAT THE BODY IS STILL MAKING INSULIN AN KEEPING THE BLOOD SUGAR BETWEEN 80 AN 16O. BUT IF YOU EAT TO MUCH SUGAR THEN THE NUMBERS GO ABOVE 160 BECAUSE THE BODY IS NOT MAKING ENOUGH INSULIN TO CONTROL THE SUGAR IN THE BLOOD. MY NUMBERS STAY AROUND 130 BUT A FRIEND WHO IS ON A INSULIN PUMP HAS HAD HER NUMBERS GO WELL OVER 300. THIS IS WHEN THE BODY WILL START TO DISTROY ITS SELF.. SO IF YOU HAVE A TESTOR AN YOU ARE KEEPING YOUR NUMBERS BETWEEN 80 AN 160 BY WATCHING WHAT YOU EAT THEN YOU ARE IN THE TYPE 2 CLASS. SO READ WHAT PEOPLE HERE ARE TALKING ABOUT AN YOU WILL LEARN A LOT IN A HURRY AN IT WILL HELP YOU. BUT ALSO TALK TO YOUR DOC AN IF HE WILL NOT HELP THEN CHANGE AN GET ONE THAT WILL…

2009-08-12 12:36:38 -0500 Report

You can get alot of information here, but you should have a very frank discussion with your doctor. Ask him/her questions. Don't let your doctor rush you thru your appointment. If that doesn't work, change doctors. Find one who will work with you, listen to you and answer any questions you have.

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