New to all this

By mysticseal Latest Reply 2009-12-18 10:34:10 -0600
Started 2009-12-16 12:09:31 -0600

I am kind of new to this. I have lknown diabetics and seen some of the terrible effects this didease can have on people but I just can't seem to get a sense of urgency about the life changes I need to make. My doctor does not seem to have much of a sense of urgency and he, too, is diabetic. I am making some changes and I keep an eye on my blood sugar. It rarely gets above180. twice this year it has been over 200. I havew been told that is not too bad, and I have had two major surgeries this year, and have been told that that can effect sugar levels. Can anyone tell me how concerned I should be. Is it right to be as lacadaisical as I am feeling?

15 replies

alanbossman 2009-12-18 10:34:10 -0600 Report

Hi. I totally argee with Harlen you need to take care of your self. eat low carb meals and portion size also

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-12-17 19:00:08 -0600 Report

You know what—-I THINK that my body is recupperating from the past illnesses and surgeries as my BS is consistanly trying to stay down> But now, I am suspicsious, I believe what the others say about how diabetis can steal your life away and you may not know it until something disastrous happens. BUT I have finally gotten into the habit of eating more properly, avoiding the junk food, so will continue even IF my BS hold normal from here on out! I do NOT want it to slip back into my life and not be aware!

And as for your Drs' cautious approach, I wouldn't wait for HIM to get excited, take charge of your life and KNOW BETTER and do what you know is wise! I think some Drs are afraid to say too much in fear of creating a monster—someone who is overly cautious, but the answer to that one, is to just educate yourself, KNOW the facts, and you can find PEACE in being in CONTROL of your body!! NOT waiting for someone else to do it for you!

Best wishes and hugs, Pat R

Sue Turner
Sue Turner 2009-12-17 15:25:36 -0600 Report

I would take this very seriously. Since you have seen the effects of this disease, that in itself should have some impression on you to take care of yourself. If my doctor was not concerned, I think I would find one who would be concerned. I think you should find a good Endocrinologist, since they specialize in diabetes. I don't think you should be lax about this at all. Hope you have done well with your surgeries. Yes, illness, surgery, etc., will have an effect on your BS levels. Your body is working extra hard to heal itself. So take care, and do take this disease seriously.

Antique-Dave 2009-12-17 14:34:16 -0600 Report

You can ignore diabetes but it will not ignore you. it will not go away, it will silently steal your life if you let it.

you have to make a choice here, to live and be healthy or be sick and die.

You are the only one who can make the decision and the only one who is going to be able to consistently make the good choices that you need to make if you want to stay healthy.

The docs have scads of diabetic patients who just don't care enough about themselves to make the right choices, and I think the docs have learned to just not invest much of themselves.

time to get busy or find a taxidermist that will make a floor lamp out of your feet when you lose them.

salmanda 2009-12-17 19:12:04 -0600 Report

Very well said Dave…profound…thank you for sharing some very serious food for thought with newbies to diabetes.
Sal :)

marston - 101471
marston - 101471 2009-12-16 19:47:44 -0600 Report

Here's the deal. It's up to you. Being newly diagnosed, today, is such an advantage because of how much they learn everyday. So my advice is learn what questions and what answers you need so you can be a very important part of this command center, your diabetic team. I was diagnosed in October 1950 at the age of 2. Never knew what it was like not to be a diabetic.Could not even check my blood sugars before 1972. So you need to gather knowledge, put it to good use and learn to listen. Don't forget, with diabetes you can do everything right and get bad blood sugar numbers. Almost isn't fair. but it was the hand we were dealt. Good luck.

Susie624 2009-12-16 17:54:40 -0600 Report

My friend be afraid,very afraid,because diabetes not taken care of can lead to failed kidneys,heart attacks, strokes,blindness,and amputation, amongest other things.Please find all the info you can and stay with us here.Lots of good advice from people who has had this for many years.

Elrond 2009-12-16 18:20:23 -0600 Report

I guess I should toss in my 'two cent's worth'. I was diagnosed type two back in the early 80's. I didn't take it very seriously. The only thing I did was cut down on beer. Then, in 1994, I had a stroke that almost killed me. The stroke disabled me and cost me my job along with my job-related health insurance. The loss of my job put my finances on a downward spiral that wound up with me in a bankruptcy that eventually cost me my home. Then, in 2004, I suffered a heart attack that DID kill me. Only heroic measures by the paramedics brought me back. I'm now losing my eyesight to diabetic macular degeneration and I walk with a cane. I'm only 58 years old. I suggest you start taking this very seriously.

salmanda 2009-12-17 19:10:20 -0600 Report

I am so sorry you have had such a tough time Elrond. By "speaking up" here, you have helped many not make the same mistakes you have said you made…including me. So, thank you.
Sal :)

salmanda 2009-12-16 17:53:05 -0600 Report

Well said Harlan. You do need to feel urgent about this. Start following a diet so that you don't suffer the cosequences later. Also, by starting now, you may be able to prevent yourself from having to take meds and/or insulin…both of these can get expensive!
Good luck, and please ask away…we have answers from our own experiences which you just have to take into consideration for you.
Take care,
Sal :)

Robert C. H.
Robert C. H. 2009-12-16 14:36:00 -0600 Report

Your Doctor may not show alarm right now as you are probably not showing Symtoms right now, But now is the time to learn and start treating yourself. Not when you start suffering from the side effects that creep up on you.You did yourself a favor by finding this site and there are a lot of good people with a wealth of knowageon how to take care of yourself now,before the alarm bells start to ring. I wish you luck Robert

Harlen 2009-12-16 12:29:55 -0600 Report

To do a little more each week just a little more
and you can keep it in line denile is the first stage
I whent thrue it too.But after seeing my mother die from not taking care of her diabetes it makes me wish to do a lot better and I keep them where they need to be to life long and happy .Ok I dont eat bread, pasta, spuds, things with a lot of carbs .Yep it is hard to keep to the right food .Its up to you to take care of you how much do you love your self?????? Do you wish to live and see your kids,grand kids,GG kids ????? To help them thrue life you can only do this if you are there !
Its up to you !!
I wish you the best of luck