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I'm Amanda and I have had type 2 diabetes since 2006. I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes in 2/2006. After I had my daughter in June, I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. She weighed 10 pounds exactly. I had my second daughter on 2/23/2010 and she weighed 11 pounds 10 ounces. I had to inject insulin with both pregnancies and now I just use exercise and diet to control my diabetes.

I hope to find new friends along the way on my journey. :boxing:
 

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Welcome, Amanda! We're happy to have a new friend arriving too! It makes this journey much easier surrounded by ones who understand what we're going through! Thank you for joining us - please visit often!

 

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Welcome, Amanda! What are some of your best tips for controlling the diabetes with your diet? Do you count carbs? I just avoid most of them and find that easier than counting and measuring, etc. :)

One of my kids weighed 9 lbs. 13 oz....so I can imagine what your two bundles must have looked like when they arrived! :) I was in shock because my son looked SO BIG when they put him in my arms! LOL Funny thing....I don't remember them ever mentioning diabetes to me!
 

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Hi,
I'm Amanda and I have had type 2 diabetes since 2006. I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes in 2/2006. After I had my daughter in June, I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. She weighed 10 pounds exactly. I had my second daughter on 2/23/2010 and she weighed 11 pounds 10 ounces. I had to inject insulin with both pregnancies and now I just use exercise and diet to control my diabetes.

I hope to find new friends along the way on my journey. :boxing:
Hello Amanda and welcome to the forum! You sure do make some big babies! :) There is a wealth of information to be found on the forum. I hope you have time to visit us often!
 

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Hi Amanda - Read your text with interest. My first baby was 8lbs 13oz and had tests afterwards where it showed 'pre diabetic' (whatever that means). Went on to have a 9lbs 6 and a 10lbs 6 baby (followed immediately by a life-threatening haemorrhage). Births in different hospitals, there was never any follow through on the 'pre-diabetic' diagnosis. Believe it or not, I have just been diagnosed with Diabetes 2 at the age of 70!! I have always been convinced that the large babies (I am 5 ft and slim) were connected with diabetes, but no connection was ever made at the hospitals.

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Maureen
 

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nice to meet you and good luck!!!
 

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Hi Amanda - Read your text with interest. My first baby was 8lbs 13oz and had tests afterwards where it showed 'pre diabetic' (whatever that means). Went on to have a 9lbs 6 and a 10lbs 6 baby (followed immediately by a life-threatening haemorrhage). Births in different hospitals, there was never any follow through on the 'pre-diabetic' diagnosis. Believe it or not, I have just been diagnosed with Diabetes 2 at the age of 70!! I have always been convinced that the large babies (I am 5 ft and slim) were connected with diabetes, but no connection was ever made at the hospitals.

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Maureen
Maureen, I don't think anyone has ever bothered to connect the dots regarding our past histories other than to ask if there is diabetes in our families. I was surprised to get the dx just 4 months ago (I'm 62), but since then have found signs that could have probably prevented it from way back.
1. gaining lots of weight with 3 pregnancies but was never warned that diabetes would be in my future.
2. having a baby that was almost 10 lbs. --diabetes was never mentioned
3. my mother was told she was borderline diabetic when she was pregnant with my sister who was 13lbs. at birth.....but Mother never had an issue with sugar after that.
4. last year doctor "overlooked" my A1c at 6.7 so I went at LEAST a year without doing anything......grrrrr

We really have to do our homework and educate ourselves these days if we have any chance to stay healthy!
 

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At this point we really still don't get a lot of assistance from the mainstream medical community and that needs to change and change quickly! It's a rare doc who realizes, much less admits that (s)he lacks expertise in the area of diabetes, and volitionally refers patients to endocrinologists. That would be a major victory for patients - if our PCPs would just make referrals before they string us along for years! And it's weird too, because there's no hesitation to refer cancer patients to oncologists; there's no delay in directing a heart patient to a cardiologist or a bone disorder to an orthopedist. What's the deal with diabetes?!!
 

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At this point we really still don't get a lot of assistance from the mainstream medical community and that needs to change and change quickly! It's a rare doc who realizes, much less admits that (s)he lacks expertise in the area of diabetes, and volitionally refers patients to endocrinologists. That would be a major victory for patients - if our PCPs would just make referrals before they string us along for years! And it's weird too, because there's no hesitation to refer cancer patients to oncologists; there's no delay in directing a heart patient to a cardiologist or a bone disorder to an orthopedist. What's the deal with diabetes?!!
I have asked my PCP several times if he thought I needed to see an endocrinologist, and he says "no". I really don't know what other type of treatment an endo would recommend. In my neck of the woods, you need a referral to get into see an endo and I can't get that from my PCP. I would love the opportunity to see an endo, if just to get a second opinion. For now, I'll survive with the treatment my PCP advises. My PCP doesn't blink an eye to refer me to any other kind of specialist. :confused:
 
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Hi,
I'm Amanda and I have had type 2 diabetes since 2006. I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes in 2/2006. After I had my daughter in June, I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. She weighed 10 pounds exactly. I had my second daughter on 2/23/2010 and she weighed 11 pounds 10 ounces. I had to inject insulin with both pregnancies and now I just use exercise and diet to control my diabetes.

I hope to find new friends along the way on my journey. :boxing:
Hello Amanda. I am new to the forum, but hope you get all you need here and more. Good luck.
 
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