Hello everyone, I am addicted to Pepsi and just in February the doctor that seen me said I was PreDiabetic now all my adult life I have been known as borderline. He told me I had 3 choices, Gastric Bypass, Medication or 1800 Calorie diet well knowing I didn't want surgery or take any more meds I chose the diet. Well that was up and down and I just seen my doctor this past Wednesday and my female doctor said my numbers have been consistant at 6.5 and she showed me the paper and said you have Diabetes. This comes just after a week of seeing my Gyno that I have Cervical Cancer. Can we say my stress level and emotions are high right now. I am a student in the medical field but have lost all clues where to begin with this. I only had 1 pepsi today and its to the point they do not phase me I have been drinkikng more water and making sure I am eating something . I am having a hard time but I'm trying to rely on my Faith but im nervous and scared
current weight: 326.0
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I bought a book called Diabetic for Dummies, its packed full of information. I was scared to death and started crying when I got my diagnosed but now I think its the best thing that could have happened. I no longer drink soda, I don't touch sugar and exercise and drink water everyday. A lot of doctors say you either diabetic or not, its just like saying your a little pregnant....
I was told last week, I am borderline, (although people have told me, you are either diabetic or not) there is no borderline. So I am diabetic. It is kinda scary, but I watched my mom with type 2. My doctor has put me on a medicine for it and for my high cholesterol (240). They are also making an appointment for me with a diabetic nutritionist. Guess that will happen after Thanksgiving.
Since I was told I have diabetes I have got off of cokes and sweet tea, and have lost 5 pounds.
I hope to get information and support with this, so I won't be alone in this journey.
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ur not alone. I too rec'd a diagnosis this week. Am on my second day of taking metformin & really hopeful that the stomach/digestive misery goes away soon! I'm fumbling my way around, learning what it means to eat low carb & fighting every minute to overcome my sugar & carb addiction. The tools on thi site are really helpful!
wow! You definitely give me hope... I'm on a scary road, and I'm ashamed to share my diagnosis to my friends and co-workers. I feel like I should have known better, should have eaten better, should have exercised more. I've had my wake up call, that's for sure.
current weight: 180.4
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Hope my story gives you hope....Diane. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~
WHAT I WANTED TO HAPPEN MOST.....DID!!!!!
As of Feb 24,2010...
Just 7 short months ago...I was out of shape,in danger of losing my life as I knew it,and given the worse news from my doctor EVER!!!!
Here's a little of my story...
I HOPE.... IT GIVES YOU HOPE!!!!
At my doctor visit the other day my test results came back from my diabetic A1C done every 3 months...It tracks the sugar peaks HIGHS AND LOWS in the past 3 months and is mandatory when you are a diabetic, as I WAS THEN diagnosed...
I say I WAS.....
Because on my Doctor visit,A few day's ago,
He (( MY DOCTOR)) HAS NOW REMOVED THE DIABETES MEDICATION FROM ME....
My test was BELOW 5... WHEN IN THE BEGINNING AT MY DIAGNOSE, MY TEST RESULT OF MY A1C WAS ABOVE 10. ((and above 10 is VERY BAD.))
I am NO LONGER DIABETIC and I no longer have to take medication !!!!
I am off of it!
I DID IT!!!! My hard work and dedication to myself really gave me a new life.....
I will never forget when I asked my Doctor if I did better,lose weight,eat right,do whatever it would take to make a change for the better,could things change enough to get off the diabetics medication he had just subscribed to me,
and he said NO....
YOU WILL ALWAYS BE ON THIS MEDICATION NO MATTER WHAT CHANGES YOU MAKE, YOUR BLOOD SUGAR RESULTS ON A FAST ARE THROUGH THE ROOF,YOU CAN IMPROVE THINGS FOR YOUR HEALTH,BUT SORRY,YOU WILL ALWAYS BE ON MEDICATION FOR YOUR DIABETES....
YOUR NOW A DIABETIC!
I sat there and cried my eyes out..How did I let myself get here to this point.... I FELT LOST AND HOPELESS....
BUT... Tho this was devastating news... There were changes needed and a new start,THAT ONLY I COULD DO FOR ME. NO ONE ELSE. I needed to do WHATEVER I HAD TO DO to get healthy for me....
NO MATTER WHAT....Medications for life or not....
I STILL NEEDED TO TAKE A HOLD OF MYSELF AND MAKE A CHANGE FOR THE BEST ME I COULD BE! The diebetic med's were a nightmare they gave me horrific headaches and made me so sick to my stomach....I HATED the diabetic medication's I WAS NOW ON FOR WHAT** I THOUGHT** WOULD BE A PART OF ME FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE!!!!
But through my new life style change of eating better and doing what** I NEEDED TO DO FOR A HEALTHY AND LONGER LIFE....** I now am free of the diabetes.....and the medications that came with it!!!!!
I had to share this GLORIOUS NEWS ...
I have a NEW LEASE ON LIFE...
AND NOW LIVING IT...Just as I hoped I could!Tho now I have to watch what I eat even harder....I will do as needed to be med free....for my life!
It's not who you are that holds you back, it's who you think you're not.
Thanks, ladies! I really appreciate the responses - its pretty scary right now. I can't get in with the diabetes specialists until November 23 so I feel like I'm walking around with a bomb inside of me. :(
What I do know is that my fasting glucose level is 188, my A1C level is 7.8 and other factors like cholesterol and blood pressure are actually quite healthy. We also know that it developed in the past two years because I had the glucose test in January of 2008 and my level was only 99. I'm hopeful it can be reversed with diet, exercise and the metformin.
Im apprehensive about the glucose monitoring. Any recommendations on a brand? How often does one do this? So much to learn.....and 8 weeks before I can meet with anyone!
Edited by: TRICIASHAWN at: 9/23/2010 (21:05)
current weight: 302.0
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I got diagnosed 2 years ago. I bought a book called Diabetes for Dummies, its packed full of information. Are you using a meter to monitor your fasting bs? Taking a diabetes class will be very helpful. Also see a nutritionist, will help you with food choices. I do not eat anything white, white flour, pasta, rice, crackers, bread, potatoes, etc.... I also follow the low carb lifestyle, really helps being a diabetic. Drink plenty of water and try to get at least 30 minutes of exercise a day. Good luck and if you have any questions just ask...
I'd say start by taking a deep breath and reviewing just exactly what you do know and have to work with. Think about questions like:
What did your doctor tell when you received the diagnosis? Are you on medications. Did they give you an advice about diet? Or about losing weight?
There are a lot of free resources online (including many I'm finding on this site) than can help you pull it all together. Your insurance may also be able to find you some local resources and support groups.
OK, just diagnosed this week and I'm clueless. Scared about everything from what I can eat to glucose testing to the scary complications. Any words of advice or things you wish someone had told you in the beginning? Trying to be proactive instead of panicking.
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