By Anonymous Latest Reply 2013-07-09 00:47:36 -0500
Started 2013-07-06 14:37:53 -0500

I was just told I have diabetes. I'm still learning how to deal with it. Any advice?

5 replies

BroadwayGirl 2013-07-09 00:47:36 -0500 Report

I know right now it may seem really scared but don't worry, things get easier. The best thing to do, LISTEN to everything your doctor tells you and teaches you. And don't hesitate to ask him/her and questions you have. The more knowledge you have, the better. It will make it much easier to control if you know all you need to know.

GabbyPA 2013-07-07 20:32:30 -0500 Report

You have come to a great place to find support and some out of the box thinking on things.
Joyce has a great list of things for you to start with. Just feel free to contact anyone about questions you have. Post them here more specifically and we will be glad to share our thoughts and input.

Learn all you can, and then you will find you need to learn more. LOL.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-07-07 13:34:30 -0500 Report

Here is the best advice I can give you.
A. Do Not Stress over the diagnosis. Things will get better with time.
B. Educate yourself using books and the web. When you begin to feel overwhelmed, walk away from it and relax.
C. TALK to your doctor and only take medical advice from him/her because he/she knows your medical history. Ask you doctor how many carbs per meal you can have. I can have 60 but I rarely make it to 60 carbs per meal
D. Write down all the questions you want answers for and take them with you to your doctor. I questioned my doctor like I was a prosecutor.
E. Test your blood sugar and keep a log. Take this with you to your doctors to discuss progress. This will also teach you what foods will cause your blood sugar to spike.
F.. Get some exercise
G. See a nutritionist who can help you with a meal plan
H. Start a food journal and write down everything you eat for each meal and snack. I have mine broken down in ounces. If I ate a cookie I would list 1 cookie. Include a column for carbs and calories.
I. Build a support system of friends and family members. I have a support system but I don't use it. I prefer to be self supporting and self motivating.
J. Reduce stress in your life. Stress has a negative effect on diabetes or anyone for that matter.
K. Learn to eat healthy foods. Avoid processed foods and fast food joints as much as possible.
L. Learn to read food labels. I pay attention to carbs, calories, sodium and cholesterol.
M. DO NOT let the food police offend you or get on your nerves. I solved my food police problem by telling them if they spent time enjoying their meal they wouldn't have time to be concerned with mine.
N. Holidays can be a problem if you allow it. I don't ask friends or family to prepare something for me. I tell them to cook what they would normally cook. I can find enough food to keep me happy. It doesn't bother me that someone is eating something I know I can't have. I also don't use serving spoons and forks in the dishes. I use a fork and teaspoon. If I want Mac and Cheese, I stick a fork in and what ever is on the fork, goes on my plate. Most of the time I take my own dessert such as sugar free pudding or chocolate or strawberry mousse.

Diabetes is not the end of the world. You can still do things you always do and would like to do. The only difference is you have to eat differently. I stopped frying everything I would normally fry except for eggs. I broil, grill or bake everything including bacon and sausage. I also buy apple pies cooked in natural juices. You can do this with most fruit pies because of the natural sugar in the fruit. I have to mantra's
1. I have diabetes, it does not have me.
2. I control my diabetes, it does not control me.

Good luck to you.

Downey Girl
Downey Girl 2013-07-07 13:30:48 -0500 Report

Find a good dietitian in your area. A dietitian can explain carbs and how to count them correctly and how many you should eat a day.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-07-08 10:03:31 -0500 Report

Downey, good advice. I have a friend who is a certified dietitian who did my meal plan for me. She would not do it until I found out from my doctor how many carbs I could have per meal. The good thing was I provided her a list of foods I am allergic to and she designed my meal plan around those allergies. She helps me make modifications as needed and its free. Because I make jewelry, I pay her back by repairing all of her beaded jewelry so it works out for both of us.