Diagnosed with diabetes today.

By Millie32 Latest Reply 2018-02-12 13:50:54 -0600
Started 2018-01-18 16:22:30 -0600

Hello everyone,
I was diagnosed with diabetes today. My A1C is at 10. I’m so lost and confused. I spent the entire day crying. I did this to myself by eating unhealthy and drinking lots of sodas. I’m only 32 years old and I feel like my life is over already. Any advice or kind words is greatly appreciated right now.

11 replies

mkw2019 2018-02-12 13:50:54 -0600 Report

Hello All , Millie mainly. I was diagnosed last week. I saw the Dr.Thursday. He did my first monitor test so quickly I hardly saw it. He said a woman will call me. I understand Millie and other new ones.He gave me a monitor.Found no strips i it next am?I read all the info with it but I don't understand how to count carbs , the measuring of all I need too?? Yes, will take time. Dr. didn't tell me my A1c so I don't know it. I went and bought another kit , strips but I see 135 come up but no clue where A1c is ? I may not have it set up right either. Frustrated yes with myself for ' letting myself go '. But I can change that. I know I am still blessed. My husband of 39 yrs died of a Brain Tumor , now that was suffering. Lost my pup of 17 yrs two years ago and I stopped walking , yard work etc…my fault.I can begin walking again, nothing wrong with my legs!!. I mainly do not understand about this all , need to figure monitor out.I went to CVS at 7am Sunday before early church hoping to be helped but just sold me another one .Dr. says this lady will call me and has a program I think. I will call back Tues.when he opens to verify,go by and see if nurse will help me with my monitor.Bottom line Millie , other new ones…I want to be really upset too, cry , be angry but none of that will help.I can begin to eat better, walk , keep my high Blood Pressure better controlled on my own until I learn all what I do not understand now. We are writing ,we are reading , you are offering us help, comfort , teaching and support. I watched helplessly my Jim fight and fought with him 24 months with a Glioblastoma Multiforme, same BT Ted Kennedy and now Sen John McCain has. It was HOPELESS from day one. We have lost 3 in the family now. Millie , and other young mother who wrote we don't have that, we need to rem the Lord has tapped us on our shoulder , given us a second chance.Yes, I cried too. Mainly frustrated but we can do this! In fact , I am so aggravated with myself I turn the channel if I see a PIZZA! I do not want to live in Dr Office's. I want to feel best I can. Just alot to learn. Dr seems to busy to help me. I'm praying for you all.

CJWillis 2018-01-28 01:10:58 -0600 Report

I was in your EXACT position just last year: 32, newly diagnosed, A1C AT 10.4, eating unhealthy, crying my eyes out. My best advice? 1) You can control SO MUCH through diet alone, 2) do not allow yourself any excuses. I was terrible about taking metformin, I thought I could just change some eating habits and be fine (but, Y'know, a slip up now and then is totally excusable, right?), and I just didn't take the diagnosis seriously enough. Come this past December, I got a new doctor and a new A1C - which came out at 13.2. My new doctor did a magical job of putting the right amount of fear and belief in me, and I started kicking my own butt. I see a trainer 3x a week - I NEVER, EVER, EVER want to go, but he's good at what he does and I NEVER regret showing up and doing the work - and I have cut out grain-based carbs (for me, the temptation is too much and they spike my blood sugar faster than a scoop of
ice cream - but you figure out your own specific triggers!) and I don't make any more allowances. I just find new ways to make the food I'm okay to eat more interesting. Since December 28, my daily glucose reading average has gone from 325 to 175, and it's still on the decline. That's less than a month of dedication and Metformin, no insulin.

Talk to your doctor. Practice mindfulness and make tough choices between the food you want and the vitality you need. But most important of all: forgive yourself. It's hard not to hate yourself for "doing this to myself." I get it, I was there. But if you put yourself in this position, then open your heart to the possibility that you can get yourself out of it. And as your head clears from the reduction of sugar in your body, it will get easier to be more proud of the present than ashamed of the past :)

Chopstix 2018-01-28 00:41:31 -0600 Report

First, your life is not over. Take it one day at a time. At first things will seem hard but the more you do them the easier it gets. I am an over-the-road driver who was diagnosed as a Type 2 April 2005. I basically had to teach myself how to care for myself on the road. Learning what to eat and not eat was my biggest challenge. Try keeping a food diary with remarks of how your foods affect your glucose. You are not as alone as you may feel. We are here to help one another as much as possible. Any time you have a question about anything don't hesitate to ask.

AJNatural 2018-01-21 18:37:29 -0600 Report

Hi Millie. My advice is to please be gentle with yourself. We do the best at any given time. You are young and have a good chance of healing from diabetes! My mom had diabetes, and I am healing from hypothyroidism. I have done much research and have found that gut health is linked to almost everything. May I suggest you take steps to heal your gut? There are several ways; here is one you can take a look at to see if it resonates with you: www.diabetesgoneaway.com/get-free-access. Will hold you in healing light!

GrannyLLE 2018-01-21 02:37:42 -0600 Report

Hi I was the same 10 years ago , I had to make changes .i did a lot of reading.its hard but we can do this together I am new here today. Let’s be friends. Take a breath get some sleep and start one day at a time

Annie531 2018-01-20 19:13:05 -0600 Report

This is a shock to most all of us, Take deep Breath and start a journey that will make you feel better than you have in long time. Join support groups on FB and anywhere such as this, A woman can have 30-45 carbs per meal and 15 per snack ( 3 times a day ) start exercising this this helps with bringing sugar down, and drink at least 8 12 oz of water a day. You can do this , and don't beat yourself up for how you became a diabetic, it could be as simple as genetics. A Big Hug , and good luck on your new founded journey .

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Scared ****less 2018-01-20 18:29:33 -0600 Report

its not the end of the world . We have all been there feeling sorry for ourselfs . The best thing to do is getting knowlege about this desise . And believe me you can learn to control it . Because its been 3 years with no syntoms what so ever after being diagnosed with type 2 .So be strong

msann 2018-01-20 09:40:47 -0600 Report

first thing it could be worse so just calm down and start slowly your eating habits and do you have a meter to keep up with your numbers do your insurance pay for diabetic educator can you execise keep me updated good luck

Type1Lou 2018-01-19 17:44:43 -0600 Report

I just met with a friend recently diagnosed with Type2 diabetes. As chronic diseases go, diabetes is one where we have a tremendous amount of input into how well we can control it (vs something like cancer or Parkinson's). Sorry you've joined our group, but living well with diabetes is possible with the right knowledge, support (both medical and social) and the determination to make the lifestyle changes needed for better control. Learn as much as you can. Don't hesitate to ask us questions…we'll share what has worked for us. There is tremendous variation about what works among individuals and type of diabetes but a common factor is reducing carbohydrate consumption. Become carbohydrate-aware. Read the labels on the food you buy and look at "total carbs", not just the sugars. Your body converts most carbs to sugar for use as energy. There is no "one-right-amount of carbs that works for everyone. I've had diabetes now for 41 years and find I can consume no more than 110-115 total carb grams per day to keep my A1c in a good range…you may need less or more; it depends on your body size, age, metabolism and activity level. A great book that I would recommend is Dr Richard Bernstein's Diabetes Solution. His book opened my eyes to the role played by carbohydrates in elevating blood sugar.

Pegsy 2018-01-19 17:00:23 -0600 Report

Millie, I'm so sorry you are going through this. You sound a lot like me when I was first diagnosed. I was very afraid, blamed myself and was very angry. Take some time to process all this and then get busy educating yourself. Diabetic Connect is a great place to learn how to get healthier. Read a lot. Ask a lot of questions and be committed to yourself, for life. When I was first diagnosed I think my A1c was 10 or 11. I stopped all sugar and sodas, went very low carb and began exercising daily. I've lost 87 lbs and have kept it off for 5 years now. I've also been able to reduce the amount of medication I take. You can do this if you can commit yourself to your health. It isn't as hard or bad as it seems to you now. Once you're over the shock, make a plan and stick to it. You can do this!