new to type 2

By Cursti Latest Reply 2010-08-22 20:46:41 -0500
Started 2010-08-18 18:12:08 -0500

Hi everyone, I am new and have a question.

11 replies

Lakeland 2010-08-21 07:46:24 -0500 Report

Walking & cutting carbs, and adding protein helped me too. I do eat carbs, I try to choose the ones that have higher fiber so it won't spike my blood sugars so fast. I lost 30 pound, I've stopped losing weight but I'm addressing another health issue right now, so I'm not as faithful to my diabetic program.

I found for me, if my sugar number was 170 or 143 if I'd go for a walk, around our development which they tell me is about a mile, I could drop my numbers by 30 or more points.

I still feel fortunate that this is a condition I have some control over. I'm taking it seriously, my family has had health issues due to diabetes, dad had kidney disease & my brothers cant feel their feet, but they think diabetes is a joke & they don't watch anything they eat or do.

Sounds like your doing a great job.

Wishing you best of health

Cursti 2010-08-22 20:39:17 -0500 Report

Thanks Diane. I appreciate the advice. I hope your other condition betters as well. I was just recently diagnosed, but I know how serious it is. Even though I don't know a lot about it, I had a cousin who was diagnosed and within a year he lost a leg and was in a wheelchair. He died last year of a heart attack at 47 yrs. old, due to his condition. I think that's why I want to be well-informed. Thanks again.

Cursti 2010-08-20 04:50:47 -0500 Report

Thank you all. I went to the doctor today and my fasting blood sugar was 129, down from 173 at my last visit. The doctor said that I was pretty much a diabetic, but she isn't putting me on meds until my blood work comes back. She wants to check my AC something. I can't remember, to see if that came down. It was 6.5 last visit. Since I cut out most of my carbs and starting walking, my sugars seem to already be going down. She told me to keep it up and see what happens over the next few weeks.

RAYT721 2010-08-22 20:46:41 -0500 Report

Thanks for the update. I was also not put on medications when I was diagnosed and my first and only a1c was 6.4 which the doctor was happy with. I have to go again the coming weekend. I was going to go yesterday but was afraid my blood test would show 100% alcohol and the Philly Cheese Steak at bedtime probably wasn't the safest or sanest choice for a triglyceride test. I will be good this week so I can walk into the lab instead of stumbling in. A good time was had by all.

alanbossman 2010-08-19 10:41:43 -0500 Report

Hi and welcome to DC family,as Ray explained so well on how to help check your your BS. Ray is right about seeing your doctor and see were your numbers are. One thing is when you eat you need to eat in portion size meals,half a plate of vegs. and 1/4 of plate chicken or turkey or fish,and a 1/4 of fruit or a brown rice.

Harlen 2010-08-18 20:04:20 -0500 Report

Hello and welcome
Theres a lot to know and it takes time you will get there we all are there or on the way lol There are frends here that can and will help you.
As long as you neve give up you cant lose .
Best wishes

Cursti 2010-08-18 18:21:51 -0500 Report

In 10 months, my reading went from 101 to 175. I was boarder line for a while, but now I'm sure I have full on diabetes. I have a doctor's appt. tomorrow morning. I am 44 and overweight. I also have high blood pressure. My question is this. When my dad was here last, he tested my sugar with his kit, and it was 384. It was about 20 minutes after I ate, which I know isn't the time you should be testing. I pretty much panicked. I haven't eaten beef or pork in about 7 years, but decided to start the atkins because according to my blood type, I should be a meat eater. Since I didn't eat a lot of mean, I used to scarf on carbs. Typical dinner for me being pasta, mashed potatoes and bread. (I know, terrible). Anyway, I been on atkins for about 10 days now. and began eating beef and pork again, because now I'm more worried about my life. On day 5 I checked my blood sugar again, also 20 minutes after I ate, since that's how I did it last time and it was down to 190. On day 10 (today) I checked it again 20 minutes after eating and it's down to 149. I have also lost 11 pounds. Should I continue with Atkins, or does anyone else have any advice. Do you think my doctor will be putting me on meds tomorrow? I have no clue. Just wanted some input from people who are more knowledgeable. Thank you.

RAYT721 2010-08-18 19:02:18 -0500 Report

STOP! Take a deep breath. First, welcome to our community. Second, wait until tomorrow's test but make sure that it is a fasting glucose test which is to say that you are not to eat or drink anything for at least eight hours prior to the test. Your system of testing shortly after eating isn't testing. Testing should be done (a) first thing in the morning; (b) prior to eating; and (c) anywhere from 1 hour to 2 hours after your first bite of food. Now I am not pro-Atkins. I am not pro-anything except for a balance of food that you and your body likes. Your body needs nutrients… vitamins, carbs, proteins, fats, calories, water, minerals, etc. Variety is the spice of life. Let your doctor have the chance to review your blood test results not only for glucose but for other things that he or she tests for. Tonight… relax. Tomorrow… get the facts!!! Please keep us posted on your progress, feel free to ask questions, and get to know us. We are a decent bunch of people and we're glad you found us. However, not one of us can diagnose you. Now, another deep breath. Exhale.

Cursti 2010-08-18 20:59:17 -0500 Report

Okay, I'm exhaling. I guess I freaked-out and felt I had to take immediate action. Thank you so much and I will definitely keep you posted, and probably have a lot of questions…

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