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Old 10-22-2011, 03:44 PM   #1
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Just found out yesterday I have diabetes :(

I found out I had diabetes this week after my eye doctor suggested I get tested for it. I've been near-sighted for 30+ years, but my latest eye exam resulted in 20/20 vision! My eye doc said it was either a miracle or blood sugar fluctuations. Unfortunately, it wasn't a miracle. It was diabetes.

My A1C was 6.8 (blood glucose avg for 3 mo = 148) and my fasting blood glucose was 94. Not terribly bad, but bad enough to confirm diabetes. I'm overwhelmed with info right now, due to the internet, I'm afraid. I'm meeting with a diabetes specialist and a dietician at my clinic next week, and I'm having more lab work. And then I'll meet with my doctor to go over everything.

I'm in pretty good shape for a 55 yr old. I'm 5'5" and weigh 136. I exercise at the gym 5-6 days a week and eat better than anyone my age that I know. It's more than likely genetic. My paternal grandmother (part Native American) developed it in her 60s and my half-brother in his 30s. We figure my half-brother got it from my step-dad's side of the family since they seem to be riddled with it.

My doctor said I'll need to watch my diet more carefully, evaluate my exercise, get my weight down a little to avoid complications, and more than likely start medication.

Does anybody have any insight for me over the next few weeks to months? I feel like I'm in a whirlwind right now and don't even know what to ask! Thank you so much in advance!
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Old 10-23-2011, 06:22 AM   #2
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Re: Just found out yesterday I have diabetes :(

Your numbers don't sound so bad to me. The best thing you can do is watch your diet as the Doc said. Try and stay away from whites right now. White bread, white pasta, white rice, and of course potatoes. Anything that is made with white flour or says enriched flour has white flour in it. They are very glycemic and raise your sugars fast.

Try to eat three normal meals a day with small snack in between. Chicken, fish and meat now and then without heavy gravies or sauces. Same with salads, try and use V&O, tuna with little mayo. WHole wheat (stone) is good if you like it (few carbs. Wasa crackers are about 9 carbs and filling but hard.
The hardest part is having to read everything you buy to see the ingredients, but once you get through that it gets easier.
Remember it'snot adeath sentence, but it is a life sentence and really were much healthier eating the fruits and vegies and avoiding the fats. Comfort foods we all love.
You may not have to be on medication at all so don't worry.

Then when you go to the doc for your tests you will they will tell what is up and help you with what toeat or not eat. Were all different in how certain foods effect us.
I think were all scared when were told we have this. But time helps and when you realize you can live a long healthylife by making the right choices it gets easier.

Good luck at the Docs and let us know and we will help with any more questions you have. Don't worry, this is one disease you can work with by diet and exercise, others you can't do anything. So were lucky in that sense!
And walking is wonderful to lower blood sugars, you can walk alittle after meals and before if you are able. It doesn't have to be a mile hike just short walks till you build up and walk longer each time. It's wonderful and relaxing. I walk in malls when it is too hot.

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Old 10-23-2011, 09:37 AM   #3
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Re: Just found out yesterday I have diabetes :(

Your numbers aren't too bad. It is possible you might be able to get by without meds, but since you already exercise a lot, you don't have the "wiggle room" without meds that most people have. You might be able to improve things enough with diet alone, but you might not. My brother was diagnosed with diabetes with numbers similar to yours and was able to keep it under good control for nine years with dietary and exercises changes alone before he finally had to go on meds.

I wish I had numbers that looked like yours.

 
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Old 10-24-2011, 09:20 PM   #4
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Re: Just found out yesterday I have diabetes :(

Thank you for responding, Sunshine and Uff-da! This has been pretty scary for me!

Sunshine - Thanks for your reassurance. It really helps to have support here. My numbers aren't that bad, and believe me, I'm thankful for that. But it seems like the consequences are the same as someone with higher numbers if I don't take care of myself. So I will listen to the diabetes educator (and all of you who have great advice and first-hand experience) and follow her advice. Speaking of, I'm meeting with her Wednesday afternoon and will know much more of what to expect.

Uff-da - You're right in that I don't have much wiggle room with my exercise. I exercise 6 days a week and I'm doing things I really love to do and have made it part of my lifestyle. I probably have more room in tightening up my diet, but not a lot. I've always been a healthy eater, but I can certainly make some tweaks.
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Old 12-05-2011, 09:49 PM   #5
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Re: Just found out yesterday I have diabetes :(

UPDATE: Its been about 6 weeks since my diagnosis and I have learned a ton. I've been counting carbs, continued exercising 6-7 days/week and lowered my fat intake. My doctor said I'm doing the best I can do on my own and that if my A1C was lower than 6.4 I wouldn't need to take meds at this point. I had another test today and it dropped to 6.0! Just with minor diet modifications (balancing carbs throughout the day) and consistent exercise! I was on Cloud 9 all day.
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Re: Just found out yesterday I have diabetes :(

I'm very happy for you and it sounds like you have things going your way. What a holiday gift huh? My Dr. put me on meds. with a 6.4. Tried the diet exercise thing and yet it still stayed at 6.4... I have no weight issue so she is stumpt as to why it suddenly came on as I always had very low BS. Oh well, such is life.

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Old 04-13-2012, 08:21 AM   #7
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I found out I had diabetes this week after my eye doctor suggested I get tested for it. I've been near-sighted for 30+ years, but my latest eye exam resulted in 20/20 vision! My eye doc said it was either a miracle or blood sugar fluctuations. Unfortunately, it wasn't a miracle. It was diabetes.

My A1C was 6.8 (blood glucose avg for 3 mo = 148) and my fasting blood glucose was 94. Not terribly bad, but bad enough to confirm diabetes. I'm overwhelmed with info right now, due to the internet, I'm afraid. I'm meeting with a diabetes specialist and a dietician at my clinic next week, and I'm having more lab work. And then I'll meet with my doctor to go over everything.

I'm in pretty good shape for a 55 yr old. I'm 5'5" and weigh 136. I exercise at the gym 5-6 days a week and eat better than anyone my age that I know. It's more than likely genetic. My paternal grandmother (part Native American) developed it in her 60s and my half-brother in his 30s. We figure my half-brother got it from my step-dad's side of the family since they seem to be riddled with it.

My doctor said I'll need to watch my diet more carefully, evaluate my exercise, get my weight down a little to avoid complications, and more than likely start medication.

Does anybody have any insight for me over the next few weeks to months? I feel like I'm in a whirlwind right now and don't even know what to ask! Thank you so much in advance!
Jill, Two years ago I was a healthy 54 year old man ( I still am so to speak) and was diagnoised with pre diabetes and was able to keep it my A1C under control at 6.2 with a diet and excersie but within the last 6 months my A1C shot up to 12.6 and now have it back down to around 6.9) Reading about type 2 diabetes they say that 9.2 million Americans have type 2 so I am not going to sweat it but definetly watch my diet. Being 56 yr old male I just cant eat what I used. I remember an old fellow once told me to enjoy life now and eat what you want cause the day will come where you will not be able to, well that day has come... So Jill be strong, diet healthy and stay positive. You are not alone my friend.

 
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Re: Just found out yesterday I have diabetes :(

Buy Jenny Ruhl's Blood Sugar 101 immediately and read it cover to cover. Your goal should be A1C in the low 5's via healthy foods and exercise. However, it sounds like you HAVE diabetes with A1C over 6.5. You MIGHT see it go away with 15 lbs weight loss if you're lucky, but I wouldn't bet on it although I'd try it if I were you. Also, I wouldn't mess around with oral hypoglycemic meds since there is some evidence to suggest that pancrea beta cells are protected using insulin but not with orals. Some researchers are thinking "Insulin First" therapy is the way to go, not "Insulin Last." Best starting method may be basal insulin about 6 to 9 units TWICE daily (not once) with some regular insulin, about 3-4 units, 30 minutes before good breakfast and dinner while measuring blood sugar levels 8 times daily (just before and 90 minutes after each meal --plus bedtime and AM waking) until you know what affect food, exercise and insulin are having on your A1C and daily sugar levels. Your goal should be to keep blood sugar between 90-140 at all times (maybe 80-140) as tolerated. 80 to 90 is your morning fasting goal. Your doses need to be adjusted based on your sugar readings and your peronal experience in reaching these sugar levels. Exercise 30 minutes daily to good heart rate. Avoid nearly all sugar, high fructose corn syrup, white flour and any food in boxes and cans as much as possible. Eat cicken and fish mainly instead of red meat (you can have SOME red meat but not much - once to four times/month). To ensure yo sugars stay under 140, you may want to split meals in half and eat them a couple hours apart. Your goal is to blunt sugar peaks afte3r meals to keep them under 140 according to Jenny Ruhl's recommendation (no complications yet documented in persons who stay under 140). All the above is a good start until you become expert on your own body. Good luck!

 
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