newbie & finally accepted my diagnosis

By sahm0315 Latest Reply 2010-02-27 12:27:02 -0600
Started 2009-10-06 16:49:02 -0500

Hi all! A couple months ago I was hospitalized for chest pain and the cardiologist INSISTS I am pre-diabetic. My last three fasting BS were 97 and there is a VERY STRONG family link.

I have finally accepted the diagnosis and am starting my journey, learning and relearning along the way (I grew up with my diabetic grandmother in the house).

Any tips, ideas, books, sites are always appreciated.


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sahm0315 2010-02-27 12:27:02 -0600 Report

Back again!
I had bloodwork recently for carpal tunnel surgery & my FBS is still 100. My primary isn't saying anything about it (yet) but she has given me a little more time to lose some weight since I can't do a lot of the exercises and yoga because I can't use my right hand.

Other than walking are there any good exercises I can do to help with this weight????
Thanks in advance!

sahm0315 2009-10-09 07:58:42 -0500 Report

ty for the advice…I grew up with a grandmother who controlled her diabetes through diet & only 1 oral medication. She NEVER had an insulin shot in her life!

I actually started eliminating my "white foods" a couple weeks before I was in the hospital for other health reasons but now I'm trying to revamp my favorite holiday cookie (Pizzelles) so I can still enjoy it!

sahm0315 2010-01-17 17:10:17 -0600 Report

It's been a while since I've been here & my latest FBS is 100. The docs are still saying I'm NOT prediabetic (????) but I've got to lower my numbers (bs cholesterol & weight) by March/April or I'm on medications for them wether I like it or not.

I have almost completely eliminated white foods & sugar from my diet (it was a lot easier than I expected) AND I revamped the family Pizzelle recipe (Everyone who has tried it loves it except a few family members, oh well)

I just got released from physical therapy for arthritis in my knee & now I need carpal tunnel surgery but I'm NOT letting either stop me from getting back into yoga & getting the serious exercise I need.


Sarguillo 2009-10-06 18:34:14 -0500 Report

Its great that you know now that you are pre-diabetic, rather now than later.
In your case, start to live a diabetic life style. In other words, start watching what you eat.
the big one, less carbs. Less white food (bread, rice, potatoes). More green vegatables.
Please take a general diabetes class.
Explain that you are pre-diabetes and they can help you out alot.
Get a meter. test from time to time, Just to see how you are doing.
Keep a log to show your doctor how you are doing.

You might be able to diabetes at bay for along time if you watch your diet and start some type of exersise.

John had a good topic recently about diabetes and food

So, start exersising, watch your carbs. Learn to love Ice Tea and Diet soda.

I hate to say this, but welcome to the club..

We are here to support you in any way we can.
Good luck.

Maryt 2009-10-06 18:26:52 -0500 Report

Just a friendly tip. I work as a Community Health Rep. We have a community member who was diagnosed about 15 years ago with diabetes but he refused to acknowledge that he had it. Now the diabetes has attacked his kidneys and he has had to have a blood transfusion after kidney dialysis and has started on mass medicine to try to get his diabetes under control. He had pneumonia and is in the hospital again with fluid in his lungs. Please follow your doctors advice and take your medicine as prescribed so as not to have complications like my friend.