Recently diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes

By NyxWulf Latest Reply 2011-05-30 02:52:19 -0500
Started 2008-03-12 05:06:22 -0500

A couple of weeks ago I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. Along with that my blood pressure is high, and my cholesterol is high. It's been a lot to take in during this short time. I have made some drastic changes in my diet and exercise regimen. I would be interested to hear what other people have done when they are diagnosed.

47 replies

omahapack 2011-05-30 02:11:48 -0500 Report

I was diagnosed many years ago. I was diet controlled for over 40 years. I went full blown and have learned over the years that diabetics must live a well rounded life style just as to get a high school diploma or college degree one needs a well rounded education. Diet, exercise, and rest are important as well as a less stressful surrounding.
I found that some vegetables are no no's or not eaten often. for me rice and gravy are out but I can have a small baked potato instead.
I treat myself to a small hot fudge sundae after I have had a week of relatively stable blood sugars.
People say I am so sorry when they find out I am diabetic. I tell them that I am not sorry. I am more aware of healthy living and have been blessed to be a diabetic.
I hike, I hunt, fish and dance.
I have two artificial knees and steel in my lower back. And even with diabetes, I am healthier than most. I heal quicker and I have more energy than I know what to do with sometimes.
I only require 4 hours of sleep most of the time. I have learned deep breathing and a quiet environment helps me relax. I pace my activities and allow rest in between activities.
Most folks do not believe that I am 64.
Diabetics do tend to have problems with cholesterol and blood pressure. Comes with the territory.
I can eat what everyone else does. I just have to adjust the amounts and how often. I also tend to stay away from foods that raise the blood sugars.
I always have been a water drinker. I know when my sugars are up a glass or two of water helps bring it down quickly and I keep peanut butter cups and dr. pepper in the house if they are too low. i also keep a big jar of peanut butter at my bedside. I sometimes have drops in blood sugar and a couple of teaspoons makes the difference.
I test often and have a great idea of how much of what and when it is necessary to adjust the numbers.
Hang in there and keep diabetic connect. It has multitudes of info. the more we learn about our disease the better and healthier we will be if we implement those things that work.
I use the American Diabetic Association as the ultimate source. If my doctor's recommendations are in conflict I always follow ADA advice and it has never failed me.
These are things that work for me. I keep a journal instead of a log. I know what things are working. What affects my blood sugars may not affect yours. The wise thing to do is to note what does work and implement it into your life.

Gimpalong 2011-05-30 02:23:25 -0500 Report

Way to go! You're an inspiration for all of us. I'm still learning about insulin. Thanks for sharing ways that work for you. I'm sure we can all learn from it. Have a great Memorial Day…and Remember.

omahapack 2011-05-30 02:43:06 -0500 Report

I appreciate that and remember we learn from others like us.
If we apply what we are learning we are not different from others who are not diabetic. We may have to work a little bit to be healthy. Not a bad thing at all

mrsjodyody 2010-10-14 14:02:28 -0500 Report

Hi I was diagnosed about 9 months ago. I started watching alot of cooking shows and changing my diet. I try to eat only fresh foods(organic) and use spices like parsley,oregeno,Basil etc… I drink lots of water and limit fried foods to 1 time a week. I grill alot and bake. The cooking shows have taught me alot about foods and nutrition. I have brought my AIC down from 6.3 to 6.0. Non processed foods are so much more tasty and healty for you. I also don't drink alot of sodas and when I do I drink diet drinks. My favorite is Coke Zero. I have also lost 15 lbs. Sweets have never been top on my list but occasionaly I will treat myself to a small icecream blizard from Dairy Queen. Good luck and I hope this may of helped.

Gimpalong 2011-05-30 02:26:51 -0500 Report

Thanks for sharing. I'm still learning. Take care of you. You're right, the fresh foods do taste better. I like using the fresh spices and herbs. I didn't know that they would enhance the food that much. Glad you're here on DC.

Melhen1 2009-08-31 18:12:49 -0500 Report

I was diagnosed a little over a year ago. Prior to that I was diagnosed with Celiac disease, and HAD to modify my diet to eat gluten free, so when they told me I was a type 2 diabetic, changing my diet was easy to do. Just try to eat foods that are as close to their natural state (not processed boxed, canned and frozen stuff, unless its like a frozen veg without sauces and such. Also a cookie every now and again is ok, just make sure you plan for it in your meal plan. The supplements someone else mentioned in their reply do make a difference. When I first got diagnosed, blood pressure and cholesterol were an issue, not any more. I would also recommend coQ10, does great things. Just eat healthy fresh foods andwatch your carbs and calories and you'll do fine!

VirginiaN 2009-08-23 01:32:48 -0500 Report

The very first thing you need to do is to get your blood sugar under control. This probably will require medication, either pills or insulin. If your general practitioner doesn't agree see an endocrinologist. This is because high blood sugar levels make you starved, depressed, and tired. Once you get the BS under control you begin to work on gradual weight loss, eating a healthy diet, and exercising. This will likely result in being able to reduce your medication load. Your insurance should pay for a series of visits with a dietitian and a diabetes nurse and maybe an exercise physiologist. Take advantage of these. Usually your spouse or significant other can join you for these sessions. Buy a couple of good recipe books with recipes for diabetics and spend some time figuring out what you like and how it affects you. You are not doomed to a life of eating bland food that you hate. It will take a while to figure everything out, but it will get better. The change in the way you feel once your BS is stable and in a reasonable range is unbelievable.

Gimpalong 2011-05-30 02:35:00 -0500 Report

I'm still trying to get my BS under control, instead of spikes and lows. I'm working with a doctor who works with only diabetics and teaches how to plan meals in such a way as to not get bored. He suggested to cook in batches, then freeze what's left in measured quanities, so that all I have to do is get it out of the freezer and nuke it. I have a vacuum seal, and it is great for things like this. It is hard for me to cook for just me, so hence his ideas. Thanks for your information for healthy eating, etc. Happy Memorial Day!!

tabby9146 2009-08-22 21:17:05 -0500 Report

I was diagnosed in Nov. of last year. I was 25 lbs overweight and I lost it all in three months. I was put on Metformin 500 mgs to start with. As the weight kept coming off (by eating right and exercising) I began to have some low spells, but not too low. So I started taking half of the pills and it got better. My doctor let me come off the pills after the weight loss and I have maintained it about 6 months. I just eat lots of whole grains, vegetables, some lean meat, some fruit though not too much, you have to watch the fruit, and things like that. They told me I could eat 'everything' just in moderation and so I enjoy most things I did before, but some things I have elminated altogether like those pastries, cookies, etc. I don't eat any fried food but I do occasionally have half of a medium baked potato, a little rice, and I'm fine though some people can't even have that. Sweet potatoes are much better. I do eat an occasional slice or two of thin crust pizza with lots of veggies and low amount of cheese. You can get off pills, if you are diligent. I've heard from may who have. You probably would have to get back on them eventually no matter what, but that could be many years from now. Best of luck to you!

Babygirl697 2009-08-17 04:17:50 -0500 Report

I was just diagnosed in April of this year. I freaked out.Im not doing so good with eating right and I really need to get with it. My friend died at 35 two years ago from diabetes.She went blind first. She didnt take care of herself.I think Im in denial. We HAVE to eat better or were screwed. Dont forget that part.Good luck with everything and I promise to try and eat better too.LOL Take care!!

beadmom 2009-08-21 18:34:25 -0500 Report comes with pratice. There is so much to learn it can be overwhelming. Take small steps. Change one thing at a time. It takes 21 days to make a habit of something.
The first thing is to realize it's serious and you are already there.

I got lucky (I guess..why I see it in that light I have no idea.) in that the way to my diagnosis came via high liver enzymes so I had to stop drinking. Then when that didn't work the high blood sugar got noticed. So, I didn't have to quit drinking and eating sweets and watching carbs etc. all at the same time.

The year before I had gone on a campaign to lose weight because my feet hurt all the time…so I had modified some other things pre diagnosis. When I look back if I had tried to do it all at once, I, well I think I would have given up.

This is a great place and there is a ton of support for you here. Many questions that no one else would answer for me have been answered here.


omahapack 2009-06-22 10:37:02 -0500 Report

I have been diabetic since the age of 22. I am now 62. I went from type 2, diet controlled to full blown two years ago. It is not easy changing almost everything. This year my cholesterol level went above 200 for the first time.
The major thing I had to learn was to balance my life. This includes diet, exercise, eating regularly, testing and taking medications as prescribed as well as rest and relaxation. Stress does affect the blood sugars.Please don't give up and always remember that diabetics are special people. We are not much different than non-diabetics. We just have to approach our lives in a more balanced and disciplined way.

tabby9146 2009-04-29 21:48:25 -0500 Report

I can't really add to what everyone said, but I lost 25 lbs. in 12 weeks and then slowly lost 5 more over several weeks. I exercise about 6 days per week, and watch what I eat all the time. I will occasionally have a piece of regular chocolate candy, a little real sugar in my coffee, just a little, which doesn't bother me, but it might hurt some. I make sure i have fiber and protein in every meal and snack. Make sure to eat 'small' meals during the day, not just three large ones or two large ones. I have a snack between b'fast and lunch and another between lunch and dinner. Get as many of the antioxidants as you can but be careful with fruit. You can't really eat too many veggies, but too much fruit with all that natural sugar can be bad. When you take classes, you find out how much of everything you can eat. It isn't bad at all, I was shocked to see how much I could eat and the things I could eat.

Gimpalong 2011-05-30 02:44:39 -0500 Report

Thank for the information. Do you have a problem with timing your meals, snacks, etc. I get involved with something and the time gets away from, then I've gone past the snack and too close to lunch or maybe I'm two hours late on taking my insulin. I'm trying to just eat fresh fruit and veggies. How do you keep track of the time, so as not miss keeping everything regulated? I think this is also causing my spikes and lows.

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LadyDi - 26259Miller 2009-04-29 21:54:18 -0500 Report

You are so right. There is so much that we can eat. Just as with those who do not have diabetes, eating "smart" is the key, along with watching proportions. You have a great attitude and seem to be doing a great job with keeping yourself in check. Good for you!

Robert Wendt
Robert Wendt 2009-04-15 09:59:29 -0500 Report

I have been a Type 2 diabetic for the past 10 years. I have always been diet controlled. Here's a tip you may not be aware of: we use fructose as a sweetner. It take about 1/3 less than equal amount of sugar and is great as a general sweetner and for baking pies. Fructose does not spike my sugar level. It's available at some grocery stores and most health food stores.

Anonymous 2008-11-07 21:19:55 -0600 Report

I was diagnosed with type II just two days ago. overwhelming and shocking. I am adjusting. I am only about 30 lbs. overweight and I had been exercising 4-5 times a week for a minimum of 30 minutes on a treadmill but not being able to control my eating much before this. i never lost any weight, no matter how much I exercised, because I wasn't eating right. Anyway, at least I have been used to exercise. Now I am doing okay so far for two days on my eating. I'm on Metformin and don't need insulin. I am determined to get off meds. with diet and exercise but I know if I do, I will always have to watch everything I eat carefully and exercise. Coming here and reading everything really helps.

kyladee 2008-11-01 16:00:05 -0500 Report

I was just diagnosed with type 2 diabetes a month and a half ago. The flu I thought I had, put me in the hospital for a week. Only to find out it was not just the flu but diabetes. I also had to learn to take insulin shots all the time. It was a rapid change in my life for sure. Now I fight to keep away from too many carbs and fats, I also have very high blood pressure and I have to keep it under control as well. Trying to balance the daily diet is hard. I don't always do it right. Sometimes I just want to eat what I want. But I've seen what that did to my blood sugar too. I also battle the dry, scaly feet, the leg and foot pain. Weight control on insulin is hard to maintain. Having to keep up with all my meds is hard. It's expensive to have diabetes too, if you have no insurance. Getting out there and walking is something I make myself do, and I hate excercising. I just take it a day at a time, and try and be as happy as I can be.

omahapack 2009-06-22 10:48:25 -0500 Report

I suggest you keep a journal. Note what carbs you eat and how they affect your blood sugars. Every diabetic metabolizes differently. I can eat white or yellow potatoes but not red. I avoid rice because it really raises my blood sugars. If something you eat raises your blood sugars excessively, then I avoid it or limit the how often and how much you eat.
I love hot fudge sundays. If my blood sugars are well regulated the two or three times we go out for a special dinner, I can have a small one. I have to drink two extra glasses of water tho.
I don't suggest that everyone should do what I do, however a journal would help you to determine what you cxan and can't have.

Gimpalong 2011-05-30 02:52:19 -0500 Report

I journal everything related with my diabetes. I keep check on the fats, proteins, and carbs. Then the end of the day, I can see just how many grams I have eaten all day. Also, I can see what raised my bs, and what kept it even. Take care and have a great weekend.

Vanilla 2008-10-26 12:26:12 -0500 Report

I too was diagnosed fairly recently(July) and the main thing is that you have to remember to not SKIP meals and be sure not to CATCh a low by going too long between meals. That has been a real challenge for me as I did not want to GAIN weight but find that I am always "having to eat" so it really is about smarter choices. I can say this in all truth. I have NEVER had so much fruit in the house as I do now!

Dwight 2008-07-06 18:32:05 -0500 Report

Obviously we all have a real challenge ahead of us when diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. I am a 73 year old male that had a quadruple cardiac bypass surgery in October 2004 and diagnosed with Type 2 a year later. I had already lost a lot of weight from the surgery, but my health plan allowed me to see a Diabetes Educator. She was a registered nurse, registered dietician, as well as a diabetes educator. She provided me with a lot of information, guidelines and carb counters, but the most beneficial thing I did was keep track of my carb intake at every meal. Yes, it was laborious, but it helped me get accustomed to the things I can and cannot eat. After one year of diabetes I had lost a total of 70 pounds, which I have not gained back. I take 500mg of Metformin daily and my physician checks my A1c twice a year and it is usually 5.3 or 5.4. If you can find a diabetes support group in your city, that would be beneficial. It is not an impossible task, so set your mind to being successful and it will happen for you. Please feel free to contact me if you need some encouragement. Dwight

PatriciaH 2008-07-03 07:16:29 -0500 Report

I to have been recently diagnosed, June 2008 also I have high cholestrol and bp. And its very overwhemling. I've been doing alot of reading mostly books recommended by American diabetics Assoc. Exercising is difficult because I feel so though I've arleady exercised because of the way my muscles feel all the time, and i'm incredibly tired.But my family is very supportive, and reassuring. The best advice I can give is be disaplined and take one step (or thing) at a time.

Scuba_girl 2008-06-29 09:18:19 -0500 Report

I was newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes- I have changed my life style completely- I walk 3+miles per day and eat chicken -fish- and lost of veggies. My blood sugar had gone from average of 270 to an average of 121 - I lost over 30 lbs and have more energy now then when I was eating and eating and eating- I feel good- I look good and I do have my bad days- but what helps is to look at the pictures of myself when I was eating my life away. I am a complete supporter of the ADA. I received my clearance to SCUBA dive again- spirits are up- Is there a limit to how much calorie free liquid particularly water that I can consume a day?

All I can say is that there is life and a healthy one after being diagnosed with diabetes- take control of your diabetes do not let it control you!!!!! Keep up the hard work- it will pay off!!

Dancehawk 2008-06-05 08:39:50 -0500 Report

Waves hi, hehehe I was told in Feb I am type 2.
Best advise, read all you can,change your eating habits to no junk food,eat tons of veggies, and try to cut out the red meat, and eat chicken, fish, whole grains, brown rice.
Start out walking and when your stamina is up a bit add another block till your doing a mile or so a day plus other exercises.
We got a tredmill cause the heat and humidity here kills me.
I am finally up to 3.2 miles per hour and over 1 mile. This is good cause I was a computer geek that played games all day and ate junk food. hehehe.
So far my Ac1 went from 13 to 9 to 7 and My other numbers are coming down too.
It takes time to bring numbers down, remember its not a race but a way of life.
Educate your family and friends and ask them to not tempt you to cheat.
There are tons and tons of really yummy sugar free foods and the ice cream mmmm you wont even feel like your missing out on anything.
Portion sizes are a must to watch, read labels, cut out all trans fats.
You should see results.

morris.js 2008-05-19 14:57:09 -0500 Report

My life was in total disarray. My health was terrible, had type 2 diabetes since 95, had high cholesterol, and had high blood pressure since I was 22. Then in 2003, at the insistance of my doctor, I had a routine stress test. all went pretty good, but at 100% heart rate, there was a slight irregularity. The Doc sent me for a Nuclear stress test, with the same results. They then thought to be safe I should have a Catherization. Well, the Surgeon came to my room and said I had 2 choices, go home and die, or have by pass surgery. I had 5 blockages, 3 in the 90% range, 1 in the 80%, and 1 in the 30%. They did a quadruple bypass the following morning. That was my wake up call. The diabetes had masked all my symptoms of my blockages. There were absolutely no indicators of any problems. I was 50 at the time, and since then I don't take life quite as seriously. I make time for ME. I have not changed much in the foods I eat, just smaller portions, and 5 or 6 meals a day. Through Gastric Bypass in 2005, I've lost a bit over 100 pounds. Now, my A1c is 6.5, cholesterol levels are fantastic, and I take nothing for high blood pressure. I went from an insulin pump, to just 2 oral meds a day. Through it all, I found that stress was my major pitfall. Once I let go of some of the things I constanly worried about, it was much easier to concentrate on the small changes I was making to better my health. For me, and probably most of us, ANY change for the better, be it eating healthier, getting more activity in our lives, or avoiding/eliminating some stress, will show positive results with our battle with Diabetes. I could not make a total change to my lifestyle. I started only with the stress factor, then added things along the way. As time went on, the easier it got to do the right things, so that now, I enjoy life, and have those health issues under very good control.

CharlesP 2008-05-26 09:27:11 -0500 Report

I was diagosed with type 2 in August 2007. My doctor told me to lose 30 pounds, start exercising and prescribed metformin. I was told to limit my carbs to 30 to 45 grams per meal. I started walking about a mile per day and bought some SMART ONES tv meals. I actually lost 50 pounds and reduced my waist size from 44 to 34 inches. My blood suger is pretty much in control (<6.2) I continue to watch my carb input and I use cinamon in just about everything including my coffee. I snack on nuts (polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats) like
walnuts, pecans, almonds, etc. I use splenda and I try to buy everything sugar free. The weight loss will help the high blood pressure and I believe the high chlosterol problem as well.

Cindy Riley
Cindy Riley 2008-05-19 07:54:00 -0500 Report

When I was Diagnosed I had no idea what any one was talking about , TOLD me what to do with taking my meds, and TOLD me to join a class to get some ideas of what I should do,
I was TOLD , so many things, but I was never shown what any one was really talking about,
I did change my eating habits but that was not god enough, my sugars were still the same,and some time worse,, I had no idea what I was doing wrong, turns out even though I THOUGHT I had changed the way I eat, I was still doing it all wrong, Being new to Diabetes, and Not knowing much about it at all, I was really unsure of what to do,
So I did some research, found a great lady who sat with me, and explained to me, what were Good Carbs, and what were Dab Carbs,, ,,
Turns out even though I thought I was eating right I was still eating to many wrong Carbs making my sugars stay high, and I was not eating at the right time of day, or at the same times every day,once I started a good eating habit, ( SAME TIME,EVERY DAY, LOW CARBS, (GOODONES) ) Then my sugars started to drop and I started to feel a little better, ,
soon I started to walk every morning, untill it is now a habit,, all thought one I still have to find motivation is still a big factor , ( lol ) I have to learn so much more, but just wanted to share this little bit,

Barbi187Girl 2008-05-19 06:33:14 -0500 Report

don't worry things will get easier as time goes by. I was diagnosed with being type 2 in july of 2001, and I have pretty much have high sugars and have high colestrol along with extremely high trilerites, and my bad cholestrol is ok, but my good cholestrol is at a 15… there wanting to put me on insulin which im fighting. So do what they suggest to you, and take in some advice what people may suggest to you… and Good Luck.


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kay - 14065 2008-05-19 06:21:49 -0500 Report

i was diagnosed last year in oct i immediateley cleaned the junk food out and bought healthy foods after alot of reasearch on type2 diabetes .for breakfast i always have weight watchers oatmeal by quaker,i add i tablespoon of cinnomeon,flaxseed , a little skim milk.cinnomeon,flaxseed will help'
bring your sugar levels in control.i also started taking 1 tablespoon of brown vinager dailey straight.changed to 12 grain bread,walmart yougert its the lowest in sugars and carbs because carbs turn to more corn turns to sugar.basiccley my doctor says if its white dont bite.changed to diet soads all though none would be better.i have lost 35 pounds my sugars are in range,my blood pressure and cholesterol are good now.they had put me on metformin and glyburide.i am doing so well with change in diet and excersis=zing mainley walk 1 hour a day although my doc would like me to up it to grandmother was type2 she died in a coma at 83 so i inteend to do alli can to live long and healthy as i can .i wish you the best

grmpy 2008-05-19 01:13:26 -0500 Report

I am still having issues, even though I have been testing for 2 years now. The main issue is the food.
Hang in there, it will get better

Charlie - 15186
Charlie - 15186 2008-05-19 04:05:25 -0500 Report

Since the medications I tried for my diabetes and high cholesterol were unsuccessful or did me harm (about 4 years of trying many medications); I went to insulin using a pump (wonderful gadget!!!) and to about 15 supplements daily. My diabetes is back in control, I am healthy and happier than when I was 50—-I'm now 62. My cholesterol is at 130. I have only cut out corn and bread and am careful about rice and other carbohydrates.

There are ways to beat this without too much sacrifice, but they require consistency—-always a problem.

I hope you find your way, too!!!


DavidLP 2008-05-19 01:12:50 -0500 Report

Hang in there…I really haven`t changed much except my diet…and everythings been going good…i found out a little over a year ago that i had type 2

jupton1 2008-05-17 15:55:53 -0500 Report

I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes about 90 days ago.Im trying to get over the shock.Im not going to give up,as a former medic I believe I have a great chance to beat this..john

elizabeth - 15517
elizabeth - 15517 2008-05-17 08:36:05 -0500 Report

it sounds like your on the right track. just remember to drink plenty of water if you want the weight to come off. water helps your body to remove unwanted body fat. you might want to eat smaller meal three times a day with healty snsnacks between the morning and after noon meals and one at bed time. this will allow you to eat and not feel like you are hungry. best wishes and good luck

omahapack 2009-06-22 10:56:04 -0500 Report

I agree, however, if you have hashimoto's disease like me (an auto immune disease of the thyroid gland, where the body declares war and destroys the gland). Water does lower the blood sugars and when mine sometimes go over 300, instead of going to ER for IV fluids and insulin, I drink 2 tro four glasses of water over 1 to 2 hours and keep checking my blood sugars. So far this has brought the levels back into balance. Our bodies are always telling us how to care for them. We do not always listen.I also note these things in my log book and report to my physician. She tells me to keep up the good work.

Toma 2009-07-08 16:36:07 -0500 Report

Hashimoto's disease, like type 2 diabetes is a chronic disease that is inflammatory in nature. ADA is not yet even talking about inflammation and an anti-inflammatory diet for controlling it. You could google anti-inflammatory diet for more information or visit my site for more information about anti-inflammatory diet.

omahapack 2011-05-30 02:28:13 -0500 Report

Thank you for your post. I have been in remission for a good number of years. I haven't had to worry about it for some time. I do tend to gain and lose about 30 pounds on a regular basis

Spottsmom 2008-05-10 10:20:42 -0500 Report

I too am fairly newly diagnosed. I was diagnosed in April. The first thing I did was research and read all that I could find. I was already losing some weight on my own so I wanted to do it healthier. I found a site online that helps you keep a food journal and exercise journal. It also has a lot of support groups for healthy living among other topics.
It has been a huge help to me.

I like keeping track of the food as it helps me stay focused on my intake of carbs and food intake.
The dietitian said 120 carbs a day, and 1500 calories for me. I do 120 carbs and 1200 calories. So far I am averaging at least 5 pounds a week.
The site if you want to check it out is called Spark people and is free.

pkrbkr 2008-05-10 09:50:12 -0500 Report

It is about 10 years 4 me, in a perfect world, u could eat anything, in this diabetes world, nada. I just dont think about it, what makes sense, is to do the right thing, to eat correctly, watch your intake of carbs, cheat once in a while & watch for the sugar lows. All in all, I am 72 feel good, work part time & actually speak sentences.
Have a good day, enjoy life, way 2 short not 2


Toma 2008-05-10 07:02:33 -0500 Report

These are the dietary guidelines I use. These dietary guidelines have resulted in A1c of 5.0 without the use of meds

• 20% calories from lean protein
• 50% calories from low glycemic carbohydrates to include all carbs in all sources including what some other plans call free foods.
• 30% good fats (mostly polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats)
• Less than 100 mg cholesterol per day (Your body produces all the cholesterol it requires. There is no dietary requirement for cholesterol.)
• Saturated fats limited to less than 7% of calories
• Trans fats There is no need for trans fats and they are very harmful eliminate them all
• 25-35 grams of dietary fiber based on your body size, sex and age.
• Omega 3 at least 1000 mg EPA/DHA per day. (Other conditions such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, MS and other conditions that affect the joints, muscles and nerves may benefit from higher daily intakes.)
• 1/4-teaspoon cinnamon per day (USDA ARS research indicates this amount of cinnamon daily can reduce blood glucose by 20%)
• Plenty of acids such as lime juice, lemon juice and vinegar. (Dietary acid slows the glycemic response according to a study in European Journal of Clinical Nutrition (2005) 59, 983-988. doi: 10.1038/sj.ejcn.1602197.)
• Less than 1500 mg sodium. (Our bodies only require 250-300 mg per day. 1500 mg is recommended by doctors on a severely restricted low sodium diet. Most North Americans consume upwards of 4000 mg of sodium per day.)
• At least 2 quarts of non-caffeinated liquid per day

There are a small percentage of type-2 diabetics that will have problems regardless of what they do. There is also a small percentage that will not have major problems even if they do nothing. The majority of us can benefit greatly from proper nutrition and exercise. This short version is further expanded by understanding the glycemic index and the role of inflammation in type 2 diabetes and the use of anti inflammatory foods.

In addition there are certain foods that are very helpful such as cinnamon, buckwheat, Nopal, beans and other foods that mimic the action of insulin and help control blood glucose.

This is just the sound bite overview. This one topic can fill a book and infact I have written a book on it. A lot more detail is on my site

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Tricia - 14336 2008-04-29 13:49:52 -0500 Report

When I was diagnosed, I immediately changed my lifestyle. I wanted to bite the heads off of people who at McDonald's in front of me. But actually its one of the best things to happen to me because I eat healthy now, I have lost 30 lbs, and my lab work is excellent. I do cheat occasionally and eat chinese food (no noodles or rice) and that keeps me sane.

sharon peck
sharon peck 2008-05-02 10:27:16 -0500 Report

well done i need 2 be strong where food is concerned would love 2 lose weight maybe you can give me some tips keep up the good work and well done

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sheldon - 13657 2008-04-19 15:08:12 -0500 Report

Well, it sounds like toy are doing all the right things. When doing a diet change you may want to join Weight Watchers for some help. When you start your excercise program con-
sult your doctor first and then start slow. Maybe just walk-
ing and some biking to start. You will be just fine.

Take care, Sheldon

Kathleen - 13565
Kathleen - 13565 2008-03-15 09:55:36 -0500 Report

I have changed my lifestyle extensively though I admit that food is the hardest.

I also choose to deal with my high blood sugar using insulin, but then I'm a control freak.