Sorry to hear that you have joined us! Type 2 diabetes is a lot to live with, but it is really manageable! And if you are depressed, I can understand. Being depressed is pretty common with us, especially right after a diagnosis. In fact, if you take care of yourself, you will be healthier and happier than you ever were. That paradox is something many of us experience. Controlling diabetes may not be easy, but the list of things that you need to do is a short one: 1. Exercise daily. Most of us prefer to walk. But for people with leg problems, swimming may be the best alternative. You almost certainly have a nearby health club that you can join. 2. Eat less. Eating fewer calories improves our blood glucose even before we have any weight loss. And losing weight is usually a beneficial side effect of eating less. Almost everyone with type 2 diabetes (myself included) is overweight. I know how hard it is to get down to the right weight, but every pound you take off gives you better contro...
One thing that always makes me wince is a news story about some new oral diabetes drug that the reporter says promises to free people with diabetes from “painful insulin injections.”
When I was a child, immunizations were painful. They were injected into a muscle, and after getting booster shots, my arm would ache for a day or two. The sight of the syringe with its big needle was frightening. The only good thing about getting immunizations was the treat we were given if we didn’t fuss. I remember being taken to the Elizabeth Taylor movie National Velvet, a big treat, as in those days we didn’t have TV and going to a movie was rare.
But most injections today are a totally different story. For one thing injections for diabetes, like insulin, are given subcutaneously, meaning they’re injected into the fat layer under the skin. And the needles used these days are extremely thin, so we hardly feel the shots at all.
One exception is the onc...
Noninsulin-dependent diabetes; Diabetes - type 2; Adult-onset diabetes
Often, people with type 2 diabetes have no symptoms at first. They may not have symptoms for many years.
The early symptoms of diabetes may include:
Bladder, kidney, skin, or other infections that are more frequent or heal slowly
The first symptom may also be:
Pain or numbness in the feet or hands
Signs and tests
Your health care provider may suspect that you have diabetes if your blood sugar level is higher than 200 mg/dL. To confirm the diagnosis, one or more of the following tests must be done.
Diabetes blood tests:
Fasting blood glucose level
-- diabetes is diagnosed if it is higher than 126 mg/dL two times
Hemoglobin A1c test
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