I am new

By krisiem Latest Reply 2014-03-12 14:22:31 -0500
Started 2014-03-11 16:49:52 -0500

I am new to this and being diabetic. I had gestational diabetes with my pregnancy but I never thought I would get diabetes only 6 months after I had my daughter. I am 21 and scared if you have any advice please help!!!

9 replies

krisiem 2014-03-12 11:11:29 -0500 Report

It is just so had but I am going to get It under and work at it

byrun 2014-03-12 13:13:23 -0500 Report

This is something that is very doable. Your statement says that you have the right mindset to get in control and you also know that you/we have to work at it. Congratulations on your baby girl!!!! She's going to need you for the next 70 or 80 years or more.

tabby9146 2014-03-12 08:00:49 -0500 Report

Welcome to DC! I know the feeling, I was the same. I came here and I also took classes ASAP and I hope your insurance pays for them, or at least most of the cost, they are the best thing to do. Make sure you have protein and fiber in each meal, drink more water if you don't already, stay away completely from fruit juices and sodas. they told us in class the one thing they never wanted us to have was soda, that we could have most anything in "moderation" you don't have to completely stay away from all of your favorite foods and snacks. Look up recipes here. one of the most important things to do is check your blood sugar upon waking up, then 2 hours after each meal, until you know which foods raise your BG the most and you will quickly see what is best to eat. not eveyone can have all the same foods. there are some here that can't have any white rice, white potatoes, or white bread, most of us can't have much of that at all. Look at the "total" carbohydrates on everything and make sure the total carbs in a serving are not like 40 or more! some can't even have 30 per serving They told us in class also, 60 carbs per meal. Best wishes to you.

Glucerna 2014-03-11 18:46:28 -0500 Report

Hopefully you met with a registered dietitian and diabetes educator while you were pregnant, and learned about eating a healthy diet for someone with diabetes. Ask your doctor for a referral back to the dietitian/diabetes educator so you can ask questions and learn how to manage diabetes long-term. The more you learn about diabetes, the more changes you can implement. ~Lynn @Glucerna

krisiem 2014-03-11 17:56:49 -0500 Report

It is type 2 but ig is early set and I eat to much sugar like potatoes and so much more

jayabee52 2014-03-11 18:17:18 -0500 Report

Well, Kris, if you wish to manage your T2, you will need to eat more protein (meat, fish, foul, beans, peanuts ect) and also more complex carbs in the form of non starchy veggies. Things like potatoes are bestavoided or eliminated, if you wish to have closer to normal BG readings.

I manage my T2D through a specific meal plan and have done so for the past 3 yrs (after having been on pills and then on insulin for quite a while before that) . You can read it here ~ http://www.diabeticconnect.com/diabetes-discu...

Of course follow your Dr's recommendation regarding your management of your T2D, but I suspect your Dr wouldn't object to you helping your BG levels stay closer to normal, and you avoiding the dreaded complications of diabetes you may have heard about

God's Best to you

jayabee52 2014-03-11 17:37:46 -0500 Report

Howdy Kris
Diabetes is a scary disease, especially when one is new to it and doesn't have a clue as to how to deal with it.

Please stick with us and you'll get a wealth of information on diabetes and how to best manage it.

What type of diabetes were you Dx'd with? T1 or T2? And what did the Dr say as how you should manage your Blood Glucose (BG) levels?

What kinds of things do you eat and how much? That can affect your BG numbers greatly.

And please don't panic: steadily learn what you can, but take baby steps. This disease is not like an all out sprint, but instead it is like a ultra marathon and for your own peace of mind you need to pace yourself.

Praying for God's best for you and yours

James Baker

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