Newly Diagnosed Diabetic

By Swbtab03 Latest Reply 2010-05-03 19:48:22 -0500
Started 2010-04-25 19:23:38 -0500

Just found this site, looked around and this one looks really good. Looking for some honest communication of how to change my lifestyle and make sure this disease does not get ahead of me. Looking forward to meeting some experts out there. Looking for people to tell things to avoid, and waht is good to keep numbers down.
Thank You

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Swbtab03 2010-05-03 19:48:22 -0500 Report

So I need some good lunch ideas to bring to work. my schedule is 7am- 8pm and I try not to eat after 6pm. Any good filling lunch and snacks. I have sugar free jello, not sure if good put 1-2 mozzeralla sticks, sugar free cinnamon apple sauce. lunch I order steamed chicken and vegees from local chinese place. Hopefully not bad choice.

KarenH 2010-04-30 00:22:24 -0500 Report

Welcome Scott! You will find Diabetic Connect a great place for support. Please be assured It will get easier for you as you gain knowledge and make lifestyle changes.

alanbossman 2010-04-27 11:29:05 -0500 Report

Hi Scott and welcome to dc. Sound like you are going in the right direction. Let us know how it goes with you after your visit with the dietician.

Swbtab03 2010-04-26 21:01:07 -0500 Report

Wow everyone Thank you for the great support already, really depressed right now and scared. But I will say I am reacting quickly my AC1 is a 7.8 not that I have a total clue what it means, my sugar for past 2 days have been high as 211 low as 117. But cut out all the whites, no poptarts, no Tasty Cakes( Philly Favorite here), No bread, except for whole wheat bread and dry nothing on it. Tonight steamed vegetables and chicken from local chinese restaurant. I'm trying. Next week I go to Dietician to train me on the good and bad stuff. But Thank you for warm welcome, going to bed now. Scott

GabbyPA 2010-04-27 07:01:19 -0500 Report

Hey Scott,
It sounds like you are taking charge and that helps a lot when you first start. You will find things that you can do with your dietitian. They help so much because they deal with you on a personal level.

An A1c is an average of your glucose levels. Glucose attaches itself to your red blood cells and you usually cycle thru your blood in about 3 months. So they do this test to see how much is staying in your blood stream. Your daily readings can be averaged out to reach an average reading, that will in-turn correspond to your A1c. A 7.8 is high, but you will get that down. Most diabetics shoot for a 6 or lower. You and your doctor will make that goal for you.

Always get a copy of your lab work so you can see for yourself your progress. On that sheet will also be the "normal" or "goal" ranges of many of your lipids. It will be handy to have for your dietitian as it will help him/her get you working on other things as well.

Oh, and you can put butter or something on your toast. You don't have to punish yourself. LOL

Swbtab03 2010-05-03 19:43:54 -0500 Report

Thank you, I go to dietician this Friday, wonder anyone can figure this out, how is it i get ready to go to bed and Sugar is at 116, and lately in morning when I get up it is at 96-93, however this other morning it went up to 122. Weird. What Im looking for here is things that safe and good to eat and things to stay away from. Thank you all for your help so far

GabbyPA 2010-04-26 10:23:26 -0500 Report

Welcome to our community. I am glad to hear that you felt this one was a good site. I have to concur. This site did so much for me and still does, even after being here for 2 years.

For expert advice, may I suggest our "Health Center" It is a great place to get medical advice. Also, we have a member here, Susan who is an expert in the nutrition side of our treatment.

The rest of us are like you. We face the daily battle with this disease and we share our lives with each other thru discussions and emails. Our advice is not medically "expert" but we sure know what is feels like to wake up with a shaky low or a head pounding high. We share from our experiences and things we have been taught. Sometimes we just need a shoulder to cry on or an unwitting victim of a goofy joke.

There are some really great videos as well and if you enjoy cooking, there are some recipes in our "recipe" section that can make your mouth water. The "Product Review" section lists all kinds of items you might want to find out how others like or dislike before you buy something.

Have some fun. Explore the site. I think you will find we can fill a lot of gaps here. I look forward to seeing you around.

jayabee52 2010-04-26 03:32:24 -0500 Report

I don't know about the "experts" here. Have you heard that the definition of an expert? An "ex" is a has been, and a "spurt" is a drip under great pressure. LoL!

What you will find here is good people who want you to suceed in controlling your diabetes rather than it controlling you. We all are here for the same reason, we live with diabetes, and seek the best way to get it under control. Some of us here seem to have it under good control, others here are still working on it. You'll find people willing to support you, point you to information and possible solutions to your problems and even give you some tough love sometime should you need it. A good tool for you might be to post your numbers on a discussion here: People there will congratulate your successes or make suggestions for improvement.

Welcome to Diabetic Connect! I pray you enjoy it here. I certainly do.


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LadyDi - 26259Miller 2010-04-25 23:20:59 -0500 Report

Welcome, Scott. You're very right…this is an excellent place to come for friendship, information and support. There's so much info on here already that I hope you'll take the time to seek out and read. The internet is such a handy tool for getting good, up-to-date information of every kind. Do be careful that you get information from reputable sources, however. Ideally your doctor should be your first and foremost source, of course, since he/she has all of your records.

You do not say if you are newly diagnosed, but, if you are, don't feel as though it's the end of your life. Diabetes is something over which you have a lot of control, if you just make up your mind to take charge. Living with Diabetes takes some getting used to, but you can live a long and fruitful life.

Wish you well. Check out all the things available to you on the site. Get to know everyone and ask questions or for help when you need it.

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