Originally Posted by elkoscare
I was just recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. I am 23 years old, and was very active and lead a healthy lifestyle.
Since the symptoms began, I have lost 20 lbs, and feel underweight. I cannot eat anything, as my BG goes soaring. A salad will shoot me from 120 to 150+. I just started Metformin a week ago, 500mg x 2, and am waiting for it to kick in.
I know my condition was brought on by emotional stress. I'm afraid that I will be on meds for the rest of my life, as exercise and nutrition were already apart of my life.
What can I do to keep the BG down? I'm starving!
Has your doctor referred you to a diabetic educator? This should be your first stop after receiving a diagnosis. Your diabetic educator will help you interpret all the new information you've received, via blood tests, doctor's reports, etc., as well as answer your many questions. He/she should provide you with a nutrition plan, or refer you to a nutritionist. They will teach you how to count calories and carbs and work out a meal plan. Your educator can also be an intermediary between you and your doctor.
Learning to manage diabetes is a long and continuous process. No two patients are alike, and no one can predict the eventual outcome of the disease, however, you will have a lot to do with it.
Don't panic! Begin by getting a notebook and logging your blood sugars and everything you are eating. Note any changes in routine, and any out-of-the-ordinary activity, such as extra stress (good or bad), lack of sleep, or change in physical activity. Make sure you are taking your medication exactly as prescribed. Metformin is a very dependable drug which has been on the market for a long time.
Take your notebook with you each time you see someone on your medical team, including your diabetic educator.
As a side note, diabetic patients are sometimes misdiagnosed. You can ask for a second opinion if there is any question about whether you are a Type 2 or Type 1.
Do not stop eating! Stay on whatever diet you've been prescribed, and report your numbers to the doctor. He/she will make adjustments accordingly. Use the medical resources available to you and insist on getting the information & support you need!