When you get a job, will you be offered insurance which would be a group plan? If so, I don't think you will not be penalized for having diabetes. Group plans aren't as selective regarding pre-existing conditions or rates as a private plan would be.
I would suggest you develop a food and exercise plan that assumes you are diabetic. As Michelle and Flutetooter suggested, you can buy strips and a meter and even an A1C test to verify whether you are currently in a diabetic range. With a healthy diet and exercise plan, you can very well bring those numbers down possibly into a non diabetic range.
Some people who have followed a healthy food plan and exercise plan reach goals which put them in the "normal" range. You could say they are in remission. This may be possible for you if you start now.View Thread
I have no idea why you would risk your life and that of your dogs, but I think it might be an issue worth exploring. I suppose if you wanted to compare it to having diabetes, you could say that you risk your life every morning by taking that walk through the park and a diabetic risks their life every time they don't follow their food plan or don't take their medication. In both scenarios, it's risky behavior that can have devastating consequences. In that case, I'd say leave the dogs at home.View Thread
The salads at subway are very good and also filling. They also have a kid's size sandwich so the bread would be a lot smaller. It's a little smaller than half a sub which would be fine for me, but maybe not enough for a guy.View Thread
Generally the gastro issues are of a short duration-a couple of weeks. If they continue, the doctor may want to change your medication.
Once you are in good control and your A1C reaches a level of something below 6 depending on what number your doctor is comfortable with, you may discuss discontinuing your medication and controlling your diabetes with diet and exercise. This is a decision that should be made by you and your doctor. There are other possible health benefits of Metformin and I opted to continue my Metformin after discussing going off my meds once my A1C reached 5.5 and I was able to sustain that number over a 6 month period. I take 500mg. of Metformin ER.
Read Dr. Dansinger's blog. He discusses when it may be appropriate to go off medication.View Thread
Barb - If you're on meds you might consider taking them later at night to prepare for your doctor's appointment. I also see a rise when I need to fast, but I have found that after a while, I start going back down again. You can test to see where you peak and when you start to come back down to normal levels. For me, it's about 3 hours. Check hourly to see how long it takes for your bs to come back down. I have my labs done at a local lab a week before my appointment.View Thread