Help please

myrtle - 28871
By myrtle - 28871 Latest Reply 2009-01-20 19:18:53 -0600
Started 2009-01-17 16:41:17 -0600

I have been taking insulin for 6 monthes but pills for 8 years I was in denial until I started the insulin and I have no insurance so if any one has help understanding how to control my blood sugar better and can explain all this carb stuff I would greatly appreciate it Im falling apart and gaining weight with this insulin and I have got to get this together I have lots of folks counting on me to take care of them I am depressed about this greatly what can I eat and what cant I eat my blood sugar is still real high they are raising my insulin slowly I go to a free clinic thank god for that but its not like a real doc. theres so many folks there they just dont have time to explain every thing for me

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Avera 2009-01-17 22:49:06 -0600 Report


There is a new web site online that you can go to and learn just about anything about how to care for your diabetes. They have videos there and you can choose to look at the ones that you need information from. They even give you reward points for viewing them. Later you can trade those reward points in for free diabetic products. All you have to do is sign up. Many of the people who belong to this site also belong to that one too.

The site is called "Healthy Outcomes." Here is the link to it.

myrtle - 28871
myrtle - 28871 2009-01-17 17:15:46 -0600 Report

thanks guys Im gonna check out american diabeties ass. I am looking forward to chatting and learning I already feel a little better now that I got somefolks to talk to I appreciate the help and encoragement I started walking last week maybe that will help and I finally got an appt at the clinic again next week

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2009-01-17 17:22:20 -0600 Report

Take a list of questions with you. They should be willing to answer them, I would think. Never hurts to ask - nothing to lose. You might check with the hospitals or the health department to see if you could counsel with a dietician at little or no cost.

myrtle - 28871
myrtle - 28871 2009-01-17 17:26:39 -0600 Report

I have lots of questions espically about this weight Ive gained Im already heavy and Ive gained about 20 pounds since the insulin does diabeties cause joint and bone issues also

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2009-01-17 17:01:26 -0600 Report

There are really so many good past discussions that will help you tremendously. Looks like some are being brought forward again by Barb, and you can look in the menu of discussions on the left and select others that appear to be of interest to you.

There are also many good sites beside this one that contain volumes of info. Just "Google" diabetes, etc., and you'll find loads of great help. Especially at the American Diabetes Association website (

If you have access to a library, there are many good books that will help you too.

I know it's overwhelming, but it's actually not that bad once you get more information and feel more comfortable with what you need to do. In any event, to be very general, just zero in on fruits & veggies, keep your carbs & sweets down and exercise (walk, be active) as much as possible. Watch proportions you are eating. That's very important. Good luck. Let us know how you're doing, and don't hesitate to ask questions if you don't understand something you read, etc.


LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2009-01-17 17:07:33 -0600 Report

I didn't mention it, but if you're interested in what books to either buy or check out, there are many recommended here on this site. You can also find them to your left, or on the right side of your profile page. A number of helpful articles from various sites are available from this site as well.

shannonlynn 2009-01-17 16:54:54 -0600 Report

The main thing you have to start doing is do not eat things that contain sugar.
Eat fresh fruit and vegetables. Stay away from fried and fatty foods. Eat baked, broiled, and boiled. Salads are very healthy. Watch your starches if you eat white bread change to wheat, or even white wheat. It is more wholesome and less starch. Get exercise. You can go to a site called The American Heart Association and print out healthy diets. They have more than just diets or the heart. They post low fat diets, low sugsr diets. If you drink soft drinks switch to diet. Use sugar substitute, equal I find to be the best. Relax, because stress has something to do with driving your sugar level up. Check your blood sugar frquently. You can get a free meter through some sites, I am not sure of them. When you recieve your meter you will get testing strips with it, but your doctor can write a script for more.

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