So I am 39, male, and confused.
I was diagnosed early-july during a checkup with my doctor with a pre-meal morning blood sugar of 362.
When I got the labs back I was shocked but not surprised as my entire family before me had T1 or T2.
My PCP put me on metformin 500mg 1/day then 2/day and now we are up to 2x twice a day. I also was set up with a meter and testing supplies.
I have an appointment with her on August 19th as a brief check-in and an appt with the diabetes educator to work out a meal plan/target numbers etc in late September. I can’t make other appts until the numbers are under control apparently so that’s neither here nor there.
I am very lost. I have googled and binged and even Yahoo’d and changed my diet 100%. I used to eat garbage mostly. Not sweets, no sugared drinks, but carb-heavy meals, pizzas, lots of pasta, more eating out than I should, and lots of processed/canned foods.
Now I eat a lot of air fried chicken breast (Sprinkled lightly with parmesan and some breadcrumbs), lo-carb wraps with semi-low sodium deli meat, and for breakfast rolled oats with some berries and poached eggs. I started eating almods and cashews which I thought I was allergic to previously.
I’ve managed to keep my readings down to the 100-175 range daily in the last week now, but have been dealing with drops down to the 65-80 range within an hour of being 180. This causes immediate onset of low blood sugar symptoms. Thankfully I haven’t been above 210 since the first week.
Here’s my questions for the community:
My vision has been giving me a hard time by being blurry suddenly now that I am on metformin. I was told by the nurse that this sometimes can happen while the body adjusts to running at a lower blood sugar baseline. But in the meantime I am dealing with constant shifts and uncomfortable reading. How common is this and are there any solutions? I wear glasses as is, but they only help me at mid-range now, but somehow my long-distance visions is better. My close up small text vision is shot.
How can I come up with a decent-ish meal plan in the meantime? I have an extreme difficulty eating most veggies as I grew up deathly allergic to them (I was put in the hospital over Carrots, lettuce, broccoli and other things I enjoyed, only to learn i had many allergies) I have grown out of them but my body makes me gag or reject them completely if not in soup or something…of course that is high in salt.
I’ve been eating a lot of protein and avoiding any and all fast foods, thankfully I don’t get cravings but I find it very difficult to eat while at work or skipping a meal completely if I am at work and only have the option of ordering out. Ideas?
I don’t know where I am supposed to be in my own blood sugar range, nor do I know how I should feel or how paranoid I should be. If people get food out, how careful do I really need to be. I can’t get a salad because I’d rather not make a mess on the floor, but also I’m not going to have a bucket of fried chicken for example but a piece would be nice as a quick fix.
I don’t like the fact I was basically told “OH BTW You are diabetic, here’s pills, good luck for the next month or two.”
So yeah, ideas, chats, anything?
Thanks for reading.