By Thomas508 Latest Reply 2010-06-07 07:27:44 -0500
Started 2010-05-27 09:34:17 -0500

I was just diagnosed (T2) and started on Metformin 5/7/2010 A1C 13.2. I thought I would introduce myself and give short bio. Last summer I was at my heaviest, 235lbs and decided to lose some weight, my son was running on the elementary cross country team and I started running with them as well as dieting. I set a goal of losing 50lbs and met that goal in February. I got off the diet and decided to just maintain but continued to lose, down to 175 now. Then my vision suddenly changed dramatically. I went to the eye dr. and got new glasses that seemed to work although they were blurry for the first couple hours some mornings. Then I started having leg cramps at night and became extremely thirsty all the time. I began to look up these symptoms on the net and it all pointed to diabetes, which my dad was diagnosed with at the age of 57, so I scheduled my physical and here we are.
My dad passed away from a heart attach at the age of 62, only 5 years after being diagnosed and I can’t help but wonder if maybe he had it a lot longer which could have caused some damage to his heart. Either way I am 43 and have a 14-year head start on him and plan to get this under control.

13 replies

davidvermont 2010-06-06 20:04:45 -0500 Report

As far as the leg cramps go, I used to get them all the time. I was told to try drinking tonic water before bed and it has worked miracles for me. I hate the taste of it but the diet lemon flavored isn't bad and it only takes a few swallows.

gregsteele 2010-06-04 12:02:15 -0500 Report

i was diagnosed in jan at age 46 my story mimics yours very closely i also am happy to have a simialar head start as my father passed 7 yrs after diagnoses at age 48 welcome and good luck love to all GREG

alanbossman 2010-05-28 08:02:27 -0500 Report

welcome, to DC sounds like you have a great head start on controlling your diabetes keep up the good work.

dyanne 2010-05-28 00:03:38 -0500 Report

Welcome to the site u should find a lot of helpful info on here. I know it can seem overwhelming at first , but u will get used to it. When your sugars are under control u will feel better than ever. It is not easy but it is possible and u can and will live a normal life… u will just have to be more aware of what u are doing and eating. Soon it will just come naturally. Good luck to u and be well.

joni55 2010-05-27 14:14:58 -0500 Report

Welcome! I also have a problem with leg cramps. My cousin told me to increase my calcium and that seemed to help. Have you ever been checked for a potassium deficiency?

Thomas508 2010-05-27 14:21:27 -0500 Report

My leg cramps have gone away since I have lowered my blood sugar numbers. I started eatting bannas each night before my diagnoses thinking it was potassium but I think they just raised my blood sugar numbers even worse.

shawnalowe 2010-06-01 01:14:59 -0500 Report

I have the same problem with my legs and was tested for the potassium deficiency. They ended up putting me on Potassium pills and they told me to eat more bananas and it has helped a lot.

petals 2010-05-27 11:21:57 -0500 Report

Hey Thomas, glad to have you here. You are off to a great start. Just keep up the good work. You will find lots of info and support here on this site. God Bless.

GabbyPA 2010-05-27 10:56:50 -0500 Report

Welcome aboard Thomas, good to have you here. It sounds like you are doing a great job and have a head start on a lot of us. So many of us don't start our lifestyle changes until after diagnosis. Your weight loss and activity are great steps that will help you in the control of your diabetes. I saw in another post your new BG levels are doing great. You have to be thrilled with that. Just wait until you get your next A1c, it should be a dramatic improvement.