By ronniebama Latest Reply 2014-05-16 19:11:53 -0500
Started 2014-05-14 10:59:56 -0500

I have been borderline diabetic for years and yesterday my doctor told me I had finally crossed over the line. My BS was 134 and my A1C was 7.1. He has put me on metformin 500mg and wants me to come back in 3 months. Also wants me to cut out all simple sugars (candy, cakes, sodas, sweet tea - I love my sweet tea!, etc). Also wants me to reduce my intake of white foods (breads, pasta, potatoes, etc). Am I supposed to cut out sugars all together or is there a limit to how many I can have a day, i.e. 45mg? I obviously need to start exercising more and I am putting a plan in place for that but I don't know a whole lot about the diet. Any information would be greatly appreciated.


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ronniebama 2014-05-14 12:47:56 -0500 Report

Thanks for the input folks. I will definitely get an appointment set up with an endocrinologist in the next few weeks. And I'm not depressed at all, I just hate I waited until it got to this point to do something about my health. All in all, I'm pretty optimistic about the future.

Glucerna 2014-05-14 21:27:30 -0500 Report

You're making changes now to improve blood sugar control, and that's what really counts. As you learn about diabetes and how different foods affect your blood sugar, you'll figure out what works for you. ~Lynn @Glucerna

jayabee52 2014-05-14 12:32:39 -0500 Report

Howdy Ronnie

Sorry you qualify for this shindig, but since you do I'm glad you're here.

As a T2D, I have found personally that what one eats and the amounts one eats trumps any medication regimen. (It is different for T1Ds like Iron ore who replied below)

May I suggest that you NOT wait those 3 months and ask your Dr for referral to the Registered Dietician (RD) now or ASAP! A RD will be able to give you a better idea as to what you may and may not eat and in what amounts. An up to date RD will likely give you a per meal carbohydrate count (not calorie count) to follow.

I have a meal plan I developed myself which got me off all diabetes medications (in my case NPH insulin) and kept my Blood Glucose (BG) levels in the "normal" range, my A1c at 5.5 and I lost 65 lbs over 5 mos as well. I have been on the plan for 3 + yrs. The plan, however asks a lot from you and you may not be quite ready for it yet. (but it is available to you should you ask).

God's best to you and yours
James Baker

IronOre 2014-05-14 12:01:30 -0500 Report

well, instead of answering youir question I have a suggestion
See an Endocrinologist connected with a good diabetes clinic, they will set you on the right path, and it probably won't be as depressing as it appears right now.

wraithmb 2014-05-14 11:24:30 -0500 Report

Hi Ronnie, welcome to the ranks! I am a t1 diabetic so my dietary requirements might be a little different than yours, but I thought I'd share anyway.

If you look at the nutrition label on any food, you will see carbohydrate, fiber, and sugar. The higher the fiber the better, the higher the carb and sugar the more effect it will have on your sugars. Over time you will learn what foods have the biggest effect on your sugars. For example, if I eat at mcdonalds, I can count on my sugars being moderately high all day.

It is best to speak with your doctor or a dietician about what is best for you, but if you watch your carb and keep notes, you will get a pretty good idea of what you can and can't do. He/she will also be able to recommend any other dietary changes you may need to make as well.

A suitable replacement for your sweet tea might be the powdered crystal light "iced tea" mix. My wife even likes it, and to give you an idea of how much she hates artificial sweeteners, I can tell if she gets my diet coke by mistake because of the utterly horrified look on her face! It seems that crystal light is made by Kraft canada, but I'm sure there would be something like it south of the border as well. The website for crystal light is

ronniebama 2014-05-14 11:42:32 -0500 Report

Thanks for the quick response. I actually like several of the crystal light flavored but have not tried the iced tea flavor. I will have to give it a try.

I guess after my 3 month checkup, if things aren't in line, I will get referred to a dietician. Hopefully, by just cutting out the simple sugars and exercising, my numbers will stay in a reasonable range.

wraithmb 2014-05-14 12:36:11 -0500 Report

I actually like the iced tea flavor the best, but they all are really good! It does have that taste of real tea to it, at least somewhat. IronOre makes a good point, seeing an endocrinologist would be a really good thing, and as much of a change in lifestyle being diabetic is, it's really not that depressing. If everyone were as attentive about what they eat as us diabetics, I think people in General would be a whole lot healthier.

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