New to the site and Husband newly diagnosed

Harley Chick
By Harley Chick Latest Reply 2010-01-08 19:38:13 -0600
Started 2010-01-08 07:49:05 -0600

My husband was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes just before Christmas and it came as quite a shock. He had none of the classic symptoms and went in for routine physical when we got the news. We are fortunate that our community offers a number of education classes and we got to meet one on one with a nutritionist that explained what diabetes is, showed us how to read labels to determine which foods are the best choices for him, and what a correct portion size is. His levels went from 266 down to 128 in just a couple of weeks. We are working as a team to control his diabetes and have made food changes for the whole family. Our concern now is for our two young children and their increased risk but we are hopeful that since we have already made some lifestyle changes that will decrease our children's risk. We are also thankful for the Nintendo Wii that Santa brought for Christmas (a little ironic now looking back) because it has increased our activity level and increased our family time. We are not overweight (but who among us couldn't stand to lose a few pounds right?) and are young to be developing diabetes but as a family we will get him through this.

6 replies

Jesse57 2010-01-08 19:38:13 -0600 Report

Welcome aboard !!!!! I know where you're coming from with the Christmas diagnoses, I got told that I am type 1 just before Christmas 2 yrs. ago. I think it's awesome to have the family as a whole going through the transition together !!!!!

AddassaMari 2010-01-08 18:52:04 -0600 Report

Welcome, you have such a positive spirit. This is a great community and folks are very helpful and very knowledge. We are all paddling in the same boat. Keep that positive attitude.

giojuju 2010-01-08 12:34:24 -0600 Report

first of all congratulations u and ur family have made very good changes to ur life styles it sound that u have everything under control keep it up its for the good. and yes that wii console is very helpfull i bought it for my son when it first came out and thats where we get our excersice done when its too cold to go out for a jog it does really make u sweat if u have the right games. keep it up

rankearl 2010-01-08 12:33:23 -0600 Report

hi good luck everything in moderation i was diagnosed young so diabetes is a way of life for me i love the doctors calorie carb and fat counter it is my diabetic bible it comes out with a new guide every year and always has a diabetic diet guide or go to hope that helps any questions ask i will try my best to help that is a free site the book cost around 5 dollars i get mine at krogers hugs julie

ptsparkle 2010-01-08 09:23:57 -0600 Report

Quite a Christmas present! The good news is that you have jumped on this as a family and are going in the right direction. Keep on doing what your doing. The wii is a blast with a bunch of programs. Nothing could be better than quality family time. Stick around here, there are many friends with a bunch of knowledge who are willing to share. Welcome to the site.

alanbossman 2010-01-08 08:56:58 -0600 Report

Welcome to dc. Sounds like you have things under control. Yes eating the right portion size and the right food choices is the way to go, plus the activity you get with the wii. The lifestyle you have started for your family is the best way to kept diabetes away from your boys.

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