I have not been a member here very long but I have lived with type 2 since 2003. In the past I received very poor advice from a nurse practictioner and well meaning people. It was not until my dr finally sent me to a diabetes education class that I finally learned what I needed to gain control over my diabetes. There are several sites that only touch upon the subject but lack what can be learned by attending a class. In many areas you can find free classes and support groups. The class I attended cost nearly $600.00 but was covered by my medicare hmo.
Why oh why isn't your medical professional teaching you everything you need to know and answering your questions? My guess is that they are only alloted 5, 10 or 15 minutes per patient that includes the time they are writting prescriptions and making notes for your file. Plain and simple they do not have the time to totally educate you on diabetes. In the medical profession there are so many different diseases, illnesses and constant changes in treatments it is impossible for them to keep up. Face it people some drs just don't know squat about diabetes.
I keep seeing people on this site say stop eating carbs. I learned in class that both type 1 and 2 need to consume carbohydrates unless they are told otherwise by their specialist. No carbs includes fruits which are extremly nutritious. Legumes are high carbs but also great sources of protein and fiber. Here was a shocker, on 3 professional (not blog) sites I read that potatoes can help to lower blood sugar! I have seen so many write here don't eat potatoes. After I put them back into my meal plans I found out that my bg's were fine, can't say they helped lower for sure. Potatoes can be topped with so many delicious things instead of butter and sour cream. I use hot canned tomatoes, canned kidney beans, a healthy chili only your imagination will stop you here.
Yesterday I visited a blog site. One gentleman had gotten his A1C down to 5.7 and his doctor told him he was no longer diabetic. He continued to eat the diabetic meal plans and exercise for a while. Then he stopped and started eating like "normal" people. He is back working on getting his blood glucose under control again through diet, exercise and medications. This was a big lesson for me in the future.
Your best friend to help you with your diabetes is your daily journal. You can lie to your spouse, best friend, boss but be honest in your journal. If you eat a whole chocolate cake write it down. Keep track of portions, use measuring cups or a scale to help. Keep track of your blood glucose reading in your journal. This will help you in seeing your high and low patterns. I also use my journal to make a typed copy of my blood glucose readings for my doctor. I type 1 day per line and the readings and when done. I also make notes of why my readings were high such as I ate spaghetti or deep fried shrimp. Making these notes for your doctor helps them to get a clear picture of what is really going on with your diabetes. On a personal note my doctor was really happy that I was finally able to pinpoint some foods to avoid or cut back on.
I thought rice was really bad for me. A friend also has problems with rice affecting his reading too. After I learned from my journal that deep fried foods badly affect BG readings I started thinking about rice. The only time I ate rice was when I ate Chinese foods. Why Chinese foods? I mostly ate their deep fried dishes like Almond Chicken, General Tso Chicken etc.
Lastly if your health care professional can't or won't help you fire them. If you do not do your job well you will get fired. You do not have to continue to go to someone who won't help you. The American Diabetes Association site says they are there to help. Try contacting them for answers.
God be with you all.
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