DIABETES EDUCATION

mr.muziq
By mr.muziq Latest Reply 2013-10-31 11:36:59 -0500
Started 2013-10-29 04:15:07 -0500

Ive been a diabetic for 10+ yrs now but i was never properly educated about the illness so now my a1c is high my diabetes is out of control and i just want to learn how to take care of myself i need to know about what foods to stay away from and which ones to attract myself to i just need help because its starting to take a toll on me


6 replies

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2013-10-31 11:36:59 -0500 Report

Hey mr muziq,

I just wanted to say hi. I'm glad you are here. Support is power! And you have all kinds of support coming your way.

So stay in touch with us, my friend.

Gary

Gabby
GabbyPA 2013-10-30 18:36:00 -0500 Report

I took a class offered by "Take Charge of Your Diabetes" TCOYD and they were great. It was a 9 week class and was about 2 hours every week. I learned a lot and I shared a lot of it here. http://www.diabeticconnect.com/search?query=TCOYD+class It was just $75 for the whole class and you got a great resource book "The Diabetes Carbohydrate & Fat Gram Guide" that was worth $25 and a free meeting with a nutritionist to set you up with a plan of action. It was well worth it.
Check with your local hospital to see if they are offering this course. I found it to be much better than the stuff the hospital gives out.

LSpizale
LSpizale 2013-10-29 21:18:14 -0500 Report

All hospitals offer classes on diabetes. Your insurance pays for it. Also most hospitals monthly have diabetic group meetings.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-10-29 11:15:20 -0500 Report

Talk to your doctor and a dietitian who can help you build a meal plan. There are diabetic education seminars some are free depending on where you live.

I agree with Nick and Adee. cut back on carbs and sugars and test before and after you eat.

Nick1962
Nick1962 2013-10-29 10:56:37 -0500 Report

Ditto what Adee5 said. Cut back on the carbs and sugars, and let your meter tell you what foods you can or can't have.

Adee5
Adee5 2013-10-29 09:43:34 -0500 Report

The internet is a fantastic source of information when it comes to lifestyle changes due to diabetes. I too let my condition go out of control until I caught an infection in my foot and had to be taken to surgery and bombarded with antibiotics. That, my friend, was a wake up call. I am thankful that I did not lose my foot. My a1c was over 11 five months ago. It is now 6.4. My glucose control and diet are doing great. As for what foods to stay away from, I say (not sure if anyone will agree), but I say none! I made a conscious choice to keep away from rice and potatoes, but I monitor and document all my food, specifically my carb intake. Talk to your doctor about how much carbs you're allowed (typically, I was taught up to 5 servings of carbs per meal, 1 serving being 15 grams). I typically average 60-100 grams a day. I am particular to kit kat chocolate bars, and do enjoy them, but I include them in my daily carb intake. It's a lifestyle change, but don't get to a point where you're admitted to the hospital and wonder what you could've done differently! Feel free to contact me!