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By vgarrison Latest Reply 2011-02-27 12:37:18 -0600
Started 2008-09-21 04:54:22 -0500

I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes a week ago. I went into the ER throwing up and found out I was in severe DKA with a BS of 618. I had no idea I was diabetic. Well now I do, but where do I go from here? My doctor was not very infomative. I take insulin before I go to bed, watch my diet, and excercise. Ok thats all fine and dandy, but I have so many questions beyond that. What if my BS goes sky high, what if I get sick, or what if my BS goes down to low. If it hadn't been for my limited knowledge already I would be up a creek with no paddle on this whole diabetes thing.

I just want to say THANK YOU to everyone here. I have learned more on this website and from you people in a few short hours than I have doing my own research for 3 days!! I am so glad this site and everyone is here!!!

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Granny91 2011-02-26 20:58:01 -0600 Report

Can anyone tell me how I can find an article by a druggist, Susan Stone (I think) about news from Mayo Clinic about supplements for diabetics? I remember ALA-form-R, Biotin, Evening Primrose Oil, etc. It was on the first of these Connection
emails. Thanks!


jayabee52 2011-02-26 22:58:21 -0600 Report

Howdy "Granny"!
To find a particular article in the News Articles section of DC, click on the "News Articles" link on the left border of this page, You will be taken to the home page of the Articles. On the upper right you'll see a search box - with a magnifying glass icon next to it (in green). Type your search term in the box and click the icon. To find what you were looking for I used the term "Mayo Clinic" (but that has the disadvantage of returning A LOT of hits to sort through). I got about 7 pages of results, but on the 2nd or 3re page I think I hit the article to which you refer:

I pray that this is the one for which you're looking, and that it is beneficial to you.

God's blessings to you and yours!


Granny91 2011-02-27 09:45:48 -0600 Report

Hello, James: Thank you very much for the article I was looking for! I want to get off the gabapentin, if I can use the supplements instead. My doctor has approved, and has advised me how to stop the gabapentin gradually. Now—the next question: what are the proper dosages for the three supplements I plan to take? I am ordering ALA, chromium picolate(sp?), and Evening Primrose. Another question-on the ALA, how will I find out if I am taking the "R" form, as stated in the article? I do so want to get off gabapentin, as it is not really helping the . Any suggestions as to finding the dosages will be appreciated.
Gratefully yours,
Granny 91

jayabee52 2011-02-27 12:37:18 -0600 Report

I'm glad I found that article you wanted.

Unfortunately Mary I have no experience with any of those suppliments. You might try one or all of 3 things: Email Susan Sloane, the contributor of the article using the DC mail system. She is one of the first friends you had when you first signed up (Like John Crowley or Gabby or Amy Tenderich). You might ask Susan if she knows of any dosing guidelines. You might ask your Dr if he could find dosing guidelines for those substances, or you could start a discussion asking the community if anyone knows dosing guidelines for those substances.

As far as finding the "R" form of ALA, that would probably best be addresed to Susan Sloan in an email.



upbeat kid
upbeat kid 2008-09-30 08:41:05 -0500 Report

Right now I'm pre-diabetic and looking for info on how tokeep my blood sugar down so I don't go into type 2 age related diabetes. I agree this site has been so helpful just reading what other people have done to help themselvesand ideas of things they have tried …especiall the apple cider and vinegar drink which is so simple and easy for anyone to do. So, I too, want to thankeveryone for their comments.

caspersmama 2008-09-30 08:44:31 -0500 Report

I have been diabetic for a long time and have found things on here that are helpful and I want to ask my Dr about.

Robert C. H.
Robert C. H. 2008-09-23 11:39:30 -0500 Report

welcome to the site of new beginings, like you I had no idea what diabetes was all sbout, but finding this site has given me so much information, and friends that can share the same things I'm going through,It is not easy,but it does give you hope that things will get better. good luck to you and we are here if you need to share Robert

Punkie200 2008-09-23 09:04:17 -0500 Report

Good luck! Check out the local hospitals for a Diabetic Support group. You can get answers from those who hae experienced this disease. This site it truely awesome. Everybody here is here to help you. You could best start by writing down what you eat, when you eat, your diabetics glucose readings and your glucose readings before and after exercise. I find that a glass of milk is good if your sugar goes low. Also, at times when I have been in the hospital and it has dropped they have given me graham crackers and peanut butter (these are easy to keep in the car or wherever you go. Also there is available at drugstores what they call a Glucose Tablet and they help to bring your sugar back to normal. My prayers are with you and good luck!

caspersmama 2008-09-23 06:02:49 -0500 Report

My hopital offers a diabetic class for newly dianosed patients. You could check into that. Plus get into see a diabetic nutritionist and that will answer your food questions. Good luck with everything.

Lori Dee
Lori Dee 2008-09-23 05:46:21 -0500 Report

Can your doctor recommend a local diabetes class? Mine was so informative. I learned so much. I was also told the book "Diabetes for Dummies" is quite good.

vgarrison 2008-09-30 09:49:20 -0500 Report

Lori Dee,

I got a book the other day called the EVERYTHING DIABETES BOOK…its awsome…my husband referes to it as my Bible…

Frustrated mom
Frustrated mom 2008-09-23 05:17:02 -0500 Report

Welcome!!!! This site is AWESOME and there are a lot of people here to help you…Find your self a good Doctor and ask questions until you have the answers you need…My prayers are with you and good luck…

butterfly_8 2008-09-22 05:52:00 -0500 Report

This site has been a life saver for me.There is so much research and educating going on daily. I thank them with all my heart.

GabbyPA 2008-09-21 18:30:15 -0500 Report

We are glad you found us and very glad we are able to help you out. I feel the same way. If I didn't find this site, I would be so far behind what I am doing now.

That must have been one frightening visit to the ER! I just can't imagine that. There are some really good videos in the Watch & Listen section that explain what highs and lows feel like and what to do when you have them.

One thing I would suggest is take notes of how you feel, questions you have, trigger foods and things like that. Then when you go visit your doctor again, talk to him/her about your concerns.
Get involved and pull them in with you. Sometimes they don't give you much information because they don't know what to do for you.
Here you will get a lot of questions answered, but you will also come up with so many more. We are all here to help in any way we bug us all you want.

John Crowley
John Crowley 2008-09-21 05:19:59 -0500 Report

Welcome, vgarrison.

I'm sure you'll find plenty of answers as you look around the site. But to address a couple of your specific questions, I'll do my best.

First, as a type 2 diabetic, who is not on a fast acting insulin, you don't have a lot of options to deal directly with a high blood sugar. Exercise is one thing you can do that will bring down your blood sugars. Also, until your blood sugar returns to normal, you should avoid eating carbohydrates because they will continue driving your blood sugar higher. You can also look through the product reviews on this site for some natural remedies that may also be helpful.

As for low blood sugars, you should always keep a little hard candy or glucose tablets on hand (especially in the car) to help bring your blood sugars back up. It only takes about 15 grams of carbohydrates to treat most low blood sugars.

I hope that helps you a little.

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