Patients Diabetes (Type 2)
What's your Type 2 Diabetes story? Let's share!
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Hello, my name is April, and I’m so happy to be here - literally. Last August, I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. The news floored me. But I’m a fighter, so I told my oncologist that I was willing to do anything necessary to battle this disease. So, after surgery and six rounds of chemo, I’m so happy to announce that I was deemed cancer-free in February of last year. I celebrated by going on a cruise - just in time, before Corona became rampant. The ship was named Victory, and this was definitely mine.
Long story short, the steroids in my chemo premeds caused my glucose to skyrocket into the 600’s. Not only that, but they made me ravenous, and I was constantly eating. I told my doctor that I had cancer to deal with right now - I’ll deal with the diabetes when I’m better. What I didn’t know is that the chemo had caused nerve damage in my feet, causing me not to be able to go back to my job. I’m currently on Disability. And along comes Covid. Now I’m eating the worst foods out of sheer boredom. But last night I had an epiphany - I fought for my life with the cancer...how is the diabetes any different. So, I’m ready to fight once again. I have a ten year old granddaughter and I wanna be around for a long time, ya know? So, anyway, that’s my story. Thanks for accepting me. - OCwarrior (Ovarian Cancer Warrior)
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GOD TOLD ME I WAS GOING TO DIE SOON . . .
AND THE NEXT THING I KNOW I FAINTED AND MY MOM CALLED FOR AN AMBULENCE.
MY BLOOD SUGAR WAS ONE THOUSAND AND SEVENTY TWO 1,072. I HAD HIGH CHOLESTEROL AND LOW SODIUM AND LOW POTASSIUM.
THE DOCTOR TOLD ME I HAD TYPE 2 DIABETES !
Hi everyone. I have been looking for support and help for a long time. I was diagnosed with Diabetes in 2004 at the age of 14, after the sudden death of my mom. My mom was also Diabetic and did not control well. It has been a struggle since then. In the beginning, things were okay, but once I ended high school and started college, I started letting go. I don't even remember the last time my A1C was below 8. Right now, I am married, a Priest in the Orthodox Church, and work full time. I have so much pain all over my body, unexplained back pain, and swelling in my legs. I am so afraid. I want to beat this. I can't lose weight. I am on so much insulin, u500, because my body is so insulin resistant now. I can't do simple things anymore - my life is being affected. My wife and my relationship is also being affected. I am too young. I've gone through so many types of insulins, diets, etc. At times I feel so overwhelmed and want to give up. I don't know what to do to lose weight. My doctors don't listen and claim this and that, but they don't really know what it's like to live with this. I've been told I am Diabetic Type 1.5, due to my low insulin production, but not enough to be Type 1. I need support and someone to help me.
@LIsaCo i have read the sugar solution. Great book. Need to read it again. I struggle with sugar all the time. I joined here trying to get encouragement and see how others kicked the habit. I too am overweight 274 pounds trying to lose more if I can stay out of the sugar bucket. It's very hard for me. I to have white hair which comes from my dad's side of the family, but I'm ok with it. Well hope you read the book and can benefit from it.
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Thank you all for welcoming me to this blog. A little about me, I am currently pre-diabetic and my wife is currently waiting for doctors to confirm whether she is type 1 or2. There is the possibility that she has been misdiagnosed as Type 2 for the past 18 years. The constant cocktail of different medications has left my wife and I feeling very frustrated. My wife has decided to take control of this situation by being more proactive. She has been joined a program [link removed by Community Manager for violation of community standards] that has helped her lower her levels significantly.
@leahstanek I will have a tuna sandwich on whole wheat bread, a boiled egg, or a protein bar.
I am new to this group. I have been recently re-diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. My high sugar was originally found in Jan of 2019 when my pre-op bloodwork came back. I needed a hip replacement. The doctor was new to me, and she was not very helpful. She did place me on Metformin, but made me start taking 1000mg daily at once and then by then end of 8 days I was up to 2000mg. I had a lot of stomach issues. It did, however, lower my blood sugar quickly. After recovery from surgery, I switched doctors. That was June. My A1C had dropped from 11 in January to 5.3. The new doctor said I was not diabetic, and took me off the medication. She did not offer a re-test in 3 months, told me to see her in a year. I thought about it, and ended up finding yet another doctor for my 2020 physical. Again, my blood sugar was out of control, my A1C was even higher, 14. This doctor tried me on Farxiga, I ended up with a UTI, and it didn't lower my blood glucose readings very much. After 3 weeks, he switched me to Metformin, but started me on 500mg daily, and after a period of 3.5 weeks, worked me up to 1500 mg. My fasting levels for my morning readings are not down as far as they were the first time I took this. They are improved, but range from 140-150 still after being on the 1500 mg for about 3 weeks, I am so hoping that the Metformin will bring me back down to between 110-120 soon.
My night time readings 2 hours after a meal are great. Usually between 150-165. One of my friends that has had this condition for over 15 years says to try Alpha Lipoic Acid 600mg daily to see if that helps. Does anyone else here use that supplement? I would appreciate any advice. Thank you! I hope all of you are well!
@agabraham My daughter talked me into using MyFitnessPal. For several months all I did was track everything I ate and ponder it. Then I tried limiting my calorie intake -- FAIL. But when I started counting my carb intake, then things got rolling. I don't do the no/low carb thing. I space it out and do one carb serving (15 grams) with breakfast, two at lunch, one for an afternoon snack, two for dinner, one for an evening snack and one for a before bed snack. That's about 160 grams a day when you throw in a few carbs for vegetables and a few for carb choice when a serving is 15-20 grams instead of the 15. Don't keep anything that you will eat a bunch of in the house, e.g. ice cream, chips, candy. Tell your wife you will sit on her and kill her if she brings any of that home. I try to walk at least a little bit every day. Sometimes I walk longer, sometimes I don't, but I try to walk even just around the block. That helps bring my blood gluecose down. Making progress little by little is better than a whole lot of nothing! We can do it !
@darlene.higgins I totally agree with you. I had to get rid of anything junky in the house or otherwise I'd be tempted to snack. Calorie counting didn't work for me either. I've heard MyFitnessPal is really helpful, I'll have to give it a try!
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