I was diagnosed wit type 2 3 weeks ago

bad luck
By bad luck Latest Reply 2010-09-27 19:32:52 -0500
Started 2010-09-26 05:59:20 -0500

I never had to wear glasses and now my eye sight is blurry, Will this improve or will it get worse?

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Chrissy6341 2010-09-27 19:32:52 -0500 Report

I was told to wait to go and see the eye Dr. But I don't know how long. My vision has been blurry when I read, even with my new reading glasses.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2010-09-26 20:38:23 -0500 Report

HI, you are getting some great advice here. I would just encourage you to work closely with your physician and to get as educated as possible on your diabetes and how to best take care of yourself. Knowledge is power. I would also encourage you to make sure you have emotional support. A new diagnosis brings up a lot of feelings and it's important to not hold all of these feelings inside. Find someone who can listen without judging you or telling you what to do, a friend or family member, or a diabetic support group. Your friends on Diabetes Connect are also here to share their experiences and support you. Don't go through this alone.

GabbyPA 2010-09-26 19:47:03 -0500 Report

Sometimes better control can help clear it up, but you should make an appointment with an eye doctor as soon as you can so they can take a look inside your eyes and see what it happening.

Kirla 2010-09-26 09:41:36 -0500 Report

It depends, if you can get your blood sugar under control you may see some improvement and may even reverse most of the damage. There are no guarantees with this. If you continue to have high blood sugar or fail to control your blood sugar it may even get worse. You may even go blind. Going blind is just one complication of this disease.

Chances are if it has affected your eyesight, it is probley affecting other parts of your body. Since getting my blood sugar under control my eyesight has changed. Not sure if for the better but I need to see the eye doctor soon, so should find out in the next few months or so.

Also didn’t have a problem with my feet until my blood sugar dropped to normal numbers, then they started feeling cold. It was hard to keep them warm. Then a few months later the shouting pains started. Felt like someone was sticking needles in my feet. Now I don’t get the shouting pains much but the numb and tingling feeling is still there. I believe it getting better but only time will tell.

Before being diagnosed my legs looked awful. Had hundreds of tiny sores all over them. Small cuts and scratches took over a year to heal. I wouldn’t wear shorts out side the house. I was diagnosed in February and by the time I went on vacation in July my legs were completely healed. The wife bought me new shorts and for the first time in years I was able to wear them out doors.

If things get better or worse is up to you and you alone. Some people do well with oral meds, some have to take insulin and I believe most of us can get it done with diet and exercise. But diet and /or exercise isn’t easy to do for most people. I found that most people don’t want to give up bread, pasta, corn, foods made from flours or grains, ice cream, candy, cake, cookies, chips, cereals and most foods that are high in carbs and sugar.

I started by cutting out all products with sugar in them and started eating broccoli and a salad everyday. I read an article about most people being dehydrated. The doctor said most of the diseases people were getting were because they aren’t drinking enough water. So I started to drink at least 8 glasses of water per day.

I then started to test my blood sugar before and 2 hours after each meal. When my blood sugar spiked over 100 points 2 hours after eating I started cutting back and then eliminated the starchy foods I was eating. When my numbers were looking pretty good I read about people peaking at about 1 hour after eating so I started to test then. I was able to fine-tune my blood sugar pretty good.

Recently I found my blood sugar peaks at different times of the day for different meals. I always thought it was the same for each meal, but found out I have been wrong for the last year and a half. By testing the last week or too. Sometimes testing 20 times a day. I found that I have been peaking in the morning 45 minutes after drinking my protein drink. Lunch was the biggest surprise. I peak about 25 minutes after eating. One day I tested about 20 minutes after eating and it was 175 or so. I haven’t seen numbers like that in a long time. I found that adding a few ounces of chicken breast and an egg have stopped the spiking at lunchtime. After supper I peak around 1¼ hour after eating.

Last year I started a blog about how I was able to control my blood sugar in 6 weeks. My A1C went from 14.1 to 5.9 in less than 4 months. Fasting blood sugar went from 366 to less then 100 in no time at all. I have seen lots of other people here do it also. It can be done. I don’t post my link to my blog anymore. I believe it’s in my profile if you’re interested.

I recommend you find as many people as you can who have been able to control their blood sugar and have been able to get off the meds and or insulin and try some of the things they do to control there blood sugar. I figure your wasting your time taking advice from people who have not yet succeeded. I have found there are at least a half dozen websites you can join and there are several people there who have done what you want to do. They have been able to control their blood sugar and have gotten off meds.

Good luck

tc2sweet 2010-09-26 09:29:51 -0500 Report

I had no clue to what was happening to me except that I awoke one morning to blurred vision. I went to the eye doctor and he said my eyes had completely reversed in 5 months and he could not find anything. He told me to see my primary care doctor who ordered blood work. A week later I was told that I had type 2. I haven't been back to the eye doctor yet. I'm using 5 year old glasses. I hope once I get under control I can go back to the newest glasses.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2010-09-27 18:15:29 -0500 Report

Years ago, way before I was diagnosed this year with diabetes, my vision had completely reversed. They went from + to - or visa versa. Blurry vision and awful headaches, the eye guy said it just happens sometimes. Did get my eyes checked right after I was released from the hosp this year and the eye guy did a very good check for any Diabetes changes to my eyes, found none (yeah). Caffein can make my vision more blurry, so I quit Diet Dr Pepper and it clears up, then I slowly start again and have to quit again. Also allergies can affect my level of blurriness.

2004jeep 2010-09-26 09:09:20 -0500 Report

I was diagnosed 8-10 and the first problem that started was my eyes was blurry, every thing was a fuzz ball so I go to my dr, he sends me asap to the eye dr. he runs all the test for diabetes and I'm wearing glasses 4 x's the strenght just to see, I don't wear glasses but to wear the paper. He said that I eyes were swollen so large my face was hurting. He said that my bs was so high that's what happend. Maybe when I get my blood gluecose right, my eyes will or maybe go back to normal??? Please get to the eye dr or your dr…

RAYT721 2010-09-26 06:51:13 -0500 Report

That, my friend, is a question for the eye doctor. Make sure to let them know that you are diabetic. I am at the middle aged reading glasses stage of life. I tried contacts without success. I could not get laser surgery because I only need reading glasses. It's important to have your vision checked regularly not only because of your diabetes but because the body changes.

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