I am new to having diabetic

37 living better Nicoli
By 37 living better Nicoli Latest Reply 2014-10-03 20:35:54 -0500
Started 2014-09-30 11:23:09 -0500

I just found out that I have diabetic about 2 weeks ago. This a whole new world, it's overwhelming.

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Glucerna 2014-10-03 20:35:54 -0500 Report

I give you a lot of credit for reaching out here, asking questions and getting support. A diagnosis of diabetes is definitely overwhelming at first, and day by day you're going to figure out how to manage diabetes within your life. Keep asking questions! ~Lynn @Glucerna

tabby9146 2014-10-03 13:28:36 -0500 Report

It does not have to be. you can over time, after the shock, develop a positive attitude, and it can be managed.you have to be your own support system, if you don't have others around you who totally understand, and in most cases, like with me, most people do not understand it. You have to have a good diet and exercise daily. sure, you can have things that right now you may think you can't eat, but you can eat almost anything "in moderation" that is what I was told in D class. I highly recommend going to class ,most insurance companies pay for this. you will learn everything you need to know and there are lots of myths out there, you can't belive all that you read. one diabetic can eat for example low sugar oatmeal, and another can't have it, or one can have something else and it won't affect their BS that much, while another one can have the same thing and skyrocket. We're all different. The one thing they told us in class to stay away from completely was sodas. that was common sense to me. I had already come off them way before diagnosis. You will have to do a lot of research on artificial sweeteners can decide whether you think they are safe. many say they are not safe, many say the opposite. I myself, do not use them anymore I never used aspartame, that was the one I really watched out for in the beginning. But who am I to say what truly is or is not dangerous, it is very confusing. Eat protein and fiber with each meal, up your intake of fresh veggies, fresh fruits, and fresh and frozen are better than canned. watch the amount of fruit. too much is not good. pair a piece of fruit that has about 15 carbs for example with some protein. check check check your blood sugar, often. learn how it all affects you and in time, you won't need to check as much. That is the best and quickest advice I can give right now, but I feel for you and I wish you the best, but you really have to decide that you are not going to let this get the best of you. stress does affect blood sugar in a negative way.

imjohn 2014-10-02 00:33:17 -0500 Report

Welcome to the club. The bad news is you have the big D. Good news is if it's type to like most of us have, you can keep it under control mostly by changing your diet and sitting less. I've been dealing with it for almost 40 years and all of us here are still learning. You need to get a blood glucose monitor and find an endocrinologist that understands nutrition and has had success managing diabetic patients.

The hardest part is no more sodas, doughnuts, ice cream and all of my favorite foods that brought us to D land. Basically it's just overcoming our taste buds and controlling our blood sugar. Start today.

Brenin 2014-10-01 11:02:18 -0500 Report

I was diagnosed over a year ago and it can still be very overwhelming. Hang in there, be patient and kind to yourself and find a support system that works for you. There's lots of us here to talk with when you need help and support.

GabbyPA 2014-10-01 09:09:53 -0500 Report

We are all here to help each other and offer support. Let us know what we can do to help it not be so overwhelming.

jayabee52 2014-09-30 13:22:24 -0500 Report

Howdy Nicoli
WELCOME to DC and the world of diabetes.

Relax and take a deep breath.

You needn't be overwhemed. Lou (below) has some great suggestions about carbohydrates (carbs), May I suggest that you also reduce the starchy carbs (potatoes, breads, rices, ect) and eat more veggie (complex) related carbs like broccoli, cauliflower, green beans ect. Also eat more protein, meats, cheeses, eggs, dry beans, nuts, ect.

Stick around DC and ask a lot of questions, you will gain a lot of knowledge in a rather short time

God's best to you

Type1Lou 2014-09-30 12:17:46 -0500 Report

Diabetes will change how you look at food. Learn as much as you can about how to manage your diabetes and you will be able to control and manage it well. For me, the primary turning point was becoming "carbohydrate aware", reading the labels of any and all foods I buy and reducing the total number of carbs in my diet. I'm soory you have diabetes but welcome to the site. It's chock-ful of experience, advice and support!

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