I was diagnosed February 10th with Type II. My doctor spent 45 minutes with me going over the results and the medication, but I left with a lot of unanswered questions.
Because of elevated liver enzymes, he put me on Victoza instead of metformin (which he said he usually starts patients with). I guess the Victoza is working ok; I’ve had no noticeable side effects and I’ve lost 5 pounds in the 10 days I’ve been taking it.
I’ve had gestational diabetes twice, so I’m familiar with testing my blood sugars. My doctor told me that I need to be testing a couple of times a day and that I could alternate times. Problem is, I have no idea what I should be looking for as far as blood sugars. What is normal? What do I do if it’s above or below normal? I have no clue.
When I was pregnant and dealing with GD, it wasn’t that big of a deal, because I knew that as soon as the baby was born I’d be able to go back to a normal diet. It wasn’t traumatic to think that I’d never be allowed to have birthday cake ever again. But now…I just don’t know. Can you not eat ANY sugar when you’re diabetic? Is the sugar in fruit or milk different than the sugar in a cookie as far as diabetes is concerned?
What should my goal be? To keep my BG levels as even as possible? Right now, they’re kind of all over the place. One morning they’re 143 and one morning they’re 99. Most of the time, they seem to be about 110-130 although twice after breakfast they were 170 and 183. My A1C was 6.6 at diagnosis.
Where can I get all this basic info?