Skip to comments.New to Diabetes. Would like to hear experiences.
Posted on 05/21/2011 6:36:59 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz
Sorry to bother everyone with vanity post. Two weeks ago I started on Metformin, a drug used to control sugar. My doctor told me I am close to having diabetes, if I do not already have it.
I wanted to hear about your experiences when you found out you had diabetes, the symptoms and how you live your life now. (diet, exercise, drinking)
I appreciate your input. I have no clue what to do, what to eat,when to eat. Going to endocrinologist next week.
Researchers took 100 adults with type II diabetes and made them live with Australian aboriginals. They ate what they ate, slept when they slept, did the same activities their hosts did. Within six months they were all no longer diabetic.
The internet is loaded with information on diabetes(I am assuming you have type two, if you are in fact diabetic). Do a search on diabetes, treatment, diet and so forth and you will find everything you need to know.
1. Start a serious regimen of regular excercise. Break a sweat 3 times a week. Speak with a dietician and get your food intake straight. Then get off the meds. The meds do not fix anything. They keep things in check and without proper diet and excercise, it WILL escalate into more meds and more meds as time goes on. Belive me. Been there...done that.
2. Find a new doctor. One who specializes in diabetes. The first word out of a doctor's mouth to someone who almost has Type 2 diabetes should not have been metformin.
If you start controlling your sugar now, it'll help keep from getting full blown diabetes or at least put it off for awhile.
1. Get your doc to prescribe a Diabetes Test Kit and strips. Check with your insurer, they’ll generally GIVE you one of their preferred models for free. Test every few days before breakfast. SHOULD consistently be under 120.
2. As mentioned, high-protein lo-carb diet.
3. If your urinary output suddenly spikes, combined with an increase in thirst, see a doctor NOW (and test daily: in such case, you’ve likely crossed the line and joined the rest of us wearers of the “Scarlet D”. . .
Figures, we aren’t made to sit in front of TV or the PC 12 hours a day and eat McDonalds.
Do you know where I can get a prescription for that?
Things to do when you need things to do.
Definitely get a second opinion from an endocrinologist My gf was diagnosed “definitely, no questions” by her internist and a prescription was written based solely on ONE A1C result. Everything I had read said two definitive testings were required, regardless of whether fasting, sugary, or A1C testing.
She went and the endocrinologist agreed. She has also lost weight, a bit more careful about foods, yet gets little exercise . . . and worries alot less about diabetes. Without the second opinion, a much more qualified one, she would have been on meds and “diabetic for life”
The Type 2 Diabetes Breakthrough. Go here to see Dr. Frank Shallenbergers website with a discussion of this and other books he wrote.
Clarification: her endocrinologist agreed” meaning a second test was ordered and she was NOT diabetic. Still, she needs to watch it with diet/exercise and regular visits with blood testing. Needless to say, the internist is no longer her primary care doctor.
You need to speak to the MODERATOR!
Take control of your diet, exercise, and rest. Now.
If you eat low carbohydrates (aboriginal diet or Atkins-type diet) as discussed by many posters you can maintain your A1c in the proper range without medicine.
Get away from the meds. Take charge of your own health — the doctors will kneejerk to metformin and an increasing array of drugs. If you can control your blood sugar without the meds, you will live a better life.
Walnuts, cinnamon, niacin, Vitamin D!!!
ping for later
What my husband finally did was to cut out most carbs and exercise at least three times a week. When he was diagnosed, his doctor had him consult a nutritionist who put him on a low calorie, high carb diet. His sugar stayed the same and he gained 20 pounds in a year. Then he went on Atkins. His blood sugar returned to normal within a very short time.
There are a gazillion diets and all sorts of "break throughs". Best advice is probably to try everything and ignore the American Diabetes Association's proposal that you eat lots of starchy foods (as a way to offset the craving for sugar I guess?).
Eat only low glycemic foods.
My father in law was diagnosed with diabetes
1. stopped all alcohol
2. stopped all processed sugars- 0 candy
3. increased veggies and pure juices.
4. increased excerise- mostly just kept busy
He dropped 40+ lbs! and does not have diabetes anymore