Newly diagnosed, Diabetes type 2

By dorkprincess Latest Reply 2013-03-22 08:20:12 -0500
Started 2010-03-22 14:38:43 -0500

Hello everyone. I'm not really sure how this works, but I have been struggling with this whole diabetes thing. The doctor I went to on Thursday just informed me that they knew I was prediabetic beginning of last year. Guess what nobody informed me! I found out on January 14th, 2010 that I am Diabetic. I thought no big deal you just take some medication and a shot. I didn't realize the horrible medical things that can occur due to diabetes. My best friend's mom has had it for years and I never realized the side effects of diabetes. I had been going to the doctor for passing out, side pains, and problems seeing. That's when then they finally seen that my blood sugar was 424 which I didn't know what that meant now I know it means it is high. Ok so since then I have had horrible blurred vision, still the side pains, still dizziness and passing out , still the leg problems which i am hoping does not have anything to do with MS since my mom has that. I take the Metformin and just started the Byetta shots Friday which are $300 a month. I just can't afford that. I just don't know when i will get this all under control. I mean it's high all the time. Does anyone have any advise? Is it normal to feel helpless. I mean I have missed work alot lately due to being too tired to get up and the pains in side and the blurriness. I don't like to talk to my family and friends about this I don't want them to feel sorry for me. I don't want DIABETES to become who I am. Honestly I feel helpless. I really just need some advice and people to talk to who might have been experiencing the same things. Sorry I put so much on here. Thank you everyone and have a great day!

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Miss_Teal 2013-03-22 08:20:12 -0500 Report

wow! Everyone has some really good suggestions and sites and points. I'm newly diagnosed as well and these replies are helpful to me as well.

Caroltoo 2012-05-03 16:30:24 -0500 Report

The two things you can do immediately are: change your diet and increase your exercise. These will allow you to lessen the amount of medication you need. I have been able to stop all meds and maintain normal BGs and A1c, but it has taken a while to get there.

Here's a response I just posted in another discussion, but I think it dovetails with what you have asked also … what can you do to help yourself get better?

I find it to be an issue of quantity and food choices. I do follow the 5-6 meals/day plan as is recommended, but my format is usually 3 small meals and 2-3 snacks, so that my total calories/carbohydrates are equal to an average person's 3 meal intake. This helps to keep my BGs stable within a fairly narrow range all day long.

I deal with eating out by selecting foods that are on my list of food choices and taking about 1/3 of the meal home or back to the office for a snack later. People may think I ate a light lunch, but it doesn't go any further than that except that I make a healthy for me choice of a piece of meat, chicken, or fish (unbreaded), salad, and iced tea with lemon and I do skip the bread, crackers, and croutons. Those choices don't really stick out as DIFFERENT; no need to eat by yourself.

I eat lean meat, chicken, turkey, fish, and seafood; all vegetables except potatoes, corn, and peas; nuts, seeds, quinoa, chia; MUFAs (monounsaturated fatty acids) like avocados, extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, sesame oil, olives, etc; and

I don't drink juice because it is concentrated fructose with no fiber and spikes my BGs; don't eat white potatoes, rice, bread, and sugar. Because I have found my diabetes is amplified by the irritations of gluten intolerance, as are many of us, I also avoid all wheat, barley, and rye. Now that I am back to normal BGs and A1c, I do allow myself occasional corn (tortilla and corn-on-the-cob) and red potatoes.

Balsamic vinegar used as salad dressing, apple cider vinegar in water in the morning, juice of a lemon in water with meals and snacks will also help to keep your BGs down. Some of us also take up to 2T of aloe vera juice (organic and inner leaf varieties) in water. It is also stabilizing.

When I was first diagnosed, I started walking 2 miles a day. I am now up to 3 and feeling much better when I do so. I walk outdoors when I can and indoors when the weather is rainy or cold.

There are other tweeks you can make later, but these two are the place to start. Once they are in place, you should begin to work on reducing your stress. The exercise will help here also, but look for other things that are also soothing for you.

JSJB 2012-05-03 16:18:23 -0500 Report

When I was pre diagnosed with diabetes 6 months ago the doctor put me on metformin and told me to lose weight. I lost 35 lbs and my a1c is now normal. Why you were not told of the condition is beyond me. The sooner you know the more likley you can correct it. I don't want to quote Spikeattack but just say ditto and good luck. It would be intersting why you were not informed of this condition. Ask him.

Spikeattack 2010-04-22 08:23:58 -0500 Report

I would love to you give you my take. I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in 1997 (40 years old). What I did was (1) lose about 40 lbs (2) changed my diet to contain a lot less carbohydrates ( I ate too much rice, spaghetti, and actually oranges too!).

I have never gone on medications, but my secret was to stay underweight, increase the amount of exercise I did (I was already doing a lot due to my background) and try to keep the amount of stress down. The last thing is the hardest due to having an autistic 19 year old son. But I have so far succeeded.

I don't know your situation and it could be very different than mine. But if necessary, do drop weight and analyze your diet and get as much advice as you can.

Good Luck!

MDG 2010-04-18 09:49:53 -0500 Report

I was recently diagnosed as well in March 2010 with type 2. I had been sick and could not shake it and when they did blood work found my bs was almost 500. I have been on glipzide for the past month now and maintaining the count between 85 and 125 with some reading a lil higher after the meals. For the first few weeks I thought I would go insane because I travel so much for work. Then over the past 10 days or so I changed my attitude and eat some of what I enjoy though much smaller portions. No sugar desserts etc though have some splenda in tea or splenda made cookies etc. Also the energy level has picked up some to where I feel better then I had been in months.

When I was diagnosed it was only a week or so my eyes started to bother me and I had to go get my prescription changed. Since then I have had no problems there. The extra energy I have been very active again when I am not working and dropped off 10 to 14 lbs in the month. Waiting to see more shed off though need to stay active.

I am still having some issues with cravings of certain foods though I find that some I can find sustitutes for. My Doc wants me to see a nutritionist and go to classes though I have not been able to start yet due to my work schedule.


charlee1985 2010-04-17 21:01:36 -0500 Report

as long as u keep ur sugard low, you wont have any problems!

to keep them low i suggest to hit the gym and become very active!

Stress as well can get your levels up.

The Dr Bernstein's Diabetes Solution book really helped me. If you have time for reading you should deffo buy it and follow his guidelines.

good luck :)

makeupjunkie83 2010-04-16 13:47:31 -0500 Report

I was diagnosed on 4-13-10, I am still a little overwhelmed but I went to & found everything I was looking for, especially about food, tips on eating out, carb counting, foods that are good for you, foods that are bad for you, plate portioning, etc. they explain it so its easy to understand. I hope it will help you & answer any of your questions! Also, don't ever own THE diabetes, meaning, don't ever say MY diabetes, its not yours, you don't want it, do what you can to rid yourself of it. Not sure of your religion or if you are religious or spiritual, but whatever you believe in, it will help you through, be patient, take it one day at a time, be strong & best of luck! =o)

firstflight800 2010-04-11 11:20:04 -0500 Report

Don't let this diagnosis get you down. I am fairly new to this myself. One thing you must do is find out which foods do you the most harm. For me it is bread and pasta, along with a bunch of prepared foods. There are a "bunch" of foods that you can buy that will help, such as "dreamfields" pasta and even a pancake syrup with only 8 grams of carb per 1/4 cup. Another thing that can help a lot is to lose weight. A loss of ten pounds can make a big difference in your numbers. My numbers are not, nor have they been, as bad as what you described about yourself. I did not start out with "complications" such as blurred vision or dizziness. The main thing is to not give up on yourself. You need to make some lists and you need to check your blood sugars two hours after your meals and log everything. What you ate and how much. After a short time a clear picture will emerge for you.
Once you get the amounts down pat on what you can have, things will smooth out for you I am sure!!! Since you had mentioned the expense of using the insulin, I have some advice. My insulin dose is small and I usually only use a third of the vial in 28 days. What I do is to continue using the same vial for another 7-10 days, but I get the new vial "ontime". This will allow you to stockpile insulin in case you lose or break a vial. Just because it is day 28 does not mean the insulin automatically goes bad. As long as your numbers don't seem to be climbing you can do this. In your case, it could save you 25% of your cost or more. Good luck with your new task.

bluegrassbill 2010-04-10 17:08:25 -0500 Report

Hi there: For some reason I feel I should put my 2 cents worth in here & write to you.I am not diabetic but my wife is so I try to understand and be supportive, alt ho I know I do many things in eating that are not supportive to her. Like I eat desserts, chocolate etc that she can't have, and altho I don't want to do it, I crave different things & can't always stop myself from doing it, sometimes I do control the feeling.
That said; I just wanted to tell you some of the things t hat we have learned; likely you already know them all but just on the off chance that I mention one or 2 new things is my excuse for writing. We found that all diabetics are different; what one person thrives on is something that doesn't agree with others. Case in point, pasta, rice, beans, bread, all of these a friend can eat with no problems, but my wife's bs skyrockets with them. My wife can use Aspertame and Stevia etc, but Splenda tends to raise bs; yet our friend says Splenda is okay, but not Aspertame. My wife can eat potatoes but others can't, etc.
We are low income and qualify for assistance with certain meds that we get free from the company that makes them, just contact them & ask if they have such a program.
My wife was type 2, not sure if she is still in this catagory as she went on a small shot of insulin 6 months ago and now has her bs under control. Also lost 50 pounds and is exercising way more; also on Wellbutron as antidepressant and that helps too. She has a stairstepper t hat she finds very useful, as exercise helps a lot; but she can't do any walking or exercise after she has her insulin ( 8 units) which is fast acting for mealtime ( dinner) and then slow acting until the next day. She tried walking 100 yards or so after dinner and started getting a sugar low and had to eat some cheese and a couple of marachino cherries to bring her back to normal. She finds those cherries and small amount of cheese t o work wonders for this problem.Occasionally at bedtime she will be getting close to a sugar low and eat that combination.
Hope any of this info helps.—-Bill

ellenA66 2010-04-10 14:48:29 -0500 Report

I was diagnosed in April of '07 - with pills - diet and exercise I got it under control then I had chemo — here came the insulin. Finished treatments and got off insulin back on Metformin — found out I have liver damage and kidney problems due to chemo and Metformin — back on insulin Humlog starting at 10units at 150 and 20 units of Lantix. Just read that due to my thyroid removed - the hormone given to me makes me insulin resisted. I am still trying to get my counts under 200.
Definitely check with you doctor and hospital - free classes on diabetes and proper nutrition. Don't mess around - get on top of your doctor to help get the counts under control - there are too many other health conditions that come from diabetes. Get your blood checked for kideny and liver levels while on the Metformin

Idaholisa 2010-04-10 11:03:15 -0500 Report

Recently diagnosed with Type 2, my doctor prescribed a diabetes class that was given by the local hospital (lots of classes available everywhere). I DO NOT know how people become informed or learn to manage their diabetes without going to a class. I highly recommend it - even then, it can still be overwhelming and all consuming, but getting better all the time.
Reading labels and portion control are the tools I'm using now, as well as meds, and still learning something new every day! Once I figure out portions and carbs, I tend to eat the same things frequently - for now.
Still, the alternative is not pretty, so I stay motivated thinking of that.

jenniew 2010-04-09 08:53:35 -0500 Report

hi, i was diagnosed 3 yrs ago with type 2…It took the drs and myself a while to get the numbers down.after two yrs my numbers started to climb..then to my surprise i was loosing weight like crazy and couldnt get my numbers to come back down they were always in the 300's..I was getting very frustrated at this whole Diabetes thing! Ended up changing dr's and they put me on one shot of "Lantis" in the evening before bed.It is a slow acting insulin that works throughout the day 24hrs…along with my other pills of course! My numbers are great now Its not that big of deal giving myself one shot aday if it means having it under control…I feel better. I have been walking on my treadmill when i can since excercise is very good for controling your numbers, just dont do it before bed it may make you go low…Good Luck and Your not the only one…there are zillions of us out there!

wentt76 2010-04-08 18:04:31 -0500 Report

I ws diagnosed 2 years ago in january. I was working & noticed I could not see clearly anymore. I went to the eye doctor & got a pair of glasses. 1 month later I could'nt see with them anymore. I got a stronger pair, then I was fired from my job. I was home looking for another job when I really started to feel tired all the time. I went to the emergecy room because I could'nt keep anything down. I lost 15 pounds in 2 weeks. Thats when I was diagnosed. I was afraid to leave the hospital. Well 2 years later I've learned that I have diabetes but it is not my life. I changed my eating habits no more fast food, well not always, as a treat. I went vegetarian for 1 month & that brought my sugar down. Maybe that will help you. Think smaller portions. Avoid salt & starch. Just till you get it under control. I would like 2 know if this helps.

smokeejo 2010-04-06 16:26:52 -0500 Report

welcome to the community, i am new also. its my husband that was recently diagnosed not me, but i am struggling to know how to help him. there is so much to know, and its very overwhelming. he has been experiencing blurry vision, leg pain, and dizziness as well. his dr said he has vertigo. he is out of work until this clears up, i am unemployed and very worried about what will happen. this community is fantastic! i am so glad i found it. hang in there, and best wishes

Miminv 2010-04-03 03:37:47 -0500 Report

I had a different way of finding out that I was a pre-diabetic. I had not felt well for some time, tired, able to sleep for 13 hours at a time and very foggy. I kept telling my doctor something is wrong and asked to have a diabetic test. They priicked my finger and said you are normal. The Dr kept talking to me like I was depressed. This was far from the truth. I was working, going to school and enjoying life. It was my gynaecologist who said you have high blood presure. All your charts show high blood presure every appointment you had in the past few months. Then he told me that is why i am sleep so much. He ask me if i had any questions and that is when I said i thought i might be diabetic, due to the having to drink all the time. I had to do a urine test of collecting it for a week. It came back that I was boarderline diabetic.
At one point I did Byetta shots for a year and lost 40 pounds. Unfortunatly I ended up having surgery and was not able to tolerate the Byetta anymore and gained the 40 pounds back. The byetta also dropped my levels and made my stomach extremly nauseas.

Oh yeah, I have been a diabetic for 15 years now.

cc9 2010-04-02 03:17:43 -0500 Report

Hi there and welcome. I have bee living with diabtes for the last 16 years. and And like you I remember being overwhelmed with the diagnosis and having too little information. I had a good endocrinologist who was stern and realistic when it came to dealing with diabetes. I was not put on a high dose of meds nor insulin. Being totally dissatisfied with how doctors just saw only one aspect of me i.e the disease I read up on what I could get my hands on on complemetary and wholistic therapy where the person is seen as a whole and not the symptoms treated. Western medicine treats the symptons which lead to more symptoms. Five years ago my endocrinologist wanted to put me on insulin I resisted. I have been on insulin for about 18 months now and feel worse now than I did . Now I have to take a bunch of other drugs to protect my heart and kidneys though my cholesterol levels are good and BP is good. Without labouring the fact, you have a choice in how you live with this; either take the medical route or be proactive and find out what is out there and how you can deal with this in an organic way. Good luck. You have a great support system here on DC. PS I am referring to people diagnosed with type two and not advocating that we dont take our medication. Just to be more open to information.

CBROADIE 2010-04-02 01:01:11 -0500 Report

hello, I was diagnosed with type 2 the week before Christmas. I thought what a present. I have also been strugling to get my sugars down, and I am having the most trouble with the denial, I almost felt like my life was over when I got the call. How do u embrace something so different than your norm for so many years? If any of you have any thoughts on a meal plan, or getting through the depression and denial of it all, please let me know. Thanks.

Roy531 2010-04-02 06:28:08 -0500 Report

If your doctor hasn't done it yet ask him about a diabetes education class, they can help you with meals. If there isn't one in your area try to find a dietician they will be able to assist you in creating a meal plan. Depression, everybody deals with depression of some sort diabetic or not, you just have to realize that you can control the diabetes and beat it. Don't let it control you. You can do it just like everybody here has done.
Read what this person has to say about what she doing to control her diabetes go to this link truly an inspirational story

Mattteri 2010-03-31 20:50:49 -0500 Report

Hang in there! I am newly diagnosed (Nov 09), Still trying to get used to all this…Don't be sorry for what you wrote. It helps to read someone else's point of view and opinion. Just keep your chin up and keep us up to date!

KyGal41 2010-03-31 18:35:50 -0500 Report

Hi There I"m a newbie here and I was just recenly dignosed with Diabetes and I know what u are going through, if u ever want to talk or anything please feel free to send me an e-mail,

texasdorkprincess 2010-04-01 00:06:50 -0500 Report

Hi well welcome. Oh feel free to email me anytime you want to talk or if your having a bad day. So are you type 1 or 2? How long ago were you diagnosed?

Patty johnson
Patty johnson 2010-03-31 14:19:17 -0500 Report

Hi! I'm a newbie to. It is very overwhelming at first diagnosis. I was off the charts like you. I have lowered my bgl tremendously, so hang in there! My blurry vision improved drastically once I was on insulin for about a week 1/2. Don't need my glasses anymore (but will have to get clear lenses and have the tri-focal stuff on them to see the small print. I have to go for today but will try to get back here tomorrow. HANG IN THERE! tHIS IS A GREAT PLACE FOR FRIENDS/FAMILY AND INFO!!

texasdorkprincess 2010-04-01 00:13:29 -0500 Report

Hello Patty,
Welcome to Diabetic Connect!!! Oh my you sound like me I can't wait for mine to get under control. I'm glad you don't need your glasses. Well I hope to hear from you again and thanks for the words of encouragement! Have a great day!

Fred Ravenscraft
Fred Ravenscraft 2010-03-28 20:47:59 -0500 Report

Hello, and welcome to a very popular website. We chat when we can to advise others of what seems to work best for our condition. Since 2005 I have had surgery on both eyes to remove the cataracts. This dramatically improved my eyesight. My sugar has stabilized once I found what food groups to cling to.

I am in north Texas, close to Oklahoma. What part of Texas are you in?

texasdorkprincess 2010-03-28 21:49:19 -0500 Report

Hi Fred,

Thanks for welcoming me. I have met some really nice informative people on here. Wow surgery on your eyes are they ok now? You should check out my post about blindness and technology, It is a petition that if you agree with it would be great to have signed. Every signature helps. What kinda foods do you eat? I live in Bullard Texas which is over by Tyler texas basically East Texas.

salmanda 2010-03-28 07:42:09 -0500 Report

First of all…welcome! You have come to the right place! :)
I highly recommend classes for newly diagnosed diabetics. Your doctor should know where they are held. Often they are held at hospitals or centers for diabetes. I took this class when I was newly diagnosed, and it was a huge help. My insurance paid for most of it as well.
I am also now going to a nutritionist because I need to lose weight…again… and want to fine tune my eating, what to eat, etc. That is also helping.
Your symptoms are probably side effects from your blood sugar levels being high. Once you get them under control, you will feel better. If all your symptoms don't disappear once your BS is under control, it is probably something else causing them, and you will know to explore further.
I too take many meds for diabetes and other conditions. It stinks! Thank goodness I have great insurance, and also my local grocery store has a great plan which is even less expensive than my insurance. I can even get my dog's medication that is a "people med" on that plan! It is only for generic drugs, but I don't mind if I can save a lot of money. They all seem to work! Wal-Mart has a similar program if your local grocery store pharmacy doesn't have one.
Good luck,
Sal :)

Oyorra 2010-03-27 15:44:26 -0500 Report


I am new here and this site is just wonderful! So many resources and most importantly, people sharing their experiences, which is sometimes hard to do. I've been a diabetic for about 15 years, and just like everyone mentioned, it's tough in the beginning because it's like, ok - what do I do now? Not sure if this will be helpful, but I can say my biggest lesson was accepting that I was in charge of my own health. My doctor at the time, just prescribed me glynase (I wonder if anyone remembers that medication) and some other pill, and really didn't do much after that! I almost accepted it as my fate, since my grandmother and some other family members had the disease. I was actually not really surprised at the diagnosis. Then I scared myself by reading up on the disease and what it can do to the body. My grandmother lived with it for a very long time, but her doctor didn't help much in terms of what she should do to be a proactive advocate of her own health. So basically, I went to my medical insurance and asked if I could add an endocrinologist as a health care provider, and was able to see one for awhile. His best advice to control sugar: exercise. And I have to admit, I still have trouble with that one. But when I get into a good regime, it does wonders for my sugar levels. And just like you, it's sometimes hard to get the energy to do it. I noticed that, whenever I even take a 10 minute walk (which is hard sometimes, I live in NJ and the weather has been so erratic), I feel really good. And it's usually that first step that is the hardest part. I am pretty diligent with medication (I use 850 mg of Metformin and 18 cc s of insulin twice a day) and I do the best I can with food. I usually eat 4 to 5 meals a day. It's tough sometimes, I'm Puerto Rican and we eat ALOT! And even, when I visit my mom, she'll sit me down in front of a huge plate of rice and beans! God bless her, she's not trying to derail me, but that's another challenge, having our friends and family understand the disease, no matter how many times we try to explain it to them.

Keep on forging ahead, and ask questions, especially your doctor, and you will figure out what works best you. Good luck and, I'm sure I speak for those on this post when I say, ask us questions too!

texasdorkprincess 2010-03-27 23:00:30 -0500 Report

Thank you so much for your words of advise and encouragement. Lol about the Puerto Rican thing my best friend is Puerto Rican and his mom is diabetic and she still eats like that bless her heart. I am taking byetta and 2000 mg of metformin a day. It is really messing with me now my blood sugar is too low. it was in the 40's and 50's l. Thank you again Have a great day.

Oyorra 2010-03-30 19:19:08 -0500 Report

My pleasure!

Wow 2000 mg of metformin! Does your doctor have you taking 1000 mg twice a day or just one dose? I take 850mg in the morning and 850 mg at night, and if I don't eat regularly, like say 4 to 5 meals, then the metformin drops my sugar pretty low too. I'm not diligent, but I try to write down what I eat during the day too, so when my sugar does drop, I notice some trends.

you know it's crazy that diabetes is so prevalent in the hispanic community and sometimes because they don't understand what to do, they just go on eating like they always do! My grandmother had it, and she used to say oh, I just have a "touch" of the sugar. LOL I wonder if your best friend's mom says that too:)

texasdorkprincess 2010-03-30 22:49:35 -0500 Report

Yea 2000 mg of metformin a day ! Once in the morning and once at night with a shot of byetta which brings it down as well. I try to write down what I eat but it is so time consuming. I just asked my friend if his mother says that he said she does not but it is funny. Yea I'm Irish and German and my grandmother that has diabetes is mostly Irish and she does whatever she wants to . It's really hard to eat 4 or 5 times a day when you work 10 hours a day as well. ugh. well gots to go do some school work soon. Talk to you later.

Bro. John
Bro. John 2010-03-31 18:22:16 -0500 Report


I thought we invented that word in Okla City back in 1959.

When I was finally and honestly diagnosed, mine was 506. American Indians can do that, they say. (I just don't know who they are.) We have a lot of diabetis in our community. I knew a woman who was on Metforman late at night and fasting after 6:30 nightly. She went into a coma 3 nights in a row. My Doctor had told me the metforman just keeps on working until it is out of the system. I shared that information with this lady's Doctor, and they changed her life style. You might want to talk with the Dr. about your low Sugar and the high Metformin. I'm not trying to practice medicine; but, we do have to monitor our conditions.
Blessings from western Okla.
Bro. John

texasdorkprincess 2010-04-01 00:10:28 -0500 Report

Lol Hello Bro. John,

I miss oklahoma city soooo much. I graduated from Prague high school in Oklahoma, I lived in OKC, Prague, Shawnee, and Yukon. Sorry just some knowledge of my homes in Oklahoma. I will talk to my doctor about that. That is crazy that she went in a coma 3 nights in a rowl. Wow 506 . So how long have you been diabetic?

Have a great day!

Kirla 2010-03-26 22:08:09 -0500 Report

No need to struggle. My blood sugar dropped a lot after I started to drink 8+ glasses of water and eating low carb vegetables. My blood sugar went from 300+ to almost normal levels in about 4 months.

I wrote what I did and how I control my blood sugar here. Click on the link below.

Good luck

texasdorkprincess 2010-03-27 23:32:51 -0500 Report

Thank you soooo much for the information. Now my blood sugar is too low due to the byetta. Do you take any medications?

Kirla 2010-03-28 07:19:45 -0500 Report

I used to take 500mg Metformin twice a day, 10mg Lisinopril, 40mg Simvastatin and 81mg Aspirin once a day.

I stopped using the meds due to the side effects. Didn’t know what meds were causing the problem. I intended to start them up again, one at a time, to see what one was causing the problem.

I bought a cholesterol meter and started to test my cholesterol monthly. I tested my blood pressure 3+ times a day and continued to test my blood sugar before and after each meal.

After stopping the meds my blood sugar continued to get better week after week. My blood pressure has been very good without the meds and my cholesterol has stayed in the normal range. Even my pill-pushing doctor said I no longer needed the meds.

If your blood sugar is going low, I think you need to see your doctor. He or she should be willing to lower some of the meds. I recommend you do this with your doctor. If your doctor is not willing to work with you on lowing your meds then you have to do what you have to do. You’re the one living with this, not your doctor. In the end its up to you to control your blood sugar. If your doctor is not willing to help you, it may be time to find a new one.

I’m dumping my doctor soon and will be trying a DO next time. I read an article about DO’s and liked what I read. I plan on making an appointment this summer. I think you need to see yours soon. You might want to forget to take some of your meds and see what happens. I believe going low is more dangerous than forgetting to take some of your meds for a day or two.

The link below is what I read about DO’s.

Good luck
Kevin 2010-03-26 20:29:42 -0500 Report

Hello Tex, i too was having the blurry vision and dizziness and i found out in Jan. 2009 that i had type 2 diabetes..I already was being treated for depression and this only made it worst..I was also started with Metformin 500mg twice a day and later the doctor added Glipizide 10mg twice a day and later had to add another med called Actos 45mg once a day..Not feeling good about so many meds i decided to go to a nutritionist for help..He explained how even if you take in less sugar that if you eat a lot of carbohydrates they also turn into now i try to take in less carbs and drink diet soda..I also started walking 30 minutes a day because excersise is good for you..i now have lost about 45 pounds and my diabetes is finally under control..hope this helps you..i am in Texas too…goodluck

texasdorkprincess 2010-03-27 23:02:40 -0500 Report

Hi how are you doing now ? I think i am depressed as well. Yea i have now lost 35 lbs and i am eating less carbs and no more regular soft drints. Walking is a great thing now . With how i feel i am probably gonna lose my job due to missing to much work. I know i will find another but it is frustrating. Thank you again for the advice and letting me know about yourself. Where in texas do you live ? I live in east texas.

Roy531 2010-03-24 08:19:37 -0500 Report

Hello Tex, Has your doctor sent you to a diabetes education class? If not ask him or her about it. They can help on meal plan give you a plan of attack so to speak. Your vision should straighten out once you get control of your diabetes, mine did and the pain and passing out don't know what to tell you about that, if it is cause by the diabetes once you get the numbers down that should ease that. But most important get into a diabetes education class, the dietician can be very helpful in helping you plan your meals, what you can eat and what to stay away from. My prayers are with you and you can beat this. Roy

Roy531 2010-03-24 08:20:29 -0500 Report

Sorry your not Tex.

texasdorkprincess 2010-03-27 22:58:13 -0500 Report

lol thank you so much for all your encouragement. I am texasdorkprincess. I don't know what is going on with my profile i messed it up and created 2 somehow. Thank you again. Have a great day.

Roy531 2010-03-28 07:54:24 -0500 Report

We are neighbors then, I'm from Okla. Have you been to a diabetes education class? There is a wealth of imformation there and I would encourage you to get into one if possible. Roy

texasdorkprincess 2010-03-28 14:40:09 -0500 Report

Howdy Neighbor yea i took a diabetes class. It did help alot. Where in oklahoma do you live i lived there for many years graduated high school from prague oklahoma.

Roy531 2010-03-28 16:07:01 -0500 Report

I live in Okla City, born and raise. Work for the Norman Public Schools. Been to Prague a few times, all before you was ever born

texasdorkprincess 2010-03-28 16:53:09 -0500 Report

Lol you probably do not realize how old I am I'm pretty old i'm 29 years old. Yea i lived in Shawnee, Okc, and Yukon as well. How long have you been diabetic?

Roy531 2010-03-28 16:58:03 -0500 Report

You probably don't know how old I am, will be 63 in May. I was diagnosed Oct 10 2002. Contacted the VA and I was in the area where they used agent orange and they say that is what caused my diabetes and you are not old. I have a daughter older than you

texasdorkprincess 2010-03-28 17:10:41 -0500 Report

Wow I didn't know that the agent orange could cause diabetes. That is not good. Thanks I'm not old but lately the fear of age has been getting to me. I just feel like I have so much more I want to do in life and it is almost halfway over. I don't know just a little scared lately with the diabetes lately my blood sugar has been either toooo high or too low . Since put on the byetta it has been dropping to the 40's and 50's which makes me feel icky just the same when it is too high 250 to 300 . they have me on that and the 2000 mg of metformin a day. I think it is too much. when you were diagnosed did you go through hard times. I mean i was feeling bad for the last year thats how i found out i am diabetic.

Roy531 2010-03-28 17:20:58 -0500 Report

When I was diagnosed I could drink a glass of water and immediately have to run to the bathroom and I was sleeping all the time extremely tired went to the doctor and my fasting blood sugar was 296, the started me on glipizide half a pill in the AM and when I went back he was not happy with my evening and morning blood sugars so he told me half in the morning and half at supper time Benn doing fairly good ever since. Started walking after supper been doing that for about 6 years but could not walk in the winter time so a few years ago bought a treadmill I walked so much that I was walking one night and flames shot out of the motor so thought it was time to buy a new one. I am now up to 70 minutes a night at 2.2 miles a hour. Plus a the walking I do during the day at work. Sorry did not mean to ramble, get carried away sometimes.

texasdorkprincess 2010-03-28 21:55:18 -0500 Report

Hey Roy ,

I totally feel the drinking water and going to the restroom. At work I go to the restroom like 2 times an hour. I am also always always tired so tired I try to get up and just fall back asleep and my eyes don't seem to want to stay opened. How did you stop from being so tired? So with the walking I've noticed I feel better when i walk. My job is working at a desk all day . I am about to get fired anyway due to missing work. Seems like I just can't stay awake and I just don't feel good. I am gonna try to find a job that requires me to walk around. I don't think you ramble. I love to talk. I like to hear other peoples stories of their life. What kinda foods do you eat I'm running out of things to eat. It is getting boring and I am aggrevated because I love potato chips and can not have them.

Roy531 2010-03-28 22:28:34 -0500 Report

Once you get your blood sugars where they should be the tiredness should pass. I was thirsty all the time and it seemed like I should just stay in the bathroom cause it went through me that fast. I couldn't drink anything before I left for work cause I would never make it to work in time to run to the bathroom. Eating? I mostly just cut way back on what I was eating, the class helped me with the amount of food I should eat. I wasn't eating anything I shouldn't be eating I just ate a lot, but with the walking and cutting back I managed to lose 75 pounds, which I am very proud of. Haven't found where I lost it and I'm not looking for it either. It is bedtime 4:30 comes awful early for some reason Ya'll have a good night.

Roy531 2010-03-28 17:23:34 -0500 Report

Apparently agent orange caused a lot of different problems with GI's that were over there.

mtngal 2010-03-23 14:55:30 -0500 Report

Hello and welcome…I am fairly new to the community too.

Your story sounds so familiar to me. I was diagnosed with type 2 in June-09. I had absolutely no energy and my vision became blurry. I ended up in the emergency room and my blood sugar was at 434. Boy was I shocked and scared to death.

I was prescribed Metformin (500mg) twice a day by the doctor at the hospital. When I went to my doctor I was basically given literature and he wanted to immediately up my dosage of Metformin. I don't know what got in to me because I am usually the type of person that just says "okay" to everything my doctor says…but for some reason that day I decided to refuse the increase in my medicine…I wanted more information and I wanted to see how I did on the original amount.

I know how you must be feeling…I went through so many emotions…one day I would be angry, the next day depressed and helpless or frustrated…!!! It definitely is an emotional roller coaster.

I live in a small town so it wasn't easy to get information. I finally found a nutrition class and that really helped me. I went to the library and I think I checked out just about every book they had on diabetes.

Well with my new found wealth of knowledge…I decided that I was not going to let diabetes get the best of me and I was bound and determined that I was going to get off the meds. I jokingly told my friends that there is a silver lining in everything; since I was going to change my eating habits I was bound to lose weight so therefore I was going to become a major fox…LOL!!!

Well since that decision I have lost 40 lbs and at my last doctor visit (I switched doctors by the way) I was told that since my numbers have been so good I could go off my medicine. I opted to cut it in half for a few months…it has been about three weeks and so far so good…hopefully soon I will try it without any!!!

I attend any class/seminar that I can…that definitely helps me. A lot of other people suggested writing everything down…I agree that is very helpful for you and for your doctor.

Don't let this disease get the best of you. From reading your post you have a great sense of humor and seem to have good spirits. This community is great also and everyone has been so helpful and supportive.

And please don't be afraid to talk to your family and friends…I bet they will want to support you any way they can if you allow them to.

Wishing you the very best!!!!

texasdorkprincess 2010-03-23 17:47:45 -0500 Report

Wow that does sound alot like me . Thank you for getting my spirits up I have hope now. It is great you are doing so well. I hope that everything goes wonderful for you. Everyone has been so sweet I am so glad that I joined this website! Thank you again!

texasdorkprincess 2010-03-23 11:49:54 -0500 Report

ok I guess i will be using Texasdorkprincess since I can not get into my other account. Grrrr Sorry for confusion I don't know what happened.

texasdorkprincess 2010-03-23 11:20:04 -0500 Report

Looks like I have 2 accounts. I thought i was under the dorkprincess one with all my information but I am not. I replied to everyone under a different account. I am trying to figure out how I did two accounts. Lol. I will delete the Texasdorkprincess one once I can figure out how to get on the other one again. Oh dear oh dear.

Timothy Bagwell
Timothy Bagwell 2010-03-22 20:58:07 -0500 Report

Hi there, I sympathise with you and what you are going thru. I still remember what I went thru after first finding out I was diabetic and the feeling that I was overwhelmed with all the info. being tossed my way, not knowing really how to take care of myself as a diabetic, taking new meds. and how to, having to all of a sudden eat a very different diet from what I was used to, not feeling right, feeling tired, sleepy, blurred vission, and more. The good news is as you learn to deal with diabetes, learn to control it, edgeucate yourself about it, see your doctor on a regular basis, every three months or sooner if you need to, things will start to come around for you. Also, if you know someone who is diabetic that you can talk to, it would be good to get whatever help you can from them as well. It is wonderfull to talk to someone who knows what you are going thru first hand. It will also let you know that you are not the only one that has to deal with all of this. As you open up the the diabetic community, you will fill less alone in this fight. Another bit of advice is to write down everything you do for a while, what you eat and when, what meds. you take and when, what exercise you get and when, anything that will help paint a picture of what and why things are happening to you. As you are able to get your blood sugar levels under control you will find that by doing so you won't be feeling all these bad symtoms you mention. Your eyes will begin to see better, you will feel less fatigued,you will feel more like your self before becoming diabetic. Be aware though, that if you don't get things under control, you will continue feeling as you have recently. There mabe programs out there that might help with the cost of diabetic supplies and medicenes, but you will have to search for them. The internet search ingine is a powerfull tool, use it to see if the is any asistence programs out there that can help you. Also check with a local hospital and ask if there is anything that they might be able to help with. Seek help from those around you that may be diabetic also. Ask a few diabetics how they control their diabetes and take note of the ones who do the best in controling it. Ask them how the changes in blood sugar is affected by what you eat, and how you take your meds. accordingly. By taking good care of yourself, controling your diabetes thru all means possible, this is how you don't let diabetes define who you are. The fight for what defines you is in you, and how you live your life. You are the one who has to see and realize that the hour glass is half full and not half empty.

texasdorkprincess 2010-03-23 10:31:12 -0500 Report

Hello Timothy,
Thank you for all your advise and letting me know about how to see how there could be help with medical cost for the medication. I have always been one just to listen to what the doctor says and ask no questions. I now realize I have to ask questions. I will start writing everything down I have made some charts to follow. Thank you for the motivation. The glass is half full right ! Thank you again. Have a great day!

GabbyPA 2010-03-22 18:47:27 -0500 Report

Your name is just too cute! It makes me smile. I want to welcome you to our community and maybe a little bit of sanity. It is so overwhelming in the beginning. I would start by asking your doctor why he didn't talk to you about your condition and help you put off getting diabetes. Don't be afraid to ask. Tell him that you want to know what to do and how to manage your illness. Before you know it, you will be teaching him things, you watch.

Your symptoms are really quite severe so I understand his efforts to medicate you so highly. There are options and some medications are better than non, so ask about some generics. If you can't afford the Byetta, there are other things that can help that cost less. There are also many programs that will give you your meds for less or no cost, so ask the makers of your Byetta if they offer any kind of financial assistance.

From what you mentioned in your other post, is sounds like you are doing some great things to take charge. Loosing weight, watching your carbs and things like that are your first defense. Now that you have those things in line, it is time to research and experiment. Always be careful when you try things and ask your doctor's advice, but don't just take a generic are not generic, you're special and need individual advice.

Feeling helpless is normal. Let it push you to do something, even something small. We all get to that place and we return often. The great thing is that we have each other to help us thru. I get my strength from friends here. I don't know why people whom I have never met mean so much, but they do. So ask question is unapproachable.

texasdorkprincess 2010-03-23 10:38:51 -0500 Report

Hi Gabby,
Awww Thanks yea I am in Texas and my friends refer to me as the Dorkprincess. I have a dorkprincess tattoo with a tiara that's how tarded I am. Lol. I would like to thank you for welcoming me. I have read some really nice things on here and learned things also. My symptoms do seem severe to me as well. I will do whatever I can to try to continue taking the medication I need to. Thank you for the advice. I'm so glad that it is not unusual to feel helpless. I have a person that I met online 5 years ago and he is my best friend so i know what you mean about getting strength from someone we have never meant. My questions might be stupid. I have lost 30 pounds and have not been able to lose anymore since losing that. I lost it since january. The doctor was actually upset with me about it said it was not a safe weight loss, hey you see me so losing the weight is good for me I think. Why would it be considered not safe? Maybe some day I will be able to help someone feel less confused and scared like everyone here has for me . Thank you again. Have a great day!

GabbyPA 2010-03-24 07:58:49 -0500 Report

You doctor might have had concerns because sudden weight loss is a symptom of diabetes. So maybe that troubled him. Now that you are on meds, your weight loss will have to come the old fashioned way. Diet and exercise. LOL. But to be honest, those two things will do so much to help you in your control. I am glad you are finding help here. You are never alone, there is always someone who can relate.

Jeannie Holmes
Jeannie Holmes 2010-03-22 16:12:00 -0500 Report

Melissa, What you are going thru is the same as we all did. Everything is really hard at first. You have come to a great place. There is a lot of support and info. Just take everything one step at a time. Sounds like you are heading in the right direction. If the meds are making you sick, talk to your doctor about that. Not all meds are alike.

texasdorkprincess 2010-03-23 10:40:37 -0500 Report

Hey Jeannie,
Your profile pic is sooo cute. Thank you for the advise. It really is hard at first. I didn't realize it would be this hard. I have tried to talk to the doctor about the medications they said it will take awhile to get use to it. Thank you again and have a wonderful day!

MAYS 2010-03-22 15:15:52 -0500 Report

Welcome to Diabetic Connect !

Dealing with diabetes requires awareness, education of and commitment to dealing with and living with diabetes.
Nothing will happen overnight and sometimes things will all seem to fall into place, other times uncontrollable chaos, but remember, it's all up to you and at times, it will seem hard but you can do it, just as many others have and will continue to do.

As you begin to get your glucose level under control, many of the symptoms that you mentioned will began to get better and some will go away completely.

Check out these videos and sites to learn a little more about diabetes and talk things over with your doctor, ask questions.
Once again welcome, and don't ever feel that you are going thru this alone, because you aren't !

Let's start by first taking the fear out of diabetes and replace it with knowledge and understanding that you are in control of and can manage your diabetes, there are no quick fixes, magic pills or cures, click on this link for more information :

You must know what diabetes is and what it does to the human body if it is not controlled, these videos will give you a general understanding of diabetes and it's complications :

Do you currently have any books on diabetes and it's complications and \ or Foods and Nutrition ?

" Mays "

dorkprincess 2010-03-22 15:43:27 -0500 Report

Thank you for all the information. I will be watching those videos here in a little while. I do have some pamplets that were given to me at a seminar about diabetes that I attended. There is so much to take in. I feel so overwhelmed at times like I can't do it. It really is a hard transition. I'm really confused on the food thing. I have lost 30 pounds since i was diagnosed in January 2010. I have cut out all the candy i loved sweet tarts and tootsie rolls lol. I have cut the Pop out and no more sugar in the tea. I was a big potato eater so they are pretty much non existant any more. I find it really hard to focus on having time to do meals . I have a work schedule of 10 hours a day 4 days a week and drive 3 hours total back and forth from work. I really need to figure a way out to balance everything in my life. I am so stressed with everything. The Byetta is making me sick. Look there I totally went on when all i was trying to do was tell you thank you and let you know that I do have some pamplets. Well thank you again.

MAYS 2010-03-22 16:00:08 -0500 Report

No need to apologize, my ears and eyes are always open.
It's the perfect time to start dancing in the rain !
What are you waiting for ? (LOL)

dorkprincess 2010-03-22 18:24:17 -0500 Report

It is the perfect time to start dancing in the rain lol. I keep telling myself that. Yet I'm just too tired to care lol. How do you get some flippin energy! Thanks muches!

Cindy Broecker
Cindy Broecker 2010-04-12 06:02:13 -0500 Report

Dear DP,
Your energy will start to increase once you get some sort of rhythm and balance to your lifestyle..I started to do things in a routine (hard for a free spirit like myself) For me, it was like..Hey! I have been feeling good four days in a row!.. then it just kept getting better. The more I paid attention to not only what I was eating but what I was doing with my time and energy, the more balanced my energy level has been ( and the better my blood sugar readings) . Don't get me wrong. I have my low energy days just like anyone else, especially when I am not able to pace things out or I tried to do too many things at one time but for the most part, my energy has returned. Stress seems to still be the major factor when I have one of the low energy days too. I decided to go to counseling and handled some issues that were bothering me and that played a big role in my energy return too. Also, I wrote to the Byetta manufacturer, and they sent me a form and I sent it back and received the Byetta prescription for free for four months, until my insurance supplement kicked in. This whole thing is about putting yourself on the list, taking care of yourself, being able to ask for what you need from others and being able to feel okay about where you are in your life, even with diabetes.

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