Need Help?

By SEEKINGHELP Latest Reply 2011-09-24 18:09:59 -0500
Started 2011-09-20 22:17:19 -0500

Hello everyone, I have never been to a Diabetic Nutritionist which can help me with my diet. I no longer have insurance and is trying to get some help Thu the state. So far still on the waiting game. I also dont have a Diabetic Support group in my area.. My question is how can I find out whats the right diet and exchanges I need to get on track…?

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SEEKINGHELP 2011-09-24 18:09:59 -0500 Report

Veggie1962, Thanks for the reminder of the Center, I did go there a while back. I have to do some checking out in this area or nearby areas. I thank you for the sites so that I can check out what i can qualify for in programs or medication help. I know it is expensive to run such programs, but they such have programs free or have it affordable for those that dont have insurance. California laws are so stupid at times.. But, I guess I cant complain to must if I dont fight like other for the law..:)

I will keep you in the loop..:) Thanks for your help..

veggie1962 2011-09-24 12:58:51 -0500 Report

Hi Seekinghelp,

Do you know about the Hemet Family Care Center? They use a sliding scale for the uninsured and have nutrition counseling services (is that where you saw the nutritionist?). They also have a Diabetes Self Management Program but sounds like that is insurance covered or if you qualify for certain programs.

I pray that your state coverage comes through. My wife started her own business this spring and we were fortunate enough to get on state sponsored insurance and my endo's office found a way for my OmniPods to get covered so I feel blessed.

If you are paying out of pocket for meds, the health center will probably be able to help you get low cost or free meds.

Let me know how you make out.

SEEKINGHELP 2011-09-22 19:42:00 -0500 Report

Jayabee, I really thanks you for your help and advice. How do I know were my metabolism stands.. I know I can gain weight easily and that carb raise my sugar so fast and crazy.. Being a T2D, also make picking food hard for me I think I need my Diabetic teaching or classes to understand the basic.. I have had T2D since 2004 and my mom dead of Diabetes (T1D), so you think I should be aware and more knowledgeable of this disease but I think I have just not followed it correctly. So I need a refresher course..

I will check out the sites and check the labels a little more closer.. I appreciate all the prayers, I need it..

Plus I would love any help I can get, thanks :)

MEGriff1950 2011-09-22 22:30:23 -0500 Report

Hi again Seeking, yes a nutritionist or dietician will be most helpful designing a meal plan around your lifestyle. They can teach you why some foods raise blood sugars. Some areas have free or sliding scale diabetic education classes. If you can attend one of these they are great. Don't be discouraged. I was diagnosed in 2003 and finally gained control less then 2 months ago. Bread and rice are my biggest problem followed closely by pasta. Many diabetics have little problems with rice or whole wheat bread. It really helps me to keep a daily journal of what I ate, how much and my blood sugar readings. This will help you see foods you need to cut back on or eat on very rare occasssions. I also type out my sugar readings for my doctor and make notes of what I ate that caused bad raises.

jayabee52 2011-09-20 23:08:30 -0500 Report

Howdy Nikki!

Mary (MEGriff) gave some good suggestions below.

You may be better served by getting a glucometer and learning to eat what works of YOU and for YOUR metabolism. Diabetes is not a one-size-fits-all kind of condition. It would be good to use the glycemic index to give you a general idea of what to test and what to avoid, and then use your meter to fine tune your eating plan to YOUR own personal metabolism. There is a good way to test foods and drinks and what they do to your own metabolism. I'd be willing to share that with you should you request.

Another thing is you need to read labels, particularly for their carbohydrate content. For us People with Diabetes (PWD) carbohydrates (aka "carbs") are more important than calories in the management of our condition. If you get something which does not have a label on it, you can go to or to and follow their instructions to determine the carb content of a particular food or drink.

I pray this is heloful to you

and I pray God's richest blessings be upon you and yours

James Baker

MEGriff1950 2011-09-20 22:39:52 -0500 Report

Hello Seeking help, I suggest you start reading the numberous posts here. Also you can call the American Diabetes Association and talk with them. They might be able to give you some good leads in order to get help. You did not mention what type of diabetes you have. Do you have a meter that you can check your blood glucose levels with. For my sedentary lifestyle I need 45 grams of carbohydrates with each meal. Eating 3 meals a day is important to help keep you blood sugars more level. Eat plenty of veggies. Fruits have carbs so they need to be counted in your meal plan. Fruit juices are very high in carbs and not recommended in large amounts. Drink lots of water. Your meat should be lean and not fried.
If you do not have a meter visit the manufactures sites they often will send you a free meter with a few test strips. Contact them all so you are covered for a while.
Best of luck,

MEGriff1950 2011-09-20 23:01:48 -0500 Report

Want to add that for some members it is late at night. I am sure many more will respond tomorrow :) You are not alone in this.

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