i dont know what to do

By irenecano Latest Reply 2010-08-03 08:51:41 -0500
Started 2010-07-30 16:52:33 -0500

hello everyone i just got diagnosed wit type2 diabetes and i dont know what to do i;ve been exersizing and eating right for the last 3 months and wasn't losing weight when i went to the doctor he told me i was retaining water and put me threw tests after 2 fasting blood test he inform me i now have diabetes and i'm so totally lost i need advice please

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PetiePal 2010-08-03 08:51:41 -0500 Report

Welcome to the club no one wants to be a member of!

The best thing you can do right now:

-Test your sugars. Before meals and 2 hours after.
-Keep a food-log of everything you eat
-Follow a rule of 15/45. 15 Carbs for snacks, 45 for meals for right now
-Try to avoid things like potatoes, white bread etc.

Exercise is great but if you're a diabetic it may not be enough. You'll lose weight but your BG levels will still stay high after meals. Most type 2s are either Insulin Resistant (produce plenty but you have a natural resistance to it) or don't produce enough.

If you've only seen a regular doctor schedule an appointment with an Endocrinologist or Diabetic specialist immediately.

bettymachete 2010-08-01 01:45:31 -0500 Report

Hi Irene :) Like Ray, it makes me mad that they throw this all at you and send you down the yellow brick road on your merry way. My first few weeks were spent, first in shock, (as I thought I had been eating good things for me, drinking juice and eating fruits and dried fruits) then learning to use the tools available to me my meter and my brain. I found this site which gave me probably the most useful tool, the support I was in desperate need of.

My advice isn't much different than the others have posted. Test often and keep a journal of what you eat. You will eventually learn what you can eat and what you can't. I can't have many carbs at all as I am very sensitive, but you may not have such a hard time with them. The answers are all in the meter! Test before and after workouts as well.

Like Ray I found eating breakfast was soo helpful to me in fact it's really only the true "meal" I am dedicated to having daily, the rest are really more like snacks through the day. Not only did it help with the meds but it kick starts my metabolism. Make sure you are getting good sleep! Get yourself into a regular exercise routine. Drink water and Grab yourself some cinnamon capsules if you can. And snacks like almonds, avocado, cheese sticks, cut up veggies, can of tuna, grilled chicken strips They were really helpful to managing my levels real quick. I am glad you are here! Welcome and don't worry you will be fine :)

RAYT721 2010-07-31 12:09:08 -0500 Report

It just (alternate word for urination) me off to hear stories like yours because it's exactly like my story. Doctor calls, "you're diabetic… lay off the sugar… lose some weight… and have a nice day" was about the extent of the call. There was no talk about a meter, support groups like this one, what to eat, and more questions than answers. You are not alone and while you may seem lost, you're not. You're on a yellow brick road and you've just met the scarecrow (yup the brainless one) who is gonna help you get to Oz. We'll have a fun journey if you have a good sense of humor.

My advice because I am not a medical professional is to learn as much as you can… about yourself, about diabetes, about food, about exercise and about anything and everything that is within your control. There's so much to learn but so many genuinely caring people here to help you. None of us have all of the answers but you do have support and encouragement and words of wisdom for you.

I could write a book with all of the information that I have read from the library, surfed on the internet and discussed with both real and virtual friends. We're in this together so while you're lost today, it's amazing how much you will learn in a short amount of time. Today you are looking to us for advice and soon we'll be asking you for help.

Advice? Take baby steps. You may need to (or not need to) lose weight and that will happen one pound at a time, just as it got put on. Your numbers of glucose will come down slowly, not overnight. Your awareness of what your mind, body and soul needs equally will come in time. Take a deep breath. What works for me may not work for you. We are all different.

I started losing weight when I started eating breakfast, adding exercise to my routine (like an appointment on my calendar), and swapping out the trips to the golden arches to the grocery store and website links for nutritional information.

I'm not on diabetes meds. I am a type 2 with diet and exercise that I had to find on my own. I've dropped 23 pounds and now fit in a 34" waist jeans. I have the beginning stages of abs (yay) and a great positive attitude that my control is in my control.

You've taken the first step by joining us. Welcome. Let's move forward on this yellow brick road to find the heart and courage. Remember all the time there's no place like home because home is where the health is!!!

GabbyPA 2010-07-31 08:31:54 -0500 Report

Hi Irenecano,
Welcome to the community. This is a great place to start. We have a section here that is a series of articles called "Living with Diabetes" and it has a lot of the basics in it. The "Health Center" is also a good one.

I felt the same way you do when I first stopped in here. I learned so much from the folks here I often credit them with saving my life, and my sanity.

Did your doctor give you an directions? If so, start with some of that. Did he suggest a meter or an exercise plan? How about a meeting with a diabetes educator? Those are generally good places to start. One of the most important things is to ask your doctor questions. I know when you first hear this, you have no idea what to ask. But as you get advice or suggestions from here and the research that you do. Write down questions for your doctor and don't leave the office until you get an answer that you understand. I take a notebook with my questions and leave a blank space after it so I can write down his answers. That helps me remember for sure what he says. (My brain can often twist up the words if I am not familiar with the issue I am asking about)

The other important thing for me was to focus on one or two new things to be doing in my life at a time. If you try to do it all, it's overwhelming and for me, that means that I don't get any of it done. So pick the few things that you and your doctor have decided are important for you to start. Make a plan, stick to it and it will help build the foundation you need to continue in your own care and treatment.

Just remember, he can only give you a map. You have to decide where you want to go and stick to the road you chose to get there.

alanbossman 2010-07-31 08:15:30 -0500 Report

welcome to DC community you need to get a meter and test strips to check your blood sugar. Your doctor should have giving you a meter and strips,and show you how to use them. If you need more help let us know

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