Newly diabetic

lone wolf shane
By lone wolf shane Latest Reply 2014-02-13 22:57:06 -0600
Started 2014-02-13 10:26:08 -0600

I'm new at being diabetic and I am taking metformin what can I drink or eat that is good for me I've heard that diet soda is good and not good please help

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Glucerna 2014-02-13 18:03:47 -0600 Report

The American Diabetes Association has loads of excellent information for people newly diagnosed with Type 2 at Scroll down to the bottom, and you'll see a section for newly diagnosed. Learn as much as you can about diabetes, talk with your physician and diabetes educator, and you'll start to figure out what works best for you to manage diabetes. ~Lynn @Glucerna

jayabee52 2014-02-13 15:48:13 -0600 Report

Howdy Shane.


Regarding the "diet" soda, there are worse things you could drink, but i don't drink them very often. My reasons why may be found here ~ There are a lot of other downsides to "diet" soda. For more info just click through some of the links you find here ~ soda

As far as what you can eat, I have managed to control my T2 diabetes through following a specific meal plan. I had been taking twice daily injections of NPH insulin but have not needed it since 02/2011 by following the meal plan I discuss here ~ Take a look and see if this may help you. Please do me the kindness of recording your impressions in that discussion.

God's best to you and yours

James Baker

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-02-13 11:08:27 -0600 Report

Welcome to DC. Good people here with good tips and advice. With diabetes comes responsibility. This means you are going to have to decide what is best for you and only you can do that. There has been controversy surrounding diet soda for years and no one has ever come to anything conclusive. Personally, I drink it and I don't care what anyone says about it. This is my own choice.

The first thing you should do is eliminate all white foods, such as breads, pasta, rice, and potatoes. Frozen prepared and all other processed foods such as lunch meats, canned meats, pasta, etc…are high in sodium and not good for the diabetic. Fresh fruits, veggies, fish and meats are best. Contact your doctor and find out if you are Type 1 or Type 2 and ask how many carbs per meal you can have. People here will tell you how many you should have but each person can be different. Diabetes can be different for each person and I do not take medical advice from anyone but my medical team. They are the ones who know your medical history.

Start a food journal of everything you eat and the amount of carbs. This will come in handy for the nutrtionist. She/he can help you with diet and meal planning. Keeping a log of your blood glucose test results will help your doctor.

Self educate and make lists of questions for your doctor. ALWAYS communicate with him/her. Take a diabetes education class. Ask your doctor for a referral to a nutritionist and an endocrinologist.

Scroll through the site. They have different sections that will help you answer some of the questions that you can follow up with your doctor.

Finally, don't try to learn everything at one time, it can be overwhelming. Try to reduce stress in your life because that also will effect diabetes. If you get to a point where you feel like giving up, find a way to keep going. Stay positive. Diabetes is not the end of your life, it is a beginning of another phase in your life. It will not stop you from doing or being anything you want in life unless you let it. I control my diabetes, it does not control me and I have diabetes, it does not have me. It will not win. Good luck to you. Best of luck to you.