Newly diagnosed. Scared have no idea what to do

By PaulaJ515 Latest Reply 2017-11-19 08:38:31 -0600
Started 2017-11-12 20:38:36 -0600

Just diagnosed Wednesday, no insurance so Dr said I have 6 months to get my bs and A1C down, then she will put me on metformin, my fasting bs has been ( 128, 126, 138, now 142) in 6 month intervals. Been pre-diabetic for any years (15). Diet and exercise. No instructions, someone please help, do I need a meter to check my bs? Which one? How? What diet do I follow, what exercises do I do? Any ideas???

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LaTayna Belize
LaTayna Belize 2017-11-19 08:38:31 -0600 Report

How did you get your BS that you mentioned if you don’t have a meter? Your numbers you have showed are still prediabetic. Your numbers must of bring higher at the doctor office for your doctor to want to put you on medication. My doctor said as long as my doctor said as long as my numbers stay below BS 150 that he would not put me on medication and to control my BS with diet and exercise. I’m sure with slight changes in your diet and exercising that you can get your numbers down were you feel more comfortable. I would not panic over those reading but you do know you want to start developing a more healthier lifestyle and become more active. Best wishes my friend!

GabbyPA 2017-11-18 11:27:07 -0600 Report

A meter is helpful and if you don't have insurance I would recommend the Reli-On from WalMart. It is inexpensive and the strips are also affordable. I have been using one for years now and have no complaints about it.

If you have been pre diabetic for 15 years, didn't your doctor recommend anything to change to help curb it? Though if you have had it for 15 years, you have done well.

As for diet to follow, everyone finds different ways to work that. I personally do best on a very low carbohydrate way of eating which means I eat primarly low carb veggies, meats and healthy fats like coconut oil. I do not use boxed foods anymore and if I plan well, I can make enough in the crock pot to give me future "frozen meals" that I cooked. That helps me a lot.

Exercise it what I struggle with most, but being active everyday with a walk or getting out is better than not doing anything. I found things like resistance training give me the best long term effects as my muscles will consume more of the glucose even after my workout is done.

Being here is a great step as you will find it a good sounding board for ideas, encouragement, information and venting. Glad to have you here.

SquidA'Line 2017-11-17 08:12:27 -0600 Report

Aww, sorry you are scared. VERY smart to come speak to other Diabetics on a forum. I went through this 21 years ago, Type 2 Diabetes diagnosis. Research and learning about Diabetes is your most valuable tool, trust me.
Learn about micro nutrition, and the difference between complex and simple carbs. Here is a link.

Get a Fitbit. Join a walking group. Walk everyday. I lost 40lbs and got off most of the medication. You can too.

Also, Amazon is a great place for glucose meters too. You can find reviews of meters and really inexpensive test strips. I always keep a meter in my purse and one at home. Good luck and post any questions for other Diabetics, we all know how you feel and we all support you!

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2017-11-15 23:30:16 -0600 Report

Hey Paula, it's great to meet you. I am glad you found your way to this incredibly supportive community. I am sorry to hear you are dealing with all of this at once, without a lot of help, and that you also don't have any insurance. I see you already are getting some help from other members. I am a therapist, not a physician, so I don't have any helpful medical advice to give you. We have a lot of great information here on this site, under "Understanding Diabetes." You might check out some of the great articles there. Also, you might ask your doctor to give you information on diet and exercise. Don't hesitate to advocate for yourself. I suspect you have looked into getting some assistance with your healthcare, but just wondered if you had looked into Medicaid. I encourage you to get informed, to ask your doctor questions. And stay in touch with us. Support is power!

Consueloj 2017-11-13 16:49:03 -0600 Report

Hi Paula. Its a scary thing to be told to do something ..or else!
Low carb eating - good amount of protein - cardio exercises are the way to go to get that BS number down ! I can only tell you what I did and still do - no more bread, pasta, potatoes, absolutely NO SUGAR! I also cut out all fruits with the exception of berries. I take it farther and have cut out grains and legumes. But thats just me. I was able to ditch meds within 5 months and have been med free for over 2 years now.
Start tonight - protein and veggie for dinner (no corn or peas for me) then go for a walk! And yes - testing yourself is a must.

PaulaJ515 2017-11-13 21:06:46 -0600 Report

Hi Consueloj, thank you for your suggestions. I know absolutely nothing about testing, but I am getting an inexpensive meter from Walmart (I am told is very good for what I need). and will start tomorrow testing.I've been told I need a low carb diet, so your suggestions are on point. Thank you!

Type1Lou 2017-11-13 11:19:53 -0600 Report

For me, reducing my daily carbohydrate intake helped me gain better control of my blood sugars and had the added benefit of some weight loss. Do you know how many carbs you are currently eating per day? If not, get that number (read food labels and consult a book or app for items without labels), then reduce it, bit by bit until you achieve the Blood Sugar readings you want (You will need to get a meter and strips…Walmart sells one that is inexpensive.) Controlling and limiting your carbs will be a significant step in gaining better control. There is no one carb total that is right for everyone…it depends upon age, gender, metabolism and activity. I limit myself to 110 total carb grams per day and I do 45 minutes of exercise every day…I used to walk 4 miles every morning but developed some problems with a foot so, instead, I'm now going to a gym and riding the stationary bike for 35 minutes and doing the elliptical machine for 10 minutes.

PaulaJ515 2017-11-13 21:13:23 -0600 Report

Carbs are my weak point. and not much exercise. I work at my desk, so not much activity. Thanks for the tips on reading labels. I have no idea of my carb count daily, I am sure it is high. I love potatoes and bread. I will have to start keeping track. It is amazing how much we don't understand about things we do to our selves every day! Thank you, Type1Lou, for all of your suggestions and input. You have helped me more than you could ever know!

GabbyPA 2017-11-18 11:29:44 -0600 Report

I have found that keeping a journal is very helpful. It shines lights on problems and things that you are doing right as well. I keep one off and on. Usually I do at least 3-6 months to get patterns and I have kept some for over a year. I am not currently keeping one, but I am planning to get it going again, as I get comfortable, things tend to slide out of perspective.

msann 2017-11-13 11:09:07 -0600 Report

yes you need meter asap watch your diet and exercise go to American Diabetes Association and read there site

PaulaJ515 2017-11-13 21:15:52 -0600 Report

Thanks, msann, Getting a meter in the morning!!!, will be reading the American Diabetes Association website. Diet and exercise to come next!