New to the Diabetic world! Was just Diagnosed two days ago

By Alaskagal907 Latest Reply 2011-10-21 16:10:20 -0500
Started 2011-10-16 21:55:24 -0500

Hi there!
I was just Diagnosed with Type 2 just two days ago. Learning how to finger poke and check the blood sugars. and change my diet.
The Doctor has me to start out with on 500mg of Metformin once per day x 3 days. then she wants me to take 1 in morning and one at bed time. Then starting on the 21st. she wants me taking Actos for a week and then come in for a blood draw to see what is going on .
Being I'm new to this and freshly Diagnosed. She is also going to have me Register for a Diabetic class. Which I think will help a lot.
I went out and bought a couple Diabetic cook books yesterday.
Can anyone throw me ideas on the eating charts?
I'm still learning :)
Thanks !!

21 replies

Uncle Lew
Uncle Lew 2011-10-21 16:10:20 -0500 Report

Welcome to our world. You will find that portion control will let you eat a very normal diet. A little planning and you can enjoy virtually everything you have eaten before. Keep up the positive action and pro-activity and you will live a good, long, long life.

BEVERLYLREED 2011-10-20 11:18:36 -0500 Report

Good luck!!!! I am new at this as well so I can't give you any advise yet, except try to be diligent in following what your doctor says and listen to the people on this site. They are GREAT!!! Some people here have had diabetes for a long time and they know what they are doing. I agree.. take a class if you can. I have a Diabetes nurse calling me in a couple of weeks to go over the major dos and dont's, but until then I have learned quit a bit by doing my own research on the web and talking to others in this community. Good luck and God Bless. you will be fine :)

TsalagiLenape 2011-10-20 06:52:50 -0500 Report

I applaud you on taking the positive proactive steps you are on your diabetes. I sincerely believe that a bit of prevention while dealing with this chronic disease will help all of us in the long run. So thus I hope you find the answers you seek. Have a great day!:)

LouellaMarie 2011-10-20 02:43:09 -0500 Report

I am very new to being diagnoses also, and I am about to go to classes too! I can't hardly wait to get there! I have to eat alot of carbs to keep up my sugar, and yet I need to loose weight. Well, I don't get it all yet, so the classes are going to be a really really good thing to do, and I hope you go soon too, then we'll know more than we do now about it all. Good luck, Louella

Jeanae 2011-10-19 21:25:52 -0500 Report

attend the classes, read as much as you can, exercies and get a book that lists all kinds of foods and even fast food and restaurants fods. Write everything down. I was diagnosed mid August. So far I have lost 37 pounds, my bp is doing so well they took me off one of my bp meds. My A1c went from a 10.7 to a 7.5 and I feel so much better. I write everything that goes into my mouth down and calculate my fat grams, calories, carbs, sodium, and protein at the end of each day. Good luck. It can be overwhelming at first but the people in this community are gems of info. Learn from them. They amaze me every day.

tabby9146 2011-10-19 09:28:24 -0500 Report

definitely attend those classes, if you don't already, exercise at least 30 minutes a day if possible. Like others said, you have to read those labels and check blood sugar more than once daily, at the times your doctor recommends. usually it's two hours after a meal and first thing in the morning. It won't be too long before you know how all the foods affect you.

Mickey/CCHT 2011-10-18 17:50:25 -0500 Report

Welcome to a whole new world! I'm on a learning curve also! Reading labels and trying to figure out carbs and stuff is crazy! Sick with it though! I'm looking forward to some nutrition classes. That will help. Good luck! Blessings.

valentine lady
valentine lady 2011-10-18 13:18:09 -0500 Report

Where I'm sure there are eating charts you can follow, you best bet is to follow this rule of thumb: read all packages and cans, etc. for the carb content and sugar content. Remember low carbs and no sugar. Be careful because sugar comes by diffeant names. Sucrose, lactose usually anything ending in"ose". Also go to Discussions and click on to "Liivihng with Diabetes". It helped me a lot. And remember we're all here for you. Hope we can be friends…Valentine Lady

GaryFB 2011-10-18 11:21:36 -0500 Report

Your best bet is to attend those classes and hang in there! May be tough in the beginning but it will be worth it. Soon the control will be there. Believe me, most of us began at the same place you have

Sweet Tammy
Sweet Tammy 2011-10-17 22:15:42 -0500 Report

Lay off drinking soda's and drink alot of water. Sugar collects in the kidneys-so the more you keep your kidneys flushed out, the better off you will be. Splenda works best to sweeten your tea, if you drink tea. Be careful with fruits-alot of them can be very high in sugar.

Alaskagal907 2011-10-17 23:56:46 -0500 Report

Hi Tammy. I don't drink sodas at all. All i drink is water and occassionally milk. I had kidney stones removed back in May. So I drink pretty much nothing but water.

byrun 2011-10-17 11:31:42 -0500 Report

They are going to talk with you about tracking your carb intake. 15g of carbs equals 1 carb serving. It seems for most of us that 3 meals/day with 4-5 carb servings and 3 snacks with 2-3 carb servings is the normal suggestion. Portion/serving size control is also very important. As oldandgrey posted, you will need to test your blood glucose levels to see how different foods and amounts affect you. Welcome to our community!!!! There are so many wonderful people here with lots of life experience information, on living with diabetes.

LouellaMarie 2011-10-20 02:46:35 -0500 Report

4-5 carb servings seem like so much to me! I need to loose weight, and yet I seem to be eating alot of bread and stuff to get in all those carbs! It doesn't all make sense to me yet, so I'm also heading for those classes as soon as possible, still seems like alot of food to get those carbs in though! Louella

Alaskagal907 2011-10-17 11:33:48 -0500 Report

The thing that will confuse me and will take some getting use to is tracking grams and calories. But it is still a learning lesson. I was never one good at math LOL , But I'm sure eventually it will all sink in once I learn everything. Thanks for the info. Byrun :)

GaryFB 2011-10-18 11:26:41 -0500 Report

Track away! You'll get on to it. Most meters come with logbooks to write it all down. A routine will soon develop and you'll be on your way! And ask about hooking up with a certified diabetic educator. A lot of times they are, as mine is, an RN, and they can make further suggestions and referrals. Hang in there!

byrun 2011-10-17 11:49:42 -0500 Report

It is a learning process. You will do well with it. It is also helpful to keep a food diary and when you test certain foods to keep a journal on that, for reference.

Alaskagal907 2011-10-17 11:55:49 -0500 Report

Thanks! I will make sure I start doing that. I will get a note book just to put down what I have eaten and when. At least that will give me an idea of what I am doing right and wrong. I'm anxious for the Nutrition classes. My biggest no no I was doing before I was diagnosed was I was eating a lot! Going back for seconds etc. And my weakness was the carbs! the taters. We grow up in a society where we are able to eat what ever , when ever. Not thinking of the out come later on in life. Last night I did get splenda for my coffee in the morning. and I looked on the milk container and OMG the sugar in that WOW! so once again it is a learning process, I was just Diagnosed on the 14th so just a few days ago. But what a life changing ordeal, BUT it will be for the better!!! :) now I just have to figure out what I can do for excersise. being I live in Alaska and it has been raining for days, and getting colder. the snow will be flying very soon . I'm going to have to look on craigslist and see if I can get a tread mill for the winters to use. In the Spring and Summer I fish and hike quite a bit :)

GaryFB 2011-10-18 11:29:35 -0500 Report

Try hooking up with a wellness/exercise program, sometimes at low/no cost. Hospitals can sometimes get that info.

Old-n-Grey-n-Wiser 2011-10-17 10:28:30 -0500 Report

By keeping track of what you eat and how it effects your blood glucose levels and slowly find what you should stay away from. Old-n-Grey