It Is Not All About Carbohydrates And Sugar

By Latest Reply 2009-01-20 20:37:37 -0600
Started 2008-12-05 06:39:49 -0600

Apparently there are other aspects of the diet that need to take into consideration as well. I know that chlorestoral, sodium, and other things have to be taken into consideration with heart disease, and we have medication for both. But how do you determine what is first and foremost to deal with in diet when dealing with other illness.

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Anonymous 2008-12-09 18:59:44 -0600 Report

Not only do I have type 2 diabetes but also high chlesterol too. So while I watch my carbs and sugar and serving sizes, I also think about the protein and choose leaner cuts and use olive oil and canola oil when cooking. But it seems when you get in control with the sugars, the chlesterol also becomes lower. Go figure.

GabbyPA 2008-12-08 14:40:42 -0600 Report

You really hit the nail on the head. There are really a lot worse things than giving up a few favorite foods in life. When you put it that way, the struggle seems so trivial. Let me see, cookie or nuropathy....sweet tea or blindness....extra slice of bread or kidney failure. Doesn't seem like a hard choice when you look at it that way.

2008-12-08 16:32:00 -0600 Report

I love the rational way of thinking, now that you are done, have your convinced yourself?lol, All kidding aside, you know I love your knowledge and the way you project it, so upbeat always with a fine message, Gabby, Thanks once again.

lynn802 2008-12-08 10:33:19 -0600 Report

My primary care physician was the doc who gave me my diagnosis and put me on Metformin. I have niece whose husband is also diabetic and he also sees an Endocrinologist and a Dietician. When I asked my doc (or rather his nurse) about seeing these types of doctors, she said why spend the extra money when my doctor can help you? I'm retired somewhat young and I'm on a fixed income. I just found out about my diagnosis in August 2008, so I'm very confused, still quite shocked, and a little bit in denial about having it. I don't want to give up my comfort foods, especially CHOCOLATE! I know I have to come to terms with this, but I feel that I need to see someone that is a specialist in this. I think I did talk to my doctor about going to an Endocrinologist, and he I think he said I'm not at a point where I need this yet. The thing is, I also have Diabetic Neuropathy in my feet that is very painful. About 8-10 years ago, I started complaining to my doc about my feet. He diagnosed me as having Restless Pain Syndrome. Maybe I need to get a new doctor - ya think???

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LadyDi - 26259Miller 2008-12-08 11:05:29 -0600 Report

I went many years with just my General Practitioner treating my diabetes. Started out with diet and exercise, but later began meds. As long as we were able to control it and things were going well, that was sufficient. My doctor recently referred me to an endocronologist because I had a spell of high readings and an unusually high A1c (which didn't surprise me…I had been a bad girl for a while). Things are okay now and my readings back in line. I think you're fine with your regular doctor unless things seem not to be controlled. A dietician/nutritionist is a good idea, however, because we tend to get so overwhelmed and flustered regareding our eating habits when first diagnosed. Good luck. It's not as hard as it seems, actually, and certainly not the end of the world. There are much worse things to deal with.

caragypsy 2008-12-09 20:05:13 -0600 Report

You can get sugar-free Chocolate. Is it OK to eat? Cara

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LadyDi - 26259Miller 2008-12-09 20:34:46 -0600 Report

Sure, altho everything should be in moderation and carbs considered. A tiny bit of chocolate now and then is good for you - especially dark chocolate. But don't always assume that "sugar free" products are all they're cracked up to be. As others have mentioned on the site, you do best to eat well rounded low-carb meals, being careful to watch how much you eat. You don't have to give up ALL the goodies entirely. Just be smart and know your numbers.

GabbyPA 2008-12-07 18:34:11 -0600 Report

Don't you wish it was much easier? I know I do. Like yesterday, I had a great day until before dinner. Wham! I had numbers thru the roof...the only thing I could figure was a spoonful of ambrosia. I just had to taste...NOT!

It is so very complicated and your diatition can get you going in the right direction, but only if you ask a lot of questions. And you know what, they can learn from us too. So share with them what works and what doesn't and they can take care of the rest.

I personally don't have one. I have never sat down with one, but I have read and asked and managed to do pretty well. I have learned to balance my energy sources of Proteins, carbohydrates and fats and studied to find what fats are safe to eat.

There is a great site that Amy posted that has learning videos and surveys that are very helpful. it is Some is kind of repitious, but sometimes that is a good way to learn.

Like, did you know that your body needs cholesterol for good brain function, but your body makes enough of it's own, so we don't need to consume it. We eat a lot of it in our diets and that is one reason we have such issues with it.

It is funny, but our disease makes us become medically sound, nutritionists, and chemists...hmmm, should have paid more attention in science class. LOL

2008-12-08 04:52:27 -0600 Report

Hi Gabby; thanks for the web site post. looks like something I would be interested in :->)Claudia

2008-12-07 18:22:03 -0600 Report

No, not at all, and I too am trying to open discussions so not only some of that still not know the answers too; buy newcomers can see us discuss diabetic situations as well. THanks Claudia

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LadyDi - 26259Miller 2008-12-07 15:25:39 -0600 Report

I know I must sound like a broken record, but your doctor, and hopefully a dietician/nutritionist needs to be leading the way. We need to be well read and try to learn as much as we can on our own, but they really have to set you up the right way to be successful. No, it's not all about carbs & sugar, but in most every case those definitely need to be controlled. Some of the medications that people are prescribed limit what they can or cannot eat. Again something that your doctor needs to alert you to. Don't be afraid to ask questions. Your health is too important. When multiple health issues are in the picture, it is particularly important to know that what you are doing is helping and not hurting.