By Patsy451 Latest Reply 2015-01-27 23:13:04 -0600
Started 2015-01-24 13:34:04 -0600

I am new to this site and new to diabetes. It seems to have thrown me a curve ball. I am going for my first discussions with a nurse this Tuesday. I feel like I hear this I hear that. I have to eat a low carb high protein diet, exercise and loose weight I test my blood sometimes it's high or what I call high. Really confused and need something to help me to put this into a package. This affects diabetes this doesn't. Don't do this but this helpful. Looking forward to getting some answers.

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brandy johnson
brandy johnson 2015-01-27 20:43:41 -0600 Report

new to the group Confused so have a question my hubby was just recently diagnosed with type2 diabetes his levels are in the higher range 487 being the highest and 107 being the lowest the problem is when his sugar gets to like 170 or 180 he feels really bad when he gets up in the 200 he feels just fine and great. Now his doc wants his goal to 140 no lower then 70. I think we should make his goals alil higher until his body adjusts to the changes then gradually lower to the excepted goal when he was diagnosed his a1c was 11.9 and glouse was 366 . So any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Oh and they just added the glipizide just today so kind of scared. How ever I did get a hold of his doc and he Said that we can change is goal to 150 but he doesn't want it any higher then that because in the 200 all the time cause alot of problem which also my husband has congenital heartdease as well. And forgot to mention that he's currently on metformin 1000 mg 2x a day.

jayabee52 2015-01-27 23:13:04 -0600 Report

Howdy Brandy
My late wife had lupis and needed to take medications which raised her BG sky high (over 600 mg/dl on occasion). We had two sliding scales for insulin which her Endo had set up to bring her down when she got that high.

When she did come down she had what I called "false lows" and when she got those she would try to eat every carb on which she could get her hands. One of those times when that struck her she tested in the vicinity of 180 mg/dl.

I urged her to not eat anything which she did, and she passed through that, even though she didn't like it.

I would recommend a lower BG , generally speaking between 70 to 130 mg/dl to stay away from the complications ( which usually starts at 140 mg/dl as steve suggested). I had not done that and I have "burning". neuropathy in my legs and I also have chronic kidney disease for which I need dialysis. Neither of them are any fun.

God's best to you and yours


haoleboy 2015-01-27 21:22:48 -0600 Report

Those goals are very reasonable and are the range where the likelihood of developing complications are greatly diminished. It is something that will get better over time … no it's not easy and certainly np fun … but I can say with some authority that the complications from diabetes are worse … much, much worse.


bellastar 2015-01-25 08:30:04 -0600 Report

Hi! I'm new to this myself! Found out I was diabetic four months ago. Hopefully I am beginning to figure it all out! Maybe not!

lilleyheidi 2015-01-25 00:14:27 -0600 Report

Hi Patsy, so sorry you got this diagnosis, but welcome to our little corner of the world. I hate to be the bearer of more bad news to you, but diabetes doesn't tie up into a neat little package. it's not a one size fits all disease. Everyones diabetes is a little bit different on how it acts and reacts on each person. One person can eat white bread and have no problems, the majority of people can't touch white bread. Some people can take one medication with no problems while others have all kinds of side affects. It's really truly not something that this works for everyone. Sorry. That being said, Consistently, the people with diabetes that I know will say that lowering your carbohydrates and losing some weight (if your overweight) and exercising are the best bets to get you going on a healthier lifestyle. A lot of people can either stay off or get off from diabetes medications just from those actions alone.
Lou (below) has some really great advice, as do the others. This site is filled with a lot of great advice, but not every piece you read is going to be the gods honest truth and work for you.
Test often, see how a food reacts to your body and your blood glucose (sugar). Talk to your health team. Come here a lot and ask questions. And always remember that this disease is tricky, what works today, may not work tomorrow. I totally wish you the best of health. Heidi

jayabee52 2015-01-24 22:39:31 -0600 Report

Howdy Patsy
I have had Type 2 diabetes since 1995. I had been on Metformin until I got kidney disease, then when my kidneys got hammered due to a kidney infection I was switched to NPH (medium acting) insulin.

Eventually due to a series of mishaps I discovered that if I ate low carb and high protein I could manage my diabetes without diabetes meds. I have been following that low carb, high protein meal plan now for 3 + years and am doing well.

Praying you get answers for your questions from the diabetes nurse and fill in and confirm that information here with us.


sweetslover 2015-01-24 21:23:27 -0600 Report

Hi, Patsy. I was diagnosed 3 months ago and was totally lost with what I should eat, what was a good blood glucose reading at different times of the day, etc. My doctor told me where he wanted my fasting BG to be every morning. That was the first thing I worked on. It took me about 2 weeks to get it consistently where it should be. I cut my carb intake, ate high protein, and exercised 5 days a week. Now I know what to eat to keep my BG from spiking, and where I can cheat a little with carb exchange when I want to. Don't let it overwhelm you. It's like learning a foreign language. At first it may seem incomprehensible, but you will quickly pick it up.

Type1Lou 2015-01-24 17:27:34 -0600 Report

Hi Patsy! Sorry you are now a part of our club, but welcome. Here is the advice I recently gave to a newbie: Learn as much as you can about what you need to do to manage your diabetes. Carbohydrates play a major role in diabetes management. My advice would be to determine how many carbs you have been eating per day and reduce that amount bit by bit until you achieve your target levels for BG and weight. Read the labels of all of the foods you buy to determine carb total and serving sizes. Get a carb guide ("Calorie King" is a good one) for those foods without labels like produce. Don't get "conned" by the "net-carb" counts listed on many products and don't think that "sugar-free" foods are "free" foods that you can eat without limits. Sometimes, the "sugar-free" or fat-free versions of foods have considerable carb content. Dealing effectively with diabetes demands some lifestyle changes but the results of making good decisions about what you eat are well worth it.

Don't hesitate to ask questions…if our experience can help you, we'll be happy to reply.


Refined Ruffian
Refined Ruffian 2015-01-24 16:06:25 -0600 Report

I am also newly diagnosed and felt overwhelmed by how much information (and disinformation) is out there. But you are correct, a diet low in carbs, high in fat, and with plenty of good fats along with exercise are the primary means of managing your blood sugar. Of course, you will likely be prescribed a medication as well. Do the diet and exercise well enough and you may be able to come off the medications. You will always have diabetes and will always have to be cautious with your diet. But with enough exercise you will be able to enjoy "cheating" on your diet without worry.

I am meeting with a nutritionist next week to help customize my nutrition plan. But the basics are easy enough to follow.

Testing your blood will show you when you are and are not doing well with your diet and will allow you to match your diet to your own needs.

Best of luck!

suecsdy 2015-01-24 15:47:44 -0600 Report

Yeah, tell me about it. I was dx last Aug while in the hopital for something entirely unrelated. Just kind of "Oh you have diabetes, but you knew that,right?" Nooo I did not. And not much instruction or info while I was there,either. Most of what I have learned about diabetes came from this website and the people here who share the experience. There are lots of good articles here and someone always willing to answer questions or just listen if that's what you need. It isn't going to be easy, but you can do this. We are all different in what our bodies need so that part is something you will figure out as you go. What works for you might not work for someone else and vice-versa. But if you just ask, I guarantee you will get plenty of options and opinions. Good luck and take care.

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