Educate me please

By friggawolf Latest Reply 2015-03-18 23:59:19 -0500
Started 2015-03-17 23:18:50 -0500

I was diagnosed T2 in October 2014. But that was all I got.
I have no idea what I am trying to do to
control, Or how I need to eat what my sugars should be ,etc.

8 replies

GabbyPA 2015-03-18 23:59:19 -0500 Report

I went to a Class that was 9 weeks long offered by Taking Control of Your Diabetes. They have a great outreach and website as well. It was so helpful. I posted a lot of my notes in discussions here: (there are 7 discussions you can look at) It was only $75.00 and well worth it. I was also able to take one person with me at no charge, so I took my mom who is also a type 2 and some classes I took my husband.

It kills me when doctors do things like this. They give you a life changing diagnosis, but don't give you any direction. Fortunately there are lots of great places like here to get you on the right track. It sounds like you are going in the right direction, so with some more help, you should be doing great.

RebDee 2015-03-18 20:05:51 -0500 Report

Ask your doctor to send you to a nutritionist for help in the food department. Don't be afraid to ask us any questions you think of. Read everything that you find about Diabetes on the internet or in books that you can borrow from the library. Are you taking Diabetic medication and have you looked it up to see 1) what it is supposed to do to support you, 2) side effects. As for food, each thing that goes into your mouth should be checked as to whether or not it is good for you.

jayabee52 2015-03-18 00:07:32 -0500 Report

Howdy Frigga

You have been Dx'd for over 5 mo and you naven't seen your Dr yet about this for a followup visit?
I would ask Dr what is the delay? Dr should have told you what to eat and what your BG (blood glucose) levels (or have you see a Registered Dietician - RD) Your BG levels should be: 80 to 120 mg/dl You are supposed to be trying to keep your BGs between those numbers. You are also wanting to have Dr do an A1c The A1C test gives you a picture of your average BG control for the past 2 to 3 months. The results give you a good idea of how well you are managing your BG levels

As far as eating (something to talk about with the RD or the Dr, but generally speaking we are to avoid "simple" carbohydrates (carbs). I follow a meal plan to manage my T 2 which is basicly a low carb (complex carbs) and a high protein meal plan. I avoid the simple carbs (see the difference between simple and complex carbs here ~ I also avoid all starches and breads. I have done well with it and currently my A1c is 6.2% (non diabetes persons have A1c ranging from 4 to 5.5%)

i have written up my meal plan and make it available to any who ask for it.

You also need to learn how to count carbs and generally speaking the carb count should be 35 to 45 g per meal. But this is somethng to talk with the RD or the Dr to get a firm number.

That is a thumbnail outline of things you ought to know, however there is a lot more to know. A lifetime of learning. That us why it is good to hang around here and soak up the inspiration and the wisdom of folks who've walked the walk for a while.

Praying the best for you

friggawolf 2015-03-18 00:20:35 -0500 Report

Thank you. I have seen my DR. And had my a1c checked . I started with a 7.0 in January I was at a 6.2 . but I did that by loosing 50 lbs. I have asked my Dr for a referral to a RD but I have Medicaid and they wont cover a RD unless I want to have gastric bypass. So she sent me to a class that was going to tell me all I would need to know. BS. they told me nothing that was helpful. What you just told me in 2 min, is more then I have been told in 5 months. all my DR told me was if my levels go higher then 250 go to the ER.

Pegsy 2015-03-18 08:12:27 -0500 Report

Welcome to the world of diabetes. I wasted a great deal of money visiting an RD who was very much opposed to my low carb approach. Had I followed her advice I would be taking a tremendous amount of medications (plural) and still not be able to have good control. James has given you good advice as a starting place. You will need to educate yourself as to what works best for you. I highly recommend keeping track of everything you eat, doing a lot of testing to see how foods affect you. It won't take long to see a pattern. Get plenty of exercise. It does wonders for lowering my glucose. Plenty of sleep and dealing well with stress also has a big effect on my glucose. Oh, and congratulations on your weight loss!

RebDee 2015-03-18 20:22:00 -0500 Report

I agree with everyone. Get plenty of rest, sleep, water, exercise, protein. Try to get as little as possible in the carbs department especially starches, breads, and anything white.
I am on the No White Diet: no white bread, white rice, white noodles, white potatoes. Change to sweet potatoes, spinach noodles, gluten free bread. Try one item at a time to see what it does to your blood glucose. If there is no hike, keep it, if there is a hike, try something else.

RebDee 2015-03-18 20:23:13 -0500 Report

Don't forget to read labels. Try not to eat food that is processed in Asian countries as there is too much poop used in the processing.

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