new to diabeties

tina thomas
By tina thomas Latest Reply 2015-02-25 09:48:39 -0600
Started 2015-02-13 15:37:00 -0600

Hi everyone I am new to diabeties I just found out that I was a diabetic seven days ago and I am so overwhelmed I don't know where to start or how can someone please help me figure this out

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Cathleen1 2015-02-15 08:57:48 -0600 Report

Hi Tina, I found out I had diabetes 2 last Tuesday and I share in your feelings of being overwhelmed it is a lot to take in at once. I was blessed to find this community and they have helped me already. I started my low carb diet the very day I got the news, I am down 4.2 lbs already and I am starting to feel better. we are here for you.

Sopies Grandma
Sopies Grandma 2015-02-13 19:50:57 -0600 Report

Just take one day at a time, Listen, ask questions and learn about diabeties. Cut yourself a lot of slack, take your meds and hang in there. your in my prayers

Type1Lou 2015-02-13 16:02:41 -0600 Report

Sorry you've joined the club Tina but welcome to Diabetic Connect. A bit more info about you might help us answer your plea for help. Were you told whether you are Type 1 or Type 2? Is weight control an issue for you? One of the first things I would advise any newly diagnosed diabetic, whether Type 1 or 2, is to track the daily carbohydrate grams you are eating. If your blood glucose readings are too high, reduce the daily carbohydrates in your diet until you reach desirable levels. Different levels work for different people. I find I can maintain my weight at 120 lbs and keep my HbA1c test results in the 6's by eating no more than 120 grams of carbohydrate per day. Some can handle more and others need less. Read all of the food labels on products you buy, paying particular attention to the serving size and carbohydrate count. Keeping a daily food diary helps you keep track of what you eat. Learn as much as you can about diabetes (which is why you posted your question). If you have more specific questions, don't hesitate to ask.

tina thomas
tina thomas 2015-02-24 14:09:30 -0600 Report

I have type 2. I have been keeping track of my food intake even before I found out about my diabetes but the only thing I am having problems with is the carb counting I still don't understand it eventhough I have talked to a dr about all of it. the problem is like a cassrole how many carbs is in it ? and how do i figure it out? Do you count how many carbs are in each ingedrent? or Do you guess about how much based on your portion size?

Type1Lou 2015-02-24 17:29:44 -0600 Report

What I've done is input my recipe ingredients into a site like You also have to note how many servings your recipe makes. It will then give you the nutritional values, which include carbohydrates, per serving. You can also do that manually by listing every ingredient and their carbohydrate content (via labels or by checking a good carbohydrate guide (like "Calorie King" which is a book or an app). Add up all the carbs, divide by the number of servings and you have your carb count. What I've also found indispensable is my digital nutrition scale. It comes with a booklet full of food codes. For example, my lunch most days is an apple with peanut butter. Since apples vary greatly in size, their carb content also vary. Today's apple had 33 grams of carb (it was a big one). With my 4 tablespoons of PB at 12 grams, my total lunch carbs were 45 grams. It beats guessing. My scale came from Target many years back but the same scale is available via Amazon for $'s the link to that:

Make sure you read all the labels of the foods that you buy for serving size and carb content. Many low-fat versions of a food have more carbs than the regular version of that same food. It may seem like a lot of bother at first but it becomes "second-nature" and easier as time goes on.

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