Newbee...Need Help Please

By Corkiedoodles Latest Reply 2011-07-03 17:39:57 -0500
Started 2011-07-02 14:01:02 -0500

I was just diagnosed with diabetes. I am surmising it is type 2 since my hemoglobin A1c was 7.4. I've been told by my doctor to stop eating sugar and sent a little information that was very confusing. I've spoken with a couple of friends who have been diagnosed with diabetes a while ago and they both have different ways of dealing with it.

I believe I've become a little depressed with the news. The first night I OD'd on sugar (I guess this is a part of denial). I've had so many health issues that I've dealt with in the passed 7 years that this was the virtual needles that broke the camel's back.

How do I shop? How do I eat? I don't even know how to test my blood sugar or if I have to. Is there anyone that can guide me where to find out this information?

God Bless you All for your help!

4 replies

lmkilday 2011-07-03 17:39:57 -0500 Report

It isn't just sugar you need to avoid. It's carbohydrates found in starches, too. There is a paperback book you can buy online or in the bookstore listing carb counts for different types of food. If your favorite food is high in carbs, look for alternatives. For example, if you like bread, find a low carb bread or make your own bread with low carb flour. Switch from sugar to a sugar substitute. This website has a lot of low carb recipes. Your doctor's office can teach you how to test your blood sugar. The kits also give very detailed instructions on checking your blood sugar. Freestyle Lite has a free meter online and gives discounts for test strips.

Harlen 2011-07-02 19:13:29 -0500 Report

Hello and welcome
First take a brake and quit stressing over it
We are all difrent I can eat things that others can not and they can eat things that I cant .What works for me may or may not work for you.
Cut back on the carbs as best as you can.
It's a long road that we are on and it will take time to get it all down .
Best wishes

Kirla 2011-07-02 17:42:45 -0500 Report

This is what helped me

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.

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

CaliKo 2011-07-02 14:12:21 -0500 Report

Hi Corkiedoodles,
I'm sorry for your diagnosis, but you'll find your way. The quickest way to get on top of it is to become educated about the disease. Your doctor or hospital can recommend and/or enroll you in classes led by a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) which is the easiest, quickest way to get on top of it. My CDE had already contacted my insurance company and got the meter they would pay for, and taught me how to use it. We had an initial one-on-one where we talked about weight goals and she gave me a meal plan which consists of a daily calorie range and how that should break down into grams of carb, fat and proteins for each day, and how it should be spread out over the day. Then there were five group classes that focused on different aspects, what is diabetes, medications, complications, grocery shopping, meal planning, exercise etc. etc. My insurance company paid a large chunk of the cost of the class, then the CDE gave me so many good coupons for my test strips for the first year that it pretty much made the class free for me.
And of course, you are probably already doing lots of reading here on this site. Good luck!

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