newly diagnosed

loria ann
By loria ann Latest Reply 2014-03-02 13:59:07 -0600
Started 2014-02-18 21:37:14 -0600

I was just diagnosed this month with type 2 diabetes feeling a little lost as for what to eat and i don't know what exercise to do and my BS was 222 this morning

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JaredLahti 2014-03-02 13:59:07 -0600 Report

In regards to exercise I don't believe that most people are limited just because they have diabetes. I run half marathons and marathons. I also do triathlons. I've been give the all clear from my doctors to do a half ironman and ironman, although they think I have lost my mind for wanting to do these things.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-02-19 22:21:37 -0600 Report

It is good you are self educating. Ask your doctor to refer you to a nutritionist and find a diabetes education class. The best way to start is to eliminate all white foods, breads, rice, potatoes, pasta, corn and peas. Avoid processed foods as much as possible such as lunch meats, canned veggies and meats. Frozen veggies that are not in a sauce and unseasoned are best.

If you don't know, ask your doctor how many carbs per meals and snacks you can have. Start a food journal and write down everything you eat with the carbs and keep a record of your test results. A log book comes with most meters. Take both to the doctor with you. It is good to open dialog with your doctor. I do not take medical advice from anyone but my doctor because he knows my medical history. Diabetes is not a one size fits all disease. It can effect each person differently. What works for one person may not work for me, you or anyone else.

Take snacks with you when ever you are not home. These can be, nuts, a container of yogurt, string cheese, crackers etc… and stay hydrated. You should also purchase glucose tablets to keep at home, in your purse an in your office. My meter goes everywhere I go. I also have a spare meter.

You can walk for exercise or go on You Tube and find exercises. No matter what keep a positive outlook. As a T2, there are two things I do. I control my diabetes, it does not control me. I have diabetes, it does not have me. I have not stopped doing anything that I was doing prior to being diagnosed except change my diet and added exercise. You can live a long prosperous life as long as you can control your diabetes. Good luck to you.

Glucerna 2014-02-19 21:18:20 -0600 Report

I'm glad you're here looking for information and help Loria Ann, and it sounds like your husband is really supportive. has good information about diabetes, nutrition, medication and exercise. Also be sure to ask your doctor for a referral to diabetes education classes. The more you learn about diabetes, the more confident you'll feel about managing it. ~Lynn @Glucerna

Nick1962 2014-02-19 12:21:39 -0600 Report

Welcome to the group! So much to learn that I don’t think this can be answered with just one post. Plus our bodies constantly change with age so what might be advice for a 30-year-old, might not be for someone like me over 50.

As James points out, limiting carbs and sugars (without overdoing it) is key. You’ll need to learn how to read food nutritional labels for this, but it’s not hard. I had to completely revise my eating habits; you might just need a little tweak.

I agree with James, a morning number of 222 is high, but that may also be a serious case of “Dawn Phenomenon” which you’ll also learn about here. That is a recoverable number though, so try not to be alarmed.

Along with a food log, I also like to recommend testing as often as you can afford, at least in the beginning. I love data, and anything I can use to figure out what works and doesn’t is a help. After a while, it just becomes second nature, so the logs and over-frequent testing aren’t necessary.

And of course, ask lots and lots of questions – that’s what this place is for.

jayabee52 2014-02-18 23:28:38 -0600 Report

Howdy LoriaAnn
WELCOME to Diabetic Connect! Glad you are here with us, sorry you have the disease which causes you to come here.

Knowing what to eat when one has diabetes is one of the most important things a person with diabetes (PWD) can do. Basically one needs to eat and drink fewer carbohydrates (carbs). Carbs raise a PWD's Blood Glucose (BG aka "sugar") levels. In fact it is my belief that it is slightly more important for a T2 than what medication used (if any) used to contron one's BG levels. (T1s are a different story entirely in that department)

It is however not good to eat NO carbs. It is good to eat "complex" carbs foods which contain many vital nutrients. Those carbs which have been deemed "simple" like breads, potatoes, rice, sugar,

Foods like Broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, beans, all are esamples of complex carb foods, as they have a lot more nutritional value than those which are deemed simple carbs. Many fruits, especially the berry fruits, are also valuable complex carb foods.

I am wondering how you were instructed by your Dr regarding what you were to do to manage your T2? Meal plans, pills, insulin? 222 is rather high, but do not be frightened because sometimes it takes a little time for one's body accustomed to something new.

There is more which could be said, and probably will.

Praying God's best for you and yours in this new life with diabetes

James Baker

loria ann
loria ann 2014-02-19 17:04:19 -0600 Report

well i have only been doing this for a week but the doctor said to check my bs in the morning and put me on metformin lipitor lisinapril and one baby asprine a day to protect my heart and to eat 3 times a day thats all the doctor said to me i have done the rest on my own with my husbands help yes he has been awsome this morning my bs was 193 so yes it is coming down just slowly

jayabee52 2014-02-20 04:40:19 -0600 Report

What I said above were just general guidelines. There is a way to dial in to what specific foods & drinks plays nice or plays nasty with your particular metabolism, because one size does not fit al people. You can discover what works best for you by following the plan laid out here ~

May I suggest if you are on a diabetes altering medication that you test a minnimum of 3 X a day? #1 in the AM before you eat anything else, #2, 2 hrs folllowing a meal of your choice (vary which meal according to the day of the week: (example, Sunday after Breakfast, Monday after Lunch, Tuesday after evening meal, ect. ) #3 just before bed so you know how you did that day and if a snack is needed before bed. (much more to learn about that)

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