Post # 1
I’m very worried abouth DH right now. I’ve been bugging him to get a physical for quite some time and he finally went yesterday. He got a call this morning from the doctor’s office to tell him that his blood work revealed that he has Type 2 Diabetes. We have an appointment Tuesday to discuss his treatment.
I’m really worried, but trying not to let him know or see this. He refuses to tell his parents. I really think he’s just in denial right now.
What do I need to do to support him & prepare for the changes this will bring to our lives?
Post # 3
@soon2bS: I would start by looking into cookbooks that cater to diabetic diets. Look at which types of foods will spike his blood sugar, and which are safer.
Also, I’m so sorry to hear about the diagnosis. Sometimes a change in lifestyle can help turn it around. Plenty of diabetics also go on to live healthy and active lifestyles if they’re vigilant with implementing dietary changes and testing their blood glucose frequently. It might be helpful for you to go along to learn more about his self-care guidelines at his next appointment.
Post # 4
I have a few friends with Type 2.
If he’s very good about diet an exercise, it can get a LOT better, and it’s pretty manageable as soon as he accepts it and starts taking steps to get healthy!
Post # 5
Concentrate on weight loss and eating healthy. Avoid sugar, and eat only small controlled portions of carbs and starches. Veggies and protien do not need to be restricted. Fruit needs to be eaten in moderation, but it is much betterr than candy or oth sweets because it is natural sugar. I know someone who had pretty severe diabetes and they lost 30 pounds, eat very healthy, and they are now able to control it without medication.
Also learn the symptoms or hypo and hyper glycemia and learn what you need to do if one of these happens (the dr will explain this part).
Post # 6
The good thing is that I’ve gotten back onto MyFitnessPal, and have already started overhauling our diet significantly. The doctor told him that he would only need to lose about 30 lbs to be within his ideal range. I hope he will really make the diet changes and start exercising with me, and he can keep it under control.
Thanks for everyone’s support!
Post # 7
There is a lot to learn about Type 2, more than anyone here could really teach you. I would suggest attending a class if you can find one or reading reputable sources regarding Type 2.
As a PP already said many type 2 can turn it around if they have not been living with it a really long time already.
Is your DH overweight? I ask because if he is and loses weight while learning to eat right that can very often reverse diabetes.
My DH worked for years in the diabetes field and there are some great ways to help manage blood sugar these days by tracking on computer programs etc. It really helps the user see if they are over medicating or under medicating or medicating at the wrong time.
My MIL was able to take much less insulin after using one of these programs. Its not that her Dr was wrong, but each person is so individual and their habits are different.
Post # 8
@soon2bS: The great news about Type II is that it can be managed by diet, and sometimes just an oral medication, without the need for insulin injections. Not sure how you guys eat now, but you need to ween out processed foods, soda, candy, sweets, etc. Lots of vegetables, lean meats and mininal grains/potaotes because the body processes carb laden foods and turns it to sugar. If he can lose that 30 pounds, he may very well no longer be diabetic. Good luck, you can do this, just be his rock and his example!!!
Post # 9
FI has type 2 diabetes.
i have two tips for you: have your husband eat every 4 hours, it’ll keep his sugars from yo-yo-ing. and make sure he eats breakfast.
aside from that, diet and exercise will help with treatment.