newly diagnosed

Ms Maddogg
By Ms Maddogg Latest Reply 2011-08-18 13:42:01 -0500
Started 2011-08-16 07:28:43 -0500

am at a complete loss…have been told to check bs tid but the n what do i do with it? we were told to lose weight, watch carb.(don't understand the carb breack down) the nutritionist was a little on the vage side

6 replies

Doryian 2011-08-18 13:09:30 -0500 Report

I am also newly diagnosed. Out of desperation, I post all of my random "dumb" questions here. I have learned SO MUCH over the past two weeks. I'm in your same boat - I'd be happy to share what I know and be a shoulder for you to cry on if you need it. It's very overwhelming… *hugs*

jayabee52 2011-08-16 13:44:36 -0500 Report

I trust, Linda, you are recording your BG readings in a logbook or sheet. When you see your Dr next, Doc will want to see it to determine how you're doing with control of your diabetes.

You can also use that information to determine for yourself how to best control your BG numbers. If you ate a certain food, and your next reading was rather high, then you are alerted that you should either have a smaller serving of that food the next time you eat it, or should avoid it altogether because it doesn't play nice with your metabolism.

If you didn't understand your nutritionist (a RD?) you would have been better served had you questioned her until you did understand. As a Person with Diabetes ("PWD") we often need to ask questions of the Drs and other members of our diabetes care team and keep asking questions until they can help us understand clearly what that means in practical terms —- for us.

Ask those questions here on DC too, you'll find a wealth of information from many friendly people who are walking the walk, and have often been, there done that too.

Blessings to you and yours, Linda.


Diaschm 2011-08-18 13:30:56 -0500 Report

Jaybee52's advice is very good there are alot of friend on this site. I know I have learned so much from him and others. Jay tell them how you use the glysemic index. This really helped me I have been doing this for about a mouth and it is easier then just counting carbs alone. Hope you stay on DC. Diaschm

jayabee52 2011-08-18 13:42:01 -0500 Report

Thank you Diana! (blushes)

I use the glycemic index as a starting point, as it is a general average of what a food does to our bodies when we metabolize it. I then test each food/drink I want to consume to see what it does to MY own body as I metabolize it. That way I can tailor my eating plan to my own body. Between me, Diana and you, Linda, we might have 3 different reactions to something we consume. So no one eating plan is exactly right for us all.

And counting carbs or using the GI is a matter of personal choice.

MameCDE 2011-08-16 07:47:57 -0500 Report

Use the blood sugar numbers to help manage your care. Look for trends, certain days, or times of days, etc. to see when you are high or low. Try to get to targets. Before eating in am should be 90-130 mg and two hours sfter you eat a meal try for less than 160-180. If you are going to go through the trouble of picking yourself, you might as well use the information to help you feel better. Also look on the web for a Certified Diabetes Educator or diabetes education class, and enroll. It will be of great help! Good luck.

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