Newly DXed type 2 need advice

FHilbmann
By FHilbmann Latest Reply 2010-09-19 16:24:17 -0500
Started 2010-07-28 14:32:05 -0500

I am newly DXed type 2 diabetic. I found out yesterday when I went to the Dr. because I haven't been feeling well. She prescribed Metformin and said to lose weight and to see a dietitian. It will be awhile before I can see the dietitian. She said nothing about checking my blood sugar curious what a good range should be and what should my carb intake be at per day. My wife is beside herself trying to figure a meal plan for me.


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CaliKo
CaliKo 2010-09-19 16:24:17 -0500 Report

Since you are already testing, it would probably be helpful for your dietician if you keep a journal of your readings and take it with you when you get an appointment or a class. My dietician has me take readings in the morning before eating, before meals, and 1-2 hours after meals, and bedtime. Not necessarily all of those readings every day, but those are good times to test. For extra credit, keeping a food journal with those readings would be excellent, too. Good luck, and see the dietician as soon as possible.

RAYT721
RAYT721 2010-07-28 21:35:12 -0500 Report

There are no right or wrong answers to the questions you are posing. Your experience of diabetes is not uncommon… "you are diabetic… you need to take this pill, diet and exercise… oh, and have a nice day!" … it sucks. Even if they would guide you to online and offline support you can have a little bit of information to know that you're not alone in this battle/journey. Thank God you found us!!! We may not have the answers but we have the ability to understand what you're going through and help you help yourself. Please "friend" me and know that it's sincere. What works for one person won't work for another. You meal plan is as unique as you are. Welcome to our community!!! Cat Stevens wrote, "take your time, think a lot, think of everything you've got." Maybe it doesn't make sense now but it will. Welcome to Diabetic Connect!!!

Guardianstone
Guardianstone 2010-09-19 03:52:56 -0500 Report

Inspiring and helpful.
does diabetis help us become wise? Or is it all a 'Dream for some, A NIGHTMARE FOR OTHERS'?
Dave's fresh bread is driving me mad. It is still baking, and smells SSSSSOOOOOOOOOOOOOO GOOOOOODDD. I may drool all over my phone. All Gods blessings to you and yours.
Guardian stone

FHilbmann
FHilbmann 2010-07-28 21:23:37 -0500 Report

Luckily for my wife she knows something about testing however yesterday my BS was up around 142 to 180 and today before and after dinner I was at 109 with no change between the two? Is that normal. My wife had a meter that she no longer uses, could the meter be bad and not reading right? I am only on day 2 of the Metformin. Fred

Guardianstone
Guardianstone 2010-09-19 04:53:15 -0500 Report

Theres no such thing as normal readings. Medicines can change things that are supporting other things that continues down the line either for the good or bad.
Your meter may be low on batteries, or the strips may be old. check the date code on the strips. How long have you had the unit?
For me metformin use was disturbing. I gained weight immediatly, my bs bounced like a ping pong ball, I was sick most of the time, and my doctor wasn'tvery helpful.
If your numbers are still upsetting after a few weeks check with your Doctor. Sorry to not have any answers.
Guardian stone

Gabby
GabbyPA 2010-07-29 07:29:58 -0500 Report

Metformin can take a few weeks to get going in your system, so be patient. The more you test the easier it will be to find patterns that you can deal with. I start higher in the morning and drop during the day. I guess my activity levels are to thank for that. But you will see some things start to click as you write down things and take notes.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2010-07-28 19:16:27 -0500 Report

Grrrr! This kind of thing just makes me so angry. I am so glad you found us here and I know we will be able to help you fill in the gaps. Another member stated that "Not all doctors graduated the top of their class" I think you got one of those.

I would get a meter and test strips. You can get them for a low cost from Target and then find out if your insurance will cover your testing supplies. If it will, have your doctor write you a prescription for the strips and make sure it covers at least 4 tests a day. 6 would be better.

Everyone is probably tired of me posting these carb videos, but I find them to be very helpful in getting you familiar. One is serious and one is fun...and yes...diabetes can be fun.

http://www.diabeticconnect.com/videos/909-counting-carbs-for-diabetics---liberty-medical

http://www.diabeticconnect.com/videos/39-my-life-as-a-pin-cushion-carb-counting

Another great place to start is at www.diabetes.org (the American Diabetes Association) They have a lot of great basic information that you can use.

Welcome to the site. I know you will like it here and anything that you need help with, just pop in and let us know.

Harlen
Harlen 2010-07-28 15:08:05 -0500 Report

Hello and welcome
Benn there and had that gone to me lol
We each are difrent for what we can take in.
First thing you can get a meeter at Walmart at very low cost as well as the strips. If you have benn running High for a long time it will take you time to ajust to the new #s good #s 80 to 110.
When I was DX I was over 800 so ti was a good bit of time befor I would feel good at 120 lol I would even get the shakes lol
A good rule is if its wight dont eat it Rice,potatos ,bread,as well as sweets if you can do that you on the right track .
Right every thing you eat down in a pad and what you blood sugars are 2 hr after and you will know what foods do what to you.
Best wishes
Harlen

Gemm
Gemm 2010-09-19 11:01:11 -0500 Report

I was told to do that too Harlen but I'm finding that for me my BG levels aren't necessarily tied to what I eat - I can eat the same thing on different days and one day it will raise my sugars and another it won't. That is getting really confusing for me as not 1 thing has consistently had an affect that I can point to and say "that will raise my sugar" other than actual sugar itself and I took that out of my diet about 8 - 9 years ago when I was told I had "critical hypoglcemia" (any amount of sugar actually dropped my BG levels to dangerous low levels.

I guess I'll just have to keep working at finding things like that out and maybe instead of "every time" I eat "this or that" it will have to be many or most. I've only been diagnosed as actual diabetic (which I was told would most probably happen sooner or later) somewhere around 1 1/2 - 2 months now so still tracking a lot of things.

As for meters, some places will actually give you a free meter as long as you "promise" to buy the strips from them. A friend of mine got one that way at Fred's (a discount chain here in the south) and said that a box of 50 strips is about $25 - $30 (can't remember exactly but she isn't diagnosed diabetic but it runs in her family so wants to keep track of it anyway so her insurance won't cover it). Most insurance will cover the supplies if you are diagnosed, even Medicare and Medicaid (at least most states).

Good luck FHilbmann and hugs to ya - I've found this place wonderful at helping me with things that I didn't already know because of helping my husband with his diabetes for the last several years.

Gemm

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