By Florida54 Latest Reply 2010-03-22 09:27:29 -0500
Started 2010-02-24 10:07:34 -0600

My doctor told me I had Diabetes and gave me some pills. That was it. Am I supposed to be checking myself with a meter since I do not have the diabetes that needs insulin?

21 replies

GabbyPA 2010-03-22 09:27:29 -0500 Report

Welcome to the site Florida54, you are in the right place to get some help.

I think a lot of doctors don't take the time to explain much because they don't believe in their patients' desire to be a part of the treatment. You have to show them that you do. I know for me, it took a couple of visits to get that relationship going, but now we have one that works for both of us.

First, find out what you are taking and do some research on your medications. I found www.drugs.com to be a great assistance to me. Here you can find out what your drugs are supposed to be helping.

Then learn how to test your blood. It does vary from person to person, but here is a good guide for you to start with. http://www.diabetes.org/living-with-diabetes/treatment-and-care/blood-glucose-control/checking-your-blood-glucose.html In the beginning, testing 2 hours after each meal and writing down what you ate will begin to show you what kinds of foods to avoid or reduce in portion sizes.

Also, every diabetic needs to test. Type 1 (requires insulin) and Type 2 (may be on oral meds or insulin) All of us need to be testing.

There is more, but start with this, and as you find out more things, you will have specific questions to ask your doctor. Don't leave until you understand the answers. It is a relationship that you should be glad to have, if it doesn't develop into that, like many have said....find a new one who will.

Pam from KCMO
Pam from KCMO 2010-02-25 04:47:08 -0600 Report

As so many have said - find another doctor. To have dropped the diagnosis on you without information or a referral to a nutritionist or diabetes center is appalling.

If you're taking pills, you should be monitoring your blood sugar. Especially at first - my BS levels would go way too low at first, I kept dropping into hypoglycemia, and needed my meds adjusted.

My doc referred me at diagnosis to one of the Diabetes Centers here in town for education - they gave me my first meter, tons of information, and support.

Good luck, and welcome to DC!

Zimoss 2010-02-25 01:19:44 -0600 Report

there has been some research lately (I think it was from a country with a socialist medical system— possibly Canada or England) that questioned the need for diabetics that are not on Insulin or oral meds that actually cause low blood sugars… I think that the findings said it really didn't make much difference.

However from most people's experience it does make a difference and you should be testing. If your doctor doesn't think you should, it may be time for a new doctor.

there are also programs to help with the co-pays for your strips once you get a meter…

accu-chek: https://www.accu-chekconnect.com/connect/diab...

Freestyle: http://www.myfreestyle.com/fs/d/en_US/70.10:1...

ken-e 2010-02-24 21:57:57 -0600 Report

Others have said 'Find a new doctor.' I say kick your old doctor in the a$$ on the way out the door. Find a doctor that will speak with you and listen to you as you discuss your condition.
Get a meter. Test. Set goals. My goal is to keep my sugar below 180. My A1c goal is 6.5. These are things that you should discuss with your doctor. The two of you should work together to set realistic goals for you.
Beware of free advice. When my blood sugar drops at work, my boss has accused me of not taking my medicine. He said that when his mother was off her medications, he would give her sugar. I accused him of matricide.
Live a life of balance and moderation. Excess is seldom a good thing.

MAYS 2010-02-24 22:10:04 -0600 Report

Free advice without common sense and research today is unrealistic and down right lazy !
" Mays "

Ralph 2010-02-24 21:51:53 -0600 Report

My doctor not only got me a meter to check my blood sugar but he also got me into a class for diaberes at our local hospital. It had a lot of good info and support. I would highly recomend the classes to anyone with either type 1 or 2 diabetes.

alanbossman 2010-02-24 21:51:35 -0600 Report

Welcome to dc site i cant add anything everyone seems to have covered all areas need more help come back hereto dc

Kirla 2010-02-24 21:30:59 -0600 Report


My doctor told me I didn’t need to test. I decided on my own that I needed to test before and after I eat. At first I tested 2 hours after eating. When my blood sugars came down a lot, I started to test 1 hour after eating. I posted how I control my blood sugar here. http://kirla.wordpress.com/ My blood sugar was 300+ last year. Today they’re almost normal.

Another site I recommend is http://loraldiabetes.blogspot.com/2006/10/tes... He gives excellent advice. I recommend you read as much as possible.

Good luck

veggie1962 2010-02-24 20:29:47 -0600 Report

I'd recommend that you call your doctor's office and ask for a referral to a Certified Diabetes Educator or Registered Dietitian experienced in diabetes. These professionals will be able to give you the information you need to learn how to manage your diabetes.

Markus 2010-02-24 14:51:47 -0600 Report

Your doctor should have also had a discussion with you about the importance of a healthy diet and exercise. It is important to meet with a dietician to help you on your way to a meal plan that works for you to help control your blood sugar.

spiritwalker 2010-02-24 13:55:17 -0600 Report

If I were you the first thing I would do is change doctors.
You need to check blood glucose levels. What rx were you given? DC and other web sites will help you learn. Keep checking in at this site. Ask questions. Everyone here is generous and willing to share. Welcome to DC.

10fluffy35 2010-02-24 13:29:10 -0600 Report

change dr. Did he even tell you when to come
back for your next appt to check on your progress?

Florida54 2010-02-27 03:20:57 -0600 Report

Yes, she told me to come back in three months, and then called me and told me not to come if I couldn't pay her outstanding bill of $150 for a CT Scan she did of my pelvis area. I asked myself, what in the hell is she doing CT Scans of my pelvis for????? She's a real winner, but she was on my insurance company's list of doctors.

Susie624 2010-02-24 11:34:10 -0600 Report

moniter your sugar,search the web ,find a different doctor and stay with us here. Lots of good people with lots of years of experience with this illness and they are a fount of information on it,and last but not lease welcome to DC

mfalle 2010-02-24 11:32:48 -0600 Report

I am constantly amazed at the doctors who issue pills and give out very little information to those of us who have been newly diagnosed. You story is exactly like mine and many others i have read about. Had it not been for websites like this one i would be in a real mess.

MAYS 2010-02-24 10:19:05 -0600 Report

Welcome to Diabetic Connect !
Yes, you should monitor your glucose level, and control it with a proper nutritional diet and exercise !

Florida54 2010-02-27 03:17:57 -0600 Report

Thanks so much for your help. I knew I should be doing this and watching my eating habits, etcl. I have been feeling so so tired lately that I can barely get out of bed in the morning and then will go back and forth with waking up in the middle of the night (like now) and not be able to get back to sleep.

Priscilla71 2010-02-24 10:17:37 -0600 Report

yes, you need to keep a check on ur numbers…and try to keep it in the 100's..i cant believe he didnt tell you anything about it! in the mean time, i believe i would be looking for another physician!
good luck and take care!

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