New to Diabetes

Lady Cheryl
By Lady Cheryl Latest Reply 2014-01-19 19:45:00 -0600
Started 2014-01-15 19:40:22 -0600

I'm completely new to being a type 2 diabetic. My Dr told me of this news a month ago. I've just had my 2nd set of blood work done and waiting on test to see if I need any meds. I've always been bad about drinking sodas and not eating healthy. I've but gave up sodas this past month and now drinking lots of water. My Dr has told me to keep each meal at/about 60g of carbs per meal. I'm doing a decent job of doing this. I have to take my blood sugar levels 4 times a day which I'm just at a loss of what the different numbers mean. Any advice at this point for a new member of the type 2 family? Any advice will be greatly accepted as all this is still very new to me.

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Gabby
GabbyPA 2014-01-19 19:45:00 -0600 Report

Ahhh, the numbers. We seem to live by them. What are the times he wants you to test?

Here are some suggestions, but you will want to sit with your doctor and see what he wants your goals to be.
Fasting (first thing in the morning before eating) 70-110
Post meal (usually 2 hours after you started to eat) 100-140

The goal is to keep a 40 point or less rise after you eat. So if your numbers are higher to start, you will tend to have a higher after meal number. So to try to prevent that, you may want to eat less carbs or add some good lean protein to your meal or fiber.

Since you are so new, you may have higher numbers than these. Don't freak out, just know you have some work to do like so many of us. Exercise, drinking water and good food choices will help you reduce your overall numbers. It takes time and practice.

Bekah Nikole
Bekah Nikole 2014-01-19 19:33:58 -0600 Report

*try to get in 30 minutes of exercise. Never stop learning, the more you know the better you can take care of yourself.

Bekah Nikole
Bekah Nikole 2014-01-19 19:32:21 -0600 Report

Best advice I can think of would be to keep a food diary along with your testing log. It really helped me figure out what was really spiking me and what was helping me. Don't drink too much water, you can flush your system out. My doc said no more than 6 glasses, try making unsweetened tea at home for something else to drink. Not all teas have the same flavor, so try out different types. When you go back into the doc ask the doc for some goal ranges for the morning, before/after meals and bedtime. If you don't feel like your getting the answers you need then go to an endo or transfer to a new doc. Your doc should want to answer your eight million questions and work with you, not against you. I like Diabetic Living for recipes and tips on different things. Try to get in at least 3

Risingsun611
Risingsun611 2014-01-17 18:11:42 -0600 Report

First, just know that you will be ok. If you have a doctor that doesn't provide you with enough information, find another one! Perhaps a nutritionist may help. The most important number is the morning number. If you take your BS too soon after you eat, it will not be accurate. I believe the healthiest number of carb intake, especially being newly diagnosed, should be no more than 35gs. Water is an important part too. You can switch from white bread to whole wheat or multi grain, try to stay away from pasta (this turns to sugar) and you have to get in the habit of reading labels. I love past, so the one that I make has a lower glycemic level. The brand is Dreamfields.

jigsaw
jigsaw 2014-01-16 19:34:52 -0600 Report

I suspect that for most of us when we're initially diagnosed, it's a scary confusing ride, and most importantly, an amazing learning experience! Keep your eyes open, your ears listening, and fasten your seat belt. You'll be where you are aiming to be, before you know it.

Lady Cheryl
Lady Cheryl 2014-01-16 19:11:05 -0600 Report

Ty all for your wonderful words. It's just all a bit daunting to take in at first. I've only known for a month now I'm diabetic but I've already endured a lot of changes. I'm sure in the long run I'll be ok with all this. Lol at least I hope so

Lintay
Lintay 2014-01-16 15:39:45 -0600 Report

Dropping in to say Welcome,and I'm new to this myself. I have alot to learn myself. God bless you

dagger1234
dagger1234 2014-01-15 21:28:09 -0600 Report

Keep it up girl! You can do it. I too had to quit drinking pop/soda. I have now got accustomed to drinking diet sofa. It's tasting great now to me lol.

I sometimes forget and eat too many carbs I hope I don't get used to that habbit. Wishing you the best!

Red-Sox-Rich
Red-Sox-Rich 2014-01-15 19:52:27 -0600 Report

First off, Lady Cheryl… Welcome !!!
You made the right choice to come to a community with caring, friendly and knowledgeable people. My advice to you is to get to know the basics. Read up on your condition as there are many great articles right here on "DC". Make friends, follow posts by other members and feel free to ask away! We all have been there and just know that you are not alone. Good Luck ! :)

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