The answer to your last question about
developing blood sugar problems in less than a year, the answer is "Yes". And with other factors contributing to it that we talked about
before (weight, family, food, lack of exercise), you have a higher risk.
I am retired now so I don't have to deal with work but I was diagnosed while I was still working and I had to be very organized as far as food goes, breakfast at home, lunch at school, dinner at home. Unfortunately, the easiest food to eat is probably the worst for us (or anybody, really). Bagels are very dense carbs and worse than, say, an English muffin or a slice of wheat bread. Beans and rice are high carb, although black beans are very nutritious so if you don't eat a lot of them at one time, you could get by with them and a decent piece of chicken.
Prepared food, restaurant food, food from mixes and boxes (and probably cafeteria food) are not the best choices for anyone who's having issues with blood sugar. Salads with all sorts of vegetables and protein are great; lettuce wraps with a slice of cheese and some meat are also very good. If you could make several of these up the night before you go to work, wrap them in plastic wrap, you could eat one or two for lunch, and snacks. Other snacks could be mixed nuts, string cheese (those mozzarella sticks that come in a plastic wrapping), olives, celery and peanut butter, celery and cream cheese). You could eat all that all day long and you'd be better off than eating a bagel, cereal, regular sandwiches, etc.
You can find different kinds of plastic bags in the supermarket to put snacks like nuts in. Unsalted are better. If the unsalted are too bland for you, buy a can of unsalted and lightly salted and mix them together and then fill up some little snack bags. There are some good plastic lunchware available, too: sets that could hold snacks, salad dressing, a whole salad, etc.
I understand about
your job as my son is also in computers and sometimes works long hours. If there is any way for you to get up at least once an hour and walk around for a few minutes, you'd be better off.
Being tied to the computer is tough. At least if you're watching TV, you can get up and walk in place, do some sort of exercise.
It will take an effort on your part to make any changes but I think you realize that some changes are needed - otherwise, you wouldn't have posted here! If you have the will to do something for yourself, we will give you all the support you need, honest!
So, please read through the references I gave you so you're familiar with how blood sugar works. You may have lots of questions and I'll try to answer them or find other sources.
Laniediabetes moderatordiabetes type 2 controlled by diet and exercise and
very low carb way of eating