newly diagnosed

By mystic55 Latest Reply 2011-06-27 11:26:32 -0500
Started 2011-02-12 23:51:25 -0600

Just found out 2 weeks ago that I am type 2 ,dr said I was 7.7, I have no idea what I am doing ,they sent me home with meds and that is all,so I have no clue what to do ,I dont understand the carb stuff,he did put me on a 1800 calorie readings go anywhere from 70 up to 265, I have no energy and I have the shakes so bad inside.the shakes are gone but the energy i have none,I have other health issues but this is driving me crazy,anyone that can help I would really appreciate it. thanks

10 replies

GrChWinddancer 2011-06-27 11:26:32 -0500 Report

Welcome to my world, I was diagnosed on my birthday in May (345 reading) Joined Weight Watchers, watching my Carbs, and trying to excercise (readings down to 135 now). One peice of advise I will share is take vitiamine B-12. My Husbands Home Health Care nurse told me about it. What a difference in my readings. Now I am getting the liquid sublingual to go under the tounge. From what I have read, alot of people do not absorbe B vitiamins in the digestive tract and need to have it under the tounge. Good Luck

Kirla 2011-02-13 12:41:36 -0600 Report

This is what I post for people who are looking for help. This is what worked for me. I believe it’s a good starting point for most people tiring to control their blood sugar. After your blood sugar drops you will have to find what works for you.

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.

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.

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

realsis77 2011-02-13 11:24:56 -0600 Report

Hi I felt the same way until I got put on insulin. Then my enegery came back. Remember to test regular so the doctor knows weather or not his treatment plan is working. I had to have my treatment plan adjusted several times before I got it right. You'll know by your numbers. You want to keep your numbers down below 150 140. Pay close attention to this. Sometimes pills alone are not enough . They didn't work at all for me .you need to have a close realationship with your doctor so if one thing dosent work you try another. Now my numbers are close to perfect thanks to insulin but its a lot of trial and adjustments to get that treatment plan that's right for you. Also make sure to watch your carb intake. Low carbs is what you must eat. Remember you have many options for treatment so if somethings not working, go to the next plan.I wish you the very best of luck and please keep us posted on how your doing ok?

vi sammy
vi sammy 2011-02-13 11:12:38 -0600 Report

wow that sounds like me they sent me home with a 10/1/2 mm kidney stone & said oh by the way your diabedic told me to go to the drug store get meds & a checker like I have any idea what is going on. nice to have places like here to go to have a wonderful day. hope things get better :)

Harlen 2011-02-13 09:31:26 -0600 Report

Hello and welcome
It is a shock and it is a big job.
So first take a big breth , Theres a lot of info here and good frends here.
Do you have a meter ?? The norm for testing is first thing in the AM and two hr after eating .One of the best and greatest things that has helped me is learning how to count carbs and that takes time . Here is the short of it cut way way back on the bread,rice,spuds and the sweets. You need to start somewere
I know I did there was no way I was going to be able to do what they wonted me to do just no way so I had to take it slowly cutting out the soda and that was a big one for me . After I did get that done lol was not a fast thing lol
then I workd on cutting the carbs .
Just know that your not going to be bale to do it in a day ,give your self some time to work .
Best wishes

madameblue 2011-02-13 06:25:23 -0600 Report

My husband was diagnosed 5 days ago. His blood sugar was 530. He is insulin dependent. We are afraid he might lose his job over it, because he is a CDL licensed truck driver.
So far, fresh vegetables and lean chicken or salmon are keeping the blood sugar down. It is already down to 220. His vision is bad, I do all the driving and care taking. We have been married 18 months. His blood sugar was at 350 yesterday; it's going down gradually. Wish us luck. Best wishes to you, mystic55.

tomecom 2011-02-13 06:49:47 -0600 Report

I highly recommend that you change his diet to all low glycemic index foods. Make certain that he gets a good quality multivitamin (not synthetic), and that he exercise regularly.
You should download a copy of the Diabetes Primer from It is a free program that is designed to help newly diagnosed diabetics learn to understand the disease and take charge of it. It explains how the body processes food and regulates glucose and weight. Understanding these things and others will help him learn to take charge of his diabetes. Just type the name of the program in the search box.
If it will help you, email me at small and I will forward a copy of a low glycemic index meal planner that will help.

bobec4 2011-02-13 04:39:47 -0600 Report

Hi and welcome to Diabetic connect! The best piece of advise I can give you is to remember that no one is perfect at controlling their BG. Finding an understanding of how foods react to your body takes some time and in an on going process. What works for you today may not work for you in a year from now. The good news is that you have joined a fantastic site with many wonderful people that have gone through exactly what you are now. There is so much information to help you here that if you are anything like myself you will pour over this site day after day learning constantly. Just keep in touch with your doctor and be sure to make notes of things you feel you need to discuss with him. As my doctor tells me this is a trial and error process because there is no cookie cutter approach to treating the big D. I am in no way an expert in anything at all but I am here if you need to talk or even just a shoulder to lean on while you wade through these first months. Good luck!

RAYT721 2011-02-13 00:09:08 -0600 Report

Diabetes is a bit of a roller coaster ride so buckle up. Now having diabetes is not such a horrible thing… it's uncontrolled diabetes that causes the horror. The meds may take some time to work in your system. That is something that others here may be able to address with you. I am not on oral meds or insulin at this point and my numbers seem to be under control. The 7.7 you are talking about is the a1c results which would ideally be under 7.0 so you are not completely off the charts. That's good news. I have lost 30 pounds over the past year and while I don't know that it's helped my numbers or not, I am still at a 6.4 a1c which my doctor and I are happy with. There is a lot to learn and not all of us have all of the answers but as you explore the website / community here you will get stories of successes and failures that you can use. Everyone's body is different but the keys to control of diabetes are diet, exercise and medication (when prescribed). As time goes on, you will have a better understanding of nutrition and how it affects your body. While you are turning to us for help today, I can assure you that it won't take long before others are turning to you for help. I am not a diabetes educator but I am a diabetic. The best advice given to me (March 2010 when I was diagnosed) was to take "baby steps." I pass that suggestion to you. Make simple swaps and you'll be able to keep your mind, body and soul in perspective. Take a deep breath. The best thing that's happened was that you were diagnosed. Some people out there haven't been and that's where the danger comes in. You'll learn about carbs and how they affect your body but that information is going to come from your meter and your body more than from any classroom or website. For now, it's time to make some new friends that understand what you have, are and will be going through. I hope to be one of them.