QUESTIONS & QUESTIONS ABOUT DIABETES

CHERYL7160
By CHERYL7160 Latest Reply 2014-05-30 23:44:22 -0500
Started 2014-05-30 03:39:10 -0500

I JUST FOUND OUT 2 MONTH'S AGO THAT I HAVE TYPE 2 DIABETES WHEN I WAS UNDER THE DR'S CARE ON HAVING A HERNIA REPAIR DONE. NOW IT SEEMS THAT THE OPERATION DEPENDS ON MY BLOOD SUGAR LEVEL BE REDUCED A'LOT. I AM A VERY VERY PICKY EATER AND RARELY DID I EAT MORE THEN ONCE A DAY. I WAS A PEPSI DRINKER FAITHFULLY BUT I HAVE CUT DOWN TO ALMOST NONE AT ALL, MY PROBLEM IS MY BLOOD SUGAR IS STILL VERY HIGH AND I NEED TO GET IT DOWN ASAP BUT I HAVE NO CLUE ON FOOD TO EAT, DRINKS OR ANYTHING IN FACT SO I COULD REALLY USE YOUR HELP ON ANY ADVICE YOU CAN SHARE WITH ME. THANK YOU REGARDS, CHERYL7160


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Glucerna
Glucerna 2014-05-30 15:30:22 -0500 Report

The American Diabetes Association has a lot of helpful information to get you started, and this website also has extensive information in the "Understanding Diabetes" tab at the top of the page. I agree with the others that working with a diabetes educator is going to give you the most benefit. ~Lynn @Glucerna

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-05-30 11:46:58 -0500 Report

I agree with Jigsaw. You may need to get your blood sugar down ASAP but that is not going to happen. It can take weeks or several months to get it down depending on how high your sugar levels are. Ask your doctor how low your blood sugar has to be to have the surgery.

Diabetes is not a one size fits all disease. It can effect each person differently. Avoid schemes that tell you that you can reverse diabetes because there is no cure and it cannot be reversed. Avoid fried foods and processed foods and foods high in carbs and sodium. Being a very picky eater is going to make being a diabetic very hard because the foods that are the healthiest for you are the foods you will have to eat. This means you will have to include green leafy veggies, fruits low in carbs and cut out white foods such as rice, potatoes, breads and pasta. You have to decide if you want to try new foods or stick to the way you are eating. The choice you make will have an effect on your diabetes.

You have to give up Pepsi entirely. I am also a Pepsi drinker but I went an entire year before I started drinking diet Pepsi. I drink water with Crystal Light, Diet Iced Tea sweetened with Equal and Coffee sweetened with Equal.

You should see a registered dietitian and take a diabetes education class ASAP and add exercise. You have to start with baby steps and get to where you need to be. This mean it could be several months before you have surgery. Good Luck

jayabee52
jayabee52 2014-05-30 11:43:31 -0500 Report

Jigsaw is spot on with what he said!

I want to add, however, one of the best ways to bring down your Blood Glucose (BG) levels, I would recommend drinking lots of plain water. In fact don't even drink "diet" soda as it has been shown to trigger the hunger centers of your brain and you get the munchies and often what is at hand is not the best to eat.

Jigsaw briefly mentioned simple and complex carbbohydratess. I'd like to amplify.

When you say that you're a "picky" eater I would guess that most of what you eat could be identified as "simple" carbs. Foods which are quiclky broken down into the glucose it contains. Unless I miss my guess, you may eat a lot of processed, prefab, convenience, foods. (I used to eat a lot of those, myself.) Foods full of simple carbs are foods like white bread, white potatoes, white pasta, potato chips, cakes, cookies, candies, corn dogs, and so forth.

Conversely foods containing "complex" carbs are generally more natural, and not manufactured. Veggies like Brocolli, Cauluflower, Green Beans, (in fact beans of any kind), squashes, — you get the picture. Fruits too, particularly the "berry fruits" which have high fibre and not a lot of fruit sugars in them.

These complex carb foods contain a lot of nutrition in them and don't quickly break down into the glucose they contain due to their nutritional content.

Then there are foods which contain relatively few carbs in them: meats. The protein in meats do eventually turn to glucose in the digestive tract, but it takes a long time for that to happen.

If you like hamburgers, one of the most diabetes friendly ways would be to just eat the hamburger (fried at home is best so you avoid the extra sodium at the hamburger place) is to have it without the bun. That way you avoid all the carbs provided by the white bun. (If ordering at a hamburg place, order without sauces as those often have added sugar in them — and they're messy!) .

Jigsaw's recommend to get with a registered dietician (RD) is a good one. Have your Dr refer you to one.

Praying God's success upon your endeavor to get your BG levels under better control, and also on your hernia surgery.

James Baker

alternative1
alternative1 2014-05-30 23:44:22 -0500 Report

yes!!!! i eat my burgers all the time without a bun…you are finally getting it…good work..we all need to eat RAW foods to get the enzymes out of our food…so we can breakdown our food to absorb the vital nutrients out of them. and the soil we get them out of is another story…

jigsaw
jigsaw 2014-05-30 07:30:40 -0500 Report

Go see a registered dietician as soon as you can! You may want to eliminate or cut down substantially on processed foods. Poultry, meats, vegetables, low glycemic fruits, are a few healthier choices. One glass of pepsi has 12 to 14 teaspoons of sugar!!! That is very bad news for anyone with diabetes. Make sure that you become familiar with complex carbs, and simple carbs. Complex carbs are broken down by the body into blood glucose more slowly then simple carbs.

You can most likely control your blood glucose! Take it one step at a time. Knowing what a low carb healthy food plan is a major part of the solution.