I guess I wasn't particularly surprised with my diagnosis on April 15. I get test results mailed to me and saw that A1C of 7.2 and fasting of 127 and knew what was coming. Four months later and some low-carbing I have lost 25 pounds ad my A1C is down to 6.0. It has not been easy, but then again it hasn't been hard as I thought it would be either. It is just something I have to do - not a diet, but a lifestyle "redirection". A new direction - eating better, exercising and giving my BG monitor a heck of a workout too.
At first I got a couple of books including The First Year: Type 2 Diabetes: An Essential Guide for the Newly Diagnosed The First Year: Type 2 Diabetes: An Essential Guide for the Newly Diagnosed and Blood Sugar 101: What They Don't Tell You About Diabetes. These 2 books got my head right about this and I got learned a great deal about what is really going on.
My PCP is not a wealth of info, but then again, I think he understood that I had a handle on this from day one. I still wanted to meet with an Endo even though as a nurse told me "you're not that bad of a diabetic" - very insulting and uninformed on her part. I met with the endo about 6 weeks after diagnosis and had already got my A1C to 6.5. We had a nice chat and even though I probably didn't need it - I scheduled an appointment with the nutritionist CDE. She kind of towed the ADA line of low fat, moderate carbs. Since I was testing, testing, testing I knew how many carbs I could handle and the 45 grams/meal she suggested would have me 180-220 2 hours PP. I took some of her advice but not all.
Be your own "expert" and read everything taking what works for you and discarding the rest. Test as much as you can afford - it is the best way to learn which foods will affect you and how. There is no right answer for everyone - you are the one who knows your body best.
On the upside, I have discovered almond flour and it is my best friend allowing me to have my beloved choc chip cookies. And bacon how I love bacon. And dark chocolate - I have 2 squares as my night-time treat. And Breyers low carb ice cream bars... I could go on and on ...
Things I miss most are potatoes but you know what? I do have potatoes every other week and half the serving size I used to have. I am not going to avoid what is considered bad, just going to give it much more thought and plan for it.