Type 2 diabetes do and donts

By joraigreene Latest Reply 2013-09-16 12:24:40 -0500
Started 2013-09-14 18:14:16 -0500

Aloha everyone. I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and I was in denial. It was very depressing at first but I learn to live with it. I started cutting out a lot of junks I enjoy and exercise moderately then of course I got lazy from time to time.
Last Friday, I got to work about 8am and was feeling fine til about 30 mins later. I felt like I was gonna faint and out of breath. Good thing I didn't take a bite of my Krispy Kreme donut. I got home and immediately checked on my BS. It was at 203 but I couldn't understand why when I didn't have breakfast yet. The night before I had a oven roasted turkey homemade sandwich and chips with kool aid then for snack, I had two boiled eggs.

I don't know what to do at this point because I have no medical because I just moved to the mainland for two months now and I have to wait 90 days to get medical with my current job.

Any advice of do's and don't would be greatly appreciated..


10 replies

joraigreene 2013-09-16 12:24:40 -0500 Report

Thank you Joyce for the great advice. I take my meter with me now. This morning out of bed my reading was at 120 which was way better then 203 last Friday. Before lunch my reading was at 102. I'm happy to see good results and knowing that I can eat what everyone eats but in portion and moderately..

Mahalo for all your help to each and everyone who responded!! God bless!!!

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-09-16 11:04:51 -0500 Report

Joria, if you don't have one, get another meter to carry with you at all times. I never leave home without one.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-09-16 11:02:06 -0500 Report

Okay I am moving past the nasty too sweet Krispy Creme donut. I could go for one right now but way too much sugar than I am willing to eat.

As a T2, I pretty much eat what I want but stay within portion size. I think you should check your blood sugar before you go to work. This will tell you what you need to do.

Even if you are high, you still have to eat something. Like Nick said, you had a liver dump. Try eating your egg snack just before bed. That way the liver will have something to do over night.

If you want a donut go for the small plain cake ones. When I was working, on the mornings I had to catch the bus to work, I would stop at 7-11 to get one to go with the boiled egg and baked sausage I had with breakfast and this kept me going until my mid morning snack.

You can enjoy foods most people eat provided you eat it in moderation and learning what will and what won't cause your blood sugar to spike. You cannot not eat if you are diabetic. I learned that lesson very early. There are times when you may not feel hungry and when I feel that way, I have a half of an apple, a cup of yogurt or some cheese and crackers.

Diabetes and eating properly is always a learning process so don't feel bad if you have a high or a low. Once you get in the swing of things, you learn what will and will not work for you. Good luck.

joraigreene 2013-09-15 20:23:28 -0500 Report

MAHALO Nick!! I made the right choice in joining a diabetic community. I was just so overwhelmed with all that is going on that I ate like I don't have diabetes but thank God for the fair warning to not eat them Krispy Kreme donuts. Lol I'm very careful with what I eat now and I don't starve myself because I thought being a diabetic I can't eat what everyone else enjoys.. Thank you once again Nick for helping a sista out.. God bless!!

Nick1962 2013-09-16 07:55:50 -0500 Report

Not at all! Glad to have you as part of our (not so) little group. Nice thing about these communities is that others can learn from our trials and mistakes. I can certainly identify with your situation – did the denial thing for a while myself, as did probably most of us. Once I got my stuff together though, things went pretty smooth. I’m sure you’ll have many more questions so hang around and be sure to ask. Let us know how things work out OK?

joraigreene 2013-09-14 21:42:44 -0500 Report

Thanks Nick!! Yes I thought a donut wouldn't hurt every now and then but thank The Lord I didn't take any that day or else I might end up in the hospital.

But if my sugar is high in the morning 170 to 200, which is unusual for me.. Do I still eat breakfast? Or wait til my BS is lower? Please advise!!


Nick1962 2013-09-15 19:23:52 -0500 Report

Yes, absolutely eat something, but at first just a small something. This tells your body you’re feeding it and the liver gets the message “OK, she’s feeding me, I can stop manufacturing glucose now”. Check your numbers first thing, eat a little something, check again in a half hour. If they came down, continue on with what you planned on eating. And don’t worry, this isn’t a permanent thing. Once you get past the stress of your new surroundings, get a decent diet established, it should calm down.

A little bit of a donut or something sweet with high numbers isn’t terrible, and as T2’s we can pretty much absorb it. Guzzling down orange juice or soda like so many do, or stuffing down a whole cream filled is what is dangerous for us. You’re right, a donut now and then won’t hurt, but for now, try to space it out over a couple hours.

blueeyes33 2013-09-15 21:57:38 -0500 Report

I have lows sometimes too. But when I do I eat whatever I have ( cookies etc.) Now I try to eat half of a peanut butter sandwhich with alittle milk. It gets better.

Nick1962 2013-09-16 07:57:53 -0500 Report

Yeah, that works for me to. I practically live on peanuts through the day as snacks too. Good amount of protein and lower carbs so it keeps my numbers pretty even all day.

Nick1962 2013-09-14 19:44:24 -0500 Report

Aloha oe and welcome to the group! I think the key here is that you hadn’t had breakfast yet (and I hope you were kidding about those nasty Krispy Kremes).
You ate a good deal of protein the night before – more than you really needed, but when morning came and that was exhausted and you hadn’t eaten, your liver likely manufactured glucose to cover a potential low (or hypoglycemic low) and basically pumped it into your bloodstream. This is called “Dawn Phenomenon” or less attractively “liver dump”. http://community.diabetes.org/t5/Adults-Livin...

Of course the stress of your new move to the mainland probably has a double effect on things, and stress has a huge effect on numbers for some folks. Even though you can’t see it, there is a big attitude difference between the Big Island and the mainland. We seem to thrive on stress, and if this is a new job for you, a morning of anticipation could do a number on your numbers as well.

I’d maybe cut things like the kool aid and stick to water for a while, dump the chips, cut back on the breads and save one of the boiled eggs for when you get up. And of course have an apple or orange versus one of those nasty Krispy Kremes.