Just recently re-diagnosed with Type 2

boofy
By boofy Latest Reply 2011-02-01 20:49:22 -0600
Started 2011-01-30 14:15:40 -0600

Hi, first time on here and not sure really what to say except—I was just recently re-diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. I was initially diagnosed in 1993, had gastric bypass and have been under control with my sugar for 5.5 years. Just recently, have undergone extreme life changes —divorced, parent dying, taking care of my older sibling with CP and raising a 13 year old son. Can stress increase your sugar levels? If so, I have a feeling this is what has happened to me. I do not want to go back on oral meds because I would like to think I can control this with diet and exercise. Any suggestions?


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Lisa07
Lisa07 2011-02-01 20:49:22 -0600 Report

Hi,
Yes that's right to my understanding stress and illness will increase your blood sugar. Well you should check with your doctor. Anyhow goodluck with diet and exercise. It is so much better than taking alot of meds. Trust me i hate taking my meds but i have no other choice. Hang in there you are not alone. Have a great one!!!
Regards,
Lisa

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2011-02-01 20:01:29 -0600 Report

Hi!

I can't speak to the medical issues around stress and diabetes, but I can say that it is important for all of us to manage our own day to day stress as well as possible. Do you have any techniques that you use in your own life to keep your stress at a reasonable level?

I would encourage building in some kind of stress reliief into your daily life. Activities you enjoy, spending time with family and friends, relaxation exercises like taking walks or meditating, spiritual practices... whatever helps you to calm the tension or anxiety that hits from time to time.

Think about what works for you in handling stress and, again, try to build more of it into your day. Given what you have been dealing with, I would also encourage you to make sure that you have a strong support network. Make sure that you have a safe place to talk about the emotions that come up, someone who can listen without judgment and without trying to tell you what to do. Don't go through this alone.

Stay in touch with your friends on Diabetic Connect!

Gary

digitaldoorbell
digitaldoorbell 2011-01-30 17:36:37 -0600 Report

Without a huge medical explanation, please rest assured that stress has a huge effect on your body and diabetes. I was diagnes about 5 months ago and was under unbelievable stress at that time too. The great thing about this site is that you don't have to know what to say, just come and say it. You have a very interested and sympathetic audience. I read that others already talked to you about food. It was good advice. Add a little exercise…five minutes of walking at first, then ten. Build up to half an hour when you can 4 to 5 times a week.

We can help ourselves and with a little kindness reaching out, we can help others too. You will be okay. It is overwhelming. I understand.

Scott

boofy
boofy 2011-01-30 18:43:06 -0600 Report

Thanks Scott for your encouraging words. In the past 2 years, major life changing experiences have occurred that has rocked my world. I have remained very positive because that's the only way I know to be. I guess having a forum to let it out and not hold it in any longer, makes things better. You can get suggestions, comments from people who understand and not feel like you do have to hold back. Thank you so much for your comments and support. I have started working out with a trainer and although it's tough at the time, I feel better when our session is finished. I will take all of this wonderful advice and implement it into something positive.
Much thanks!
Annette

Kirla
Kirla 2011-01-30 14:25:09 -0600 Report

boofy

Feb 2009 I was diagnosed with a fasting blood sugar of 366 and A1C of 14.1. Started to eat a salad every day at supper. Also started to eat lots of low carb vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, cucumbers, spinach, pickles and sauerkraut. Started to drink 8+ glasses of water every day.

I then bought a meter and started to test my blood sugar before and after each meal. At first I was testing 2 hours after each meal and when my numbers dropped a lot I started testing 1 hour after meals. I was testing 5-7 times a day. I cut back or eliminated foods that spiked my blood sugar more than 50 points after eating.

By testing I found that foods like bread and most foods made of grains along with pasta, rice, corn, potatoes, oatmeal, cereals, chips, crackers, cakes, cookies, candy, soda, fruits, fruit juices, milk and most foods that contain more than 5-6 net carbs per serving as found on the package label all spiked my blood sugar. Some people can cut back on these foods and some people like me have to stop eating them.

After about 6-8 weeks my blood sugar readings were almost normal levels. After 7 weeks I quit all meds and my numbers continued to get better and better.

I found by reducing and eliminating high carb starchy foods helped me a lot. By adding small amounts of chicken, beef, pork or a hard boiled egg to my meals helped reduce blood sugar spikes also.

Good luck
Kevin
http://kirla.wordpress.com/

boofy
boofy 2011-01-30 14:35:57 -0600 Report

Thanks Kevin. Pasta is my biggest enemy—I love spaghetti. I am working out 3 times a week on my own and see a personal trainer. I also can only eat 1/2 of what a typical person could eat because of the gastric bypass surgery 5 years ago. I was 406 pounds and lost 213 pounds. I've gained about 60 back. I'm working real hard to get that off and feel if I do I can get rid of the diabetes once again. It is so challenging.
Thanks for your suggestions. I will try reducing the carbs and see what happens.
Appreciate the support.
Annette

Kirla
Kirla 2011-01-30 15:16:14 -0600 Report

Annette

I had to give up spaghetti too. I used to eat pasta every day. Some people claim to be able to eat whole grain pasta. I tried the DreamField brand of pasta. I found if you cooked it according to the package it is raw but didn’t spike my blood sugar. I found if I cooked it till it was done I had to be real careful. If I cooked it just a little bit too much it spiked my blood sugar.

Years ago someone gave me a pasta machine for making homemade pasta. Didn’t use it much until recently. I found I could make low carb pasta with soy flour. The soy flour pasta doesn’t taste that good but when you add the sugar free pasta sauce, cheese and hot sauce it taste pretty good. Just can’t eat it plain.

I hardly ever exercise. I control my blood sugar mainly with diet. I know several other people who find they can eat a few more carbs if they exercise. Seems to work for some people. Only thing is when they don’t exercise they have a hard time controlling there blood sugar.

I believe that if you catch this early some people can reverse it before it gets to bad. Now that you got it a second time it may be for life this time. Which doesn’t have to mean much. I believe following a low carb diet and by keeping your blood sugar under good control we can live a normal and happy life. Just have to watch the blood sugar and eat right.

Kevin

oldbuttercup
oldbuttercup 2011-02-01 17:13:54 -0600 Report

I wasn't crazy about Dreamfield Pasta and did not have great b/s results.
I have done better with another brand called Smart Pasta.