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Date Joined Jun 2006
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   Posted 6/28/2006 1:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Having just been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes I am finding hard to cope with all the changes that are happening to me.  My thoughts and feelings are all over the place.  Everyone wants to help but who do I turn to.
My doctors tells me that I can over come this to the point that i wont need to take medication.  Can I really believe him?

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Date Joined Oct 2005
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   Posted 6/28/2006 2:44 PM (GMT -7)   

READ through this forum.  THere are no quick and easy answers to that question!  Are you very overweight, do you never exercise and eat tons of junk food??  If this is the case, perhaps you can beat it if you do a total lifestyle transformation!! 

On the other hand if you are average weight and eat an average diet and exercise occasionally, your genetic time bomb probably went off and your doctor is off base.  A lot depends on your individual situation.

scool Warren

It's not that some people have willpower and some don't. It's that some people are ready to change and others are not. - James Gordon, M.D.
What some call health, if purchased by perpetual anxiety about diet, isn't much better than tedious disease. - George Dennison Prentice

I can only please one person per day, today is not your day...tomorrow doesn't look good either.

Post Edited (Warren) : 6/28/2006 10:20:03 PM (GMT-6)

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Date Joined Dec 2005
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   Posted 6/28/2006 3:25 PM (GMT -7)   
I think Warren is right on - there is no way to say that about anyone with such little informaion.

Take the changes in stages. You don't have to know everything right away - actually, you wil overload no mater how you approach this problem. Start with reducing you bad foods - that will help right there. You know, the surgar filled items - that is a basic place to start. Learn to read labels for what they really have in them. That takes a while to get down to where it is second nature. After a while you will look at products on the shelves and say to yourself, "Ya, like you really are sugar free." Don't take it to the point of being too restrictive at first. You will have to make a lifestyle change and beieve me that is not an overnight situation. We did not get to where we are in a short time - it will take time to change bad habits. The good newws(here come my pollyanna speach) - As you make the changes you will be getting healthier and healthier. There is good news to treating diabetes - that is a new healthier lifestyle - okay, I admit that the new diet will not be what you want at first - it very rarely is.

As foreign as medicines are to most of us they will help get your glucose levels down to an acceptable range. That is paramount for us - getting and keeping our blood glucose levels stable will do more for you than you could possible think. First, to get your levels down to accepable ranges you will have to exercise and eat correctly - medicines will not do that for you by themselves. You are insulin resistant - if you are typical you probably have already lost many beta cells(insulin producing cells in the pancreas) and you are losing even more by being out of control - if you are out of control, you did not say what your test results were. The exercise and the changes in diet will help bring down excess weight and that will help with blood pressure problems and cholersterol problems. The entire program works together on all the risk factors that are associated with diabetes.

Learn about the test results - before long you will know what they all are(if you don't already know) and what you have to do to correct them. It takes time - don't think that you have to see great changes right at first - believe me, eat better and exercise the changes may not show but they will be there......
type 2 - dx 12/04
metformin 500mg 3x - avandia 2mg 2x

Post Edited (desertdiabetic) : 6/28/2006 4:29:08 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 6/28/2006 8:23 PM (GMT -7)   
I can't add much to the great info you have already received other than to tell you to read the 'newbie' letter that I'm going to bump up. Welcome to HealingWell. We will be here to help you all we can. I've been doing this a while and I have a pretty good handle on the diet/exercise/medications/testing thing. One step at a time. We can get there from here.
~ Jeannie

"People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."

- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

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