new to diabetes

By suzique-z Latest Reply 2010-03-06 21:48:09 -0600
Started 2010-03-05 13:55:04 -0600

ok. I am scared. I cried when I was told how close I was to this awful disease. My mom had it and my older sister has it. I have tried several weight loss programs, medical, weight watchers, nutrisystem, etc to no avail. Unfortunately I HATE to exercise. any tips out there???

10 replies

alanbossman 2010-03-06 21:48:09 -0600 Report

Hi and welcome to the dc site. Everyone here has given you some great tips if you follow them you should be fine.

spiritwalker 2010-03-05 17:23:29 -0600 Report

Welcome to DC. Its a good site. The DC family is a large one.
You will get to know us as you join in. Everyone here shares
their personal journey with diabetes. You can find discussions
on many topics. Check the panel at left for many other interests.
Its a shock when you first learn you are diabetic. This is one
of the best sites to visit.

Kirla 2010-03-05 16:57:31 -0600 Report


I was scared too. Didn’t know what to do. My wife was away to see her family and I went threw this alone. I didn’t even tell my family for several months.

I went online and found people who have gotten this thing under control and I did a lot of thing they did or do, to control their blood sugar. Not everything helped, but a lot of it did.

My A1C went from 14.1 to 5.9 in 4 months by making lots of changes to my diet and testing what I ate with my meter. My last A1C was 5.4. Had 3 in a row below 6.0.

I post what I did and what I eat and how I control my blood sugar on my blog. I just started it 2 weeks ago and am planning on making it better.

Click the link below if your interested.

Good luck

rankearl 2010-03-05 14:56:04 -0600 Report

hi everyone has given you greatinformation the amercian diabetic site also as great info for new diabetics my diabetic bible i have said this over and over the calorie fat and carb counter they have a free website www.caloreking,com once you become aware of good choices of food they will become automatic once the choices are automatic you have it made i to walk at least 15 min after every meal just around the house i also get up at comercials and walk in place when im watching tv every bit helps godd luck let me know if you need anyhting ((HUGS)) julie

Harlen 2010-03-05 14:54:33 -0600 Report

Hello and welcome
This is a great site with lots of frends to help and peaple to talk to that are going thue or have gone thue the same thing.
I have been a diabetec for 5 years and I am now on the pump.
For me it was counting the corbohydrates
and keeping them low I have been dropping the lbs a little at a time it didnt go on in a day so it will not come off in one lol.I wish it did lol
Exercise just start with a short walk add just a little bit longer each time
got to start somewhere?
Best wishes

theladyiscrazy 2010-03-05 14:44:49 -0600 Report

I was just diagnosed about a month ago.

1-coming to this website is a great start. It has been a wealth of information for me.

2-Watch your CARBS, not just sugar. You also have to see which carbs causes the most problems for you. Even though as diabetics we all have to watch carbs, what I have found is that each diabetic is a little different. For example I may be able to eat a piece of bread but you might not and vice versa.

3-Lots of reading and learn this disease. I am still learning. There is so much more to it than I realized.

4-Did the doctor prescribe meds? If so, take them as directed, no exceptions.

5-My doc told me even a slow pace walked for 10 to 15 minutes (which is all I could do at first) was an excellent form of exercise for me. Another recommendation is to go to the pool.

6-Not sure if you are overweight or not, but losing weight may help as well. Granted this tends to be difficult for us most times but when I lowered my carbs, I have lost 11 lbs in the last month. I am not hungry.


Roy531 2010-03-05 14:20:23 -0600 Report

I don't like to exercise either, but when I was told that I was a diabetic and that I needed to lose weight it kind of changed my outlook on exercising. I started off slow maybe walking 15 to 30 minutes and when I got use to that I would increase my speed a little but nothing drastic but just a little. Now walking a hour every night with a distance of between 2.3 to 2.8 miles a night, You can do this through out the day doesn't have to be all at once, listen to music to get your mind off walking or find somebody to walk with you and talk you will never notice how far you have walked or how long you have been walking because you wasn't thinking about the walking. I ended up losing 75 lbs feel better than I have in years plus got a little bit better control over my diabetes. I wish you well on this and you can do it. Little long but hope I got my point across. Exercise is very important weather you have diabetes or not just to keep you healthy.

MAYS 2010-03-05 14:02:28 -0600 Report

Diabetes is nothing to be afraid of.
Are you a Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetic ?
If you have Pre-Diabetes, this can be cured with careful dieting and a healthy lifestyle, it's up to you.
Don't be afraid, become knowledgable about diabetes, it's causes and what you can and have to do, to manage it and live a happy, healthly life.
A good first start was coming here to this site.
Now comes the interesting part, learning to live with and manage it !