Diagnosed with Type-2 Diabetes


#1

Hi everyone,

i have been recently diagnosed with Type-2 diabetes. It is very hard to accept that i have diabetes. I want help on what changes can i make in my lifestyle or diet to reverse this condition. Also, let me know if there are any good health websites covering all the information on diabetes and its available treatment, self-managing ways etc.

Regards,
Daniel


#2

Welcome, @Daniel_Patrik, to the club that no one ever asks to join - and welcome to TuD!
You’ve come to the right place looking for information, yes, making diet and lifestyle changes will certainly help improve your situation. Did your doctor put you on any medication or make other recommendations to help normalize your blood glucose?

As far as “reversing” Type 2 diabetes, it really matters what you think that means. Many people have been able to reach a point that their blood glucose remains in the normal range via only diet, exercise and lifestyle changes; however, it is important to understand that those changes have to be long-term: If you go back to the way things were before, the improvements will disappear along with all the risks. Know also, that for many, diet/exercise/lifestyle is not enough - medication is required - and even then, in many people Type 2 diabetes progresses despite attempted interventions, requiring more aggressive therapies. Be sure to remember that being unable to “reverse” Type 2 is not failure, and does not mean the efforts were worthless - it could be just the nature of a particular person’s diabetes.

Your diabetes is not my diabetes - every one is different. For some a Low carb or a very low carb diet helps. Some people need more carbs, some more fats, some more proteins. Variations on a Mediterranean Diet work well for some and not others. Some do well on a Paleo diet, some on a Vegan or Vegetarian diet. You will need to experiment to find what works best for you.

Folks here will happy to advise, encourage or just listen - whatever works for you.


#3

Dear @Thas,

I have been asked to make some changes in my lifestyle and diet, to see if it alone can work. If needed, my doc would prescribe some medications. I see difference in my blood glucose by maintaining a low carb, moderate protein and high fat diet. I also exercise for around 45 minutes in a day. I have bought a glucometer to keep a check on my blood glucose. For now these changes seem to be working.
Thanks for sharing your thoughts.
Regards.


#4

I’m also diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and my doctor prescribed me metformin but it has a nasty side effect, i feel dizzy and nauseous every time I take it so I don’t. What I do is limit my sweets and carb intake will that work?


#5

I wish it was that easy.


#6

I just came across this. I trust by now you have come to grips with the fact that there is no “reversal”—only tight control…How are you doing now?..If it helps–or offers hope, I have been controlling with diet and exercise only since 6 months after I was dx T2 in early 2007…I do super low carb, but by now it is Just the Way I Eat. I never feel deprived, and by now I have rituals for having the occasional treat—salty or sweet…

I’m wishing you and yours all the best…Judith in Portland


#7

Are you testing your blood sugars ? This will help you know what is beneficial. Before and after BG checks are helpful, along with logging the results to find patterns based on the foods and quantity that causes higher BGs after meals.


#8

It can work in some cases but not all, throw some exercise into the equation and you have a greater chance of success.

I wouldn’t fret about the Metformin, it is a first line drug and a good one but it is not the only treatment for T2. If diet and exercise do not work, there are other medications.

About the metformin, the unpleasant side effects do tend to lessen over time for some people and completely disappears for many.


#9

Metformin has other good cancer fighting properties. I had some mild side effects which might have been from the statin and one other drug but it smoothed out after a month.


#10

I had much better results with Extended release metformin,no gi issues. I have used it for 25 years. Nancy


#11

nope, i only did the lab test


#12

thanks! I do some running and walking 3x a week, I hope that’s sufficient. Maybe I’ll try if I can handle metformin again in the summer vacation when I don’t have school.


#13

It appears to me that you are doing the right things. Time will tell if it is enough. Lets hope that it is.


#14

thanks!


#15

since you’re taking Metformin, can you eat sweets and food stuff loaded with carbs? or do you limit them too?


#16

Unfortunately if you carb load you will need to take more Metformin and eventually stronger medication. Carb loading is not a good idea for T2s.


#17

aww, thanks…


#18

Hi,
I am not just tired but exhausted every day. Is it a side effect of non-controlled diabetes? My morning number run 180 -200 and 200 -250 after meals. A1C about 9.
Does anyone else experience mental and physical exhaustion in their everyday health and daily life when numbers run high?


#19

Absolutely. If I woke up at anything over 120 I know the rest of my day is going to be hard and exhausting even if I quickly get it down. While I do a lot of days go over 200 (I’m having a stretch of those days right now) it is not good for your physical health or your morale because going over 200 often feels like I’ve done something wrong even though that is rarely the case.

What are you doing to try and manage your diabetes? Are you on any medications?


#20

Yes, Doc has prescribed metformin, also I have started low carb diet and 45 mins walk… it’s just a week… since the change in diet…
Do you recommend anything that will help me control and lower the numbers…