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Do You Remember Your Diabetes Diagnosis Date?

  • By Lizmari Collazo

    Do you remember when you were diagnosed with diabetes? Do you have any special ‘anniversary’ celebrations, or do anything in particular to mark the occasion?

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  • By IABob

    Very Definitely 10/14/2003. I was admitted to the hospital for angina and the heart doctor told me I had type 2 diabetes.

    I do not celebrate as it is just another day in my life.

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  • By Al Klein

    No. It was around 15 years ago, but I couldn’t even tell you the exact year – my sugar was around 485. And I was doing all the things you’re supposed to do all this time, including taking 5mg of Glipizide daily. My fasting sugar ran from 90-130, which they consider “good”. (I never had a blood pH done, because that requires an ABG, and I don’t need the pain of some student trying to stick a needle into an artery, but I’m sure it was low (meaning bad) for a long time.)

    Now it’s around 90 all the time (unless it drops a little lower) with no medication (I’ve been off Glipizide for 6 months) and at the moment I’m starving because I haven’t eaten in two days (my choice – I wasn’t hungry), but I eat one huge meal a day, mainly Iceberg lettuce (no carbs), a little tomato (a few mg of carbs), a little onion (a few mg of carbs), some chicken and oil and vinegar dressing. Sometimes I can’t finish (YOU try eating 2 pounds of lettuce, and in season the heads run close to 2-3/4 pounds). So I’m never hungry, my body gets what it needs and none of what it doesn’t need and I don’t have to take any meds.

    On the rare occasion I do eat some carbs (if I take the Grandkids to Golden Corral, I MUST have ice cream with whipped cream for dessert (the whipped cream is sugar-free, though), my sugar the next morning drops 10-20 dl/mL over the previous day. (I don’t do postprandial checks, or 6 checks a day – I can tell how the day is going to be with 1 – but on the days I’ve tried something like every 2 hours, eating or not, it stays pretty stable.)

    I’m not recommending it to anyone – always check with your endocrinologist before a dietary change – but it’s been working for me for over a year. (I just don’t lose weight if I eat 10 oz of chicken every night, so I’m still adjusting things – like maybe eat every day, but only 5 oz of chicken.) But my endo said, in May, as she walked into the room, “What are you doing here? You’re not a diabetic!” With a constant A1C of 4.7, I’m not having blood sugar problems, but I AM a diabetic. But type 2, which – I’m starting to think – is TOTALLY different from type 1. Many of the symptoms are the same, but low B12 and iron show many of the same symptoms as an internal bleed too. And you don’t “cure” bleeding with B12 and iron.

    Maybe type 2 isn’t a disease, it’s a trait, like dark skin or red hair, and we just have to live the way people with out trait have to live. Do we “cure” red hair? Burgers? Yes. But not on a bun.

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  • By Meryl Krochmal, RD, CSP, CDE, CNSC Moderator

    Hi Al Klein, Thank you for sharing your story with the Type 2 Diabetes community. You are correct that Type 1 diabetes and Type 2 diabetes are different. If you were diagnosed with type 2 diabetes it is possible with lifestyle changes to go into remission. To learn more you can read the following article: http://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/32/11/2133.full.
    As for your diet, make sure you are not being too restrictive as that can make losing weight a challenge. In addition to meeting with your Endo you may also want to meet with a registered dietitian. You can also check out the diet and nutrition section of type2diabetes.com for more information. Thanks again for sharing your story! Take care,
    Meryl Krochmal, RD, CDE Community Moderator.

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  • By v5e0ct

    Late July,2014. I went to the hospital for gall bladder problems and after the surgery they told me I had diabetes. I believe it was some like this; “You know you have diabetes?”. Total shocker. I mark the anniversay, but celebrate? No, most definitely not.

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    • By Margot Keymaster

      Hi v5e0ct, Thank you for sharing. So sorry to hear that, that sounds like a very difficult surprise. – Margot, Type2Diabetes.com Team Member

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    • By Meryl Krochmal, RD, CSP, CDE, CNSC Moderator

      Hi v5e0oct, Thank you for sharing your story. I am so sorry that your diagnosis was shared in such an insensitive way. I hope that things have gotten better since your diagnosis in 2014. Take care. Meryl Krochmal, RD CDE Community Moderator.

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  • By dgr1

    Just told on 14 of july 2017 went tp doctors for a medical in relation to a psv driving linece tested postive in sample takeing a week ago reading was 18.5 doc said normal would be 4 .any advice on dealing with would be helpful .been lookin a food products labels since somthing didn,t bother much with before suprised at the amount of sugar in suff i though was healty

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  • By Lizmari Collazo

    There are a lot of tips around our website, so you are welcome to look around. Start making small changes, like adding a non-starchy veggie to meals and cutting back on portions — and do not think of diabetes as a disease of ‘sugar,’ but of glucose. Mostly all carbohydrates get turned into glucose, except for fiber. Controlling how much glucose we have in our meals is the goal. Balancing them out through the day, and having a decent amount of fiber and protein to go with them, will go along way to help.

    So diabetes is about the TOTAL amount of carbohydrates. Not simply added sugars. Added sugars are just another carbohydrate. But it’s always wise to not have more than 5 or 6 grams per serving.

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  • By coloradohurricane

    May 9, 2016. I had a STEMI heart attack and had to be flown by helicopter to the nearest hospital with a cath lab. Found out I had diabetes with an A1C of 11.7. A few hours after the stent was put in, a lady came into the room and said she was there to show me how to inject insulin since “I would need to be on it for the rest of my life”. A year and a half later through diet and lifestyle changes my sugar is near normal with no medication ( not even metformin).

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  • By coloradohurricane

    Follow up to my previous post. Do I celebrate the day? Not so much the diabetes, but I celebrated surviving the first year post myocardial infarction. When you consider 25% of men die the first year after the heart attack… I beat the odds!

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    • By Margot Keymaster

      coloradohurricane,

      It is so great to hear that you are feeling better now, and that you have been able to manage your type 2 diabetes with lifestyle changes. Surviving the year post myocardial infraction is certainly something to celebrate!! Thinking of you!

      Best,
      Margot, Type2Diabetes.com Team

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    • By Margot Keymaster

      Thinking of you simba, thank you so much for sharing with us. How are you feeling now? Best, Margot, Type2Diabetes.com Team Member

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  • By Riddler

    It was June of 2012. Doctor had taken me off some meds and had me do a three month wait and then do lab work. Said to call and he’d let me know if I was good to continue being off or need to start back or on something else. So I waited and then called.

    Nurse told me I had to come in. I told her no, that the doctor said he’d tell me over the phone. She said nope, you need to come in. Here’s the appointment date and time, be there.

    So I go to the appointment and take a seat in his office. He’s going over the labs and told me what I had tested for looked good. Told him that he could had told me that over the phone. Looks at me a bit and then said that he couldn’t tell me that I was Type2 diabetic over the phone. I was dumbfounded. Knew that I had an aunt and one of my sisters type2. So did he. While he’s writing a bunch of stuff down for me I asked how much was my fault. Told me that majority was genetics. Then gave me the dietitian, de etc numbers to make an appointment with.

    I made the appointment with the dietitian. Liked him. He had asked me what I had read and heard about diabetes. I told him. Said to forget it, especially what I had heard. Starts looking something up and writing and printing things. So while he’s doing that I asked him about something I had heard. He put his pen down and asked if I wanted his help. Told him yes. Asked me what he had told me. I thought about it and said, “Forget everything I had heard and read.” Smiles and picks up his pen again. I liked that. He started explaining how diabetes works, glucose, all of it and then his recommendations of how to get started taking care of it food wise. He was always kinda on call for me. I could go visit or just call him whenever I had questions. Sometimes did a lot of emailing him.

    Somehow I had forgotten to make an appointment with the DE. She was at one of the meetings the dietitian was having with a few of us diabetics. She saw me and said she don’t recall an appointment with her. Oooops. So guess what I wound up with. Good thing for me though. She also taught me a lot of things. We still stay closely in touch on this thing of ours. This club so to speak.

    I kept telling the wife that I had two birthdays and two anniversaries. Had to explain what I meant. For some reason she don’t see the humor in it. Guess I have kind of a warped one at times. 😉

    But yes, I’ll never forget when and how I found out that I’m type 2. I also know that although I have it maintained that it can rear it’s ugly head and bite me in the rear at any time. And it does. It reminds me often that it’s still here, sleeping but yawns and wakes up at times.

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