By chall1971 Latest Reply 2011-11-01 22:10:57 -0500
Started 2011-10-30 22:18:35 -0500

My husband was diagnosed on this past Monday with Type II.
It is quite overwhelming. He was very upset and somewhat sad, understandably so…
I am trying to adjust the family's diet. Any pointers for meal plans? Other advice is welcome, too!!!

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Darrin D
Darrin D 2011-11-01 19:59:40 -0500 Report

It is great that you are adjusting your family diet. One of the best ways to keep the levels good, is to watch the meter. It will help you know what foods affect him the most. As far as meal plans, check the recipes section right here on DC. There are a lot of good ideas right there. Good luck to you and your husband Michelle. Darrin

RAYT721 2011-10-31 19:53:09 -0500 Report

Howdy and Happy Halloween! First of all a quick and sincere welcome to you to our family/community. I've learned so much since my diagnosis in March 2010. I can relate to the fears, feelings and frustrations you are speaking of (and a few other "F" words come to mind too). I can completely understand the overwhelmedness (is that a word?). My advice? Take baby steps. People who try to push a complete life change overnight will more likely burn out than anything so set and achieve one goal at a time. Right now, focus on the dietary changes a little at a time. Start out by learning to read nutritional labels on recipes and ingredients. Learn to swap healthier ingredients for less healthy. The glucose meter will tell you a lot more than the people around you who have a need to tell others how to control diabetes. The problem is they are citing old myths. Diabetes is not a horrible condition … unmanaged and irresponsible diabetes is!

LauraS 2011-10-31 14:24:45 -0500 Report

I was diagnosed last year and my basic advise would be no sugar, low carb, exercise. It was hard in the beginning but it gets easier. There is lots of information on the web and this site is very supportive.

jayabee52 2011-10-31 12:19:25 -0500 Report

Howdy Michelle WELCOME to DC!

I understand that this is upsetting for both of you. But please relax about the Dx, It is not a death sentence, unless he makes it so. Many people here live long, healthy lives. How healthy depends on what he does to manage his condition. Your role is to support him in making the best choices.

I have likened diabetes to a race, a marathon race. If you try to run the whole marathon like it were a sprint or 100 yard dash he'll burn out in caring for himself and it wouldn't be good for you or for him. Start with baby steps and learn about this condition slowly, at whatever pace is comfortable. As you both grow in knowledge and ability to care for himself, it will get easier. For me, I've been a person with diabetes for 16 years now and it is now a part of me and who I am. However I learn something new about my diabetes nearly every day. I don't think I'll ever stop learning about it.

I could share with you what I do to manage my diabetes without the use of diabetes meds. But I won't right now as I had to have my "head" in the right place before I could take the steps to do that. It is quite a radical change in my meal plan. I was not ready before but once I was everything seemed to click into place.

My prayers are with you and yours



reneeramaekers 2011-10-31 07:18:02 -0500 Report

It is hard I am very lucky that my husband has been super supportive !! He eats everything I cook and says it's pretty good I still cook him and my son some of their favorite meals every now and then. But everyone likes the new menus.
We eat a lot of chicken, turkey, and seafood with fresh veggies
I have just in the past week started taking cinnamon and my fasting blood sugar was 102 thus morning. And I got that info from my friends on this web site. This has helped more than my Dr ever could have. These guys support you and know how you feel !!!
Welcome !!!

stormz 2011-10-31 20:17:49 -0500 Report

Your right renermaekers when I came here I thought I knew a lot but I ended up learning a lot more. Even though I have had diabetes for 11 years now. Were always learning something new. I learned everything I know about it on the web. I was alone when I found out. So my computer and I are close friends. I consider DC even closer though. Y'all here are great! I can't live without you guys. God Bless!

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