Newly diagnosed and scared to death

By krbear38 Latest Reply 2010-06-13 12:19:31 -0500
Started 2010-06-10 19:58:23 -0500

I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes about a month ago. My sugar level was 533 and my ac1 level was off the chart. I have gotten my levels below 200,but I'm on insulin and metformin both. Is this the way it's going to be all my life? I watch every little thing I eat. Help.

12 replies

GabbyPA 2010-06-13 11:43:22 -0500 Report

Hi Krbear, Welcome to the community. I hope that you will find great comfort here. In the beginning it is always overwhelming, but you will find your routine eventually. It sounds like you are doing a great job to get such a great drop in a month. What treatments you need will vary though your life. You may find you can get off your meds or you may find that you get an change or increase. It is a constant tweaking as things around you change. Don't let it frighten you. Let it show you how to take care of yourself.

runthe 2010-06-12 15:13:28 -0500 Report

Hello and welcome to diabetic connect. Like you I started out with my numbers all over the place. I was given metformin at first and after about 5 months i was taken off of metformin and put on insulin. now I am back on metformin with an increased in insulin. My levels are down to 70 to maybe 180 at times. I was told that if you keep your numbers down its possible that you won't have to take insulin. for some it hads happen. Right now i just try to concentrate for just one day at a time. . Having diabetes is a day to day job and you have to work at it everyday and all day. The people here are great and very supportive and is around when ever you need some advice. good luck love runthe

gregsteele 2010-06-12 04:11:43 -0500 Report

Welcome to DC krbear i was diagnosed 5 mos. ago it will get easier and by coming here you will get great advice and more support than you could ever imagine since ive joined im feeling better about being diabetic, more confident in caring for myself the people here are great if you have any questions ask and you will learn from real people just like you again welcome and good luck love to all GREG

Kirla 2010-06-11 20:26:16 -0500 Report


It may be and again it may not be. I was able to quit meds after about 7 weeks. Were all different. I believe if people eat right and test the foods they eat, many can get off the meds. At least it’s something to work towards. My A1C was 14.1 and fasting blood sugar was 366 when diagnosed. It took me about a month to bring my numbers down close to normal. Four months after being diagnosed my A1C was 5.9. It can be done. I wrote how I control my blood sugar on my blog.. Click on the link below.


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Two painful feet 2010-06-11 18:17:46 -0500 Report

Hi! I was diagnosed 1 1/2 years ago and it does get easier the more you learn. This site is the best place to learn from. I wish you the best in your new life. If I can be of help e-mail me at small.

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Danielle B
Danielle B 2010-06-11 15:19:13 -0500 Report

Hey krbear38,

Welcome to the best place to get support and help with just about anything you need. I strongly suggest that you watch the carbs and sweets that you eat but I agree with Harlem on relaxing. It makes my bs levels go nuts when I get stressed in any way. That includes when you get sick in any way too. That is a stress on the body to stay healthy by trying to lower your bs cause that will make you more suceptable to things that you are normally immune to when you are not fighting the battle of defenses with your bs out of control. Also a walk or a few jumping jacks will help reduce your stress levels as well as your weight (usually cause of type 2) and that will also calm your bs readings. Pay close attention to your A1C reports! They are the measurement of the overall picture of how well you are doing so I am sorry that yours is so high at this time but here is always room for improvement for most of us and we just keep rtying and that is all that you can do too. Chin up, gut in, stand straight, and march ahead! The next reply that I make I will include a link to a discussion that has links to other discussions with recipes that you may want to try. I post one each week so you can ask questions or requesat somethimg that you are interested in me finding a recipe for.

We are all here!
Danielle :)

Harlen 2010-06-11 14:42:19 -0500 Report

Hello and welcome
Benn there done that lol
its now benn over 5 years and doing good you will too
It takes time to know all the right things .
For me the first step was the hardest,cutting off my Pepsi
Boo hoooo.I hated diet Pepsi .Well I do drink it and I havent had a real one in 3.5 years ,yes it was 1.5 years to cut it out all the way.I have given up a lot of habbits wow to look back on that time wow it was a long trip.My BS # are good now
and on the pump.Please dont stress out.LOL stress makes your blood sugar go up lol.Do your best and in time it will come.
This is a great site with lots of frends and info
best wishes

RAYT721 2010-06-10 20:46:03 -0500 Report

Welcome to our little corner of cyberspace! As a newly diagnosed diabetic, I can so totally understand your fears, feelings and frustrations. My head has been spinning since March 2nd so I am sensitive to what you've gone through and what you will be going through. You've probably heard the expression, "I've got good news and bad news." The bad news is that diabetes is a condition without a cure. The good news is that it can be controlled whether that's with medication, diet, exercise or a combination of all three.

This disease is as much of a mystery as the eleven herbs and spices in Kentucky Fried Chicken so while there is alot of research being done, even the scientists and medical superstars have as many questions as we have on the causes and/or cures for diabetes. It is, quite honestly, a lifelong condition. Again, it can be controlled but it's going to take time and energy for you to know what's right and wrong for you.

I'm neither a doctor nor do I play one on tv but for the past few months I have buried my nose in a number of websites, books, magazines and there's even a tv show called "DLife" that addresses the Diabetic Life. I have learned alot but the main keys that I have learned is that it's important to eat right and to eat often in order to control your blood glucose (BG) levels. Don't skip breakfasts. It is the most important meal of the day because it kick starts your metabolism to burn fat and calories throughout the day. You'll hear people tell you to snack. That's true for some people while not true for others. Let your body tell you whether or not to snack but very important is to reduce your carb intake, drink water, practice portion control, read nutritional labels, test frequently, exercise and take a positive attitude and a positive role in your endeavors for control.

There are some amazing people on here that can offer advice, opinions, information, support and so much more. Consider us your friends even though we may never meet… we'll meet here and we are with you on your journey.

Because diabetes is so misunderstood there are many stereotypes and misconceptions on what you should and shouldn't do. What you should do is take baby steps. What you shouldn't do is listen to anyone other than yourself and your meter.

There are volumes of information out there already written so I won't rehash them even in a condensed version in this message reply. Please feel free to contact me if there's anything that I can do to help you.

Wasn't it Queen who sang, "We are the Champions?" … You will never lose the fear you have but knowledge is power and while you're asking for help and answers today, tomorrow you will surely be someone else's champion. We're in it to win it!!!

krbear38 2010-06-11 07:14:29 -0500 Report

Thank you so much for the advice. I will take it to heart and practice it everyday. I'm reall glad I joined this site. Take care.

Sonya Slim
Sonya Slim 2010-06-12 08:16:45 -0500 Report

Welcome. First and foremost is acceptance. The first step for you was joining Diabetic Connect. You fill tons of support and friends here. The next thing is not being so hard on yourself.

FEVE NAOMI 2010-06-13 12:19:31 -0500 Report

Sonya, some times I felt very depress, I don't know how to control it. I am gaining weight and that frustrate me. How can I loose all this weight I do everything I do exercises everyday, I don't take any medication right now because my sugar levels are okay, and my doctor stop the medication, then I had an accident, and all the weight I lost I gain it again, so now I don't know what to do. What else can I do? Could you help me please? Thank you so much and have a wonderful day.