Need help dealing with Diabetes Diagnosis!

United States
February 4, 2007 7:27am CST
A few months ago, I was diagnosed as a Type 2 Diabetic. I feel completely overwhelmed. I try to keep track of what I eat and check my glucose level 2 hours later, and a lot of times it is high even though I've eaten a low carb meal. In the mornings, sometimes it will be really high, like 180 ,and then I take it a minute later and it's 130. Are the glucose monitors accurate at all? I would really appreciate any input from people who have been dealing with diabetes. When I read about all of the terrible complications you can get, it's very depressing. And not being able to ever eat anything I like is depressing, too! Thanks for any help you can give!
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@toonatoons (3740)
• Philippines
4 Feb 07
i'm not a diabetic, but my mom is. the moment she was diagnosed with it, i felt the world coming down on me. we've just lost my dad, then, so i thought it was really unfair for her to be having with diabetes after all she's gone through. but when you learn so much of the disease, it may not be as scary you would have perceived it to be. my mom's diabetologist always emphasized three things in treating diabetes --- exercise, diet, and mediciations. it takes a lot of discipline on your part, i'm sorry to say that, but it doesn't mean that you'll stop living your life altogether because of this. see your doctor often, and have your blood checked every now and then, too. the tests will tell you if you're doing good or not in controlling your diabetes. also, you might be pleased to know that a dash of cinnamon has been found to regulate blood sugar levels.
• United States
4 Feb 07
Thanks for you input! I guess it's just a lot of information coming at me at once, and I shouldn't assume I'll have all of the possible complications.
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• Philippines
10 Feb 07
hi there! both sides of my family has diabetes. there is a very big chance that i too can be diabetic if i am not careful. I know you may feel that you are alone but you are not. You just have to try to look at the positive lighter side of life. When my mom found out that she is diabetic she felt it was the end of her joyous days of eating. But the real key as she practice is moderation on eating small portions and continous medication from the doctor. But of course try to consult with your doctor if it fits you too. My point is dont focus so much feeling that you are sickly ...turn to weak...turn to useless...turn to depression. hey! you are still here you still have a life and just a bit of sacrifice on the food seems not too bad. indulge yourself with other stuff. try your other interests hobbies. join in with your family for support mingle w your friends. Enjoy life is short its not that you are not allowed to eat Be Patient Pray Believe and drink your meds.Stay well
• United States
18 Feb 07
Thanks for your reply. You raised a very good point. I do need to focus on things other than eating that make me happy. And moderation is also something I need to achieve. I've always been either on a strict diet or totally bingeing. This will be a new way of life for me!
@Kowgirl (3492)
• United States
6 Feb 07
Your high glucose reading in the morning is caused by the hormones in our bodies. Once you are up and moving around our glucose level goes down. As for eating, as long as you stay with the low carbs you can eat almost anything. You just have to learn to prepare it with different ingeredents. Like using almond or soy flour instead of regular white flour. You can even eat some high carb foods as long as they are the kind of carbs that your body absorbs slowly. You dont have to miss out on anything, it only means we have to adjust the amounts and what we eat. I eat cookies, cakes, pies, cheesecakes and puddings. And chocolate is one thing I can't live without. As long as you take care of yourself you don't have to worry about any complications. Visit these websites for more information about diet and how to prepare the food. http://www.dlife.com http://www.DiabetesControlforLife.com Get a free coupon for low carb pasta here http://www.dreamfieldsfoods.com Enjoy life ,we only have one, so make the best of it. Just remember you are not alone 25% of the people who have diabetes suffer from depression and there are 6.2 million who have diabetes and don't even know it, so your chance of living a long and happy life increased when you were diagnosed. Have a great day!
• United States
7 Feb 07
Wow, are you serious? I thought I had to basically eat like the Adkins diet. Thank you so much for taking the time to reply. I will definitely visit the websites. If you don't mind my asking, is the reason you can eat what you said you do because you're on medication or insulin?
@abhiquest (580)
• India
26 Feb 07
Here's some news for you all. In recent years, scientists have been studying people who have a cluster of metabolic risk factors for heart disease and/or stroke – excessive fat tissue in the abdominal region, glucose intolerance or diabetes, high blood pressure, and high levels of triglycerides (more than 200 mg/dL). This cluster of risk factors is sometimes called "Syndrome X." For individuals diagnosed with Syndrome X, it may be desirable to avoid very low-fat, high carbohydrate diets, and to emphasize unsaturated fats, such as vegetable oils and seed oils.But Very low-fat diets (less than 15% to 20% of total calories from fat) with correspondingly high carbohydrate content can even lower "good" cholesterol. The diet 4 this kind of syndrome is very challenging.
• United States
18 Feb 07
I don't have diabetes, but I have a good friend that does. She has changed her diet and has lost a considerable amount of weight. The one thing I can tell you is that I have learned a lot from her, and I am very proud of her. I wish I had her willpower!! Keep up your good work, and it will all come together for you soon!! Best of luck to you with your diagnosis. :)
@rsa101 (13337)
• Philippines
6 Feb 07
I've been depressed too when I was diagnosed to having one at my age of 36. But what can I do it's already there. I started my diet and has drastically lose some fats. My image has changed from slightly obese person to a much slimmer me. Just like when I was in my early twenties figure. A lot of my colleagues has started noticing me and appreciated the change in my appearance. That is the only thing I like about my situation they are admiring me for losing weight. Just think of it as a challenge to change for the good only this time if you break your promise it would affect your health so better have a very good lifestyle of your own.