I need to know which foods I can eat.

By sickandbroke Latest Reply 2011-06-18 09:46:20 -0500
Started 2011-06-13 21:36:25 -0500

I was diagnosed with type 2 the first week of Aprill this year and I am very confused on what foods I should and should not eat. I need some help with all of this and I reall cannot aford to see doctors to help me. I have been perscribed Metformin and follow the instructions on how to take it, but I am still confused about the diet part.

I have gained at least 70 pounds since January and never knew what was causing me to gain it. My finger tips would always be tingly and numb too. It was getting harder for me to get things done at work. Finally the company let me go. There is so much that i coul explain but I jst nee some answers for now.I would like for anyone with any type of help on this subject to offer as much as possiable.

I don't Money to buy a Glucose meter and have been guessing what foods to eat and what my glucose level is. Please Help!!!!

8 replies

Copperchef 2011-06-17 19:59:52 -0500 Report

Ceck with your community to see if your local health department offers any free classes. If not that then look to a larger community or even your local hospital. There are sometimes classes offered at senior citzen centers that are free. Also, local hospitals sometimes offer free education classes. LOOK, LOOK, LOOK, be relentless. Explore all possibilities.

Kirla 2011-06-14 18:40:15 -0500 Report

This what I do to control my blood sugar.

Feb 2009 I was diagnosed with a fasting blood sugar of 366 and A1C of 14.1. Started to eat a salad every day at supper. Also started to eat lots of low carb vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, cucumbers, spinach, pickles and sauerkraut. Started to drink 8+ glasses of water every day.

I then bought a meter and started to test my blood sugar before and after each meal. At first I was testing 2 hours after each meal and when my numbers dropped a lot I started testing 1 hour after meals. I was testing 5-7 times a day. I cut back or eliminated foods that spiked my blood sugar more than 50 points after eating.

By testing I found that foods like bread and most foods made of grains along with pasta, rice, corn, potatoes, oatmeal, cereals, chips, crackers, cakes, cookies, candy, soda, fruits, fruit juices, milk and most foods that contain more than 5-6 net carbs per serving as found on the package label all spiked my blood sugar. Some people can cut back on these foods and some people like me have to stop eating them.

After about 6-8 weeks my blood sugar readings were almost normal levels. After 7 weeks I quit all meds and my numbers continued to get better and better. My A1C has remained below 6 for 2 years now.

I found by reducing and eliminating high carb starchy foods helped me a lot. By adding small amounts of chicken, beef, pork or a hard boiled egg to my meals helped reduce blood sugar spikes also.

Good luck

queenbyrd 2011-06-14 06:46:02 -0500 Report

I am also new to this. I'm sorry to hear what your going through. There is a program called HIP. It is for peoplle who do not have insurance…maybe log on to you states gov site and see if you have it. In some cases you will have to pay for the insurance..but only like a min of 14 bucks a month.
I wish you the best of luck..and i'll be praying for you. I wish I had words of wisedom as far as the food thing. But I am trying to figure it out myself.
Good Luck

Luna Sol
Luna Sol 2011-06-14 15:01:36 -0500 Report

Go on a lowfat high fiber diet. Eat meats that are low in fat. Eat high fiber cereals such as oatmeal, all bran, and shredded wheat. Eat whole wheat crackers and fruits as snacks. Make sure the crackers are made from whole wheat. Eat 100% whole wheat breads. Eat stone ground whole wheat bread and flat bread. 100% whole wheat bagel thins, sandwhich thins, and muffins. Eat lots of vegtables and some salads. walk as part of your exercise burn at least 300 to 500 calories. To start getting into the groove of walking walk at least 30 mins and gradually increase your walking to an hour or more. I use to weight 156. I lost 25 pounds. I now weight 131. I've had diabetes for 30 years. I was diagnoised when I was 5. I did not seek advise from a dietian. I read alot of books and got into reading different books about carbs and fiber. I decided to go with a lowfat high fiber diet. In one book I read one should consume at least 35 grams of fiber in their diet. Fiber is known to lower blood sugars and cholesterol.

RAYT721 2011-06-14 05:40:38 -0500 Report

I have an extra meter that I will be happy to send to you along with some test strips. It won't keep you in strips forever but the model that I use has the best pricing on strips that I have found, which is why the meter was free to me. Please add me as a friend and we can exchange addresses.

There are lists of help for low-income and people without insurance that may have tips for you. Check the archives in the discussions with appropriate keywords. Some tips may help, some may not. Any help is better than no help.

The most important thing is to reach out for the help you need because those who can help won't know about you.

Glad you found us!

I am in a rush right now to get out the door but I will return and discuss more about the food questions that you have.

edvel54 2011-06-13 22:09:29 -0500 Report

Need to watch your carb intake.20 to 30 a meal.
you can go to any website and find a food list for diabetic. Things to AVOID

Refined and simple carbohydrates - such as sucrose, glucose or fructose, white rice, white bread, table sugar, sweets, honey, corn-syrup.
High fat food.
Alcohol - Higher quantities alcohol can cause health problems like liver damage and increase the risk of heart disease.
High sodium food - such as salty fish.

Eat whole grains, fruit & vegetables, meats, dairy

Glucose meters are available at many manufacturers website for Free and they come with 25 test strips or go to like WALMART and buy there house brand

Metformin can cause weight gain and diarrhea

dietcherry 2011-06-13 22:06:24 -0500 Report

I am so disheartened at the number of DC members going without Drs visits, meters, and in some cases, meds!
First order of business is to get you a meter! Just about all the meter companies will give you a free meter and a starter pack of strips, usually 10-25. Google glucose meters. Walmart has a very inexpensive meter like $10 I think and 50 strips for $22.

You really should see a dietician who can make you a meal plan based on your daily caloric needs. Do you qualify for charity care through your hospital? I dont want to advise anyone on what their carb intake should be; there is a basic rule of thumb that says 45-60 grams of carbs per meal and 15-30 per snack. You have to read the nutrition labels on foods to determine how many grams a serving equals how many servings you can have. Test your blood sugar 1 hour and 2 hours after eating to see how a particular food affects your levels. Some foods you may have to give up to stay within a healthy BS range. Good luck to you!