This is my first post. I hope I am not posting in the wrong area.
I was newly diagnosed with Type 2 on May 9th, 2009. I am 43 years old and at the time, I was 5’9" and 180 lbs. The weird thing about this is that I had absolutely NO symptoms…NONE at all. I had applied for a disability insurance policy and I got turned down with the blood results on the physical showing me why. Fortunately, I have a good friend who knows how to read the bloodtests on medical reports and he has been a diabetic longer than I have been alive and has all his fingers and toes and is in better shape than most guys in their 30’s. He told me to immediately get my butt to my doctor and get this confirmed, so…I did. My blood sugar reading was at 267 and my A1C was at 11. He was shocked that I had no symptoms at all. I don’t even know how long I have had this condition but it was confirmed. The Doctor put me on some pills under the name of Janumet. My friend told me to immediately go on the Atkins (Low Carb) diet. Within 12 days, I dropped my blood sugar from 267 down to 91 and I also lost 10 lbs. I went back to my doctor 2 weeks later and he was blown away. Since then, my blood sugar has spiked as high as 145 but then it would drop immediately (within 2 hours) all the way down to around 100 to 110. Trying to get my blood sugar under control is REAL TRIP.
Since my diagnosis my wife and daughter were more scared than I was. They went out and joined a gym. To me, it is just something I have to deal with. The ironic thing about this is that I always figured it would be my wife who would show up with something like Diabetes as she is overweight and due to many arthritic joints and a bad case of Fibromyalgia. She has over the years averaged at times, almost 3 surgeries per year. She has been the sickly one and I have always been the healthy one of the 2 of us.
As far as my diet would go before diagnosis, I never even ate that many carbs as compared to the population at large. I would eat plenty of fruits and vegetables and meat. All I effectively did was cut out the carbs completely so it was not a shock of a change for me. This is still interesting trying to keep my blood sugar in line.