I am new

By bigbird988 Latest Reply 2012-03-08 13:05:28 -0600
Started 2012-03-05 08:12:42 -0600

I am newly diagnose and now have a doc's appt. in todays how do i control my levels till then ?

28 replies

eristar 2012-03-08 06:28:26 -0600 Report

Hello and welcome! I have my A1C tomorrow…hope it hasn't jumped too much…Glad your numbers are headed in the right direction. Keep up the good work and keep us informed on your progress!

bigbird988 2012-03-08 05:23:52 -0600 Report

Saw the doc yesterday and he gave me some diabetic pills and bloodpressure pills my blood sugars were finally below 27 this morning they were 16 still high but better than all weekend

Young1s 2012-03-08 11:35:35 -0600 Report

That's great that your BG's are coming down. I hope it continues as the pills start to take effect, your diet changes and you incorporate exercise into your daily routine. I start a discussion a while back called Tips for the Newly Diagnosed (that I picked up from everyone here), that lays out some of key things you'll want to do as you adjust to this new lifestyle. I hope they helped you as they've helped me.


jayabee52 2012-03-08 11:44:41 -0600 Report

Still 1 did the conversion (using the converter tool posted below) into the mg/dl and 16 mmol/l = 288 mg/dl.

Young1s 2012-03-08 12:19:33 -0600 Report

Yes I saw that. It's a wonderful drop from up around 486. 288 is still far higher than wanted but the numbers are moving in the right direction.

BTW: Thank you for the link…I think it's great.

Young1s 2012-03-05 16:42:19 -0600 Report

I just want you to know that it's perfectly fine that you feel this way about your D. We all deal with the news in our own way. I too wasn't angry or scared about it. Fortunately, I was at a point where I needed to make some major life changes or suffer the consequences. The alternative was not the route I wanted to go anymore, so right away I just wanted to know all I could in order to control my D. I sometimes think that it will hit me later but in the meantime, I feel fine about the fact that I'm a diabetic and know that I can live a perfectly healthy life with this lifelong annoyance.

bigbird988 2012-03-05 15:11:57 -0600 Report

Thank you too all who have supported me thus far it is weird i am not really mad or upset just curious as h
Maybe the seriousness hasn't hit me yet
Thank you again
Have a pleasant day more questions to come. :)

Bamberg 2012-03-05 13:03:57 -0600 Report

I just got my A1C back. It was 8 three months ago. Now it's 5.8. I stopped the Metformin 6 weeks ago. I was in poor shape before I was diagnosed. Someday I'm 'gonna have to say that diabetes saved my life. Don't be too upset. It could leave uou a much healthier person.

Old-n-Grey-n-Wiser 2012-03-05 10:34:15 -0600 Report

That is another reason to keep a log different foods will affect each of us differently, what spikes me may not bother you, for the first few months it's all about experimenting

Lizardfan 2012-03-07 15:09:39 -0600 Report

Blood sugar logs and a food diary was the best thing I did for myself after diagnosis. It really helped. Great advise OGW!

bigbird988 2012-03-05 09:55:58 -0600 Report

I see him on wednesday and yes i am in canada i am keeping a record of my tests . Thats why i am asking what foods should i be eating and those i should stay away or cut down drastically. Just had cheerios is that good or bad ? Is there certain foods that counteract blood sugars rising?

Nick1962 2012-03-05 10:21:59 -0600 Report

If they were the whole grain Cherrios, that wouldn't be too bad, but things like white breads, pastas, white rice, potatos, most breakfast cereals are things that you'll need to cut or limit. The more protein like fish, eggs, lean meat you can get the better too. Fresh fruits and veggies are good also. We can work on that as you go along. Some of us here have very strict diets and are doing very well with it, and lost a lot of weight.
Oh and I forgot - welcome! Sorry you qualify for our little party, but glad you're here!

Nick1962 2012-03-05 09:38:44 -0600 Report

Well, there is no single answer until we know more about your levels, but the main thing is to reduce carbohydrate and sugar intake, and portion control. My rule of thumb is no single food should contain more than 7 grams of sugar or 7 carbs. That is proabably a drastic cut for you but try making a goal of it (or close). It won't happen overnight, but it will happen. Also, as Tsal­agiL­enap­e wisely stated below, you will need to start a food diary, at least until you can get things under control. And yes, ask questions.

bigbird988 2012-03-05 08:53:59 -0600 Report

Just tested 21.7 i only have had coffee no food would honey nut cheerios help to lower my level?

Caroltoo 2012-03-05 15:15:07 -0600 Report

Protein is most likely to lower your BG level. Good high protein breakfast is an egg and sm. patty of meat (hamburger, sausage, etc.). More concerned about your BG than your cholesterol at this point.

Gambling 2012-03-05 16:04:27 -0600 Report

I have been using "egg whites" for my omelets with veggies and cheese. I recently added "vegan" bacon or sausage .

Caroltoo 2012-03-05 16:08:07 -0600 Report

Recent studies I've seen referenced have shown that you can eat up to a dozen eggs a week with no impact on your cholesterol. If so, the yolk is tasty and provides lots of nutrients not found in the whites. I, too, always add veggies, cheese, and some bacon or sausage to my omlettes. Yummy, aren't they?

bigbird988 2012-03-05 15:31:40 -0600 Report

Thank you ? Egg every morning , how many which is best poached hard boiled or fried?

Caroltoo 2012-03-05 15:56:06 -0600 Report

I poach, hard boil, fry in extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil at low temp, or saute.

My breakfast is usually a bowl of vegetables with an egg on top. This morning, I used coconut oil on low fire to saute onions, red pepper, then added a cup of fresh spinach and 2 cut up stalks of kale and let that steam on top of the cooking onions. After that was all cooked, I stirred it up and topped w/feta cheese crumbles. Pushed all this to the side of my wok and cooked about 5 spears of asparagus. Pushed all aside and did the egg in the remaining coconut oil.

Other times, I'll use the veggies as a base spread across the base of a smaller pan, and just steam the egg on top of the vegetables. A lid on almost any pan will turn it into a steamer.

If my BS are really high, I may have a piece of steak or an Angus burger patty. Protein and exercise drop my BGs like a rock. Obviously, need other foods most of the time, but it is an effective quick-fix when you need one.

Hard boiled eggs are a nice topping to a lunch salad. Also good as an open-faced sandwich — great with a little curry on them for spiced up flavor.

Things to avoid for now (you may find you can eat them later) would be bread, cereal, pasta, potatoes, rice, milk (many of us are lactose intolerant and don't know it), and sugar/sweeteners (any kind).

Focus on low carbohydrate vegetables like the ones I mentioned above or the ones listed in the discussion (25 Low Carbohydrate Vegetables) and low carbohydrate fruit (25 Low Carbohydrate Vegetables) (note: the link listed is incorrect, so look below in the discussion to the link that Temi provided). Balance this out with beef, turkey, chicken, fish (salmon is a great choice), and lamb. Olive oil, coconut oil, and avocados are good sources of MUFAS which are healthier oils.

Drink lots of water and, if you use tap water, get a Pur or Britta filter for your tap or a use a refrigerator bottle with a filter. Tap water has hormones and other chemicals that are legal, but complicate our ability to deal with our diabetes.

Watch your portion size. Good food choices still cause BG bumps when you eat too much. Better choice is to spread the food intake that keeps your weight constant over 5-6 smaller meals and snacks instead of 2 or 3 larger ones. Also helps to lower your cholesterol, if that's an issue.

Nick1962 2012-03-05 09:33:27 -0600 Report

bigbird, I assume you're in Canada by the 21.7 number you just gave, correct?
That is very high and I assume also your doctor knows this?

bigbird988 2012-03-05 08:37:35 -0600 Report

Thank you for reply i am not to stressed about this just some questions as to what to eat so blood sugars stay level? I do have a meter and test results were high . My appt.
is wed at 930 am
How many times does one test daily ? I use stevia as a substitute is that the best so you don't get after taste ? Talk soon:)

jigsaw 2012-03-08 13:05:28 -0600 Report

How many times to test can vary with each individual. If your bg is fairly stable, then no need to test as frequently as if it is not. I test fasting bg upon rising in the AM, 2 hours after breakfast, 2hours after lunch, before dinner, and before bedtime. My endo recommends twice a day, but because my meds have been altered, i am testing more frequently to see how my body is responding. One other thing I want to attempt to clarify. You are recieving quite a bit of excellent info here, and it's quite a big chunk to swallow. One of the biggest culprits of high blood sugar when it comes to diet, is carbohydrates. In an attempt to simplfy, learn about simple carbs in particular, and complex carbs. Restrict your intake of carbs, especially simple carbs and your blood sugar will head in the right direction. This is a very basic yet extremely important step to controlling bg.

TsalagiLenape 2012-03-05 08:30:55 -0600 Report

So is your appointment for later on today? Or some other day? I ask for I am a bit confused on what you had said above. Do you have a meter? Hmmm maybe not. But your best bet is to sit down, write out all the questions you have for your doctor. Mark the ones that dont make sense and he/she doesnt answer with stars. Also start doing a food diary. Why? For when you do get a meter you will see what spikes your Blood Sugar aka bg's. Dont hesitate to come back here and ask a ZILLION questions ok? The same applies to your doctor. Anytime you need help or whatever just come here and let someone or all of us know ok? Keep me posted ok? No worries, dont stress but I think that is a little bit late right? So instead find a way to be calm as possible. Know that I am watching for your response to this ok? Hugs

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