We need your insights and opinions about diabetes management—Survey

John Crowley
By John Crowley Latest Reply 2013-05-28 10:14:08 -0500
Started 2013-05-21 16:36:31 -0500

As we continue to work hard behind the scenes here at Diabetic Connect, we always want to make sure we understand what it's really like to live with diabetes.

We have developed a short, anonymous survey to help us understand your interactions with your doctor and some of the things your doctor has asked you to focus on in managing your diabetes.

So what do you say? Click this link and share your insights. We really appreciate your help.

And please, if you have any questions, let me know. Thanks!

14 replies

patch12 2013-05-28 06:28:10 -0500 Report

There needs to be a site or discussion on Kidney Disease. It can be a side effect of diabeties, there realy should be a site about.

Stuart1966 2013-05-27 21:56:37 -0500 Report

With respect you could ask FAR more depthful questions to gain real insights. very, very simplistic questions. Dig deeper please…!

pumper1 2013-05-27 10:38:36 -0500 Report

I use an I-phone to view this app. I don't have a computer. How do I go to the "links" in the posts without having to put them on paper and manually enter them in my "safari" browser? I'm not a "pro" at using a smartphone.

Dianalr40 2013-05-21 20:26:45 -0500 Report

I just found out this past Wednesday I'm diabetic. My sugar level stays in the 300's with insulin. I went to the county hospital so I was given insulin but they only had diabetic info packs in Spanish so I've been winging this.

John Crowley
John Crowley 2013-05-22 10:21:55 -0500 Report

Welcome, Diana.

Sorry to hear of your diagnosis. But the good news is, you've found a great place to find support and information.

I would highly recommend finding a Certified Diabetes Educator and/or a Registered Dietitian to help you learn more.

It can be hard in the beginning and meeting one on one with an educator can be a great way to get a grasp on the things you need to do to bring those blood sugars down.

Until you're able to follow up with your doctor and/or an educator, you can be doing some things that can really help bring those numbers down. First, reduce the amount of carbohydrates that you're eating. Eat less bread, pasta, potatoes, and corn. Eat more lean protein like chicken and fish. And really focus on fresh non-starchy vegetables like lettuce, spinach, broccoli, peppers, cucumbers, and such. Stop any sugared sodas, cakes, cookies, etc.

And second, see if you can increase your physical activity. Take a walk after dinner or in the morning. Do you like to swim or ride a bike? The latest recommendations are to try to get 150 minutes of exercise each week.

If you'll do those things, you'll at least be headed in the right direction. But most importantly, get an appointment with a Certified Diabetes Educator if you can.

Hang in there!

Chuck Fisher
Chuck Fisher 2013-05-23 13:46:59 -0500 Report

When you do eat grain or cereal products, select whole-grain. Like whole-wheat bread, for example. A breakfast cereal made mainly from oats is better than from wheat or corn.

Read labels and avoid products that have added sugar, "dehydrated cane juice", or high fructose corn syrup (HFCS).

There are "sweets" available which do not use sugar (sucrose). They will not elevate your blood glucose as sugar does. My favorite is 70% dark chocolate with no sugar added.

Besides the non-starchy vegetables, legumes are another alternative. Think garbanzos, lentils and beans.

Hope you get things under control soon!

lorider70 2013-05-21 19:35:48 -0500 Report

What I'd really like to "manage" is difficulty gaining or maintaining a decent weight and strength level, and the ever increasing neuropathy difficulties. Doesn't matter what I try, nothing works

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