Recently Diagnose Pre-Diabetes

Jo Jo in Texas
By Jo Jo in Texas Latest Reply 2013-08-19 17:36:50 -0500
Started 2013-08-14 02:49:28 -0500

I am so glad that I came across this site. I found out last week that I am Pre-Diabetes. Now, I know what is just across the threshold if I don't get this under control. It's very scary for me to think of all the lifestyle changes that are coming my way. I know that each of you have gone this road before me, so I'm asking for your help, please.

What kinds of changes can I begin to make right now? Ones that are not too hard, but ones I can already use while I'm learning and educating myself. It's obvious I'm going to have to make drastic measures in my diet as well as lifestyle.

Anything you can pass along to me that works for you or that you think I can do right now will be greatly appreciated. I realize that this is going to be a lifelong commitment on my part, and I'm so new at this, it's really hasn't sunk in yet. My heart knows it, it just hasn't convince my head of it yet.

3 replies

Maintanenceman1 2013-08-16 19:56:47 -0500 Report

one thing you need to do is get a meter test your BG levels to see what drives your sugar up. Find out how often your doctor want you to test. If you can have your doctor send you to a Registered Dieticician or a Certified Diabetic Educator.
I'm borderline which is the same as Pre-diabetic. I use glucose buddy to keep track of my BG levels. It east to use. You can run reports for your doctor. Mine was diagnosed 2 yrs ago, but mine suspected when I was in the 6th grade in the Mid 80's. Have your doctor write you prescription for meter & test strips so it goes through your insurance. Hopefully this helps

zwee123 2013-08-14 12:04:27 -0500 Report

There is an app called fooducate that you may find helpful. One of the features it includes is you can type in a food and it will give you a healthier option. It also tracks your calories, etc! Good luck and stay strong!!

correctionsnurse1 2013-08-14 10:32:47 -0500 Report

Hi Jo Jo…First of all you are on the right track of realizing you cannot change everything in one day. Take baby steps and substitute a healthy snack for your "normal" snack. As I do not know your eating habits (likes and dislikes), it is difficult to help much. Best of luck.

Nick1962 2013-08-14 10:16:04 -0500 Report

I’d first recommend getting in the right frame of mind. This is something that can easily be handled, and for a pre-diabetic, it need not necessarily be anything drastic. I may only be something as annoying as putting in contacts in the morning.

Start by looking at your diet, keeping a food log for a while detailing what you eat and when. Test as much as you can afford to and try to see what foods do what to you.

Start reading food labels for information on carbs, sugars, protein and fiber. Try dropping some of the high carb/high sugar, low protein/fiber items you think you can live without a few at a time (snack foods like chips, cut back on pastas, potatoes and rice, eliminate sugary drinks, etc.).
It may be that just a few minor diet tweaks you could be back on track pretty quickly.

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