Diabetes and sugar levels: This is all new to me.

Posted by trellg132 @trellg132, Sep 21 6:10pm

My doctor saying I might have diabetes

Yes, why does your doctor say that? What are your symptoms?

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@trellg132

Doctor said my sugar was at 478

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Thanks for letting us know so we can support change and improvement. Did the doctor say it is serious? Because, from my husband's experience, it is serious and can be quickly lowered. What did he tell you to do? What is your plan? Get to the nutritionist as soon as possible and start reading on the web for information that helps. I can't be your doctor. Let us know what help you get. Dorisena

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@trellg132

Doctor said my sugar was at 478

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I have a visit tomorrow to go see my doctor

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Doctor said my sugar was at 478

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@trellg132, you'll notice that I merged your 2 new discussions into one discussion. It sounds like this is all new to you. I'm sure you're concerned about the potential diagnosis of diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is a condition that can be managed. There is a lot to learn, but you can do it together with members like @dorisena @susu2 @jeannetta @loaks @retiredteacher and others. They'll all been where you are today and will gladly walk along side you as you learn and have questions.

You said that you have an appointment with your doctor tomorrow. That's great. So first things first, let's get you ready for that appointment. Are you making a list of questions to ask?

Here are 2 articles that can help you prepare your list. The first one has some in-depth information which will also help you understand why these questions should be asked.
– Questions For Your Doctor: Learning About Diabetes https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/about-diabetes/diabetes-basics/questions-for-your-doctor/
– Top 10 Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Diabetes https://www.medicinenet.com/diabetes_questions_to_ask_your_doctor/views.htm

Trellg, what questions do you have on your list?

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@trellg132, you'll notice that I merged your 2 new discussions into one discussion. It sounds like this is all new to you. I'm sure you're concerned about the potential diagnosis of diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is a condition that can be managed. There is a lot to learn, but you can do it together with members like @dorisena @susu2 @jeannetta @loaks @retiredteacher and others. They'll all been where you are today and will gladly walk along side you as you learn and have questions.

You said that you have an appointment with your doctor tomorrow. That's great. So first things first, let's get you ready for that appointment. Are you making a list of questions to ask?

Here are 2 articles that can help you prepare your list. The first one has some in-depth information which will also help you understand why these questions should be asked.
– Questions For Your Doctor: Learning About Diabetes https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/about-diabetes/diabetes-basics/questions-for-your-doctor/
– Top 10 Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Diabetes https://www.medicinenet.com/diabetes_questions_to_ask_your_doctor/views.htm

Trellg, what questions do you have on your list?

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What do I do is my biggest question

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I understand your frustration. The doctor tomorrow will tell you what to do and what to eat immediately. That is his or her call based on your condition, current diet, and any other meds you may be taking. Also you should be asked about your lifestyle and if the doctor is not an expert on diabetes, you should ask for a referral to a nutritionist. if you want to read about it, just type diabetes symptoms and treatment, and you will learn more than you ever dreamed in a short time. Believe that this condition can be fixed and also believe that you can be determined to change your eating habits and your worry habits, as well, to prevent damage to your eyes, your hearing, and your mind for your future, and live a healthy, long life. We can offer support after the doctor diagnoses and prescribes the best approach for you. Everyone is different. My husband wouldn't accept advice and died young while I watched him decline and couldn't
make a difference. He had an eating disorder and ate constantly, mostly away from home. He also ended up with a terrible cancerous tumor after he was treated somewhat for prostate cancer. That is why I am so dedicated to helping others when I can, but the doctor must prescribe the treatment. Dorisena

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@dorisena

I understand your frustration. The doctor tomorrow will tell you what to do and what to eat immediately. That is his or her call based on your condition, current diet, and any other meds you may be taking. Also you should be asked about your lifestyle and if the doctor is not an expert on diabetes, you should ask for a referral to a nutritionist. if you want to read about it, just type diabetes symptoms and treatment, and you will learn more than you ever dreamed in a short time. Believe that this condition can be fixed and also believe that you can be determined to change your eating habits and your worry habits, as well, to prevent damage to your eyes, your hearing, and your mind for your future, and live a healthy, long life. We can offer support after the doctor diagnoses and prescribes the best approach for you. Everyone is different. My husband wouldn't accept advice and died young while I watched him decline and couldn't
make a difference. He had an eating disorder and ate constantly, mostly away from home. He also ended up with a terrible cancerous tumor after he was treated somewhat for prostate cancer. That is why I am so dedicated to helping others when I can, but the doctor must prescribe the treatment. Dorisena

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Ok thank you

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@dorisena

I understand your frustration. The doctor tomorrow will tell you what to do and what to eat immediately. That is his or her call based on your condition, current diet, and any other meds you may be taking. Also you should be asked about your lifestyle and if the doctor is not an expert on diabetes, you should ask for a referral to a nutritionist. if you want to read about it, just type diabetes symptoms and treatment, and you will learn more than you ever dreamed in a short time. Believe that this condition can be fixed and also believe that you can be determined to change your eating habits and your worry habits, as well, to prevent damage to your eyes, your hearing, and your mind for your future, and live a healthy, long life. We can offer support after the doctor diagnoses and prescribes the best approach for you. Everyone is different. My husband wouldn't accept advice and died young while I watched him decline and couldn't
make a difference. He had an eating disorder and ate constantly, mostly away from home. He also ended up with a terrible cancerous tumor after he was treated somewhat for prostate cancer. That is why I am so dedicated to helping others when I can, but the doctor must prescribe the treatment. Dorisena

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I just don't know wat to eat I'm hungry worried about what to eat and what not to eat

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@trellg132

I just don't know wat to eat I'm hungry worried about what to eat and what not to eat

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food like eggs, nuts, and plain, lean meat without sauces or salty will be fine. Add vegetables that are low calorie and green, red, yellow, or orange are fine. Berries are the safest fruit. Some dalry fills in the spaces in the diet and stops hunger, and is easy to digest. Sugar and carbs are to be limited according to your blood sugar levels and we don't know what that level is, but apparently it is too high.
Bread, pasta, and grains are the problem and you need to do some trial and error as we all have done to find what works for us. Testing daily is helpful for prediabetes and is mandatory for high levels of diabetes so you can adjust your eating. You need to read and learn about the foods and the nutrients they contain. Just start reading on the web and asking your doctor for food lists. Don't stop eating.
This is stressful at first but worrying makes it worse. Some medicines make it worse. When I had low blood sugar and stress I drank milk and took a nap. I was fine in no time. When I overdo with carbs, I exercise or stay on my feet until I work some of it off. Peanut butter is my friend but some other food might work for you. Dorisena

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@dorisena

food like eggs, nuts, and plain, lean meat without sauces or salty will be fine. Add vegetables that are low calorie and green, red, yellow, or orange are fine. Berries are the safest fruit. Some dalry fills in the spaces in the diet and stops hunger, and is easy to digest. Sugar and carbs are to be limited according to your blood sugar levels and we don't know what that level is, but apparently it is too high.
Bread, pasta, and grains are the problem and you need to do some trial and error as we all have done to find what works for us. Testing daily is helpful for prediabetes and is mandatory for high levels of diabetes so you can adjust your eating. You need to read and learn about the foods and the nutrients they contain. Just start reading on the web and asking your doctor for food lists. Don't stop eating.
This is stressful at first but worrying makes it worse. Some medicines make it worse. When I had low blood sugar and stress I drank milk and took a nap. I was fine in no time. When I overdo with carbs, I exercise or stay on my feet until I work some of it off. Peanut butter is my friend but some other food might work for you. Dorisena

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Thank you I go for my doctor's visit an I will make sure I ask questions

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I went to hospital last night sugar levels I guess was 405

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Good choice for that. I hope they checked for causes other than eating and exercise. Most emergency room treatment is just stabilization and then, "call your doctor" which you are doing. My son was a paramedic for many years so we understand when it is time to go to the hospital. For the time being, eliminate all sugary foods in the house and do not stop at fast foods. Do not drink alcohol and you will see quick results. Believe that you can do this and get improvement. Do not take drugs for pain or headaches. Put something in your body when you are very hungry, a protein food, if possible. All these hints are common sense habits we should have been doing for years. My personal fault is that I baked too much desserts for my family and then ate it as well.
Now I bake and give the dessert away and feel good about doing for others. I like sharing, so I don't overdo on my diet. Eating is a fellowship activity for me and I don't like eating alone. But that is my life right now. I feel good supporting your efforts. It puts me on the team. Dorisena

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Doctor canceled my appointment and is setting me up with a specialist

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At this point (until you know what meds they put you on, learn to test your blood sugar, and details of your situation) I suggest it’s not so much what you should eat but what foods to decrease. Be wary of the “whites”, that is, pasta, rice, bread, potatoes. Also cut back on the volume you eat (you haven’t mentioned if your overweight), but look at a frozen dinner plate of 12-14 oz as a rough guide as to the amount of food (not heaping higher than the bowl!).

I suggest you learn to read the food labels (if you don’t already know). I myself find counting the carbs is a good starting point, limiting to a total of 40-50 carbs per meal. Carbs (my way) are the total minus the fiber. Also look at the serving, as many packages fool you into thinking the food is better for for you than another brand until you see there’s several servings in a box/can.

Also get in the habit of moving; a 15 minute walk after eating would be a great start.

The above will help you keep your blood sugar down until you know more details. Don’t worry, it’s just a detour in the road of life. I will pray for you.

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