I Have Type 2 so now what?

By Britishmaid Latest Reply 2010-06-06 17:49:43 -0500
Started 2010-05-29 14:18:47 -0500

So I just found out a few months ago I have type 2 diabeties, on top of the hypertension I already have, so what happens now? I am on metformin and I was taking insulin but my body rejected it. So that saying that when it rains it pours is very true, I also lost my temp job that ended sooner than it was supposed to, so now I cannot pay my bills or go to my doctors visits. I am able to check my levels (until my strips run out), which are all over the place, because I cannot afford to buy the higher priced fat free, suger free, diet foods I should be eating. I went to a food bank last week, they were very helpful except you are not allowed to choose your food, you take what they give you. I was very appreciative because that meant my daughter would have something to eat but there was not much food that was diabetic friendly. so what happens now? I gotta eat! so do I just eat what I can get my hands on? will I get really sick from eating the wrong foods all the time? and whats up with the feet? what do I need to look for or know about diabetes and ones feet? please help! I am overwelmed and frustrated.

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Kirla 2010-05-30 20:32:35 -0500 Report


Metformin should be just fine. Many Type 2’s don’t really need insulin. Many can control with diet and exercise. There’s lots of foods you can eat that will not spike your blood sugar. You shouldn’t have to buy lots of expensive foods to survive. I don’t. I found drinking lots of water and eating lots of low carb vegetables will do just fine. Just stay away from potatoes and corn. Most starchy foods should be avoided.

Homemade soups and meals can be made inexpensively. Don’t worry about sugar free and fat free. Most of the fat free foods aren’t good for your blood sugar. There high in carbs. Carbs are not too good for you right now.

Wal-Mart sells a cheap meter and strips that works real good. A box of 50 strips cost about $20.00 a box. If you read the info I post and go to the sites and read what information is available you will learn how to test on a budget it you have too.

I found that most foods labeled diabetic friendly you should avoid. Read the labels, if it has more than 5-10 net carbs per serving you should probley avoid it.

I wouldn’t eat just anything right now. You asked about the thing with the feet. If you don’t eat right you risk losing your feet. Your eyesight is at risk also. Your heart will also be at risk as well as your kidneys. Your doctor should be checking you feet for loss of feeling. When you don’t control your blood sugar you will start losing feelings in your feet. Then when you get a cut you will not feel it. Lots of diabetics have to lose their feet because they didn’t know they got infected until it’s too late.

You have to eat right and get control of your blood sugar or suffer later. Only thing is, at first when the damage is just starting you will feel fine, then one day you wake up and you will be a mess. The time to control this is now. It doesn’t cost much. I did it and so can most people.

I was diagnosed last year with blood sugar readings in the 300-400 range. My A1C was 14.1. Very high. By watching what I ate I was able to get my numbers down in as little as 5 weeks. It wasn’t easy but it can be done. I wrote how I control my blood sugar here click on the link. http://kirla.wordpress.com/this-is-what-i-did/.

Another website I highly recommend is http://loraldiabetes.blogspot.com/2006/10/d-d... . Alan has lots of free advice and I think you should spend a few days reading as much as you can.

Another website I recommend is http://www.diabetic-diet-secrets.com/ Toma has a free e-book. Just join and download the book. I think the info is great. The only thing I would suggest different than Toma is to cut your carb intake as much as you can. You can eat as much of the low carb vegetables as you want. I just wouldn’t make carbs 50% of my diet.

I believe after reading all this you should have a pretty good idea of what you got to do. I posted some recipes you may be able to make. They don’t cost much to make and they shouldn’t spike your blood sugar. When diagnosed I ate coleslaw a lot. Its cheap to make. I put the recipe on my blog.

Good luck

GabbyPA 2010-05-30 17:50:13 -0500 Report

Hello and welcome to the site. I cannot even imagine what you are feeling. Diabetes alone is a lot and you have so much more. Stick with the doctor you have right now, but try to find out how much they know about diabetes. Hopefully they will be honest with you.

Here are some things that might help.
I don't know where you live, but there are many grocery store pharmacies now that offer metformin for free. Ask your pharmacist about that.

We also had to use food banks and what we did was hook up with a church run one. It offered a much better selection. Fresh fruits and vegetables, unprocessed meats. It sometimes had bread and desert. We got to choose within packages, so that helped a lot. It was not free, but it was a price that helped us put food on the table that wasn't mac and cheese or ramin noodles. We found it in a local small weekly paper. It was open to anyone, so maybe you can look for something like that to supplement the food bank.

Are you able to apply for assistance from the state? We could never qualify because we have my mom living with us and her income alone was too much. But if it is just you and your daughter, I am sure you would qualify for state assistance in the form of medical and food. Also the health department might be another option, as they too deal with low or no income families.

There are ways to make foods easier for you that are not really what you would like to be eating. Look at the carbs to start with and try to keep your portions within 30-45 carbs per meal.

Hang in there and take one day at a time.

Britishmaid 2010-06-05 07:49:17 -0500 Report

I would like to thank everyone that responded to my questions and concerns, your comments are very helpful, I have applied for goverment assistance, and the metformin is only $4.00 at my local walmart down the street, I was able to get some fruit and lowfat yogart and fish so I am eating much better. my levels are still all over the place but I think that is more due to my stressful living conditons, I did get my monitor from walmart and I was able to get pack of 20 strips for $9.00. Also I watched a show about diabeties on my local PBS channel and the doctor was saying that even wheat bread and whole grain bread can still cause suger levels to go up, they suggested eating rye or pumpernickel, I checked the label on those, and the carbs are pretty low compared to other breads just thought I would share the info! Thanks again everyone, it is great to know I am not alone.

GabbyPA 2010-06-06 17:49:43 -0500 Report

That is a great step in the right direction. I am so glad for you. I hope that the stress finds a way to escape you as well. That will help a lot. Figuring it all out is a hard thing to do, but you will get it. I love rye bread and pumpernickel, so that is great to add to my grocery list.

Emma2412 2010-05-30 14:30:10 -0500 Report

Yes, by all means do your due diligence. You might call a local hospital and find out from them if they have a diabetic clinic and a diabetic class you can attend for free.
Some people I know get a delivery from a local food bank and I've been there sometimes when it's delivered and I've seen what they get. So, I understand what your concern is. However, you have to do the best you can right now. Remember, it's not a permanent thing. Once you get back on your feet, you can worry about whole grains, etc, etc. Just try and eat only the portions on these items.
Yes, food stamps is an option for you right now. I would think that if you plugged in that term and added your State, you would come up with some information about that sort of thing. Also, a local hospital could give you some tips on that one, I should think.
Let us know how you're doing. All of us might not have been through exacdtly what you're going through, but we all know how it is to have diabetes and we are more than willing to offer motivation to you if we can. Also, some of us have known or know now how it is to be poor. I myself am on a very limited budget and was without insurance for quite some time before I finally got it.
So don't give up. God bless you.

RAYT721 2010-05-29 19:41:16 -0500 Report

I would like to welcome you to the board. Thumbs up to the advice that runthe gave in terms of the possibility of local or county clinics. Your local United Way Agencies should know of programs for which you qualify. Don't forget about the government food stamp program.

There is no doubt that you have a lot of stress going on in your life right now. Please make sure to take time and make time for your needs. Take a hot bath, a deep breath or whatever you have to do because you have many things to consider right now physically, financially, emotionally, and so on. You have a number of changes and challenges to sort through. It's a definite roller coaster… buckle up!

I can't answer about the question on feet but I know there are discussions in the archives here. When you access "discussions" you will see a search box. You will get a lot of sound advice. Also check out your local library for books on diabetes, nutrition and topics of interest to you. Look for the magazine, "Diabetic Living." I highly recommend the current issues and the back issues.

You have the internet available to you. Just be warned that everyone has an opinion. It doesn't mean the advice is right. Be very cautious of websites looking to sell you things. Their testimonials seem to be one-sided. There are no magic products or services that will make your problems go away but there are billion dollar industries making you think there are.

In regards to the food bank situation you are facing, I'd have to know specifically what items you are getting to advise what you should or shouldn't eat but I would think as long as you are using portion control you should get some amount of nutrition, carb, protein, etc. that you need for energy. I'm sure you'd rather be doing your own shopping at a health food store with whole grain breads and lean meats and organic tomatoes but for now that's not on the "to do" list.

Getting through to your next employment situation, educating yourself, and deep breaths should be towards the top.

runthe 2010-05-29 17:56:20 -0500 Report

Welcome to Diabetic connect. Are there any free or county clinics where you are? If so you can try and go there and get your meds. Also there are programs that offer free testing supplies. I know myself that being on a limit income you have very little choices to chose from. I know how hard it is to eat the right foods. If you can try going to a diabetic educator. Also, it is important to take care of our feet. We are suppose to wash and check our feet everyday for any sores, calluses and other problems that can cause damages to our feet. Good luck runthe

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