Afraid of being diabetic

Ponchy
By Ponchy Latest Reply 2010-04-27 18:17:57 -0500
Started 2010-04-22 08:33:19 -0500

I just recently found out that I have diabetis 2 and it relly makes me nervous. I think talking to you all will help me.


11 replies

tabby9146
tabby9146 2010-04-27 18:17:57 -0500 Report

Welcome! Are you on insulin or pills? I was scared too, you are not alone. You will get good support here. I was on metformin back in Nov 08 when I was diagnosed, I was determined to lose the weight and I did, I exercised more at least 30 mins. a day, and ate right most all the time. So I was able to come off the pills after almost 3 months. I was so happy! Now I have been controlling it by diet and exercise. I have heard of quite a few on insulin who make the changes, stick with them, and come off that as well. I have not read all the replies so I hpe I am not repeating, but when you buy whole wheat bread, among other things, read the label and make sure it does not have high fructose corn syrup. Also, make sure the foods you eat don't have partially hydrogenated oils and most do. So many things that seem healthy, that have enough fiber, protein, low calorie, low fat, have these oils and they are so bad for the heart. Those oils are actually trans fat. Many foods if they have a small amout f trans fat, can claim that the item has 'no trans fat' at all when actually many do. That was something else I learned. cook with olive and canola oils, eat fruit in moderation because of the natural sugars. You will quickly find what works for you, what you can eat and how much. Good luck to you!

Lakeland
Lakeland 2010-04-25 19:05:46 -0500 Report

I remember how scared I was, I was at 550 my eyesite went blurry & I was afraid to put anything in my mouth. My doctor sent me home with no advice but sign up for classes & they were full so I had to wait a month. I was so scared.

I posted this for someone else. I hope this helps. when craving junk food. Try things, like diet chocolate puddings, jello's, they are quick easy to keep at home.

eat in between meals, carrots or something healthy don't let your sugars drop then raise. Keep them level.

Each meal pick your carbohydrate first. Carbs turn into sugar & it doesn't matter if it's a bread or candy bar. your body treats it the same, but if the carb has whole grain. the "whole grain" part is important & you need to read the ingredients. they will say that on the package then when you flip it over and read ingredients, if the whole grain part is at the bottom of the list try to find something else. usually true whole grain will have a higher fiber number of 4+ listed at the carbohydrate. That's good it will make your body work harder to break those carbs into sugar and keep you more full longer.

So pick your carb first if you want dessert then don't have the bread or pasta, or if you choose pasta skip dessert,

so at breakfast pancake breakfast with juice is way too much sugar for me, & there is no protien there so that would be very unhealthy for a diabetic.

the eggs, with meat, & whole grain toast or banana would be a healther choice.

good luck. you'll get the hang of it.
diane

alanbossman
alanbossman 2010-04-22 21:14:46 -0500 Report

Hi and welcome to dc. Just listen and read all who post here and talk to your doctor. Once you are familiar with your diabetes the easier it will be for you and less nervous you be. Stick with us we all here will help you.
Alan

spiritwalker
spiritwalker 2010-04-22 20:35:24 -0500 Report

Ponchy, welcome to DC. this is a community of caring people.
All are persons with diabetes or are a caregiver to someone with it. Everyone is willing to reach out and share from their
experiences. Some like yourself are new to diabetes. I have
had type2 for 25 years. There are people on the site that have had it longer than I. We aren't Drs., but will reach
out to support you. This site is a wealth of information.
Look around and ask questions. We will assist you in any
way we can.

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2010-04-22 18:54:46 -0500 Report

Welcome aboard. As with anything that is tough to deal with, it helps tremendously to have a good support group. Talking about your fears and anxieties is good, and knowing that you are not alone in your concerns and struggles helps a lot. We are fortunate today to have the internet available to educate us and the benefit of all the advances in diabetic care. Diabetes, if not controlled, can be disastrous, but it is at least something we have some control over to a great extent, unlike some other things that people are dealing with. I hope as you become better educated you will be less afraid and nervous. I pray you have a good support group to cheer you on. You have one here, anyway. Let us know what questions you have and how we can encourage you. There are so many people, too, walking around each day totally unaware they are diabetic. As a result, they're getting no guidance and help and doing nothing to control it. Be glad you're aware of it and can now do something about it. Good luck!

Provence
Provence 2010-04-22 12:15:45 -0500 Report

About six months ago I was diagnosed with Type 2. Unfortunately, I was already in the midst of the great depression having been laid off from my job two months earlier. In the beginning, I was very careful about eating the right food, taking the meds, and exercising but I decided about 3 months into it that I didn't really need to do any of the above — besides which I couldn't afford test strips and Metformin — and that I would be fine. Well, when I started drinking (non-alcoholic) non-stop and urinating every half-hour I went to my doctor and tested at 467!

Apparently, I really do have diabetes and have accepted it and my numbers are going down. My doctor told me that if the oral meds (etc.) didn't work, I would have to go on insulin. That is something I really don't want to contemplate. Back in the day, my diabetic grandmother kept her large, metal encased syringe on the counter in her bathroom. Every time I went to visit, I was scared silly just seeing this contraption.

I know that today's disposable syringes are nowhere near as scary as the old syringes but it's hard to rid that image from my mind. Hopefully, I won't have to go to the insulin shots but would be interested in knowing what to expect if I do.

On another subject, I would be interested in knowing where Harlen found tiger cubs in Maine?

Thanks everyone!

ginarb37
ginarb37 2010-04-22 11:37:20 -0500 Report

Ponchy,
First off.. welcome to DC! The ppl here are like ur own litle family. They are here to encourge, educate and relate! It will take time to adjust and sometimes overwhelming, just know that it will all work out!

Gina

MAYS
MAYS 2010-04-22 09:59:24 -0500 Report

Welcome to Diabetic Connect !

It's natural to be nervous and afraid of what we do not understand, as you become more familiar with diabetes and you began to realize that you are in control of it for the benefit of your health and eventual happiness, that fear will began to disappear being replaced with faith and confidence in yourself.

It's a step by step, day by day process, you have taken the first step, awareness, the second is acceptance followed by knowledge\education and finally action !

Once again, Welcome, take your time, you can do it !

~Mays~

Jeannie Holmes
Jeannie Holmes 2010-04-22 09:44:57 -0500 Report

We all feel that way in the beginning. Just take it one day at a time and you will get there. This is a great place to find the support you will need. Welcome!!

Gabby
GabbyPA 2010-04-22 08:39:51 -0500 Report

Hi Ponchy,

Don't be nervous, you are in a great place here. We are a community of people who are in the same boat, so you will find that there is a lot of understanding and compassion here. We aren't doctors and I think sometimes that helps the most.

Is there something specific that has you nervous that we can help you with right now?