What to do When You Are New

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2011-11-14 12:48:29 -0600
Started 2011-11-13 07:30:06 -0600


This is a great little slide show by dlife.com that it geared to help those who are newly diagnosed. Take a peek and share some of the things that you learned when you were first diagnosed.

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GabbyPA 2011-11-13 07:31:11 -0600 Report

One of the very first things I did was find a helper. My mom. She gave me a lot of her diabetic exchange booklets and helped me get organized. It was a huge leg up for me to have that guidance.

TsalagiLenape 2011-11-13 20:03:03 -0600 Report

Ok Gabby where do you find the diabetic exchange booklets. Maybe that would help me more with my eating plan. Thank you

jayabee52 2011-11-13 23:58:03 -0600 Report

here is such an exchange list ~ http://www.diabeteswellbeing.com/diabetic-exc...

GabbyPA 2011-11-14 12:48:29 -0600 Report

I have one that is a booklet that came from the diabetes association. I don't know if they make it anymore, but you could ask for their exchange guide. Another great book that doesn't use exchanges, but carb counts directly is "The Diabetes Carbohydrate & Fat Gram Guide". I got mine with my diabetes education class and it is GOLD. It lists a huge variety of foods as well as fast foods and some major brands of grocery foods. It is VERY helpful.

watson4042 2011-11-13 19:31:49 -0600 Report

my helper is my roommate who also has diabetes and she knows alot about diet, BUT her blood sugars are totally out of wack! and i mean out of control no matter what she eats. so both of us are signing up for all the classes kaiser has to offer and doing lots of reading. but it's still confusing to me and difficult to understand.

TsalagiLenape 2011-11-14 07:15:47 -0600 Report

Actually Watson my dad says "There is never a stupid Question perhaps only a stupid answer" but here you will get loads of support help and etc on anything you post. Trust me on this I have been here only a few short months but the love compassion support and answers is worth more than all the gold in Fort Knox! Hugs

jayabee52 2011-11-13 20:02:37 -0600 Report

Howdy Watson, and WELCOME to DiabeticConnect!
I had been with kaiser for about 3 years when I lived in SF bay area and I loved the care my bride and I got there! If I had a kaiser here in Las Vegas I would still be with them.

It is difficult, of course to understand, but being on DC for these past 3 years has clarified a lot in my mind.

Please keep returning to DC and ask any questions you have, even if you think it is silly. There are a lot of people here who not only talk the talk but walk the walk of living with diabetes. And they're certainly willing to share their hard-earned knowledge with you.

Blessings to you and yours