Getting on track

By GAGurl77 Latest Reply 2015-01-20 20:24:14 -0600
Started 2015-01-18 19:43:12 -0600

I am new here but not really a new diabetic. I was diagnosed in 2005 but have not really done anything to control it until this year. My A1c is almost a 12 and I go to the endocrinologist this week. I know I have to get this under control. Need all the help I can get!

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GAGurl77 2015-01-20 20:24:14 -0600 Report

Well the appointment went pretty good today- got some pretty aggressive med changes. Go back in. 3 weeks to see how the numbers are looking then. Gonna try to make some positive changes!

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Refined Ruffian 2015-01-20 09:50:33 -0600 Report

Wanting to do something is the first step. I have only been diagnised two weeks ago, so my experience is limited. But I have done much reading, had several discussions with my doctor, and took a diabetes management class. I also have an appointment scheduled with a nutritionist next week. I am trying to arm myself with information.

Diet and exercise. And of course take the medications prescribed. There does not seem to be one magical "diabetes" diet but the common threads are low carbs (you should learn to like whole grains, it will be a life saver), high protein and plenty of good fats. Shop on the outer perimeter of the grocery store. The aisles are loaded with over processed foods.

Best of luck!

GAGurl77 2015-01-19 11:06:10 -0600 Report

In past two weeks I have tried cutting back on carbs - though not out completely. My hardest one has been bread. I don't really like the whole grain breads and have switched to sunbeam thin which has less carbs - well because there is less bread and instead of two pieces of toast for breakfast I eat just one. I also bought low carb tortilla for like a grilled cheese quesadilla. Any suggestions on pasta/breads/ rice? That can still incorporate into diet without shooting bloodsugar sky high!

lilleyheidi 2015-01-20 01:26:57 -0600 Report

I used to eat pasta a lot, like 2 or 3 times a week, it's cheap. I found that it is really the sauces that I like more than the pasta itself. I make up the sauces (be careful with spaghetti sauce as there are hidden sugars in it, I make my own now), and use the sauce on spaghetti squash or green beans on cauliflower. A lot of people use brown rice, just measure it, use 1/2 a cup, or even 3/4 cup, some people can use it, others can't. For sandwiches there is a product called "fold it" it's near the wraps. It's kind of like a wrap, but shaped so you can fold it easily in 1/2 and make a sandwich, those are low in carb and very tasty. They may or may not work for you. Try different things, but try to remember to test two hours after you eat to see what raises your BG and what doesn't. Diabetes is funny, what works for one person may not work for the next. I had to get rid of almost all grains to keep my BG under good control. But I know people who eat breads and rice and still do well. So try things but test 2 hours after you eat. Keep a food log for a while with your blood test readings so you can see what works and what doesn't. Best of health to you. Heidi
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lilleyheidi 2015-01-19 00:39:31 -0600 Report

hi and welcome to DC. Like you I had been diagnosed for 4 1/2 years and di't do anything about my diabetes. I had an A1c of 14. This past summer is when I decided to do something about it. Make sure to ask the endo any questions you may have, write them down ahead of time. Take lots of time asking questions. You might ask for a referral to a registered dietician. I wish you the best of health. Heidi

jayabee52 2015-01-18 23:38:08 -0600 Report

Howdy GA
The best thing I can suggest to you is to eat a low carb, high protein meal plan. If you'd like the high protein, low carb plan that I follow, please ask and I will send you a link.

When at Endo's get the amount of carbs you should be consuming per meal or per day. Generally speaking for females it should be somewhere close to 35 to 45 gm of carbs per meal. That figure should be adjusted by age, activity level and body composition. Ask if s/he is going by the ADA guidelines or the Endocrinologist's organization AACE, I believe they differ from the diabetes assn in certain aspects.

In addition to the above questions I asked you may want to take a look at the questions from the AACE site here ~

God's best to you

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