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post #1 of 18 Old 01-28-2009, 10:08 AM Thread Starter
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I got diagnosed with Diabetes last night….

So my dad a few years ago was diagnosed with diabetes and my grandfather died because of his. So my father always recomends that I get checked yearly. Well last nignt I went to the doctor becuase I have been getting really light headed and really bad headaches which I have all the time. Well I got my blood tested for diabetes...well I guess I got it.

If any of you have this or know any thing about give me tips! Im really worried! Im going to be on the net all day today doing my homework on it im sure! Please if any one knows any thing about this...fill me in...

Thank you!
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post #2 of 18 Old 01-28-2009, 10:44 AM
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Diabetes is the inflammation of your blood vessels/veins. You need to check yourself everyday and there is a special diabetic diet you must be on to keep it all in check. Taking vegetable fiber (putting a teaspoon full in your drinks/food, you won't taste it either) is beneficial in "scrubbing" out your veins and keeping the circulation going (check with your doctor first though). If you do have it, make sure to check www.webmd.com and google it. You should also go to a specialist (Endocrinologist) to get the most up to date info that you can. They have this medicine called "Glucophage" AKA "Metformin" that's for diabetics and you should ask your doctor/endocrinologist about it. I'm so sorry to hear of this and you will be in my prayers. If you take good care of yourself, you will be just fine and lead a normal life :)

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post #3 of 18 Old 01-28-2009, 10:59 AM
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Here is a good link: Diabetes Information - American Diabetes Association

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I agree w/PiggyPablo. I can relate to how scared and anxious you must be feeling, but if you take care of yourself via monitoring yourself and medical check-ups, diet and excerise as prescribed by your doctor you will be fine. Do you know what type, and are you on insulin?

My mother (doesn't run on her side of family) was diagonosed with stress-induced diabetes over ten years ago. She's still going strong at her age working seven days a week, 9 to 12 hour days. The only issue we have is that she doesn't take care of herself, in regards to her diet. Because she doesn't take breaks to eat real meals, she just pops candy to raise her blood sugar. What that means is she crashes a lot and cannot control her insulin. It's been getting worse lately...she goes into diabetic attacks at least twice a year. She's stubborn and doesn't care about herself, and it's very frustrating!! So I'm a big advocate of getting yourself a meal plan and eating right!! Yah know, it's the simple things that everyone should do for themselves.

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post #5 of 18 Old 01-28-2009, 05:50 PM Thread Starter
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I am a type 2. I really don't know any thing about it. I just found out last night and I was so upset I just went home and called my dad and cried all night. And im to busy to do any home work at work right now on it. I have an appointment with a specialist tonight then right after I go see a special nutritionist to talk about setting up some sort of meal plan. I do eat really healthy but I am interested to see what he has to say.
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BTW thank you for the links PiggyPablo...i sent my home email them so I will look at them tonight when I get home from my appointments. Thank you!
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My Mother was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes last year. You will have to be careful that you don't hurt yourself because it takes longer to heal which may result in a infection. I think it takes so long because of the blood flow or something, I'm not sure. You should also take care of your feet, apparntly you have limited blood flow to them, it might be different if you have type 2 though.
I hope you can get in all under control and good luck!

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post #8 of 18 Old 01-28-2009, 10:39 PM
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Diabetes is the inflammation of your blood vessels/veins.
Diabetes is NOT an inflammation of blood vessels. Diabetes has no direct relationship to your blood vessels.

I am a disease management nurse. I teach patients about diabetes. If you have specific questions for me please PM me.

There are two main types of diabetes. One type occurs when your body doesn't make insulin (type 1). The other type (type 2) occurs when your body doesn't adequately use or recognize the insulin your body produces or doesn't produce enough insulin.

Diabetes is a problem with the pancreas.

People with diabetes tend to die from heart disease. Diabetes causes damage to the small blood vessels. This damage is what causes the problems with heart disease, nerve damage, kidney problems, eye problems, etc. This is why doctors advise many diabetes patients to take a baby aspirin. Doctors also often advise diabetes patients to take a blood pressure medication called an ACE Inhibitor. This is because it helps protect the kidneys from damage.

It's important to eat a healthy diet, take your medications as ordered, and exercise more.

Again, please PM me if you have any additional questions.

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post #9 of 18 Old 01-28-2009, 11:40 PM
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Excuse me for possibly overreacting, but Joshie you were coming off as competitive and I didn't think that this forum was for any competition and that it was to compete over who knows MORE about a subject. I was led to believe this forum is for sharing information/learning from one another. HELP, SUPPORT, AND LEARN FROM ONE ANOTHER. Not compete against eachother to prove who knows more. Maybe I should've said "Diabetes LEADS to..." not (IS) blood vessel inflammation. No offense, but everyone has access to google to educate themselves on topics, and don't have to take what's on this forum as the gold standard. I was just trying to help, and I'm not on here to get my head bitten off. But you also are confusing because first, you say it's NOT, and then later on you say it IS in your paragraph you wrote, Joshie.

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post #10 of 18 Old 01-28-2009, 11:46 PM
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Hey guys, while Nicole appreciates everyone's opinions, lets please keep this a little more civil as I'm sure it's a delicate situation for her. I personally can't imagine what a blow that might feel like. Thanks guys
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