Just Diagnosed - but love sweet things

By benjimon Latest Reply 2010-09-04 19:11:17 -0500
Started 2010-03-06 10:54:15 -0600

I've been showing symptoms of diabetes for several years(thirst, urinating, tiredness), had a few tests but nothing showed up.
Had two tests last week and was confirmed to have type 2. Got a blood test kit and showing an average of 15-20. Is diabetes serious? Why can't I carry on with the lack of exercise and bad diet that ive been following the last few years?, I seemed ok with that.

79 replies

Elrond 2010-09-04 18:11:15 -0500 Report

Well, you can do like I did. I ignored my diabetes for nearly 15 years and didn't notice many symptoms other than some numbness in my feet. Then, in 1994, my diabetes decided to make it's presence known by nearly killing me with a catastrophic stroke. My left side was paralyzed for a while, causing me to retire from my job at the age of 43. With the loss of my job, I also lost my health insurance. The severe reduction in my income threw me into a downward financial spiral that found me in bankruptcy court. I lost my house. But my diabetes wasn't done with me either. In 2004, it caused me to have a near-fatal heart attack. This time, I died in the ambulance on the way to the hospital. Only heroic efforts by an excellent team of paramedics brought me back. Now, you can bet my diabetes gets my full attention. If you start taking care of yours, you have a good chance of avoiding my mistakes.

Anne56 2010-03-25 13:51:06 -0500 Report

Hi, Benjimon.

My answer to your question is that you certainly can carry on with the lack of exercise and bad diet that you've been following the last few years. That will always remain your choice. You stated that you "seemed ok with that". You now have a diagnosis of diabetes. Have you considered if there might be a relation in that?

Regardless of diabetes, we all have choice in our lifestyles. It is hard to imagine anyone these days not having at least minimal information on how our lifestyle choices effect (or may effect) our functioning and health. It seems that your post has you seeking information from others with the same diagnosis before you make up your mind on whether to make changes or not. That, to me, is an excellent idea/plan. Folks here will, no doubt, be frank and caring about you and your exploration.

I was diagnosed this past December. I suspected that I had diabetes b/c of the symptoms friends observed in me, just as you noted. I REALLY had it in my head that I would get tested. Unfortunately, I put it off for about two years. Lots was going on in my life, it is hard for me at times to take care of myself, and I was truly unaware of the seriouseness of uncontrolled, untreated diabetes.

Now I know. It has been a positive, life-altering experience for me. I wish you all the best.


Chrstphr 2010-03-25 10:40:22 -0500 Report

I recently was diagnosed and aaughh - i just finished off a whole sleeve of those girl scout cookies. I'm a chocoholic too. I need to somehow cut back - but its going to be tough for me.

Roy531 2010-03-25 10:51:06 -0500 Report

Girl Scout use to make a sugar free choc chip cookie but for some reason they didn't this year, was going to get some. If you do any baking and like me enjoy choc chip cookies Hershey makes a sugar free choc chip. The wal-Mart I go to carries them, haven't found them at any other store. Use a sugar sub instead of sugar, taste really good too.

ONeil 2010-03-24 05:19:10 -0500 Report

I am type 2 for almost three years and it is very serious and hard to do but if you stick with a diet and keep an eye on you BS leval you can contol it but if you don't then Yes you can die from it I have seen it and it is not nice at all , if you realy care about you health then you will get all the help that you can to help you. get a lot of information on everything that you need to know and that will help you and if you still don't understand then ask your DR or someone that dose know.
So you will have to make up your mind if you would like to stay alive or do nothing and die.
so best wish

scribbles 2010-03-24 01:35:54 -0500 Report

I've read most of the replies and decided to come to the point.
Test, learn more, test, learn more, test, learn more, test, learn more…
Think of it as a challenge. You WILL handle this. You WILL get in control.
You WILL bring your numbers down. It takes time, testing, and persistence (stubborness). Beware the "food cop". He/she will deny you ALL food, just because they think it's "bad for you", so they will try to control evry bite and every drop you drink. Hang on - you'll get the hang of this soon.

joni55 2010-03-23 23:22:44 -0500 Report

Once you have started on a good diet and find foods that are good, don't let people bully you into things that you know are not good for you. It is not always easy, especially in social situations, but you can do it.

joni55 2010-03-23 21:04:18 -0500 Report

I used to make fun of a friend of mine who was really into health food and vitamins, minerals, etc. Well, I went to see her a little over a year ago and she had so much more energy than me and was very active. It was a real wakeup call. Then, coming on here was further a wake up. Your food does not have to be boring because you are diabetic.

It is a very serious disease that can lead to blindness, as a friend of my mom's found out. Take it seriously, please!

bluemax 2010-03-23 16:57:42 -0500 Report

You bet diabetes is serious and you had better take it serious If you don't attempt to control it, it could lead to all sorts of serious things. I know of people that have lost limbs because of complications.

Anonymous 2010-03-23 16:10:06 -0500 Report

My son went to the dr a month ago.They said his sugar was 410. They sent him to a specialist last Monday. He went immediately to 4 shots a day. It is so overwhelming. I was not even shown how to do an injection, but I had to start THAT night! I have to work.I get him up before I go if its not too early and give it to him and make sure he eats. I take a lunch break and run home to give him another and make sure he eats, then another befor dinner. Then around one or two in the morning, I set my alarm to give him the 24 hour one. Yesterday he goes back to let them get blood samples and take his urine samples and they send home 4 more prescriptions. One of them is like an emergency shot if his sugar gets too low. The whole thing has me totallt freaked out. He's still freaked out about giving himself shots so I will continue to do so, but I can tell he's already tired of all the stuff already. I don't want him to ever, ever, ever not do what he is supposed to do and take care of himself. It scares me to see him getting slack on me already. It seems I can't focus at work or on anything anymore because my stomach just stays tied up with worry. Does anyone know if after a little while they may cut his dosage down to maybe 2 shots or something? I have been told different things from people. It just freaks me out so bad that he won't keep up with all they are asking him to do (like eat at regular times, take medication on time. keep up with his sugar count,excercise,etc). Thanks for listening.

Mama Dee
Mama Dee 2010-09-04 19:11:17 -0500 Report

Happy day,
we are here for you @ all times feel free to share your opinion suggestions are just come to vent. Be blessed & know that you are highly favored by the name of Jesus.

Working 4 Jesus & Loving it.
Mama Dee

Roy531 2010-03-23 17:13:04 -0500 Report

How old is your son?

Anonymous 2010-03-23 19:40:37 -0500 Report

He's 22. He just gave himself an injection for the first time! Yay! He's a college student.

John Crowley
John Crowley 2010-03-25 11:30:38 -0500 Report

Good for him. You as the mom have to do two things right away. First, get educated about diabetes, insulin, and carbohydrates. You need a firm understanding of how everything works together to send blood sugars higher and bring them down. Talk to your son's doctor about the two of you meeting with a certified diabetes educator right away.

Second, you have to stop owning this disease. (I know that's really hard for a mom to do.) It is your son's disease. You cannot be with him 24/7. He has to learn how to make healthy choices for himself. He has to "own" the disease.

And here's a tip. That 24-hour shot does not have to be given in the middle of the night. I have no idea why that was the instruction. Talk to your son's doctor about how to change the injection time (usually just giving it one hour earlier each night until you're giving it around 9 or 10 pm). There's no need for you to have to be getting up for a shot every night like that.

MAYS 2010-03-23 17:43:22 -0500 Report

Hello !

This is a very interesting discussion and one that really needs to be addressed for the seriousness that it requires, I may be criticized for putting it bluntly but here goes, diabetes is serious, without proper treatment on behalf of the diabetic, not the caregiver, you risk the possibility of other medical issues including amputation of limbs, heart failure, kidney failure, liver failure, blindness the list goes on and on, diabetes is no joke, it's up to your son if he wants to live, live with complications or die !

Having his dosages lowered depends on the progress that he shows in managing his diabetes, it's up to him and him only !

Watch these videos with him to see the seriousness of diabetes :



If he shows improvement and a sense of responsibility towards managing his diabetes you might be interested in considering a insulin pump or pod system to eliminate the injections by needle, here are some links to information on them :



But first things first, look at the videos and be rest assured that you are in good hands here at Diabetic Connect for support and information pertaining to diabetes, awareness and it's complications.


Roy531 2010-03-23 14:49:36 -0500 Report

Let me tell you about a friend that felt like diabetes was nothing he had to worry about. He never tested his blood sugars, didn't even own a meter, he drank too much he ate whatever he wanted. He came for a visit once and he did not have any feeling what so ever in his feet or legs. He could not tell when a shoe came off his foot. Then One day I got a call from his sister, appartently he was drinking didn't know what he was doind and to this day they don't really know what happened but they suspect he over medicated himself with insulin when they got hime to the hospital they tested his sugars, it was a 10, US standards, he was in a diabetic coma for serveral days before he died. Diabetes is very serious and if you treat it as such you could end up just like him. He was a good friend but just tried to ignore what he should have done to keep his diabetes in check and stay healthy. It is a very sad thing to think about him and what he did to hisself. He wasted his life by not taking it serious.

Roy531 2010-03-23 14:53:22 -0500 Report

Should have reread this before I hit the button. If you ignore diabetes as he did and don't treat it seriously you could end up like him. that is what I meant to say.

Anne56 2010-03-25 13:05:38 -0500 Report

Thanks for sharing this, Roy. (It continues to amaze me that there is something for each of us in the various responses provided in discussions.) Your response hit on something that has been bugging me (in the back of my mind) since I was diagnosed. First though, I should say that my husband, children, and bff's were/are amazingly supportive and helpful to me. But a couple of people said things that baffled me, and these are folks who have diabetes.

Two friends told me that their son "eats everything" and sort of bragged about that in an encouraging way. They said, "Joey eats everything!; its no big deal!, and he's had diabetes since he was 11 (he's 25 yrs old now). WHAT??! They were telling me this to help me to feel better and less frightened about my diagnosis. And yes, it is true that Joey eats everything, so to speak. BUT IS THAT OKAY?! Another friend with diabetes told me, "It's no big deal", and it certainly doesn't seem to be to him. His eating habits, from what I have witnessed, are no different than anyone else heading for a stroke or heart attack, high blood pressure, cholestrol problems, etc. I didn't know this man had diabetes after about 8 years of knowing him!

My point is not to criticize what my friends said to me out of their desire to help me out and being cheerful. I feel (now) that it is extremely important to be honest with ourselves and with each other. The story about your friend is scary; it is real. Your comment, "If you ignore diabetes as he did and don't treat it seriously you could end up like him" is perhaps the single most important message that we need to share with each other.

Thanks again. I need your particular message every now and again.


Roy531 2010-03-25 13:12:26 -0500 Report

It was very painful for me to watch him do this to hisself, tried talking to him but his response was, "All I have to do is give myself a shot and I''l be fine". I just wish I could have gotten through to him what he was doing to his body by ignoring it

Anne56 2010-03-25 14:16:32 -0500 Report

It truly sounds as if your friend was in denial, which seems to be a common response to the diagnosis, at least initially. At first, I couldn't understand that; I thought, "How can anyone deny blood tests!?" I have learned, though, that denial can be a much bigger and more complicated piece of our human experience - and really rather insidious. I caught myself not testing one day, seemingly without reason. Maybe I was tired of it and wanted a sort of day off? It was a few days later that it occurred to me that on the day I skipped testing, we had some really good (BAD!) leftovers in the house that I (subconscously) planned on eating (and did, too!) I guess I didn't want "bad" numbers showing up on my meter. WOW! It was like a light went off in my head.

Maybe you've heard the old joke: How many psychiatrists does it take to change a light bulb? The answer is "one, but the light bulb has got to want to change". There is some fundamental truth in that, don't you think?

Thanks for sharing your sadness at not being able to get through to your friend. I suspect you did… but of course, the choice was his. The best thing is that you remained a friend despite your pain in what was going on. A true friend — that's quite a gift to give someone!

You bring up another consideration for me, and that is: what responsibility do we have for the people around us who have invested themselves in us (and we have invested ourselves in them)? I always struggle with taking care of myself. My success in doing so is more likely that I want to die quietly in my sleep at a ripe old age and in relatively good health — for my loved ones. I don't want to become a burden to anyone, and certainly not because I just made poor choices about my health. I want to be a good role model to my children and others who need support.

I am so appreciative to everyone here who offers so much to help others while gaining support for themselves. It is one thing to read a medical journal or statistical data; it is quite another to hear people share their personal experiences.

Roy531 2010-03-25 14:24:24 -0500 Report

I think his attitude was a shot will fix it, I used my meter once to test his blood sugar, it was over 300, He asked me is that bad? his attitude was take out his insulin give himself a shot and continue drinking.

Roy531 2010-03-25 14:27:30 -0500 Report

He paid the price of ignoring his diabetes. I know other people like that, I have talked to them till I'm blue in the face and it does no good. Don't know what else to do.

texasdorkprincess 2010-03-23 10:49:13 -0500 Report

Hey Benjimon,
I am newly diagnosed as well. I unlike you was already having lots of problems that is why I was going to the doctor and that is how they found out it was diabetes causing alot of the problems. There are several things that i have learned can go wrong. You can go into a diabetic coma, lose your eyesight, feet, your life , as well as other things. I couldn't see for a couple of days it was really scary! I am one who loves taking pictures and looking at nature and to not be able to see would be heartbreaking. You really do need to worry about this and work on taking care of it. My blood sugar is high , but I am trying to work on it. Your life is very important to important to let diabetes take it from you . I didn't realize till after I was diagnosed how serious it is. Well hopefully we will be able to get this under control. Anytime you want to talk just send me an email. Have a great day and good luck !

Allansgirl3232 2010-03-23 07:45:29 -0500 Report

I have type 2 diabetes. It sucks :( and is very serious. My grandmother got it later in life and could not quit eating the things she loved so much. She had several strokes and practically went blind. Eventually died from complications. I'll be the first to tell you it's hard cause I'm a diehard chocoholic and love the carbs that I can no longer have. I've struggled with this disease and fell off the wagon, but am now realizing that those "treats" are not worth risking my life or the quality of life for. Hang in there…it is hard, but you can do it. God Bless!!

htownpiggy 2010-03-22 22:26:10 -0500 Report

Hi Benjimon, I am a Type 1 and I'll be the first to tell you that diabetes is the pits. I am a sweet eater as well. The one thing I find that helps me is to keep tight control over testing. Many people forget that having diabetes does not mean we are necessarily limited on foods. It is about portion sizes. I wouldn't eat a whole candy bar. I would only a quarter of it. You can't continue to not take care of yourself because eventually your body will give out. Honestly once I got serious about my condition high blood sugars make me feel crummy. I was not satisfied with dying at least not yet. Just try and keep a positive attitude about it. There are many wonderful diabetic sweet recipes and foods out there so THINK BIG!!!!

Mama Dee
Mama Dee 2010-09-04 19:06:46 -0500 Report

Happy day htownpiggy,
I agree w/all that you have stated. Once I got my husband (Michael) to realize these same things he was better w/not letting diabetes running his life.

Working 4 Jesus, & Loving it.
Mama Dee

merne 2010-03-22 21:39:59 -0500 Report

Dear Benjimon…I am 61 years old and have only been diagnosed with type 1 in the past couple of years. No, you cannot continue because your body is changing, just as mine did. It is not easy. My husband is Type 2 and we both are terrific cooks and while most people eat to live…we have always lived to eat !!! Well, not anymore…You can eat good and yes you can have "sweets"… Best advice I can give you is TEST! TEST! TEST! and listen to your body !! Good Luck and we are hear if you need us !!

Timothy Bagwell
Timothy Bagwell 2010-03-22 19:27:24 -0500 Report

Hi Benjimon, to answer your question, YES, diabetes is serious and is why the faster you have that understanding the better for you. The seriousness of this desease is if you don't take it serious and learn all about it and how to treat it with healthy eating of a diabetic diet, exercise. taking meds. or insulin and any other medications. The idea of "serious" in my mind and in my case is - I had a brother Paul who was a type I since 17yrs old, and he after an initial period of doing well and taking care of himself, went the wrong way. He decided he did not want to deal with it as he needed, infact, he did just the opposite of what he needed to. He went 10 years not taking his meds. or eating right, exercising ect.. I had to take him to emergency atleast 5-6 times where he was nearly dead, where his blood sugar level was barely reading on the meter. His body was ruined from not taking his meds. and not eating right. His kidnees quit functioning, he lost part of his foot, he could not urinate, his stomach and feet had nerve damage called neuophathy, he lost his vission, and more. He became dependent on dialisys for five years, going 4 times a week for four hours/day. He was put on a waiting list for a transplant of his pacreas and liver for 5 years, then one day he got a call that said he was on a hot list for a transplant proceedure where it was likley he would have the surgery within 20 days. But one problem remained, he needed a hospital checkup that would say he was able to undertake the surgery. He went in for that evaluation and the night before he was to go home, having passed the physical, he got very ill from complications of his diabetes, he lost consciousness, went almost brain dead, then my mother and I had to make the painfull , but humane decission, to have him taken off all the equipment that was keeping him alive so that he would not live his life brain dead, with no purpose to live, and he died at 42 years old. His goal if life was to see his 2 sons graduate from high school, but he didn't make it.
I am sorry to throw this at you so hard, but the story might save your life one day if you do the right thing and realize that YES, it is serious.

mrigney68 2010-03-22 19:08:14 -0500 Report

Yes, it is very serious,but u can control it with diet,medications and just listening to your body.When you feel tired and can have a rest period.If you dont exercise then you will start to swell.As long as u watch what you eat and let ur body be ur boss then its not so bad.Unless you get carried away with the junk food again.

GabbyPA 2010-03-22 15:06:28 -0500 Report

Ok, now that everyone has told you how serious it is, let me offer you some hope. Yes, it is serious because it is silent and a lot of times we don't know how bad we really feel because we have got that way gradually. Well, removing things and changing things is done the same way. I found if I tried to change everything all at once, I kind of got into overload and wanted to do just what you said...going back to old habits.

I did remove a lot of temptation from the house and that helps a lot. It makes me choose better foods for snacks and meals. But I did keep a few things to make me feel not all deprived at once. Then I actually found that some of my indulgences, I still could have if I put them in proportion and didn't eat it like I used to. That is where testing comes in to find what is okay, what to avoid and what to eliminate from my daily life. Everyone is different, but this was a good place to start.

Don't give up and don't beat yourself up if you goof up. However, I would not continue in the status quoe, because eventually it will win.

evie242430 2010-03-20 15:12:11 -0500 Report

As many have mentioned Diabetes is a very serious chronic, incurable but controllable disease. I was Diagnosed at the end of November 2009. I took it very seriously and changed the way that I eat gradually. It is something that comes to mind every time you look at food, but you learn to look at food differently. You can still enjoy the "bad food" but not as much as you use to, maybe once a month treat yourself. Don't see it as punishment not being able to eat the "good stuff", your new diet will be full of NEW Good Stuff. It takes a lot of reading and personal research online and with others, like your doctor, dietitian, other diabetics (like us). You'll be amazed how many people "come out" when you tell them that you are diabetic. Never feel alone in the "real world".

From the times that I have visited here and replied, it's been received with welcoming arms.

I think we all have ups and downs. Everyone will offer you advise on what to eat and what to drink. If it sounds crazy, look into it. The last thing you want to do is make yourself sick.

What I have learned so far, is take your meds, listen to your body, and stay positive. You have said it yourself, you had been ignoring it for years. Now is the time to take the bull by the horns and deal with it. If you have a bad day, just make it through the day, remember that You Are Worth It. It being everything, love, health, friendship, breathing, living, etc.

I find it to be a day to day challenge. I look for new things to eat that will benefit me not harm me. Especially my non-diabetic friends, it's hard for them to understand that what too much sugar can do to my body.

I have two diabetics in my family me, of course, and then my Dad. He was diagnosed over 15 years ago. He didn't take the approach that I have done, he decided to keep drinking beer and brandy, eat as many tortillas he wanted, eat fried eggs almost daily, fried chicken, rice, beans, anything that he wanted to it, he wouldn't check his sugar throughout the day, maybe once a month, if that much, and didn't get regular exercise - he pretty much ignored his diabetes. Except to taking his pills, although he would forget to take one dose. Gradually, his doctor has added heart meds, cholesterol meds, change his diabetes meds, blood pressure meds. Now, that I have been diagnosed, I realized that all those ailments didn't come with age but with badly controlled diabetes. His kidneys are failing, his cholesterol lever is high his A1c is also still higher than "normal". His doctor has told him that he can have a stroke any moment, and also recommended that he start insulin shots.

So, you have a choice continue on the road you were on before you found out and end up living on so many medications you have to have a checklist or change your path and start a relatively healthy lifestyle, (let's face it, no one is perfect) and only have to take allergy medicine :)

Diabetes can be controlled by diet and exercise, That is my ultimate goal, but if I don't get there and I end up having to take Metformin for the rest of my life I'm all for it, because I am worth it!

TClifton1 2010-03-11 08:16:38 -0600 Report

I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes on August 28, 2007. My mother and grandmother have it; my sister Jerry (April 15, 1968-September 3, 2008) had it; my great-grandfather had it, and now I have it. Apparently it is a genetic occurrence in my family. On my wife's side of the family, her great-grandmother, her grandmother, and her aunt have it. We are having our first son together, and she was diagnosed with gestational diabetes, and it's possible that she may develop type 2 diabetes later on in life, possibly within the next few years. I'm praying that our son will be a healthy child; we have been faithfully keeping our prenatal appointments, and all of his scans have come back excellent, which I truly thank Yahweh Elohim for.

Being diagnosed in August 2007 was like a huge smack in the face. For a while, I would be very hungry, very thirsty, sleepy, and running back and forth to the bathroom. One of my best friends contacted me with urgency to tell me about a dream she had, telling me I had diabetes. One month later, I found out that she was right. My A1C was almost 14. I had no idea what that meant. My blood glucose was almost 400. I would see bubbles in the toilet when I urinated, and wondered what that was about. Nerves in my hands would start acting strange, and my fingers would start moving all by themselves, jerking somewhat spasmodically. I most definitely found that to be strange.

This condition is no joke. It is very, very hard for me to discipline myself, because it takes work to keep my blood sugar at acceptable levels. Eating properly, getting enough rest, exercising, and taking my meds as directed are very, very important, and if I do not maintain my health, since I am my own doctor, I may not live long enough to see my grandchildren. Thinking about death is sometimes scary, but what I consider to be even worse is dying because of stupidity and selfishness.

What we diabetics need to realize is that our lives mean something not only to ourselves, but also to the people with whom we have made connections. It makes no sense to stuff our faces with anything and everything that we want and believe that there will be no consequences. Diabetes is nothing to play with. And in recent years, it has become evident that what we eat plays a large part in our health and well-being. What Yahweh naturally provided for us and instructed us to eat can help us to be healthy and to heal ailments that we currently have. I believe this is one of the reasons doctors tell us about the importance of fruits and vegetables, and the positive effects that they have on the human body.

We must, and I do stress, must take better care of ourselves so that we can live longer lives, be sick less often, and not have to pay exorbitant medical bills. It is possible that the pharmaceutical industry is counting on us to act like fools when it comes to our health so that they can continue to become richer and richer year after year.

Please take better care of yourselves. Even I must do better than what I have been doing. It's like an uphill climb…you have to grab onto a higher position and pull yourself up a little further to reach the pinnacle, and the pinnacle I want to reach is to live to the age of 100 or more and enjoy my children and grandchildren in my old age.

jayabee52 2010-03-11 16:51:57 -0600 Report

Howdy TClifton
I noticed you are new to DC, WELCOME!
I believe you're in the right place to try to reach that 100 y/o mark. We're rather like a family gathered a common task, controlling our diabetes. Should you have a question ask in one of the discussion bosrds or start a new discussion and someone may know, or at least point you in the right direction.

A lot of what you experienced I did too. I am worried about my 3 sons, because I have T2 - and so does my bro. and sons' momma had gestational D for each pregnancy and her mother had T2 also. I worry sons don't take warning seriously, but they're grownups now and they must be responible for their own lives

Hope to see you around the discussion boards

Blessings to you and yours

Patty johnson
Patty johnson 2010-03-23 10:08:22 -0500 Report

Boy can I relate to alot of your post! The bubbles in the toilet, OMG, I thought i was the only one! What is that all about? Did you ever find out?

jorge silva
jorge silva 2010-03-08 00:46:18 -0600 Report

its very serious for all but being a man, i think its more serious than women. why,well if you have many yrs of high glucose levels you body starts to break down ,slowly but eventually. iv had diabetes for almost 15yrs and i didnt take it as serious as iam now. hopfully its not too late,but you still have to watch what you eat and excercise daily!!!!there are different things that you can attain by having type 2 diabetes,like p.a.d.(perifreil artheric diesase) you start feeling pain in your lower extremities .back of leg or calfs,like if you had walked for miles,that means your lower extremities are not recieving enough blood to ankles,feet toes etc. could cause heart attack.numbness in lower of even in feet or toes,knee pain,or in tendons. make sure feet are always clean. they have special creams or lotions for diabetics for the feet,very good products. also whichever meds. your on you should buy in gnc or any pharmacy diabetic supplament packs,very good for circulation.

Kirla 2010-03-07 12:01:14 -0600 Report

I posted this on Dlife this morning. I believe you can use it also. Its where I started.

The first thing I did when diagnosed was to start eating salads everyday (3 cups). I use a low carb salad dressing (1-3 net carbs per serving) and add 2-3 tablespoons of red wine vinegar.

I also started to drink 8+ glasses of water. 1-2 cups after my protein drink, 2 cups on the way to work, in the car, 2 cups after lunch, and 2 cups on the way home from work. I drive 30 min. to and from work each day. On the weekends I drink less water most of the time and I notice my blood sugars start to go up Monday mornings.

I also started to eat low carb vegetables each day (about 1-2 cups cooked). Some days I have to force them down but I eat them anyway. Broccoli is what I started to eat everyday at first along with coleslaw, pickles, cucumbers, sauerkraut and cauliflower. Now my wife stir-fries them and lately I have been mixing them with my Chana Dal.

I believe eating lots of vegetables and drinking at least 8+ glasses of water, helps lower insulin resistance. At least it has helped mine.

Good luck

imsuzie2 2010-03-07 08:02:54 -0600 Report

Benjimon, I keep reading you statement about the lifestyle you have been leading has been ok. You've been diagnosed type 2 and it seems like you aren't taking this seriously. If I am reading your post incorrectly, I do apologize to you and agree with the others, you do need to get into a diabetes education class for basic info, ask questions here and really make a lifestyle change. Between Harlen and May's truths and Elrond's life experience, I think you would be scared to death! I know I was the first time I heard it.

alanbossman 2010-03-06 21:32:38 -0600 Report

Welcome to the dc site, sorry you have to hear some things you my not like but, what Harlen said is true. You need to take your diabetes and get it under control.

Susie624 2010-03-06 19:23:08 -0600 Report

Welcome to DC. If you will look on the left side of this page you will find where it says recipes,check them out you will find lots of good recipes for everything including sweets.We know it is hard to give up old favorites but if you got to you got to.

TanyaG 2010-03-06 16:38:01 -0600 Report

I am a type 1, but my mother in law was diagnosed with type 2 and she is overweight and has no portion control. Well over the last 2 years, she now has neuropathy, and is dependant on insulin. She is still not taking it seriously. She is having more and more problems. If she would exercise, lose weight, and control her portions from the beginning, none of those side effects would have happened and she would not be insulin dependant. Please take it VERY serious. It is very controllable, and with type 2 you can make a few lifestyle changes and live a very long happy normal life.

Elrond 2010-03-06 16:09:12 -0600 Report

Speaking from personal experience, I was diagnosed with type 2 many years ago. I didn't take it very seriously. Sure, I cut back on beer and switched from regular soda to diet but that's about all I did. I didn't mind that my feet were going numb. Then, in April of 1994, I had a major stroke that nearly killed me. It left me paralyzed on the left side for a while and forced me to retire from my job. That set me on the path to financial disaster. Without my job, I eventually wound up in bankruptcy court and lost my house and car. Then in 2004, my diabetes caused me to have a major heart attack that almost killed me again. This time, I actually DID die on the way to the hospital. Only heroic efforts by the paramedics brought me back. Now, you can bet I pay close attention to my diabetes. But a lot of irreversable damage has already been done. My eyes, liver, heart, and kidneys are all in terrible shape because I didn't take care on myself years ago. Please, be smarter than I was.

benjimon 2010-03-06 16:38:49 -0600 Report

Sorry to hear about the problems you have had. Your post has certainly hit home to me that I must take my diabetes seriously. I still have many concerns and questions and hope that I can find the answers with the help of this community.

spiritwalker 2010-03-06 15:10:42 -0600 Report

Welcome to DC. Look around the site. It has a great deal to offer. The people here are family. We each share from our experiences. Its a good place to learn and share.

Harlen 2010-03-06 12:31:09 -0600 Report

Hello and welcome
You can do what you have been doing if you wish to Die,have a stroke,go blined lose a foot or two, have your kidnys shut down if this seams like something you would like to go thru then by all meens go for it.
Is it Serious??? what do you think?
Even in the UK you can live as you like its up to you. Having sean my mother die
from not taking care of diabetes I know its not a good way to go and I have way to much life to live to go thrue the Pain that I have seen her go thrue.
But its your life.
That is if you have no kids or a wife or famly thats going to care for you.
Best wishes

MAYS 2010-03-06 12:41:25 -0600 Report

Way to go Harlen !
And my approach is considered harsh ? (LOL)
On a serious note, diabetes is serious and should be treated so, continue to stress this to get the point out and across.
" Mays "

Roy531 2010-03-06 13:01:40 -0600 Report

Some people need to be slapped in the face with the cold hard truth. As the doctor said "I cannot do it for you and your family and friends cannot do it for you. You have to grow up and look at what can happen if you don't do it for yourself. It is up to you to treat yourself, they can help but they can't do it all.

To Sweet
To Sweet 2010-03-06 13:05:29 -0600 Report

Just found out I'm diabetic, was a 7.2 and went on a diet, three months later am a 8.8. I can't take meds yet because I have a spot on my liver that needs diagnosed first and also in line for a defibrillator change. It seems like everything hits at the same time and everyone probably knows how well a diabetic and cholesterol diet works against each other.I know how serious this is but just having a hard time with it.

Roy531 2010-03-06 13:14:51 -0600 Report

I think we all have a hard time with it. Nothing seems to come easy especially with diabetes. Just hang in there and keep trying, it will get better and it will get somewhat easier once you set the pattern of what you need to do. If you can do any type of exercise it will help lower those numbers even the cholesterol, I know when I started walking it help my cholesteral

Deborah L
Deborah L 2010-03-06 13:39:02 -0600 Report

Stick with it Too Sweet. I know sometimes it rains and sometimes it pours. I found out I was diabetic and said, "Okay God, just pile one more on me. We can handle it". LOL You'll find an answer and think better of yourself than if you give up. Sounds like you are seriously taking care of yourself as well as circumstances allow right now. We're rooting for you.

Some people just resist change no matter what or how seriously it's needed. I've worked with drug addicts, alcoholics, psychiatric, and all kinds of people who are masters at the self destruct way of life. Not even the thought of death can scare some of them. And few are willing to do the hard work to get healthy and improve themselves. Some diabetics are like that too. Just gotta let em go and move on to the ones who do want help. I don't mean for that to sound harsh, but I can only share my truth and experience.

imsuzie2 2010-03-07 07:54:50 -0600 Report

Not harsh, just the truth, as Mays and Harlen and Roy and Trey have pointed out. If we keep repeating the info in our own ways, others will see that we speak the truth.

To Sweet, I know 7.2 sounds so very high to you, but as Kevin said, when he was diagnosed he had an A1c of 14. Look at what he did in so short a time from a 14…you don't have as far to go, and can work thru the dieting to find a compromise between the two. We all hope that the spot on your liver turns out to be nothing, but if it is, chances are since it is small, it can be removed. The liver regenerates itself, so if a small piece is removed, it will come back some. Hang in there. S2

trey66 2010-03-07 08:05:18 -0600 Report

It's not harsh, diabeties causes blindness, amputations, heart problem, kidney damage and a lot more if not take care of. That is why I try to keep my blood sugar in the normal range, trust me it is a very hard struggle on a daily bases but I think of the complications and voweled to myself not to let the complication do me in.

trey66 2010-03-06 19:35:23 -0600 Report

Diabeties isn't ant thing to play around with, when I was diagnosed my doctor told me if you do not change your life style you are goin to die. I changed my lifestyle that day.

dietcherry 2010-03-07 13:44:49 -0600 Report

Harlen, you are absolutely right! This is the way the Doc spoke to me when I was diagnose as a kid and he whipped me right into shape! Sugar-coating the very real complications of uncontrolled diabetes is not helpful! Good luck to you, Benjimon; I had to be hospitalized a couple of times before I took the warnings seriously and quit pretending that I could do just as I pleased with no consequences.

Deborah L
Deborah L 2010-03-06 12:04:23 -0600 Report

I'm new to this also. I was tested every 3 months for 1 1/2 years and diagnosed as prediabetic. I did increase my exercise and changed a tiny bit of my diet. My doctor said diet and exercise but never told me what changes to make. I didn't realize how serious this disease is. Then 2 months ago, bam! Type 2.

My understanding is that prediabetes can sometimes be turned around if we do significant changes soon enough but diabetes itself is a progressive disease. I missed my chance if there even was one because of lack of understanding. But genetically, I may have been on my way regardless. Who knows? Moot point.

There is a wealth of information from reading books, searching the internet, and feedback from here that could help you understand why it would be best to make the changes. Hopefully your doctor is helping too. Try to get into a class that will teach you about it. Even a lowered blood sugar or A1C test does not turn back the clock but could help delay the most serious damage. Good luck.

Kirla 2010-03-06 11:22:48 -0600 Report


High blood sugar does a lot of damage. Even if you don’t feel it, the damage is being done. I went for a physical last year and I told the doctor I felt fine. A few days later I learned that I wasn’t fine at all. My blood sugars were out of control.

You can make a decision to control your blood sugar and slow down or stop any damage you have suffered. Or you can continue to eat the way you do and pay for it later, its up to you. Only you can control your blood sugar. Doctors and others can help and give advice but in the end it’s up to you.

Just remember that every time you eat something that spikes your blood sugar, damage is being done. Only you can stop it.

Good luck

MAYS 2010-03-06 11:16:19 -0600 Report

Welcome to Diabetic Connect.

Yes, Diabetes is serious and should be take so.
But don't be alarmed and confused, it cannot be cured but it can be controlled and that is completely up to you, no one else.
The first step is educating yourself pertaining to diabetes, it's causes, complications and the procedures used to control it.
Here is a great site to start and two video clips that should provide some thoughtful, informative insight to diabetes.




benjimon 2010-03-06 11:46:31 -0600 Report

Obviously the first thing I did was google many sites to find out what diabetes is and what I should and shouldn't do. I guess I'm still coming to terms with the fact I have it. I lived for food, both healthy and unhealthy. I think im just worried that it will take a lot of work to eat how I should be.
Many thanks for the links.

MargueriteCH 2010-03-06 11:07:07 -0600 Report

Good Afternoon, everyone. I was diagnosed on Tuesday of this week. Considering my family history, the diagnosis was not a surprise. I don't think sweets will be my biggest problem. Instead, I crave, over-indulge in, am addicted to salty, greasy, potato chips!

The good news is that I have been four days without cigarettes.

I plan to become the healthiest person I can be, one day at a time.

imsuzie2 2010-03-07 07:43:47 -0600 Report

4 days without smoking is a HUGE hurdle. One thing at a time, right? Maybe on the chips, immediately open the page and measure out the 1oz portion and put in individual baggies, and only have 1 a day. When you get used to the smaller portion, cut it to 1/2 oz a day, then every other day, then every third day to maybe once a week as a treat. Portion control and moderation goes a long way so we don't feel deprived and can still enjoy our lives. Not everyone has the control of Kirla, Sweat tra, Roy, Richard and the others with awesome numbers. But, you will get there if and when you work at it. Good luck. S2

fran a
fran a 2010-03-08 07:28:28 -0600 Report

Do most people wear medical ID bracelets??? Is is necessary?

Roy531 2010-03-08 07:50:46 -0600 Report

No, it isn't necessary, I have one due to the fact I have allergies to some meds and wouldn't want to get injected with some thing that would kill me. I don't have mild reactions, I go for the anaphylactic shock type reactions. But it is up to you. If you pass out due to low or high blood sugar would the paramedics know what could be wrong. You could also get a necklace that can be hid under your shirt or blouse.

Elrond 2010-03-08 14:13:53 -0600 Report

I wear a medical ID necklace because I can be very uncommunicative when I have low sugar. The one I recently found has a computer flash drive built into it and holds a complete list of my medications plus the names of my doctors and contact information. The old one merely directed medical personnel to read wallet info.

scribbles 2010-03-24 01:51:45 -0500 Report

Check out lifeguard30.com. They have a medical device and a bracelet. The device lists your ENTIRE medical information, and you can update if from your computer. It comes with EMT instructions and is nearly goof-proof. Look into it and, if you want to, call 888-777-5903 and ask for Medell. (muh DELL). He will walk you thru it and never, never, NEVER get out-of-sorts or impatient.
I used to have a different peice of jewelry (with a different company) but it was costing a small fortune to keep everything up to date. This is just $7 a month. Look into it. I'm a firm believer in learning all I can before I commit to things.