Where Do I Begin Diabetes Booklet

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Living Well With Type 2 Diabetes

W hen facing the news that you or a loved one has been diagnosed with diabetes, one of the first questions asked is “What do I do now?” Living With Type 2 Diabetes is a new program created by the American Diabetes Association to assist primary care providers and patients with type 2 diabetes. Geared toward newly diagnosed patients, the Living With Type 2 Diabetes program starts with the Where Do I Begin? booklet that contains basic information on healthy eating, physical activity and the importance of self-care. This booklet is easy to read, has helpful illustrations for meal planning and answers some of the basic questions about type 2 diabetes. Plus, it comes from a trusted source for information: the American Diabetes Association. Health care providers may order these booklets to give to their newly diagnosed patients for free online. The next step for patients is to enroll in the ongoing Living With Type 2 Diabetes program, which sends them a packet every three months containing informative articles, new recipes, tools for diabetes management and tips on living with diabetes. There are three easy ways to sign up: by mailing the tear-out card from the booklet; by calling 1-8 Continue reading >>

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  1. Achilles

    Well it has been about 2 weeks since I was diagnosed as a type 2 and I have been on Metformin 500 mg/day for the same time period.
    I increased to 1000 mg/night tonight per my Dr.'s instructions. I've been testing about 4 X / day and the lowest reading I've had in 2 weeks was 115 mg/dL. Most mornings I wake up in the 120s. My BFG at diagnosis was 262. The highest I've been in 2 weeks was 211 taking the Met, low carb diet, and vigorous exercise almost every day.
    One minor annoyance has been slight swelling (edema) around my ankles. Not a whole lot, but maybe 3 mm all the way around just my ankles. Seems to be a little worse in my left foot than the right foot. Goes away in the morning after sleep. I have an office job and sit a lot during the day. I do get up and walk around though since I work in an industrial environment. I usually walk around for 20 minutes / day at work.
    No real pain associated with the swelling. I did show my Dr. during my diagnosis visit and he looked at my feet and felt a strong pulse he said.
    Anyone else have this swelling in the ankles? The other thing Ive noticed is that the hair about 1/2 way down my calves to my ankles is gone. The swelling / lost hair / feeling tired all the time is what prompted me to see the Dr. suspecting diabetes in the first place.
    I really want to get my BG numbers down more too. I can't seem to hit the 140 mg/dL numbers 2 hours after eating yet even though it seems like I'm just eating stir fry for dinner every night. No rice either.

  2. notme

    There are several post going around right now about ankle edema. It seems that this is a common problem and definitely should be addressed by your doctor.
    Ankle or leg edema can be a sign of congestive heart failure, kidney problems or lack of exercise.
    Many times, people with diabetes are put on hydrocholorathiazide. This drug is a simple diuretic that will reduce excess fluid in your body. A more complex diuretic, lasix can also be used.
    A visit to your doctor is warranted for a fluid retention problem.

  3. Achilles

    notme said:

    There are several post going around right now about ankle edema. It seems that this is a common problem and definitely should be addressed by your doctor.
    Ankle or leg edema can be a sign of congestive heart failure, kidney problems or lack of exercise.
    A visit to your doctor is warranted for a fluid retention problem.
    Sorry I missed the other posts. I did a search for ankle edema and didn't come up with anything.
    My Dr. did look and feel my feet / calves. He ruled out congestive heart failure and said my kidney function looked good based on my blood work. Lack of exercise is something I've definitely worked on here in the past couple of weeks. Been active every day for at least 40 minutes minimum.
    He's probably waiting 3 months for my next visit to evaluate my progress.
    I've also tried to reduce my sodium intake. We just love that Tony's seasoning down here in Louisiana but it has a lot of sodium in it which I know can't help the situation.
    The edema seemed to be a lot worse a few weeks ago prior to my diagnosis. It would leave indentions in my lower calves / muscles. Now that my BG levels are coming down though, it seems to be less and much less tingling in the feet.
    Wow. I'm so new to all of this and a lot to learn so fast. Amazing how ignorant I was about this disease just 3 weeks ago but I have learned a lot in a relatively short period of time. It is still hard to accept though I'm working on it.

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