Type 2

By silyons23 Latest Reply 2010-05-09 14:26:45 -0500
Started 2010-05-09 03:32:38 -0500

I was recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. I knew something was wrong due to my lack of energy. Diabetes never crossed my mind. I found out when I went to the ER for a different condition. With no insurance I dont know how I am going to be able to go to the doctor, so I will have to get a monitor and keep track of it on my own. Its frustrating because I have a medical degree but cannot find full time work here in Idaho.

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GabbyPA 2010-05-09 14:26:45 -0500 Report

I had to do the same thing when I was first diagnosed. I went 9 months before I was able to find a clinic that would take me and that I could afford. I am still uninsured, but make too much to qualify for government help (which is really okay with me, I don't really want that)

Many might say that is a bad thing, but I learned so much because I had to. You have a great advantage because you know how the body works, but the learning curve is big when you first get started.

Here are some things that I did to help me keep on track until I could get medical care.
1.)There are home A1c tests you can get. The cost varies, but for about $25 you can get that test done and get a bench mark for where you are starting.
2.)I got a meter from my mom and I buy test strips on E-bay because they are less expensive. In the beginning especially, you want to test often to discover what foods affect your BG levels.
3.)I cleared my cabinets of all junk foods, eliminated about 90% of the processed foods and 100% of the sugarfree foods. It took a couple of efforts to do it as I learned different things, but those things are out for the most part.
4.)I started to exercise and I was amazed at how much that helped. It is your best friend. All I did was walk and it helped so much.
5.) I researched supplement treatments and natural remedies to help with my levels
6.) I got an exchange book from the ADA that helped me figure out carb counts and portions. This was key!

On my own, I dropped my levels by 120 points. I do somewhat better now that I am on meds, but I felt in so much control of what I was doing that it made me feel good. I was able to loose over 60 pounds, dropped my cholesterol levels and in general, just felt so much better than before.

Harlen 2010-05-09 09:50:18 -0500 Report

Hello sorry for what your going thrue.
Maine needs peaple with Medical degrees BAD
My wife works at emmc and they pay very well.
good ins too.Keep in tuch let me know how your doing .
Best wishes

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