any help would be appreciated

By squeedo Latest Reply 2011-06-27 10:00:16 -0500
Started 2011-06-23 19:21:57 -0500

I have type 2 diabetes that is poorly controlled. I have no medical insurance and I am a single mother of two children aged 8 and 9. I was in the er yesterday and was told my A1C is 9.9 my blood glucose reading was 348. I am a total loss on what diet I should be on. And what foods are good and bad. I know carbs are bad and pasta and breads are a huge no no but that is all I know. I have been a diabetic for about 5 years and I am as clueless as when I was first diagnosed. I am on 1000 mg of Metphormin and 40 units of insulin everyday. I am supposed to be on 30 mgs of Actos but with the cost of $265. a rx I simply can not afford it and because I am not pregnant I can not get medical assistance in my state of KY. Can anyone help me with what foods to eat and which to avoid. I am clueless and scared to death! Thank you.

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ochibeachgirl 2011-06-27 10:00:16 -0500 Report

Hope you are doing ok. I suggest that if you can find a dietician to work out a diet, that will help too. When I was diagnosed, I found a great book (don't remember the name) that told me all the foods I am accustomed to and how they ranked calorie wise, then the dietician told me that I don't need to worry about special foods, but more about portion control. So eating supersized fast foods is definitely not a good option. You do need some carbs, but you need to figure which ones you tolerate best. some people can't eat certain stuff, cause it sends up there BG#s. While others can eat the same stuff without a problem - every body is different and has its own triggers.
What helps to reduce meds is trying to lose some weight. For a lot of people, 10 lbs can do it. So try to increase your level of activity gradually and hopefully you can decrease the meds. Talk to your doctor to find cheaper alternatives, and take care of yourself.

Harlen 2011-06-23 20:24:57 -0500 Report

Hello and welcome
As you read the post on this site you will get a lot of info on all the thinks that you will need to know and there is a lot to know lol
But your off to a good start coming here
Best wishes

jayabee52 2011-06-23 20:17:48 -0500 Report

Howdy Squeedo! WELCOME to Diabeticconnect!
Just take a deep breath and be calm. Yes it is scary, but it does you no good to be so frightened. In fact, strong emotions like fear can actually raise your Blood Glucose Numbers ("BG#s"). Be calm so you can think clearly!

Do you have a glucometer? If you don't get a reli-on brand meter from Wal-mart. It is inexpensive and so are the test strips. And test your BG#s at minimum 3 times a day.

As far as what foods to eat, you can eat common foods, just avoid high carbohydrate foods like white potatoes, white bread, white pasta. Eat more low glycemic index vegetables and more proteins. You can use your meter to tell you what to eat tailored
for what YOUR body can or can't tolerate.

I have reduced my carb load to a very minimum level and eat a lot of veggies and protein mostly in the form of boneless/skinless chicken breasts or low fat hamburger patties. I had been on a low dose of insulin in the past, but now I control my BG#s pretty well through my eating plan. I haven't taken an insulin shot for about 3 months now, and I keep my BGs in the normal range for the most part.

There's a lot more to learn. I've been a person with diabetes ("PWD") since 1995 and I am still learning about this condition. But I don't want to overwhelm you with information. Please come back and ask questions and learn more about how to use your meter to tell you what to eat, and other things.

Blessings to you and yours


sewinggranny 2011-06-23 19:49:29 -0500 Report

You are going to need medicine to get your sugar under control. I do not think diet along will do it. Mine was 9.9 in January and I do not know what it is now I saw my diabetic doctor today but he is waiting for me to see my regular doctor in two months so I will not have to pay for lab work twice. Talk to your doctor and tell him you cannot afford the Actos and they will find something else that is cheaper for you to take. I am on 2000 units of metformin 1000 in the morning and 1000 at night and I take insulin 60 units 3 times a day then I take another insulin 90 units at bedtime. This is a great site to help you and its already helping me do not miss any of your doses of insulin or your metformin because that will affect your readings. My doctor told me to keep my carbs at mealtimes around 45 so that may help you if you will count your carbs for each meal. Also ask your doctor for a diet to follow he can give you one. Good luck and keep in touch. We both want to get our sugar under control so we do not have any complications. Carolyn

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