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Diabetes Diagnosis, In Shock

Diabetes & Endocrine System | Last Active: Aug 23, 2022 | Replies (58)

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@babette – Welcome to Mayo Connect! I know you are in shock- I was there too. After 60 it seemed as if the warranty on my body ran out! I had also tried to live a healthy, active life. Genetics play a large role. I realized that I had inherited many of my father’s health problems, diabetes one of them.
After spending 10 years dealing with autoimmune and other issues I was well enough to deal with the diabetes. I knew I had to lose weight. My daughter had lost a lot of weight doing a low carb, high protein diet. I joined a program locally. It was very tough the first 2 weeks. I craved my carbs so bad! It got much easier and the pounds disappeared. I was never hungry. I ate a fairly similar diet as I did before minus all my beloved carbs! 45 lbs in a few months. My blood sugar was much lower and steady so I could go off my diabetes medicine and continue controlling it through my diet. You measure your fasting blood sugar- after you wake up. Keep a record.
There are many ways to eat to reach the same result- I was happy to like my diet since it did not vary much from my regular diet.
What does your doctor say?
My doctor told me that nowadays diabetes is considered a cardiovascular illness..that scared me.
The local hospitals usually have diabetes educators- check it out.
Moderate physical activity is important too.
Don’t wait! You can do it!

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That's what I need help with a diet plan

I often was annoyed at well meaning people telling me what I could eat, as though I was too uneducated to figure it out. I learned to hate the idea of angel food cake and would rather not have any cake at all than that gummy stuff. The only gummy food I like is no-cal Jello, sometimes with no fat cream cheese on top. I eat it for the flavor and I also have a cheese cake recipe with Truvia or Stevia in it. But I need crunchiness to be happy. Romaine lettuce has more flavor and more nutrition than any other lettuce. It needs to be dark green to be healthy for you. I am not giving up yummy food. I just don't have room for dessert after I have eaten all those veggies and some protein. Milk fills in the holes quit well and satisfies my hunger. And it metabolizes slowly so you last longer without eating. I repeat, I am not sacrificing or doing without. I continue to explore new foods I have never tried, skipping the sushi, however. Dorisena

Thanks for this empathy and support! I know I can do it but, like you, once I hit 60 I could not believe so many health issues would come my way. My parents lived in good health until nearly 90, so I think of 60ish as still young. My doctor is fully supportive of my newly adopted eating plan: mostly plants, seeds, nuts sometimes chicken or fish, olive oil. She's also very supportive of my weight loss surgery plans – that program takes a while so if I can have my surgery I by the end of summer I'll be thrilled. And who knows how much I'll lose in the meantime? 🙂 As if this isn't enough I have ankylosing spondylitis so exercise has been challenging; I'm starting PT in April. And will increase my moving from there!

Thanks again for your kind post!

“My doctor told me that nowadays diabetes is a cardiovascular disease illness.. that scared me” this comment hit home with me, my doctor, and the diabetes classes scared me so much I ended up with anxiety then depression. Now if doctors like to scare the crap out of a person why are they doctors this happened with me the classes helped with the diet part but scared me so bad about the complications part, that was nine years ago, and still scared, my anxiety has been through the roof lately with other life stressors that gave me trauma, I’m taking antidepressant that has awful side effects and don’t know what to switch to, and anti anxiety medication that I was told now that I shouldn’t be on this so long. I don’t know what to do. My doctor has not been a big help in medications and he’s retiring at the end of this month. And no doctor to replace him, because of the doctor shortage here where I live. This is stressing me out, rel badly.