Struggling with diabetes

By JanetM Latest Reply 2010-08-01 17:21:46 -0500
Started 2010-07-31 15:17:09 -0500

I was recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, no meds for now, just diet and exercise. I think I've done a fair job of eating and exercise these last couple of weeks. My numbers are coming down but still spiking in the afternoons. As I sat here struggling over the grocery list, depression set in. I know this is NOT the mind frame I need to be in to deal with being a diabetic. I got on line looking for a meal planner or ideas and found this site. After reading many of the post I feel much better. The ups & downs are going to exist for awhile but I have a renewed commitment to turn this into something positive. I will lose weight!! I have the opportunity to set examples by living a healthier life!! And best of all…I don't feel as alone as before. It's a comfort knowing that I have a place to come to share my experiences and learn from others that face the same struggles.

6 replies

realsis77 2010-08-01 09:33:27 -0500 Report

Hi janet! I'm also new here and I'm struggling with the exact same issues! Sometimes I slip back into a denial of sorts and have to pull myself out again. I'm taking meds for my BG levels but I found there is no magic cure darn it! Its still about what we eat meds or no meds! So if you want to talk sometime just drop me a note! I know exactly what your going through!

GabbyPA 2010-07-31 19:13:57 -0500 Report

Hi Janet and welcome! We are so glad you stumbled upon us here and I hope that the folks here can help you out. I was diet and exercise when I first found out, mostly because I couldn't get to a doctor to get meds. But I worked hard for 9 months and was able to reduce my numbers a lot. I am not on meds, but I keep working to get off of them. You will find a lot of friends here who totally get your struggles and are here for you when you need a lift.

Harlen 2010-07-31 16:56:11 -0500 Report

The one thing I do know is without meds you will be very limited in what foods you can eat.
Best wishes

RAYT721 2010-07-31 15:36:55 -0500 Report

We share the diet and exercise route to control, which is actually a good thing. It's going to be ups and downs but you're in good hands here because we all understand. Each of us has his or her own stories complete with the successes and failures that are not only part of diabetes but of life. We're in it together! I've dropped 20-25 pounds since January with a few minor changes to my life which include eating breakfasts, drinking less beer and more water, cutting but not counting carbs, exercising, and getting education and support from others. The search discussion feature can bring you back to previous posts of interest to you. You'll find recipes, product reviews, book information, and friends (like me) willing to help in any way we can. Welcome to Diabetic Connect!

JanetM 2010-07-31 16:01:26 -0500 Report

Thanks Ray! You're absolutely right about the ups and downs. And it's the small victories that we should focus on. I've lost 6 lbs in the last 2 weeks, have had a couple of good "BG" days and know that what I am doing today will only make tomorrow better. I struggle with high cholesterol and a heart condition plus diabetes. It does get overwhelming at times.

I look forward to making many new friends here!!

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2010-08-01 17:21:46 -0500 Report

Welcome to the struggle. Congrats on the weight loss. It's often minor victories that add up to major ones. What helps with Diabetes control can help the heart and cholesterol. I've lost about 40 lbs since being diagnosed in Jan. Don't know if it is enough that I can reduce the Metformin, but it has helped my BP. Also several bad veins getting fixed has helped. Since oxygen is getting through my system better I can exercise more which should help my continued weight loss.

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