Recently Diagnosed but coping better than I thought.

PRP
By PRP Latest Reply 2010-05-13 08:48:22 -0500
Started 2010-05-07 09:19:54 -0500

Hi,
Stumbled upon this site while searching for an answer for one of my problems with my Glucometer. I posted the question and got really good feedback. I really appreciate that. Then I realized that I had not introduced myself, so here it goes.

About 3 weeks back I was told that my blood sugar was high (150 on one day and 140 on the next) and I have Type 2 diabetes. First I convinced myself that it might be due to all the stress and medication I was having because of my severe allergies. But after meeting with the dietitian, she knocked down all my excuses for having high numbers I had to accept that indeed I had Type 2 Diabetes. Since then I have started changing my eating habits and sedentary lifestyle. I was a strict vegetarian before all of this but was eating lot of junk food. The diet plan already seems to be working because I am starting to notice my fasting levels have dropped to the 110 range and after meals to 125 range. Also my weight has gone down from 197 to 186. And the most surprising thing is that I seem to be coping with the news lot better than I thought I would. I also found a ton of information especially from the links mentioned by John Crowley. I am really happy I stumbled upon this site and feel confident that I can manage my diabetes very well from the knowledge I get from the community. For that I sincerely thank all the contributing members of this community for their collective knowledge.

Looking forward to gaining even more knowledge and managing my diabetes even better.

— PRP


11 replies

dennies
dennies 2010-05-11 18:00:20 -0500 Report

I was diagnosed with Pre-diabetes about 2 months ago. I have gestational diabetes all 3 times I was pregnant and managed it with diet and exercise, but this time I just dont have the determination or wheelpower it seems to do the right things this time for long. I have found it very difficult to make meal plans for myself, stick to exercising everyday, and just sticking to all these plans I had if I was ever diagnosed with diabetes. I dont want to be like my mother (an uncompliant diabetic). I need some advice and guidiance on how to turn things around.

PRP
PRP 2010-05-13 08:48:22 -0500 Report

I have been diagnosed about a month, so I don't consider myself an expert to advice somebody, but I sure can tell what motivates me and keeps me going. I have two wonderful kids and a really good friend in my wife. I don't want to ever miss a single minute of their lives. I have visions of planning and enjoying not only my kids weddings but my grand kids weddings too (it is a really long term goal considering my eldest kid is only 9 years old) . I plan to do everything in my power to make that happen. That goal is my main motivation. I also noticed that once I got over my initial shock and denial and accepted the fact, it was lot easier to do everything. As I wrote earlier, reading the book "The first Year - Type 2 Diabetes An essential guide fore the newly diagnosed." by Gretchen Becker has really helped me understand and deal with diabetes. I see my diagnosis as a wake up call to me to eat healthy and stay fit. There are a couple of wonderful side affects of taking care of my diabetes. I have lost weight (from 200 to 182) just by eating healthy and doing a little bit of exercise. Oh on a lighter note, my wardrobe has doubled because I can fit into lot of my pants I bought 3 years back. I would say what is ahead of me in the future motivates me to continue to do the things that must be done to keep my diabetes in check. (So says somebody who has only done it for a month. Hopefully keep repeating that again and again will keep me in the right path). Hopefully this rant is of some help.

—PRP

Gabby
GabbyPA 2010-05-08 15:17:25 -0500 Report

I am so glad to hear that you are coping well. I think that when we just do what we know we are supposed to be doing we get encouraged by the results. Even though our disease doesn't go away, we are back in control and that is a comfortable place to be. It sounds like you are off to a great start and we look forward to hearing from you your success stories as well.

PRP
PRP 2010-05-09 17:48:49 -0500 Report

Gabby,
You are so correct. In fact I stopped calling it a disease and now call it a genetic anomaly. I have been reading "The first Year - Type 2 Diabetes An essential guide fore the newly diagnosed." by Gretchen Becker. I like they way she puts it into perspective. After reading couple of chapters I agree with her line of thinking too. Diabetes is not my fault. It is simply one of those bad breaks. I got and it is not going away. I got to deal with this the same way I deal with not being 6 and 1/2 feet tall and will need a ladder every time I need to reach the top shelf. And it also helps a lot that I got a very strong and supportive wife on whom I can lean on anytime I want.
I am learning a lot of things though. I learned that I and peanut butter don't agree as every morning my BG was around 140 - 150 after breakfast and every other after meal reading was around 120. So I guess I will be saying goodbye to peanut butter. I have to experiment and see whether it is just in the morning or is it all the time. I feel like I am starting on a fun and interesting but sometimes frustrating journey. Will see how it goes.

—- PRP

Gabby
GabbyPA 2010-05-10 09:25:48 -0500 Report

It might not be the peanut butter, it might be what you are putting it on. Also, if you get a natural peanut butter that doesn't have the sugar in it that might help. Sometimes the morning is a hard time for our bodies to get carbs. I do much better with a veggie breakfast in the mornings, as I tend to start high in the first place. Then as my day goes on my levels drop and I can have carb for lunch and dinner.

I do like the thought of comparing it to your genetic predisposition to be short, tall, blonde or red head...that is quite true. Great attitude, and it is going to take you far! Keep it up.

Oh and if that book is in our Book Club section, please write a review for it so others can know how much it is helping you. If it is not there, please add it. Thanks

jfa2178
jfa2178 2010-05-10 10:02:05 -0500 Report

Another thought would be to get your own peanut butter maker they can be found on line on ebay or at skymall (the catalog on your airplane) and buy your own peanuts and make peanut butter without adding any sugar. 50/50 makes a natural peanut butter with no sugar as well I heard.

PRP
PRP 2010-05-10 10:44:45 -0500 Report

Thanks for the no sugar solution but I think I will skip that since I am not that much heartbroken because I cannot eat peanut butter. Actually I like the peanut butter when it is sweet so without that I am perfectly OK not having that at all.

PRP
PRP 2010-05-10 10:40:49 -0500 Report

Thanks for all the suggestions. I was using a whole wheat or rye bread. But I like the idea of a veggie breakfast. I have to start searching for some recipes that i can quickly whip up in the morning.

I have not yet completed reading the book. After I am done I will sure look into writing a review even though I have never written one.

—PRP

MAYS
MAYS 2010-05-07 09:48:57 -0500 Report

Welcome to Diabetic Connect !

Glad to hear about your progress and positive results.
Keep up the good work, the positive attitude and outlook on life.
It's all needed to deal with diabetes.

~Mays~