Diabetes and being uneducated.

United States
March 22, 2007 6:39am CST
I was diagnosed in October of 2005 with diabetes. I know so little about it that I don't even know if its type 1 or 2. All that I know is I'm on pills and not shots. Since I have no insurance the hospital/my doctor refuses to give/order me diabetic teaching classes. In conclusion - I have NO KNOWLEDGE in this area.. still. It's been over a year and I'm still not sure how to live with this. Is anyone else in this situation? Can anyone provide helpful information for me on how to cope/live with this?
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4 responses
@rsa101 (15483)
• Quezon City, Philippines
25 Mar 07
I guess your on type 2 diabetes. I was diagnosed just last november of last year. It was depressing at that time to know that I have the disease but right now I am enjoying myself instead of getting depressed over it. Just like others said proper diet and exercise complemented by the pills that your doctor gave you I guess you would be in good shape. Diabetes can be slowed down although from what I know it cannot be cured.
@ahalapia (946)
• United States
24 Mar 07
I was diagnosed in November of 2005 with type II diabetes. I have not taken any education classes although they were recommended, I just haven't had the time lately. Most of my information has come from my family physician and from signing up for free information via the internet. You can also get free meters from the web some of the freebie sites offer them at least once a week. Another great site to look into is here www.diabetes.org they offer great information and free phamphlets that they can mail to you.
@xfahctor (14131)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
22 Mar 07
If you are taking pills and aquired it as an adult, then you are type 2. My daughter is a type 1 insulin dependent, that is, she takes shots. In type 2 the pancreas's islet cells dont preoduce the proper amount of natural insulin the body needs to help it convert carbohydrates to a sugar the body can use. In type 1, the islet cells are completely detroyed so the bady cant produce any insuline at all and it is usualy contracted in childhood. Nutritiona and diet are essentail in controlling both types. as are exercise and general good health practices. I would suggest you look online and educate yourself on the proper diet for it and talk with your doctor as well as a nutritionist. webmd.com is a good online resource to start at. best of luck to you
@Kowgirl (3491)
• United States
25 Mar 07
Sounds like you have type 2 diabetes. Type 1 requires insulin shots. Here are a few places to visit that will help you understand what type 2 diabetes is and how you can control your blood sugar with diet and exercise. You can get a tailored guide built just for you at takedacares. Best of health http://www.takedacares.com http://diabetics.org/type-2-diabetes.jsp http://www.diabetesnewday.com