Newly Diagnosed with Diabetes

silvereagle59
By silvereagle59 Latest Reply 2011-02-05 16:24:22 -0600
Started 2011-02-03 12:17:18 -0600

Hello all,

I am David, I am 40 yrs old 6' tall weighing 270lbs Professional Driver. Here on January 10 2011 I was diagnosed with type 1 Diabetes through a yearly phisical for my CDL where my A1c was 10.4. To be honest at first I did not believe it but have come to accept it. I have seen my primary doctor and have been put on Metformin, Lisinopril, and Simvastatin to help control my Diabetes. Now to my main question I have been doing a little research, where I found this site, and am needing help besides the medication, which to be honest I dont like takeing but do as perscribed, what else can i do? I have read about carb counting and watching my sugar intake and things like that but like in carb counting what magial nube am I shooting for? Also as far as exercise what types of exercise should I be doing? As stated above I do drive for a living so for th most part I am behind a wheel of a charter bus 8-10 hrs a day. Now as of right now due to this I have been put on med leave of absence because I am unable to get my medical certificate for my CDL but I am looking for things that I can do now and also on the road when I am able to go back to work. Any help would be greatly appreciated.


19 replies

Lakeland
Lakeland 2011-02-05 16:24:22 -0600 Report

Hi, I was 42 when I was diagnosed and my a1c was10.3.
Here is what worked for me.

I did take a diabetes class, because my dad died of kidney failure from it & my 2 brothers almost lost there feet from sores they never felt. I 'm taking this seriously.

At first I treated it like a science project. I'd take my sugar, then eat, then 2 hours later, I'd recheck & see what that meal did to my numbers, IF my number was high, I'd go for a walk around the development, for you maybe at a truck stop. if you have extra test strips test after your walk, you'll be amazed to see what a simple walk can do to drop you number.

The biggest help for me, was the literature that said to pick the carb first. If you want the bread then skip the other carb in the meal, I.E dessert. When choosing a bread, try to get a bread that is whole grain, good whole grain breads will have a fiber content of 5 or more, the high fiber makes the body work hard to break it down into glucose & therefore won't "spike" blood sugars and you will feel more full longer.

I switched my snacks to things like carrots, got rid of the candy & cookies. (I do cheat on occasion).

Sometimes on a sub or something, I cut it in half but bring the meat & over, cutting carbs will help a lot & if the ones you eat have high fiber, it will really help alot.

It took a month to get my sugar down from 550 to 130-120 but now, I'm able to manage nicely and my last a1c was 5.4

Best wishes
diane

ConnieMarie
ConnieMarie 2011-02-05 09:08:44 -0600 Report

welcome to the family David…there is no magic cure for diabetes but there are ways to control it…DC is a great place to start.. :)

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2011-02-04 20:03:30 -0600 Report

HI David,

I am not a physican so I can't give you medical advice, but I did want to offer you some support and let you know that I am in your corner. I can tell by your post that you are woking had to get your treatment regimen and lifestyle changes on track, and that you have a lot of pressure on you to accomplish this so that you can get back to work.

Just wanted to say that I hope you are getting some support during this time, talking with friends and family, letting them know how they can help you. Even sitting down with somebody who is willing to lend a listening ear can make a big difference in the day.

And I'm glad you have joined us here on Diabetic Connect. You won't find a more careing group of people anywhere.

Keep us posted and let us know how we can help!

Gary

RAYT721
RAYT721 2011-02-04 19:00:44 -0600 Report

David… Hi and welcome to our family/community/support system. I recently watched an episode of the tv show "DLife" to find an informative segment on diabetes and truckers. See if there may be a video or recap of the information on the DLife website: www.dlife.com. They were mentioning the importance of walking/stretching as exercise even while on the road and talked about various food options for nutrition and dieting. The challenges you are facing are common ones. You'll find a great deal of support online and offline from others who are like you and totally unlike you which is the greatest thing about support systems.

Krys~G
Krys~G 2011-02-03 23:23:01 -0600 Report

I found out that I'm type 2 less than a year ago. I'm almost 40 and now am off all my medicines except for my blood pressure. I"m 4'11" and weighted 205lbs. I have lost over 60 pounds and am sure that is the main help in controlling my BS. I eat only 11-12 carbs a day and I don't get much exercise, so I believe counting carbs and dropping your sugars are the # one key to getting off your meds. I take 1000mg. of (capsule) cinnamon each morning when I do my testing. It seems to help keep my BS more stable. You can research the benefits of cinnamon with diabetes. I'm sure you would need more carbs than I do, so all you need to do is ask your Dr.. Also have you checked out The American Diabetes website? It is a great site also Well good luck and I hope this helps you a little Krys

Kirla
Kirla 2011-02-03 19:01:13 -0600 Report

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/

CaliKo
CaliKo 2011-02-03 16:22:47 -0600 Report

I agree that your next step should be to see a CDE. They will help you with your day-to-day self-care, including meal plans, glucose testing, exercises and education about diabetes, medications, etc. etc. They will help you get your numbers under control so you can go back to work, and manage the disease while you live your life. Good luck, and let us know how it goes.

re1ndeer
re1ndeer 2011-02-03 15:25:41 -0600 Report

Hello, Welcome to the DC Community.

From what I've read you are a type 2 diabetic. That is a diabetic that is not on insulin. Don't get me wrong, type 2 diabetics can be on insulin but normally they start with the pills first. A type 1 diabetic can only have insulin.

The other drugs you are taking: simvastatin is for high cholesterol. The other drug lisinopril is for High blood pressure.

Since you have a job that requires you to be seated most of the time, why not get out of you car, when you arrive somewhere and go walking. Walking is a great exercise, and it's easy to do.

Carbs, what can I say about carbs, first you need to see a certified diabetes educater( CDE ), so you know how many carbs you should be on. This can be worked out with the CDE and your doctor, so they can put you on the right path to what you need to know to help with your food intake.

This is a community that will help you with most of your questions.
See th CDE , Also, I can reccomend you visit our recipe site here and look through recipes that have been summitted and maybe find something you would like.

I wish you luck.

Harlen
Harlen 2011-02-03 12:58:19 -0600 Report

You are T2
You can get school to do something els
You may be able to take care of this with diet ???
But you will need to keep to a strick diet.
Know that one day you will need to go on meds and will not be able to get a CDL
Best wishes
Harlen

Krys~G
Krys~G 2011-02-04 17:23:02 -0600 Report

Does every type 2 have to eventually go on pills,if so then why do we try so hard to eat right???

Bunny Cakes
Bunny Cakes 2011-02-04 18:40:46 -0600 Report

We try because we don't want to face complications. I'm not sure if we all end up on meds though. I know some people are started on meds and then go off for a while like my uncle-in-law who started meds then got off them and gave up on life and went back on again.

I hope to be able to go off my meds in the near future if I can control my diabetes without it but if not then it's just not how mine works. Either way I'm going to eat right and exercise so I can live longer without seeing complications.

Even if we are all "doomed" to take meds one day I don't see it as a reason to give up the fight, who knows we may see a cure for this and if that happens I don't want to still have the pain of complications after being cured.

Krys~G
Krys~G 2011-02-04 20:31:20 -0600 Report

Thanks for your response. I just hate to hear that I will have to go back on meds,I also am not sure if that is true or not. I will research this and find out more info. I believe if you keep eating right and counting those carbs mixed with some good ol' exercise you can live a happy pill free life. Maybe my beliefs will come true if I keep working and believing!!! I have a mother-in-law who has already lost half of a foot and is fighting something terrible all the time, but she is one who depends only on her insulin. She really don't take care of herself and it kills me to see her waste away.
I will always eat the right way cause I don't want those problems,but I do not want to evfer take those pills again…
Have you know for long about your daibetes?

Bunny Cakes
Bunny Cakes 2011-02-04 20:37:10 -0600 Report

I was diagnose December 20, 2010 so not very long at all. But I've seen two people go down the wrong path and while it hurts to see them suffer for not taking care of themselves I am using them as motivation to not end up the same way.

Diabetes is not going to be the end of my story.

Harlen
Harlen 2011-02-04 18:38:28 -0600 Report

From all I know yes and we do eat right so that it takes longer to need the pills and or shots aswell as when on shots you will still need to eat right or you will use a lot more insulin and most likely gain a lot of lbs
And we dont wish to have all the bad things happen to us that can and will if we dont eat right lose eye sight,a foot or lose a kidney or two
thats the why
Best wishes
Harlen

Krys~G
Krys~G 2011-02-04 20:32:19 -0600 Report

Thanks for your response. I just hate to hear that I will have to go back on meds,I also am not sure if that is true or not. I will research this and find out more info. I believe if you keep eating right and counting those carbs mixed with some good ol' exercise you can live a happy pill free life. Maybe my beliefs will come true if I keep working and believing!!! I have a mother-in-law who has already lost half of a foot and is fighting something terrible all the time, but she is one who depends only on her insulin. She really don't take care of herself and it kills me to see her waste away.
I will always eat the right way cause I don't want those problems,but I do not want to evfer take those pills again…

silvereagle59
silvereagle59 2011-02-03 12:39:37 -0600 Report

Ok now after doing some more research to be honest I have no idea which type of Diabetes i have all I know is that I do not have to take insulin can someone help out with this question also?

Nonna2Three
Nonna2Three 2011-02-05 10:26:16 -0600 Report

I agree with Bunny Cakes - call your doctor. I was diagnosed T2 on 01-17-11, but I was put on insulin immediately. I was also given Metformin. 2 Metformin a day, a slow acting insulin (Lantus) at bedtime and a fast acting insulin (Humalog) on a sliding scale to be injected should my BG check be over 200.

I am also still very new to this, but I have found that this site and the people here are so very friendly and so very helpful! I have actually found several Diabetes sites since embarking on my quest for more and better knowledge, but none have been as good as this site.

I am also learning that every individual's Diabetes is as different as out fingerprints. It seems that what works for one does not work for all and we each have to learn "our" Diabetes. But this knowledge does not stop me from coming to these discussion boards and asking questions. Because, as I said, the people here are so very friendly and so very helpful.

As for my personal dietary changes - I have tried to eliminate all sugars and I have tried to reduce my carbs to 230g per day. I can't grasp the 15g = 1 carb on a carb counting plan, so I just count the grams in stead. I have also tried to reduce my calorie count to 2000 per day. I can't say id it has helped much with weight loss, but other than one 221 reading yesterday, my BG reading have been in the normal range quite often these last few days.

Bunny Cakes
Bunny Cakes 2011-02-04 18:36:35 -0600 Report

You're on Metformin so you're most likely a type 2, or at least your doctor currently thinks you are, if they thought you were type one they would have given you insulin. I have heard of mistakes being made but only rarely.
Your best bet, if you are not sure is to call the doctor and find out.

That's not to say Type 2s never take insulin, it's just that we are not typically started on insulin from the beginning.