New to all of this pleace help

By juniorlee Latest Reply 2012-09-24 05:59:33 -0500
Started 2012-09-20 07:54:39 -0500

I was duagnosed 9/8/12! So this is all new to me! I dont now what to buy regards to food or any thing els rilly! Any info would bee helpfal

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Set apart
Set apart 2012-09-24 05:59:33 -0500 Report

Welcome Junior, I read all the responses so I think you're on your way! Your life will change, as you probably already know. I can only say is determination and motivation to stay in control will keep you healthy! Please do take care and be careful with this lows, I use the glucose tablets and have them every where, they work for me and seem to be the best choice for treating my lows! Good luck and god bless!

krktlives 2012-09-23 11:03:53 -0500 Report

diagnosed as borderline, must use diet to keep it under control. trying to receive the meter, to keep a journal, and make sure i stay within the healthy limits. After cutting out the majority of sugars and carbs, I still dont know without a meter, and can only go by how I FEEL, one can certainly tell, when its been TOO much

JSJB 2012-09-22 16:28:38 -0500 Report

Welcome to DC. You will learn as I did on what you need to keep this condition under control. Just read the articles and posts on this site.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2012-09-22 09:50:48 -0500 Report

We are sorry you have had to join us, but welcome. It is mind boggling when you try to eat the whole pie (whoops, can't do that anymore), instead of a piece at a time. It would be easy to bomb you with information, so here is the small bomb. Watch your carbs. Remember almost everything you eat will turn to sugar. Carbs just do it faster. So what does it mean to watch your carbs? I woul start out limiting myself to 2-3 carb servings per meal. 1 carb serving = 15 grams of carborhydrates. So, your Cheerios say 45g carborhydrates per serving and you milk says 15g carborhrdrate per serving. You are at 60, or 4 carb servings. So, you need to reduce the serving size of one or both. I have found it easier not to eat cereal for b-fast, something I have done most of my life.
BS too low? 1/2 can of coke will take care of it for you. A full can will put you over the top. Why? You have the sugar/carbs, you have cafenine; and you have the carbonation to get it into your system quicker. Wish you the best, Jim

IronOre 2012-09-20 23:11:58 -0500 Report

Well . . . I have been Type 1 for 37 years and have pretty much eaten what everybody else does . . . with some (common sense) exceptions there ! CARBS is the thing that you will have to monitor (not necessarily sugar).
My best advice is to find as good of a doctor as you can who is associated with a diabetes clinic, after learning from them you will find that life will not be as bad as you may think it is right now.
The good thing is that once everything is figured out, you will probably feel better than you have in a really long time . . . maybe even good enough to do that naked skydiving that you have been wanting to do, but didn't feel quite up to it !

IronOre 2012-09-22 15:18:09 -0500 Report

When you go through these responses you need to realize that some are from a type 1 point of view and others are from a type 2 point of view, and things can be differnt between the two "types".

Tony5657 2012-09-20 17:17:41 -0500 Report

Welcome to the family! You'll get tons of encouragement & great information here. You inquired about food - check out the "21 days guide" link on the left of your screen. Also "recipes."

- I love cooked dried beans, and especially pinto beans but the following recipe works for most any type of dried beans. Beans are extremely diabetic friendly, lots of fiber & other "good" stuff.


The serving amount depends on how many beans/peas you use.

Use any type of dried beans or peas. Put about 1 cup of them at a time on a white dinner plate for better visibility and examine them CLOSELY for things like small rocks & other debris that sometimes come with dried beans or peas, especially pintos (small rocks). You might even find a weevil or 2 - just remove them. I always cook a large pot of dried beans or peas using at least 3 or 4 cups of them. They absorb liquid and you end up with lots more than you think you would.

After removing the debris (if any), wash them in a colander then soak them in water overnight & they will cook much faster. After soaking, pour the water out & rinse them again in a colander & add the beans/peas into a large pot and have about 3 inches of water covering them. Start simmering them for 2 - 3 hours until tender. Keep checking the water content while simmering - you may have to add a little, depending on how much juice you want to end up with.

Now for the good stuff: When I start simmering,

1. I add 1 teaspoon (or more - it's hot) of chili powder,

2. Add about 1 tea spoon of onion powder,

3. Add 1 teaspoon of garlic powder (a whole fresh dried chopped up garlic pod is better - remove all dried skin), and/or 1 teaspoon of mashed garlic that comes in a small jar,

4. Add about 1/3 cup of chopped onion,

5. Add 3 or so dried red chili peppers & some salt.

If you like it hot add more chili powder & dried red peppers to taste. Don't over salt it, you can always add more later. You can also add some bacon, ham or sausage, which is really good. Sample as you simmer for tenderness & taste, which you can adjust. When the beans/peas are tender, enjoy!

Warning! This WILL cause gas, especially pinto beans. About 2 hours after eating do NOT stand near fire or flame and emit … well, you know, .. gaseous emissions. :o) Remember, methane gas is flammable. :o) LOL

Tony5657 in TX

Kirla 2012-09-20 16:57:57 -0500 Report

This is what I believe helped me the most. I do believe that most people who follow a lower carb diet can learn to control there blood sugar.

Feb 2009 I was diagnosed with a fasting blood sugar of 366 and A1C of 14.1. Started to eat a salad every day at supper. Also started to eat lots of low carb vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, cucumbers, spinach, pickles and sauerkraut. Started to drink 8+ glasses of water every day.

I then bought a meter and started to test my blood sugar before and after each meal. At first I was testing 2 hours after each meal and when my numbers dropped a lot I started testing 1 hour after meals. I test 5-7 times a day. I cut back or eliminated foods that spiked my blood sugar more than 50 points after eating.

By testing I found that foods like bread and most foods made of grains along with pasta, rice, corn, potatoes, oatmeal, cereals, chips, crackers, cakes, cookies, candy, soda, fruits, fruit juices, milk and most foods that contain more than 5-6 net carbs per serving as found on the package label all spiked my blood sugar. Some people can cut back on these foods and some people like me have to stop eating them.

After about 6-8 weeks my blood sugar readings were almost normal levels.

I found by reducing and eliminating high carb starchy foods helped me a lot. By adding small amounts of chicken, beef, pork or a hard boiled egg to my meals helped reduce blood sugar spikes also.

Good luck

Nick1962 2012-09-20 15:46:09 -0500 Report

Hey Junior, mmccance here below is right on the money. This is exactly what I started doing 5 years ago when I was diagnosed and now I have things under control to the point my doctor says I don’t need to test anymore (but I still do). If you’re a type 2, this is something you can come back from, but it will be frustrating for a while.
Those morning high numbers she is talking about is called “Dawn Effect/Dawn Phenomenon” or “Liver Dump”. It’s believed that it is due to the fact that you’ve gone many hours (overnight – sometimes up to 12 hours) without eating and your liver releases glucose as a safety mechanism to keep you alive. Everyone experiences this, not just diabetics. So as she suggests, try to eat something before bed, like some type of protein like a hardboiled egg, a piece of chicken, tuna salad, etc. I do this and I rarely wake up to numbers over 100.
Welcome aboard and hit us up with any questions you have.

mmccance 2012-09-20 15:11:22 -0500 Report

Hi Junior, I've been a member here but don't visit much. I read through the comments to your request and agree with nearly all of them.

Here is what works (in my opinion):
1. Set aside about a week and use that time to test your blood sugar levels every time you eat. Check it 20 minutes after you eat and then again about an hour after you eat. You will very clearly find out what foods you are reacting to. (Pricking the finger farther from the tip and closer to the pad is often less painful.)

2. Keep a record of your tests and your eating for future reference.

3. Eat the kinds of foods that keep your blood sugar stable.

4. Avoid the kinds of foods that make your blood sugar sky rocket.

This simple method will really get you on the right track.

You will very likely be able to eat a combination of any kind of protein (meat/fish/eggs) you are accustomed to, with the addition of vegetables both raw and cooked. If you only eat meat and vegetables your blood sugars will improve and you may be able to reverse your diabetic diagnosis.

It is hard to completely eliminate carbs — so learn to limit them, or manage them.

Processed foods (foods that no longer are in their original form as they grew on the tree, bush, or plant ) will very likely raise your blood sugars, too. So eat food in its freshest state.

Grain (wheat, rice, barley, etc.) will likely raise your blood sugars very quickly. Eliminating grain will really help you manage your blood sugars.

Dairy will also very likely raise your blood sugars.

Fruit (whole or juiced) will likely raise your blood sugars so limit them because they have a lot of sugar in them.

If you doubt any of these suggestions, check your blood sugars after eating any one of them. Your own blood sugar levels will always be your best guide.

Eating too much food at one sitting (no matter what kind) will also very likely raise your blood sugars, too. So eat "sensible" moderately sized meals. You can always eat again later if you get hungry.

Your morning blood sugars will likely be higher than you would like them to be. This is a phenomenon that is not understood. I find that not eating at least three hours before going to bed helps this problem somewhat.

THE WHOLE IDEA OF DEALING WITH DIABETES IS TO STABILIZE YOUR BLOOD SUGARS AT CLOSE TO NORMAL LEVELS ("normal" healthy blood sugar average is about 85 or so.) It is very difficult for the diabetic to stabilize at "normal" levels — so your goal should be simply to keep them as low as possible for you.

Doing this will reduce your risk of diabetic complications such as (but not limited to) blindness, kidney disease, and heart problems. Keeping your blood sugars stable will help to reduce your risk of these major complications.

If you keep your blood sugars stable by managing what you eat, you can live a normal life, pretty much without fear of your condition worsening.

If you decide to manage your blood sugars with medication, you will never get off of them. Medication gives a person a false sense of security and if you stay on them, you will very like end up taking more and more of them as time goes on. You may need them for a time but try not to stay on them unless you absolutely have to.

"Drugs are half as effective and cost twice as much as life style changes," Dr. Stefan Ripich, ND, CNP:

IF YOU WANT TO REVERSE TYPE 2 DIABETES IN YOUR LIFE: Then change what you eat entirely (eat 50/50 vegetables and protein) and move a little more every day.

There is lots more to say about diabetes, but if you try this out, you will very likely find the path that works for you. God bless you in this new life adventure!!

IronOre 2012-09-21 18:05:33 -0500 Report

so is your goal blood sugar "85" ? "As low as possible" is a very dangerous statement !
As far as morning blood sugars go . . . if you are eating carbs then add some proteins to that. I rarely have issues with my morning blood sugar. If you are T1 it's a matter of figuring out the right insulin at the right time.

mmccance 2012-09-21 19:23:17 -0500 Report

Hi IronOre,

What I meant to say was that normal is about "85" — but most diabetics cannot hit that number without medication (but medication can also make it too low) — so "as low as possible" means as close to 85 as possible without medication — which may not be so close. I rarely have one below 92 and average about 100-110 but don't beat my brains out because it is not 85. That is why we are called "Diabetics" we have high blood sugars. The goal is to manage them with diet and exercise. — and my perspective is from T2 or prediabetic, not T1 — hope that clears up any confusion about what was said.

God bless,

JSJB 2012-09-22 04:02:44 -0500 Report

Diet and exercise, hard work but to keep the BG low you have to do it OH, also meds if needed. There are times when we wonder and go off the diet or no exercise but after seeing the BG test rresults it knocks some sense into us. You are right Harlen, I use to keep my carbs to 60 a day and my BG readings were running in the 130's. I started to up my carbs gto over 100 a day and cut out the pnut butter and now they are below 110. So everyone is different but we have to find out what it is and stict to it.

IronOre 2012-09-21 23:52:30 -0500 Report

yes it does, T2 and T1 certainly have their differences.
I have always thought that they should have differnt names, because they are so differnt.

DeanaG 2012-09-20 13:58:14 -0500 Report

Welcome to DC!!
As the others have said, read labels, cut carbs, plus read and learn as much as you can.
And remember you are not alone in your battle.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-09-20 13:46:59 -0500 Report

Hi Jr. When I was first diagnosed I got rid of the junk food I had in my house. Funny I never knew how much junk I ate till I saw it in two garbage bags. Then I started reading labels on everything I buy food wise. You also should read labels on sauces and dressings.

You can have meat and veggies just make sure you know the carb count and fresh is best. Avoid canned, processed foods and fried foods as much as possible. This will help get your blood sugar levels under control.

I know you may be overwhelmed now and not know what to eat. All you have to do is ask and someone on this site will help you. Join and they will send you information to you email address on a daily basis. That helped me a lot before I found this site.

There is an ad on this site for the Nova Max Plus meter and it is free. I got one as a spare and have not used it as yet.

Type1Lou 2012-09-20 12:41:45 -0500 Report

The best single tip I can give you is to read the food labels, paying special attention to the carb content and serving sizes of the foods you eat. Then, try to cut back on the carbohydrates you eat. Lowering the carb content of your food will make it easier to achieve lower blood glucose readings.

Harlen 2012-09-20 08:54:44 -0500 Report

Hello and welcome
It is a shock and hard to work with when new but you will get it .
First thing is to test test test 4 to 8 times a day .
You will need to cut your carbs way back but that will realy be on what typ of D you have T1 ,T2 or T1.5 .
I keep a log of what I eat and how much of it I was taking in .
with what my blood sugare was befor and 2 Hr after .
Each of us are difrent and foods that send me way high may not send you way high so it is a lot of testing what dose what with you .
If you have Q just ask
Best wishes