Type 2 diabetes

By bustamma Latest Reply 2011-02-27 23:58:05 -0600
Started 2010-06-01 18:18:58 -0500

I did not know I had diabetes I had gestational when I was pregnant then it went away. Until that day I just slept all day my legs felt funny I had no strength! Went to urgent care my sugars were at 440 they put me on Metformin medication. Any tips or advise I guess you learn something everyday!

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Faithdancer 2010-06-16 08:44:46 -0500 Report

I too had gestational diabetes 15 years ago. I was just diagnosed with type 2 … a few weeks ago. I too am on Metformin (lowest dose). Guess we are in this together, sister! Good luck to you and many blessings.

Two painful feet
Two painful feet 2010-06-15 23:25:12 -0500 Report

Welcome to DC! Read any information you can find about being a diabetic. Drink plenty of water. Learn to count the carbs you are eating. I have to keep my carbs between 45 - 60 per meal. If you have questions just ask some one will have the answer for you. Best of luck in you new life with diabetis.
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Emma2412 2010-06-15 20:28:01 -0500 Report

Hi, Bustamma
Welcome to DC. The lsat job I had, my boss's wife had gestational diabetes but it went away like yours did after the baby's birth. To my knowledge, it never came back. I'm sorry it did with you. It's fortunate for you that you went to Urgent Care. A 440 reading is — whew! — mighty high.
How are you doing now on the Metformin? I take Metformin, also, along with Actos.
The best thing, possibly, that you can do for yourself right now is start looking for a doctor you can talk to and who will take the time to talk to you. Too many doctors out there will only devote a few minutes to each patient. I hate that and it's one of my pet peeves. I didn't get any instruction from the first doctor I had — just that I had it and no instruction as to diet or anything else. It took me a long time to find a doctor that I could sit down with and discuss things with.
Most doctors will send you to a diabetes class or a diabetes educator and/or nutritionist for diet information, which works better, actually, because you'll have plenty of time to ask all questions. The local hospital here in this part of NJ has a diabetic support group and class once a month. My doctor gave me a prescription for the class.
Also, start learning yourself. Read everything you can about gestational diabetes and how it develops into full-blown diabetes, and then learn everything you can about Type 2 diabetes. Learn about diet and exercise, high sugars, low sugars, etc., etc.
Stop back here often and read everything you can about living with diabetes, watch the videos here, try out the recipes here, read the news articles and all other things here. All of it is useful and informative.
You'll certainly get the support you'll need from the people here at DC. Most of us here haven't had gestational diabetes that turned into full-blown diabetes, but we certainly can give you our take on being a diabetic as far as our own experiences are concerned
And, one more thing. Congratulations on the birth of your baby! What did you have? A girl or a boy?

PAT L 2010-06-02 11:54:44 -0500 Report

Just remember if its white food be careful… except for chicken or turkey.. Stick with wheat when you can..also keep track of your reading an you will get it under control, I take my reading 3 times a day an record them to show the Doc when I go to see them meaning I have 3..lolol Primary, kidney, an a heart doc… by doing this i have kept my numbers under 160 an I hate it when they get down to 80.. keep track an you will do fine.. Its a pain but good for you…

petals 2010-06-02 11:15:46 -0500 Report

Watch what you eat, exercise,and drink plenty of water. Watch out for carbs. If you are over weight any weight that you lose will help. And I am here whenever you need me.

2010-06-01 19:31:07 -0500 Report

Hi Bustamma. watch your carbs.. stay low as you can and try to eat ones that turn into sugar slowly so your body and metformin can keep up with what you are taking in (usually high fiber whole grain foods). Obviously avoid foods high in sugar too. Most importantly.. read every single package at the grocery store. I have been able to stop taking my Metformin in only 90 days by doing this. Also, try to walk each day. Because fat cells seem to inhibit insulins ability to process the sugar(so the doctor says).. any weight you can lose is helpful even if only 5 pounds. We're here cheering you on!! You've got great support here at this website.. come visit us often..keep in touch.. Good luck!

daniel velazco
daniel velazco 2010-06-16 20:35:34 -0500 Report

Another thing you need to do is check your blood sugar and keep a log so when you see the Dr. he will know if you need your meds ajusted.

birch21 2011-02-27 23:58:05 -0600 Report

Hi, just wanted to say be careful while on Metformin. I was also put on Metformin and had remained on it until just a few months ago when I found out that I was anemic. My doctor has now put me on Janumet. I also eat wheat more than I do white and I watch out about my sweets. I wish you the best of luck. Like others have said keep a log of you BS and take them with you when you go to the doctor that way he can see how they are running. I always take mine with me and give the doc a copy so they can keep it in my chart and compare from one time to the next.

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