I'm newly diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, got not a whole lot of information from my primary care provider, but a stack of paperwork from a couple of websites giving me a bit of information about diet, though we did talk about some ideas for getting exercise. What I need to know more about at this point is some specifics about diet. I know well that there are carbs and then there are Carbs . . . one lacks fiber (Carbs), the other is whole grain, ample fiber, and is a better choice, but there is conflicting information about oatmeal in particular. Help! I'd like a better idea of what my full range of choices might be.
At this point, we're in the monitoring and retesting in a couple months phase to see just where I stand and what will be required for a treatment plan. I would like to talk with other people who have been through this beginning phase and who have learned well how to deal with all this, people who can help guide me through this confusing stage I find myself in. I welcome responses!
First of all let me say thank you to everyone who have posted. I appreciate everyone of your opinions and responses. In Ontario we do have health coverage but drug coverage is another story , you simply must have coverage through the work place or be entitled through a government assisted programs and because he has an income he is not entitled. We have however gathered the money for this week to gather the medication needed but the fear obviously is being able to do this each week. Since restarting his medication as well as insulin his readings are still all over the map, not reading as high as they were before but still in the low 20's and high teens. Not good at all and because he is on and off his meds I can foresee him getting regulated anytime soon. The sad reality is the time he has spent absolutely without the meds he needs god only knows the damage that was done. I have been married to this man for almost 22 years now and I know with medication or not, he is definitely not himself, he feels horrible, no energy, miserable and cant seem to get enough sleep. I am still petrified something bad is going to happen to him or it will eventually be fatal and I feel like I could be doing more for him but honestly there's nothing I can do. I make sure he's eating properly and eating 3 meals a day and the right stuff but if there isn't co-operation from his end with the help of prescribed meds then I feel my hands are tight. Should anything come of this and anything were to happen to him I would feel like I didn't do enough or whatever the case may be. I'm a true believer and my mom used to say. "You can lead a horse to water but you cant make him drink" Feeling helpless and worried is not a nice feeling View Thread
I am in the same boat as worriedwife only the situation is a bit different rather than the refusal to take the insulin, my husband cant access his meds as we have no health coverage and the cost is just too much to bare. He is a type 2 diabetic since 1999 and he has recently found out at 43 years of age he is in early kidney failure, it has been almost 2 months since he's had his pills and almost a month since having any insulin injections. I am worried sick as everyday his symptoms seem to get worse. He is experiencing excessive thirst, excessive urination, tingling felling in his hands and shoulders, the other night he said his ears were buzzing, vision is sometimes blurry and his glumoter has been reading HIGH or when getting a reading it is very high thirties and can go as low as 16 then within the hour back up to the thirties again. This cant be good for his system and I guess my question is will his health just get worse over time or can something suddenly happen to him. Let me add also at 41 he has a mild heart attack and also has high cholestoral as well as high blood pressure. He has a lot of odds weighing against him and Im scare of going to sleep at night in fear I will wake up to something really bad.View Thread
My blood sugar is 229 a last ate 10hrs ago is it the cold that has my sugar out of whack please anybody can tell me what to do I don't feel sick or any thing just worried I heard that it could be stress please helpView Thread
Hello. Just starting this new journey. A1C came in at 8.7; totally blindsided me. PCP put me on Metformin which I will start tomorrow morning. She is referring me to Support classes for exercise and nutrition counselling. I had already started, about 6 weeks ago, back to doing 3-5 days a week aerobic exercise and 1-2 days weights. Diet was getting better but really need the nutritionist because all the info I've been seeing about carbs, protein, glycemic index, etc. has my head spinning. I am on a med that strips my body of all estrogen and that makes it very difficult to lose weight and contributes to the belly fat so will need to figure out how to trick my body into losing 25-30 lbs. However I am committed to trying to get this under control.View Thread
Has anything been posted on this group about testing in pairs? In the October issue of Diabetes Self Management there is an article called Smart Monitoring. The idea is that isolated blood glucose checks are next to meaningless; they don't tell you anything about how you got to where you are. For instance, if your after meal level is 287 and you started out at 114 then you know there is something wrong with your choice of foods or your mealtime diabetes treatment. (I personally think there are other things that could be wrong in addition to the above)
If your post meal number is 287 and you started out at 250 then there is a problem but it has nothing to do with the lunch you ate because your blood sugar only rose by 37.
I do not know if I agree with these conclusions but this is the first time I have read of double testing. An expensive proposition (there are some ways you can test this way occasionally to lower costs) and insurance companies don't pay much for strips. Endocrinologists now say that those not on meds do not have to test at all. I heartily disagree with this. And the ADA says that only those who use a pump or inject frequently need to test 6 to 8 times per day. They are not specific about those not on meds.
There is a very long article on this subject in this issue. The term testing in pairs was coined by doctor Bill Polonsky of the Behavioral Diabetes Institute in San Diego. I do not know if this Institute is his own practice or if he is one of many working for an already established group.
The person who wrote this article is Wil Dubois who is the coordinator for Pecos Valley Medical Center in New Mexico, a rural, non profit clinic. He has T1 diabetes and is the author of four diabetes books.
I have type 2 diabetes and it is well controlled on medication. I have been diagnosed with Diabetic Bowel Neurophy. It started with severe constipation and went to uncontrolled explosive diarea with severe nausea. Doctor has me on stool softness, Metamucil and Phillips Milk of Magneium. It seemed to work fine till yesterday. Explosive diarrhea and nausea. Have not had any tests. Any suggestions? I am at wits end!View Thread
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