Newly Diagnosed....

Wardog
By Wardog Latest Reply 2011-01-24 18:43:35 -0600
Started 2010-07-05 19:08:20 -0500

Hello all,
Short intro and a couple of questions. I am a 49 year old male, living in California's High Desert. I am married with two kids and two grandchildren. (One more on the way!) I like to play my Guitars and read, as well as play around on the computer. I received my diagnosis last week of type II diabetes. It came as a bit of a surprise, actually. I feel physically pretty much like I always feel. I am tired all the time, but I always thought that was due to my insomnia. Other than that, no complaints. The cause was my love of sweets. I have to say I ate far too many sweets and now it finally caught up with me. The Doc told me he expects to see me at the Gym regularly. (He goes to the same Gym as me) Of course I have to change my eating habits to exclude most sweet treats. That is the big problem for me, as it probably is for most, especially since I have felt no bad symptoms. Any suggestions in this department would be appreciated, Also, the Doc put me on Metformin, which is supposed to help weight loss. Have any of you found that to be true?


42 replies

abjt4
abjt4 2010-07-20 13:29:40 -0500 Report

I have not heard anything about Metformin and weight loss. My doctor, though, wants to put me on Victoza. He says that it helps with weight loss. Unfortunately, I do not have insurance and can't afford it.

tazrose
tazrose 2010-07-20 12:55:11 -0500 Report

I was diagnosis A few weeks ago and I was put on Metformin also to loss weight. Yes, the sweet are very hard to say No to. I am finding it real hard to exercise.

Dizzy65101 or Robin
Dizzy65101 or Robin 2010-07-11 13:41:04 -0500 Report

Hello
I youst to live in Lake ArrowheadI eat a 15 carb snack 2hr in betwwen meals to keep from attacking the sweets and over eating at meal time

tomismom
tomismom 2010-07-11 12:43:24 -0500 Report

Welcome! I certainly understand where you are coming from..the state called CONFUSION! I was diagnosed about 3 months ago and I'm still seeing my numbers bounce all over. I am also on Metformin 500 mg 2 x's daily and I test twice a day first thing in the AM before I eat and two hours after dinner and my 2nd dose.
The visit to my Doc Friday I lost a tad over 5 lbs in a month, but I had been dropping weight before being diagnosed like 70 Lbs. I walk everywhere I can that seems to suit me best, and I use a pedometer to track myself.
Diet…go green! Remember protien is your friend, I cook up Pork Loin, Sirloin, Chicken Breasts and keep them in the fridge ready to go, and I love string cheese. And the sweets..sugar free fudgesicles, popsicles, puddings, they're out there. I stay away from anything white in color, and when I eat my portions no bigger than the palm of my hand. Resturaunt kids meals or ask for a to go box and take some home for another meal.
This whole thing sucks for the most part or at least in the beginning. And as far as not feeling bad before, well maybe you did and didn't know. I know now that I was sick and still am although I am making progess, I have seen my numbers down 123, 121 for the first time and yet they bounce right back to 200, 189 but I have hope that I'll get this nailed down. I now feel like I'm on a mission to beat this..you will too.

Good luck, you've got your family and us here as well to help..this is the best site for support ever!

Stay in touch, from on Californian to another,
Peace, love and laughter

Kirla
Kirla 2010-07-11 13:56:59 -0500 Report

In my opinion you’re not testing enough. Right after being diagnosed I started to test before and after each meal, to see how the foods I ate were affecting my blood sugar. At first when I had 100+ sugar spikes, 2 hours after eating, I was testing 2 hours after eating. I soon learned how to cut back and even eliminate some foods from my diet until my blood sugar dropped a lot.

When my blood sugar dropped a lot, I started to test 1 hour after eating. By eating and waiting 30-45 min and then testing every 10-15 min I found what my peak time after eating was and tested then. I was able to further fine tune what I ate and soon stopped eating or cutting back on foods that spiked me more than 30-40 points after eating.

I no longer have to test as much as I used to, but still do. I like knowing what my blood sugar is doing and don’t feel right unless I’m testing it.

One website I found, that I believe is great advice on testing is listed below. He has helped hundreds it not thousands of people and I believe this advice is some of the best.

http://loraldiabetes.blogspot.com/2006/10/tes...

By the way. By testing and cutting back or eliminating foods that spiked my blood sugar I went from fasting blood sugars in the 300’s to almost normal numbers in less than 6 weeks and my A1C went from 14.1 to 5.9 in less than 4 months. It has stayed below 6 ever since.

Good luck
Kevin
http://kirla.wordpress.com/this-is-what-i-did/

LISA-D
LISA-D 2010-07-11 02:14:49 -0500 Report

Hi,
I am new to this site also. I found out many years ago that I had diabetes. My mother was trying to get into a blood pressure study and they did a complete physical on her. That is when she found out she had diabetes. When she was telling me what symptoms she had (such as feeling shakey and tired plus many more) I got to thinking and I had those symptoms all my life. In high school I had a teacher that told me he was worried about me because I would turn white as a ghost just prior to lunch. I would also feel shakey. My routine as a teen was normal no breakfast, lunch consisted of a bag of chips and a coke. I ate very little dinner. My sugar was low only I didn't know it.
Once I had my daughter I would leave work to pick her up from school some days I would not know how I got home. When I got home I would pour myself a large glass of sweet tea as I live in the south and that is our staple for drinks. I would drink half a glass and get so tired I would lay down on the couch I could hear my daughter but could not open my eyes or respond to her (I thank God that she was a good child and did not get into anything that could hurt her). She thought this was normal since I did this everyday. When my mother told me about her condition she tested my blood as we had just eaten we knew it wouldn't be accurate but I wanted to see if I did have a problem well it was 289. I made an appointment at my doctors office and of course I didn't eat breakfast so when they tested my sugar (this was prior to A1C tests) it was normal. I told my doctor what had happened and he sent me for a blood glucose tolerance test. I still remember that day. I was thankful that I was in a place where they could take care of me because when I drank the stuff they gave me I was out of it for more than 6 hours.
For many years I controlled my sugar with diet and excercise but as the years went by my sugar began to stay high as well as my weight.
In November of last year my mother was told her kidneys were failing. She had asked several family members to be tested but then she got word that her BMI was to high and even if a family member donated the doctors would not do the surgery. She is being preped to start dyalisis. At that point I became determined to loose weight. Since November I have lost almost 40 pounds. My daughter has lost almost 50 pounds and my husband has lost almost 60 pounds. I was on medication for blood pressure and diabetes but have been taken off the diabetic medication and 3 of the 5 BP medications. I still have to watch my sugar because now it is low again. I know for the rest of my life I will have to test.
Diabetes is like blood pressure you usually don't know you have it unless you are tested. Most people do not have symptoms and are discovered only by regular check ups with your doctor.
I don't like going to the gym but I go because I know in order to continue to loose weight I must watch what I eat and keep my body and mind healthy.

Good luck and I agree that you really need to find out as much as you can about diabetes so that you know what to expect. Check with many sources. If you have insurance check with them sometimes they have programs that they will send you information about specific things such as diabetes. I have BCBS and they sent me a cook book, a book about when and how to test, also other great information.

bace
bace 2010-07-10 15:58:54 -0500 Report

Hi Wardog! I'm new to this site, too…and would like to say how much help and inspiration it's been to me! I hope it can do the same for you! My best advice is educating yourself! Learn about foods and how they affect you..like the glycemic index…learn about that!! I struggle with my weight..never was the 'energenic, athletic' type…But read, learn, and try your best. You don't have to actually give up much…technically, it's a balancing act, eating in moderation, and kind of 'retraining' your cravings. Since you go to a gym, stay active, that's a start. Metformin is supposed to help lose weight, along with diet, exercise, but don't expect a miracle..!
Good luck, I wish the best, and congrats on the new grandbaby's nearing arrival!!

ccritch
ccritch 2010-07-09 15:04:00 -0500 Report

If you have insurance go on line www.kingdomcare.com Click Diabetes and fill out application. All testing supplies will be free at no cost to you and delivered to your door. Give them a try and if you don't have insruance Mays has put a website up for uninsured for help with meds.

Good Luck and God Bless you and your family!

ccritch
ccritch 2010-07-09 13:57:36 -0500 Report

Hi Wardog and Welcome to DC! You came to one of the best sites in the world!

Metformin does help you lose weight, it will help as long as you change your diet. You do not have to elminate all your sweets at one time. Gradually eat less until you no longer desire. It is ok to treat yourself once a week with a favorite. but do not over do it.

Metformin for me was upsetting my stomach, and headache and for other people it is great form of diabetic meds. Not everyone is the same.

Try to include water to your diet, eat more green vegetables with each meal green vegatables slow the proces of carbs and sugars to absorb slowly not all at once. Do you like fruits, add a fruit when you feel the need to eat a sweety sweet.

As Kirla said do a fasting test before breakfast and before brushing your teeth toothpaste contains sugars. 2 hours after your breakfast and before lunch and 2 hours after your biggest meal (dinner, with dinner add your sweet) If you do this everytime you eat you will begin to notice what is causing your sugars to rise, keep a log of what you are eating and what your BG's were before you ate and 2 hrs after at least for a couple of weeks, once you have it all figured out, you will be on your way to eating healthy and feel less tired and more engerized. My wish for you is to learn to eat healthy and manage your diabetes. Eating healthy is not only for you but your entire family should participate with you in eating healthy as your children can develop diabetes in their adolescent and adulthood age as well. It is hereditary!

God Bless and Welcome!

lisaf39
lisaf39 2011-01-24 14:21:55 -0600 Report

Thank you for this, I was diagnosed Fri and have been overwhelmed and depressed about all the changes at once. My doctor didn't really put me on a diet just a do's and don'ts list, I am just worried I am eating too much or too little. I have lost 5 lbs since fri but my numbers have not really improved. I go to the Dr again this fri and he is probably going to increse my metformin to 1000 mg 2 x a day.

Kirla
Kirla 2011-01-24 18:43:35 -0600 Report

I found drinking lots of water and eating lots of low carb vegetables helped lower my blood sugar in only a few weeks. I don’t see any down side of eating vegetables and drinking water. It may or may not help but I believe it’s worth a try.

Good luck
Kevin

Kirla
Kirla 2010-07-09 10:55:07 -0500 Report

I found that drinking lots of water and eating lots of low carb vegetables helped lower my blood sugar fast. After being diagnosed I started to test before and 2 hours after each meal to determine how the foods I ate affected my blood sugar. After my numbers came down a lot I started testing 1 hour after eating and was able to fine-tune my diet even more. My A1C went from 14.1 to 5.9 in just a few months. My last 4 were all below 6.

By testing what I ate I found that I had to give up all bread and grain products, potatoes, pasta, rice and most foods that contained more than 5-6 net carbs per serving.

I write how I controlled my blood sugar on my website. I even talk about how and what I eat. Click on the link below. It may help or give you some ideas. Then again it might not. I figure it can’t hurt to at least try some things. This is what worked for me.

http://kirla.wordpress.com/this-is-what-i-did/

Good Luck
Kevin

Lymy
Lymy 2010-07-09 10:52:34 -0500 Report

Hello Wardog:

Throughout parts of your intro to this site I thought I was reading about myself.

I am older than you, but you know what they say? 'You're only as old as you feel.' So I guess in my case I just have to act my age, because I don't feel old. I am 4 years younger than my hubby but I know I feel a lot younger than he does.

I'm also married with 2 grown children & 2 grandchildren. (none on the way)!

I have always had a sweet tooth (or teeth) but, believe it or not that has been the easiest thing to give up. If you want something sweet, there are loads of sugar free candies out there. Just do it in moderation.

My problem is in the beverage department. I don't like diet sodas, water, iced tea or coffee, & milk, so I am not left with many choices especially during this hot weather. I drink Lite lemonade, unsweetened orange juice, or orange sodas. (I am trying to limit these to 1 - 2 per day, and doing quite well at it).

I will skip any reference to the gym. That's one place I just can't seem to make friends with.

I have been diagnosied for almost a year now, and I like you really cannot tell what my sugar is doing. I feel fine 95% of the time. The only times I really feel bad is when there is something else going on with my body. EG: At present I am dealing with a tooth problem that is going to require a Root Canal & Crown. This has made it quite difficult to eat anything hard or that requires chewing. So I am having to choose my foods with not only the calories & carbs etc… in mind but somethings that do not require the chewing.

Likewise I am on Metformin 500mg 2x daily I also take 1/2 of a 4mg Glimepiride each evening. I have not had any of the side effects that other members have had from the Metformin, but I have NOT lost weight from taking them. In fact on my last check-up I had gained about 6Lbs over the preceeding 3 months

I noticed that you had written in yesterday about a meter. Just thought I might tell you a couple of things regarding these.
1. I have medical insurance, but I bought my 1st meter, then the company I got it from sent me a 100% refund on my out of pocket expense.
2. When you are using your fingers, the sides are definitely less painful than the top or the meaty pad. Also, make sure you are ready to apply the blood to the test strip as soon as you prick yourself. Because your blood sugar levels change faster from your fingers than from any other part of your body.

I think I have covered the concerns that you have. I hope I have helped in some small way.

Welcome to DC

Respectfully,

~Lymy~

alanbossman
alanbossman 2010-07-07 21:43:08 -0500 Report

Some meters come with different caps so you can test on forearm, palm. Also the sides of your fingers at the top of each one.
Alan

Wardog
Wardog 2010-07-08 20:26:29 -0500 Report

I talked to the Doc on the phone today and he called in a prescription for one. It will test on the palm, forearm, thigh, calf, and upper arm as well as the fingers, so I'm good to go with that. Still need to get the test strips, my insurance wants to know how many tests a day will be needed before they will authorize.

HPei
HPei 2010-07-09 02:42:28 -0500 Report

I would check with your doctor on how many tests a day you would need. Most likely, at least 3, but I like to know how well my meds are working for me, so I take another shot after every meal as well.
And if you do test on your fingers, remember that taking a shot on the side of your finger will hurt a LOT less than taking one on the front of them.

Wardog
Wardog 2010-07-07 20:09:40 -0500 Report

I go back to the Doc on the 28th, so I will talk to him about a meter. I have a co-worker that uses one and she always pokes her fingertips. Is there another place you can get the blood? I play guitar so I would have to poke a little below where the callouses are on my fingertips. Will that work?

Wardog

Karmen
Karmen 2010-07-07 09:17:16 -0500 Report

Hi! I to am a new case. The doctors say I am pre-diabetic but will cross over the threshold in a hurry if I do not take control immediately. I have 2 grandchildren ages 4 and 18 months with juvinelle, a daughter with type 1, and my dad and older brother both have type 2. I am very scared because I hate needles. My son may also have it but his different. He can't keep his blood sugar up. Dr.'s are running test.

MAYS
MAYS 2010-07-07 09:31:18 -0500 Report

Welcome to Diabetic Connect !
The door is always open, and there is always room at the table.
Browse the site, make friends and join in on the discussions.
Teach us, learn from us, learn with us, we appreciate your companionship!

~Mays~

theladyiscrazy
theladyiscrazy 2010-07-06 09:59:54 -0500 Report

Welcome to DC. I agree with the others, you didn't give yourself diabetes. My mother eats at McDonalds everyday (no lie or exaggeration) and yet she is not diabetic. She eats candy non stop, again, not diabetic. I ate what was considered by most a decent diet. I truly was not a "sweets" person but I am diabetic.

I was put on metformin and have lost some weight but I am not sure if it is just that or the changes I have made. I rarely eat pasta and if I do it is either dreamfield or whole wheat and a limited amount. I eat protein with my carbs. NO exception. I pick and choose what carbs I am eating. For example, a sweet potato is better for me than a white potato. Mixed fruit is a no no for me (spikes my sugar) but I can do berries just fine or even an apple. No juices at all for me. I stopped drinking coffee because of the half and half I use along with sugar. (can't drink it any other way). I also have food allergies so that has been interesting to contend with as well. Yet, it can be done.

Start with one change and then add another. Also realize that it will take you a LONG time to learn it all. I was dx in February and I am still learning a lot.

Again, welcome to the group.

petals
petals 2010-07-06 07:15:15 -0500 Report

Hi and Welcome to DC!! I am glad that you found us. This is a great site to be part of. Eating sweets didn't cause your diabetes, your genes did. I saw that your doctor didn't mention to you about getting a meter , get one any way. You need to know what your bloodsugar readings are, what type of foods make the bloodsugars go through the roof and what doesn't. Do you know what your A1C level is?

kdroberts
kdroberts 2010-07-06 07:06:18 -0500 Report

If your doctor said you eating sweets caused your diabetes, get a new doctor as fast as you can.

bettymachete
bettymachete 2010-07-06 22:45:12 -0500 Report

Hi there Wardog! I absolutely agree with kd! This may sound funny but I watched this episode of King of the Hill and one of the characters (Bill) had a been taken to a hospital in a diabetic coma. Well his doctor explains to his nurse that "he's just another diabetic who’ll never get his act together.” Holding absolutely no hope for his recovery, he informs Bill of the symptoms he will endure, eventually leading to his death. Bluntly, he suggests he buy a wheelchair while he still has good insurance.

Unfortunately, I found this episode very telling of the attitude many doctors and many people for that matter have toward type II diabetics. Find one who understands your condition, why you in particular have it (because we all have it for different reasons) , supports you on directing you to diabetics education and most importantly one who is educated themselves, not one who says "Oh your diabetic, here's a pamphlet and stop eating sugar."

Welcome to DC you will learn so much here :)

Betty

Katsarecool
Katsarecool 2010-07-06 03:57:05 -0500 Report

Hi Wardog:

Welcome to this great place. I am newly diagnosed as well; less than 2 months. This is a learning experience being here and having diabetes. One thing I learned is how healthy the food is that we should eat. I wish I had known about this years ago.

There are lots of knowledgeable members here and so many reach out to us Newbies and others right off the bat, willing to help and encourage.

Good luck to you,

Nancy Ann

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2010-07-05 23:46:05 -0500 Report

Hi and welcome from another newbie, Jan 2010.
This is a very good place for learning.
I've been taking metformin and losing weight. Since I've also cut back on carbs, I don't know how much each has helped.
My first visit to the Dr. 2 months after been told I was Diabetic some weight didn't come with me. I told them "It's amazing how you can loose weight when you are told to cut back on sweets and carbs."

MAYS
MAYS 2010-07-05 23:25:08 -0500 Report

Hello and Welcome to Diabetic Connect !

First of all, don't blame your love for sweets for your recent diagnosis of type 2 diabetes, take (5) minutes and blame your genes.

Now let's get down to business, it's all about Awareness, Acceptance and Action.

http://www.diabetes.org/diabetes-basics/type-2/

Only you can do something about type 2 diabetes.
Know what it is, what it does and does not do, education about diabetes and action are necessary to combat the possible complications that are sometimes associated with diabetes.

http://www.diabeticconnect.com/videos/928-wha...

http://www.diabeticconnect.com/videos/685-com...

You're here, and so are we, let's start now and do this together, live, don't let diabetes rob you of your life and happiness !

~Mays~

monkeymama
monkeymama 2010-07-05 22:33:45 -0500 Report

Hello there and welcome to our community. I agree with everyone here. It's not you, if it was going to happen, it was not going to happen just because you ate to many sweets. That is only a wise tale and a common misconception by people out there. You have someone do everything right and still develop diabetes. Here is a little tip to help you make the changes. If you make these changes gradually and slowly, you are more inclined to hold with these changes. You will have good days and you may have some bad BUT that is when you get right back up and move forward from it…Keep going. Having a special snack (within reason and within limits) every once in a while is still okay. Just not as often and as much. Set yourself some attainable goals and go for it. We are here for you if you ever have questions or need help. Good Luck to you!

holomage
holomage 2010-07-05 22:31:44 -0500 Report

Welcome Wardog!! I was 47 when they found mine and have been on metforman ever since.I am now 55 and look good for my age but I have had to change alot to get there. Your meter is your best friend. test just before you eat and no sooner than2 hrs after. I found keeping a journal of what I have eaten and what my results help. If you must have bread use the darker grains. whole wheat,rye,pumpernikel. The darker the better. As for drinks coffee,tea,o sugar flavored water. Diet soda once in the while is ok. When you shop READ LABELS! You will be shocked at the things that have sugar. Take things one day at a time and one baby step at a time. Good Luck and God Bless!! Diane

Katsarecool
Katsarecool 2010-07-06 03:54:24 -0500 Report

Excellent post! I am learning that when I eat carbs make sure they are loaded with lots of nutrition. I also cut out all sugery drinks right off the bat.

Harlen
Harlen 2010-07-05 22:17:40 -0500 Report

First Hello and welcome
You did not do this to you if you got it you where always going to get it so dont blame your self ok.
I was just grumpy not sleeping well too but whent to the Doc and there I was Blood sugar 1200+weeeeeee
Met didnt work for me
Best wishes
Harlen

alanbossman
alanbossman 2010-07-05 21:33:38 -0500 Report

Hi and welcome to DC community. metfomin will help some people to lose a few pounds, but eating right and excrise are the best way to lose weight. Also most T2 have some people in there family who are also diabetic. which is maybe how you got yours. Also try walking its a great way to lose weight and a great way to lower your bs numbers.
Alan

RAYT721
RAYT721 2010-07-05 21:26:10 -0500 Report

A few things… first of all it wasn't your love of sweets that caused your diabetes or diagnosis. It was your pancreas. I know thin people with diabetes and heavy/obese people that don't. There are risk factors for diabetes but none of them hold 100% true which is why there is no cause nor cure for the disease. Dieting, exercise and medication should help with your control and your control is what's going to keep away the many complications that could occur as a result. Now one of the many myths and misconceptions of diabetes is the request for a diabetic menu or diet plan. In all honesty there is none per se. You can have a potato or a cupcake or bread and the reality is that the carbs are carbs. 1 gram is 1 gram, 10 grams is 10 grams. You may wish to ask your diet what kind of carbs you should limit yourself to. The American Diabetes Association permits 35 g of carbs per meal and 15 per snack. You don't have to exceed those numbers. Keep in mind that the healthiest diet you can get will be higher in protein, lower in carbs, lower in sodium, lower in fats (especially trans fats), lower in calories and higher in nutrition. Those are alot of variables. It's your glucose meter that will tell you more than your doctor can about about what works and doesn't work. You can have sugar free desserts as a swap for the full sugared variety but even full sugar snacks and sweets are not going to damage you too badly so long as you realize the calories / carbs in them could be more wisely used for other "swaps" that give you more energy and weight loss / muscle toning ability. You may not want to completely go cold-turkey on your new lifestyle overnight. It's about baby steps. Limit this and that before you cut it out completely. I've found swaps that work for me. Experiment with sugar free puddings, fat free yogurt, sugar substitutes instead of natural sugar, healthy bread instead of white crap, etc. Drink more water to fill you up especially at the gym when working out. Ramping up your exercise does not mean living at the gym and pushing yourself so hard that you lose interest. Moderation and baby steps once again come into play. I am not a doctor and I am a newly diagnosed diabetic so I am not trying to be a show off here on how much I know and how much I have learned but I am trying to give you hope and support that this is not the end of the world for you… it's the beginning of a new and healthier world. I would suggest a food journal for you to record your glucose, calories, carbs and other components. Look into the plate method of eating which gives you more vegetables than starches or protein. Try quinoa or brown rice instead of white rice. Try cutting fruit juice with water or club soda. There are so many people here that can give you better tips than I but these are things that have worked for me thus far. Since January I have dropped 23 pounds and have a 6.4 a1c test. Because I am not on diabetes meds, I cannot answer about the effects or advantages but surely there are many people who can help there. Being diagnosed is a life altering thing so please feel free to add me as a friend and communicate with me anytime. I may not have all of the answers but I understand where you are because I've been there. I blamed myself, my parents, my doctor and everyone I could think of for making me diabetic. I am raising a toast to you for a successful journey to health. I am raising my glass of diet coke with lime!!! Stick with us!!!

Wardog
Wardog 2010-07-05 22:03:26 -0500 Report

Thanks for all the good advice! I'm not sure why, but my Doctor didn't say anything about a glucose meter, so maybe it's not too bad. I'm really not unhappy about this, as it gives me a hard medical reason to do what I've been trying to do for a couple years now- eat right, work out and get healthy! I saw on your profile that you like cooking. Me too!

HPei
HPei 2010-07-06 07:32:49 -0500 Report

It may be that your doctor does not have a lot of practice with people with diabetes. You should get a glucose meter, no matter how your blood sugars are running. It's a way to see how certain foods affect you, and will also help you to make better choices further down the road. Over the years, I've been getting a ton of meters, all sent to me by the manufacturers. As I play with each one, I see how I like the functions they have, and how it fits in with my life style. Believe me, more functions aren't always better. So ask around the site, see what each person says they like and dislike about their meters, and make your choice from that. If possible, try to find one that you can use for a short time to see if you like it or not.
Many times, you may be eligible for a free meter by contacting the manufacturers yourself. Going to their website is often enough to have them send you one. The strips is what they make their money off of, so if you have health insurance, have your doc write up a Rx for them. Most insurance companies cover a good chunk of the price (mine takes up the entire price since it's considered a part of what makes the meter work… not exactly sure how to describe it, but that's how my insurance carrier explained it to me). If not, then you should see if you have any services near your area that will help you with the costs of diabetic supplies, or see if you can find a brand of strips and meters that are cheap (I believe Wal-Mart has one).
Also, you may want to ask your doctor for a referal to someone that specializes in diabetes. There are often tests that need to be ran, and they would be the best people to explain to you what each test signifies.

Other than that, welcome to the site, and good luck in your journey. It may not be the most pleasant thing to happen, but it could be worse. At least you have people here that can relate to what you're going through, and a lot of times, that's all you need to keep on going.

Lymy
Lymy 2010-07-09 11:16:38 -0500 Report

Great!
Then when your head stops spinning from the excellent comments that have come your way Let's see your recipes in that section of DC. Everyone is always looking for something different to eat.
Looking forward to seeing your recipes.

~Lymy~

Lymy
Lymy 2010-07-09 11:12:29 -0500 Report

WOW!!!

I wish I had heard from you almost a month ago when I joined DC. I think that was a 1st rate reply for a new or any members call for help. I will see if I can get this to print from my computer so that I can fall back on this as the need (when it does) arises.

Thank you for being so helpful not just to Wardog but to all of us.

Respectfully
~Lymy~

gregsteele
gregsteele 2010-07-05 20:10:30 -0500 Report

Welcome to dc you have come to an awesome place the people here are not only the friendliest youll ever come across but you will find that someone can answer about any questions you may have i am type 1 insulin dependent so i cant tell you much about metformin but i can tell you changing your eating habits can be rough you will find its easier than you think except for certain things its different for everyone but things that are your favorites of course will be harder you just need to get a routine of reading labels before you buy so your choices when you eat will be limited to good stuff which can be rough with kids around i have 3 myself well ive carried on more than enough already again welcome and if i can help dont hesitate to ask love to all GREG

Wardog
Wardog 2010-07-05 22:03:58 -0500 Report

Thank you for the welcome!!

Fancee
Fancee 2010-07-18 13:59:58 -0500 Report

Hi, I live in Taft, outside of Bakersfield, I'm 63 and was diagnosed last year, it certainly came as a shock! Luckily I'm not a big sweet eater… I do look for sweets like ice cream when I DO have a sweet tooth, I found Sugar Free Klondike bars the yare really good! Also I eat a little jerky and it seems to help when I have a craving! I keep a close eye on my blood sugar also that helps alot when I eat what I shouldnt, I found I can go to dinner and eat pretty much anything with in reason, I"m still learning becuase my Dr knows nothing about Diabetes! I also have no insurance. Good luck and please keep checking out every site you see on the internet it does help when you cant figure it all out!! Theres so much to learn! Fancee