You Have to Find your own Way

By denipink Latest Reply 2013-07-05 04:32:28 -0500
Started 2013-06-17 15:41:22 -0500

Time and time again i read "you have to know your own body," and, "you have to find your own way." Well, if this is the case then how do i do that if i simply follow the instructions i get from the diabetes clinic, dietician and Endocrinologist?

I read of all kinds of ways that people are managing their diabetes. I am type 2 and i am just learning how to eat right and take my insulin. I have been told by the diabetes clinic nurse to eat between 150-195 carbs each day and then i read that other diabetic type 2's taking insulin are eating only 30 carbs a day. Others say "eat to your meter." Whatever that means. I just don't understand how i can fashion all of my diabetes management by what i choose believing it works best for me when all i am doing is following the instructions so to speak.

I hope you understand what i am trying to say because i am bewildered by all this.

All i want to do is be well. I want to be able to manage my diabetes properly and most dearly i want to stop waking up in the night scared because i am not sure what to do right. It scares me greatly to be diabetic. My grandmother was diabetic and died having lost her leg to the knee, having had a major heart attack and she was completely blind. I am learning all about the diabetic complications and i worry.

Thank you if you can help :) Denise

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Jeanette Terry
Jeanette Terry 2013-06-19 15:25:44 -0500 Report

A great place to start is with the recommendations from your diabetes clinic. It is true that every diabetic is different, but there are some general guidelines that can help you get into a routine for the most part. Then just pay attention to how you feel. If your blood sugar levels are good and you feel good then keep doing whatever it is that makes that happen.

People often say that you need to find your own way because sometimes you can be doing exactly what the doctor ordered and still don't see results. At that point you have to start trying different things. Once you find what makes you feel good, stick with that.

Irish1951 2013-06-17 19:56:32 -0500 Report

We all understand your confusion because we have all been there. Even the ADA and the Endo's don't agree on the numbers to use. As far as how many carbs- carbs are turned into blood glucose by the body. The more carbs in, the more blood glucose. I agree with the other posts. Read all you can and learn all you can. One great starting point for me was bloodsugar Alot of info that my help.
This is great site and the people here will try to help all they can. Ask questions and someone will try to give an answer.

denipink 2013-06-17 20:17:23 -0500 Report

Thanks Irish, i agree. This is a good place to be. I belong to a lot of groups and this is my "go to" place for diabetes. Glad you found your place here. Groups are very important i find.

Thanks for posting, Denise

SandySilvers 2013-06-17 17:57:05 -0500 Report

Deni, Locarb is 100 percent correct. When I was diagnosed with Type 2 last August I was in shock and terrified (actually that's an understatement). My grandfather had been diabetic but I knew NOTHING about diabetes. My A1C was 14. I weighed 220lbs. I decided right then and there that I was going to change my life. Here's what I did: I read EVERYTHING that I could get my hands on (Google things like "diabetes FAQ", blood sugar questions, low carb eating, carb counting, etc). I kept a food journal and I tested myself before and then 1-2 hours after every meal (try MyNetDiary. I loved it and it helped me so much when I was first learning). By keeping my journal and testing, I learned what foods my body "liked" and which ones it didn't. I learned just how many carbs my body could handle in a meal and a day. I really listened to my body and what it was telling me (its amazing how much your body will tell you when you listen to it). I can eat about 130-150 carbs a day and be fine. But everyone is different. That's why it's so important to educate yourself(do it on your own) and test. It will show you. In October, I had gotten my A1C to 7.1, January 5.6, and in April it was 5.4. PLUS I've lost 50lbs!! You can do it. Just believe in yourself and keep coming back to this forum. Everyone here is great. And supportive. And care. They've helped me so much! Best of luck to you. And if you ever need to talk message me :)

locarb 2013-06-17 15:55:57 -0500 Report

I understand perfectly. There appears bountiful contradictory information. It's actually worse than that. Some things work for some people and some for others. I take knowing "your own body" to be a process. It comes in part from listening to your healthcare providers, getting different healthcare providers if they are of little or no use to you, reading as much as you can about this condition and, more importantly, "eat to your meter" is excellent advice. It will tell you what is working solely for you. I can't eat most of the things I see on this site. I know that because I tried previously and it didn't work. So, you see, there will always be some form of experimentation. Even when you have your BG "controlled" as I have for more than two years, you try certain foods to see if you still react to them the way you did a year or two ago.

Diabetic complications are real and scary. I have neuropathy and wouldn't wish it on anyone. I still go to yoga twice a week and to the gym an additional two times a week. I don't like doing it; but it does help.

Being worried about complications is normal too. But allow it to motivate you rather than immobilize you. You can live with this condition by taking medication if you need it (I don't), eating properly and exercising. There are LOTS of health conditions that offer no such promise.

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