Eating right with diabetes

By carmalgurl Latest Reply 2014-04-11 19:44:04 -0500
Started 2014-04-10 22:51:08 -0500

I am trying to understand what to eat and what not to eat? If anyone has a list or information that would be great. I was recently diagnosed with type 1 diabetes 2 months ago, So I am feeling kind of clueless.

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IronOre 2014-04-11 19:08:47 -0500 Report

You read T2 comments below. T1 's can play by a bit different rules.
The bottom line for T1's is that it's all in the carbs, and you can basically what you want, but monitor the carbs, and adjust your insulin for that.
The best thing that you can do for yourself is see a certified diabetes educator (CDE) at a diabetes clinic. They will lead you down the right path, and I think that it won't be as bad as you may be thinking.
The advice that you get on here may (or may not) be good, so you really need to see someone who can evaluate you well because there are many pieces of the puzzle here that need to be fit together.

jayabee52 2014-04-10 23:31:37 -0500 Report

Howdy Carmalgirl

WELCOME to Diabetic Connect! Sorry you qualify for this shindig, but since you do, I'm glad you're here.

Have you seen the information on T1D here on DC? You might want to take a moment and browse through the info that is available here, But none of these address the issue of meal plans.

At the most basic level one could avoid all "simple" carbohydrates. As a T2D I manage my Blood Glucose (BG) levels by not eating Breads of all kinds and also anything made with grain (for various reasons which I could explain if asked). I also avoid starchy veggies (potatoes, carrots. green peas) and high carb fruits like bananas.

I have written up a discussion on my meal plan and will be willing to give you the link should you request it.

But perhaps you think the complete avoidance of breads might be a little too radical for a T1D, after all you could just inject more insulin if you find your BG is too high. Yet to do that, may well put on fat, because excess carbs will be moved into the fat cells in the body for "storage" until needed.

However avoiding wheat based products might also be beneficial to a T1D since quite often they have some form or level of gluten sensivity, all the way up to celiac disease as a comorbid factor.

I pray what I have written will give you "food for thought". Should you have further questions about what I wrote, please ask them.

God's best to you and yours

James Baker

carmalgurl 2014-04-10 23:50:38 -0500 Report

yes, that was very helpful I would like a copy of your meal plan please. I just find it so hard to find what works. I went to a diabetic education class at my dr and my questions were unaswered

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