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Old 06-25-2012, 08:43   #1
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Am kidding of course, but that doesn't mean I don't think it 😄

My name Treasure and I am a newly diagnosed with type 2.

Quick history... Used to work in healthcare and was always curious about my symptoms
Pickiest eater ever! Bulimic for 20+ years, now overweight
Now been unemployed for almost 2 years
Learned to do extreme couponing and got myself a free meter this way, and knew the logistics to it being my work history. So I knew my high 200's wernt normal. But didn't want to take anything else on... So I ignored it
Now, car dying
House being taken in 3 months
No job or unemployment money
Single
No where to live
Son supposed to start college, no money
I do however have state Medicaid for the next 4 months
Oh, and a painful disease called interstitial cystitis

Update to last tues: judge gave me my date on my house, pain became unbearable, while in hospital also given a diabetes heads up. Sugars were mid 300

So now I can't avoid it since its known. My a1c?? Is only 8.6 but I guess should be lower?
I am on metaformin and something with an a

I have the type of doc who is laid back and doesn't push things.. So I am lost even were to start. I was told to lose weight, take meds and check sugar every other morning. In 4 months I will lose him as a doc. He was a bit upset that I knew I had high sugars and chose to ignore it. Plus I lose insurance, testing supplies, Meds...

So here I am. Going thru the worst time in my life with a diabetic elephant on my back to boot. I hope I can find some resources here.

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Am kidding of course, but that doesn't mean I don't think it 😄

My name Treasure and I am a newly diagnosed with type 2.

Quick history... Used to work in healthcare and was always curious about my symptoms
Pickiest eater ever! Bulimic for 20+ years, now overweight
Now been unemployed for almost 2 years
Learned to do extreme couponing and got myself a free meter this way, and knew the logistics to it being my work history. So I knew my high 200's wernt normal. But didn't want to take anything else on... So I ignored it
Now, car dying
House being taken in 3 months
No job or unemployment money
Single
No where to live
Son supposed to start college, no money
I do however have state Medicaid for the next 4 months
Oh, and a painful disease called interstitial cystitis

Update to last tues: judge gave me my date on my house, pain became unbearable, while in hospital also given a diabetes heads up. Sugars were mid 300

So now I can't avoid it since its known. My a1c?? Is only 8.6 but I guess should be lower?
I am on metaformin and something with an a

I have the type of doc who is laid back and doesn't push things.. So I am lost even were to start. I was told to lose weight, take meds and check sugar every other morning. In 4 months I will lose him as a doc. He was a bit upset that I knew I had high sugars and chose to ignore it. Plus I lose insurance, testing supplies, Meds...

So here I am. Going thru the worst time in my life with a diabetic elephant on my back to boot. I hope I can find some resources here.
Hello Treasure and welcome.

You've got a rather sad history there but with a bit of work the diabetic elephant doesn't have to be that heavy.

Your HbA1c isn't that much higher than mine was two years ago and it took me less than three months to get out from under meds and less than 6 months to knock my number into the low 5% values using diet only. I also lost my extra 30 pounds in weight over the same period.

Have a look at this site - Blood Sugar 101, and in particular How to Lower Your Blood Sugar - Using these ideas, you can knock this elephant down to a kitten and whilst kittens do sometimes scratch, they can be managed.

If you've got questions, ask away, the forum is packed with knowledge and experience that the members are happy to share.

Good luck, John

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Thank you so much. I will check those out next!

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Hi Treasure - welcome to the forum. What you're going through is daunting - my heart breaks for your circumstances.

John is right though, diabetes doesn't have to be a massive burden, but change in diet is a must. My A1C was a lot higher than yours, and is now down in normal range taking just 1,000 mg metformin (cheap!)/day, and I could eliminate it if I were willing to give up the anorectic effect of it.

That said, navigating diet without any financial resources is challenging, no doubt. It seems the cheapest foods (pasta, rice) are often ones that are devastating for our blood sugar. However, eggs are cheap, and there's a lot you can do with an egg I nearly lived on tuna/egg salad the last month while on the road living out of a cooler, and my blood sugar loved it. Dark chicken parts on sale are cheap, and better than white for a diabetic because they're fattier.

Very sorry about the pending loss of your home. Stick with us as much/long as you can, and we'll help you get your blood sugar in line , which will at least make you feel better physically.

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Welcome, Treasure...not a lot we can do to help you with that boat load of problems, but this one we can help you get that elephant down to a size you can handle! John's given you great advice and feel free to ask any questions that may arise as you walk along this road. You absolutely can lower your A1C fast...I dropped mine from 6.9 to 5.6 in a matter of 3 weeks.

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Hello Treasure, welcome!

The good news is that you can probably control your blood sugars by eating fewer carbs. *hugs* on the rest of the stuff.

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[QUOTE="moon"That said, navigating diet without any financial resources is challenging, no doubt. It seems the cheapest foods (pasta, rice) are often ones that are devastating for our blood sugar. However, eggs are cheap, and there's a lot you can do with an egg I nearly lived on tuna/egg salad the last month while on the road living out of a cooler, and my blood sugar loved it. Dark chicken parts on sale are cheap, and better than white for a diabetic because they're fattier.

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Hi, thanks for the welcome
I have a question about then chicken reference. I was under the impression white meat is less fattier then dark? That's not true? If not my problem just got worse, lol

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I eat only dark meat so as to get the fattier meat. I don't skin it either for the same reason. Does that answer your question?




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I have a question about then chicken reference. I was under the impression white meat is less fattier then dark? That's not true? If not my problem just got worse, lol
Dark meat is fattier, you're right - that's what makes it better

Here's a great primer on a good diet for diabetics .. LCHF for beginners | DietDoctor.com .. and a good place to go to try and get your numbers down in a hurry. The more you can follow these guidelines, the more success you're likely to have.

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Ok, yeah, as soon as I questioned that I realized I should look into that lchf thing. Which I could totally do. Maybe. Minus the Chicken. I go through spurts of disliking meat, except for chicken, but I only like white meat. Ok, in all honestly, I like white meat wrapped in some kind of yummy crunchy high carb batter. I gots som learin' to do

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