Newly Diagnosed

By Candistix Latest Reply 2010-05-17 22:14:32 -0500
Started 2010-05-03 16:34:48 -0500

Hi everyone! My name is Diane and I was recently diagosed with type 2 diabetes I also was diagnosed high blood pressure, high cholesterol, fatty infiltration of the liver, and kidney stones. I was in so much pain and didn't realize why. I began taking the meds and I got so very sick and stomach craps. So, I decided to stop the meds and learn to eat right and excerise. I am happy to say my numbers are between 89-109. My numbers sometimes flexs depending on what I eat.

I've lost 15 pounds since learning I had type 2 diabetes. But I'm determined to do what i need to do to get healthy.

Dealing with this dieases has been difficult because there's so much I need to learn. It's been really difficult because the diabetes meds affects my condition fatty infiltration of the liver, so I'm wondering what my doctor's going to do because my liver isn't doing so well.

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Two painful feet 2010-05-17 22:14:32 -0500 Report

Hello Diane,
Welcome to our group of friends. Sounds like you have taken the diabetic bull by the horns. You just keep on telling him what for. I'm proud of you for trying to learn as much as you can. Don't be afraid to ask question. Some one will be willing to try and answer your concerns. I have been diagnosed 18mths ago and I'm learning more every time I log on to this site.

Best of luck
Your Friend

janith 2010-05-17 21:20:03 -0500 Report

hi diane, continue to loose weight that will definetly help your liver my dr. informed me of my liver also infiltrated,i asked him what to do and he told me the best thing to do was loose weight the mean time i take product from nutrition line at call levi juice that consist of berries(acai berry,noni,mangosteen,goji) this juice lowers,your blood sugar levels alsoand help keep your liver healthy u take care u … GOD BLESS

2010-05-12 20:13:08 -0500 Report

Every worthwhile journey begins with one step.. keep up the good work Candi and if you can only walk outside to the mailbox… just do that.. its a start… but take the first step and go girl go!!!

dr8m1t4 2010-05-11 11:55:02 -0500 Report

Hi! I'm a newbie - both to diabetes and this site.
Was diagnosed with prediabetes in Feb. and referred to endocrinologist. She started me on Januvia and low carb diet. For me (might not be right for you), she prescribed 45 carbs per meal and 15-30 carbs per snack.
She also referred me to diabetes educator and dietician. Had some trouble convincing the organization that, yes, my insurance does cover these classes. So I begin to learn all I could on my own. I explored websites, read books and diabetic cookbooks that are more reliable on the topic, sent for info from various sources. Ended up with a 3-inch thick notebook of materials from the internet and mail. Went to a diabetes fair, and picked up more information.
12 weeks later, I had lost 35 pounds! I tried conscientiously to put what I had learned into practice. I found that it's a matter of adding one thing at a time: carbs, calories, portion control, food journal, working on eating from all food groups, adding new foods and recipes, balancing carbs, working out a do-able schedule for taking meds, testing blood glucose, eating meals and snacks.
I haven't perfected it yet; it's been a lot of work, but it has been a fun challenge. My doctors are very impressed at all of this, because I have done it on my own. Even my oldest son, who has had type 1 diabetes for 20-some years, was impressed! He said he thought I'd have a difficult time adapting because of my great love for good food and great cooking.
Sometimes now an idea pops into my head for something to cook. I doubt that any of it is original, but I haven't seen them anywhere else. Yesterday I had some quinoa that I was experimenting with; it's a new food to me. I cut up some veggies (broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, onion, tomatoes, spinach), sauteed them, added them with chicken broth and some seasoning to the quinoa and made a most appetizing soup. I loved it! So did my wife!
I think there are several keys to successfully managing diabetes. First, be actively involved - read, explore resources to learn more and more. (There are diabetes podcasts on iTunes, and videos available from Netflix, too.) Put what you've learned into practice, starting with most important things first and building on that foundation. Follow your doctor/endocrinologist's instructions on medication, diet and exercise. Learn what contributes to diabetes: being overweight, inactive, having high blood pressure and elevated cholesterol levels, having sleep problems are probably more important than genetic tendencies. Learn the consequences of untreated or improperly managed diabetes: kidney and heart problems, eye issues including blindness, loss of nerve sensitivity, especially in
feet, but also in hands, skin complications. My doctor tried to point some of these out some time ago, but I never connected them all. Now that I have, I realize that the big picture is much more inter-related and affective than being simply diabetes.
I'll stop rambling now. I'd be glad to suggest some sources and resources. Hope you reach the point where diabetes is a challenge to better living - and eating! - rather than a burden to bear.

2010-05-04 21:54:44 -0500 Report

From a sister that has struggled and been where you are. You can do it. I say stay encouraged. I noticed that you stated you have lost 15 pounds since learning you have diabetes. Please make sure you are loosing the weight from weight loss and not from the diabetes itself, because sometimes you can shed weight from diabetes. Next, I say keep working on the weight loss and your diet. I have found out with my battle that portion control and mind control is a big part to loosing the weight. I lost a lot of weight, and it was not easy, but now I can say it was well worth it. I am still struggling, but I love the positive results, which is no more insulin or diabetic medication, just control the diet. Stay encouraged sis, and you can talk with me at anytime. We are all here to encourage each other, to build us all up and keep us focused.

Candistix 2010-05-04 09:42:47 -0500 Report

Hi moneymomma, it's a lot to process. I have a dr appt next week and I will ask my doctor about the cinnamon supplements and Omega. I'm not sure which meds make me sick, but all i can say the stomach cramps and the vomiting is aweful. It's so bad to the point I'm unable to work. When I chosed to stop the meds I felt so much better. I will talk to my dr about this.

Harlen 2010-05-03 20:30:33 -0500 Report

Hello and welcome
Yep there is some similaritys I think almost all T2's get the same DX at the same time lol lol I am T2 on the pump
for a year was Dx 5 years ago.
Best wishes

Harlen 2010-05-03 20:30:19 -0500 Report

Hello and welcome
Yep there is some similaritys I think almost all T2's get the same DX at the same time lol lol I am T2 on the pump
for a year was Dx 5 years ago.
Best wishes

Harlen 2010-05-03 20:30:02 -0500 Report

Hello and welcome
Yep there is some similaritys I think almost all T2's get the same DX at the same time lol lol I am T2 on the pump
for a year was Dx 5 years ago.
Best wishes

monkeymama 2010-05-03 20:10:08 -0500 Report

Hello there! As I was reading your discussion. There was a hint of similarity in it as well. I was diagnosed a little over 6 years ago with type 2. Last year they found by mere accident I had a non-cancerous tumor on my liver. Followed by this year very early stages of fatty liver disease. Elevated cholesterol confirmed and was placed on Lipitor. I have now a serious reaction to to statin drugs. Leaving me having to use a more natural approach. I am now taking Omega 3 & 6 each day along with my cinnamon supplements. I got my cholesterol lowered barely to a norm. I changed my eating plans and now added a exercise regiment.
I love how you are also facing this with a positive attitude. Just remember no matter how good or bad or a day you may be having with your diabetes, keep fighting back and a positive outlook. It feels great to be in control and beating this. If you ever feel things get too difficult tell yourself in your mind (over and over if you have to) I CAN do it, I WILL do it, and I WANT to do it. It helps me a great deal. Especially when the support is VERY limited. Hang in there and keep up the GREAT work you're doing there. :)

GabbyPA 2010-05-03 19:51:52 -0500 Report

Welcome to the site Candistix,
This is a great place to start and it sounds like you are off to a great start yourself. That is fantastic what you have been able to do and with your determination, you will continue to do very well.
Talk with your doctor about the meds and see if there are options for you. If your numbers stay where they are, then you might be able to put off any diabetic meds and that would ease your worries.

It is a lot to learn, but you do it one day at a time and before you know it you will be teaching us all a thing or two.

runthe 2010-05-03 17:42:21 -0500 Report

Hi Candistix and welcome to DC. I am glad to see that you are in control of your diabetes. I don't much about liver disease, but I kinda know what you are going through. My husband hads liver disease and he can't take certain medicine that he needs because of his disease. I know that certain cholestrol medicine is not good for the liver. My husband just have to eat certain foods to help keep his cholestrol in the normal range. I hope that all goes well with you. keep us posted on your progress.

Candistix 2010-05-04 09:39:30 -0500 Report

Thank you for the warm welcome runthe…I will contniue to learn as much as I can amount these dieases to help me fight back.

MAYS 2010-05-03 16:45:24 -0500 Report

Welcome to Diabetic Connect !

You are proving that you can do this, continue to do what is right for you, it's tough sometimes, but what's important is this, Life is Beautiful, take care of yourself, manage your diabetes and enjoy it !


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