Any helpful advice

By SheleR Latest Reply 2009-11-01 22:58:45 -0600
Started 2009-07-08 13:56:34 -0500

I was diagnosed with Type II diabetes a month ago and it has been overwhelming. Any helpful advice or recipes will be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance for your help.

29 replies

roger 2009-07-20 15:27:58 -0500 Report

the first thing i would tell you is dont be shy if you nee to do any thing like stick your finger do right in that spot dont hide be who you are and let every one know that way it is out in the open and does not look like you are trying to hide something just go for it .

Elrond 2009-11-01 00:47:13 -0500 Report

If you enjoy cooking as I do, check out I've found tons of recipes and they give carb counts per serving so it's easy to figure how much you're eating. My friends and family consider me to be a gourmet chef with all the 'high falutin' meals I serve. Trust me, eating healthy food doesn't need to be boring.

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-11-01 22:58:45 -0600 Report

Hey, thanks for your suggestions!! As I gain strength from my surgery etc, I am actually looking forward to COOKING again, not just grabbing a sandwich—-Thanks again!! Pat R

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-07-20 15:21:15 -0500 Report

What a low blow, which just proves that we ALL need to be aware, no matter what stage we are in, "an ouce of prevention is worth a pound of care" and this is NOT said lightly! I am so thankful that you made it and are still with your family and the rest of us. We are a strong, supportive group, very compassionate about this fickle illness, so feel free to jump on line whenever you like! Even before you feel desperate—-wise to not sink to that level before asking for help! Your new friend, Pat Roth

P2putt 2009-07-11 18:19:44 -0500 Report

Welcome to this wonderful site. I've been here awhile and I can't tell you how much support and sound suggestions were given. Just as you wrote this discussion, you and many,many others have benefitted, even the OLD TIMERS. So log on often, pick up on recent discussions and feel free to send anyone a question or thought via Messages. Wishing you the best.Stay in touch with all of us. :o) Pete

Edie 2009-07-11 20:48:54 -0500 Report

Your right Pete I am an old timer too and this has helped me also. I was told at the age of 16 that I have it and now am almost 53 and still going strong maybe not as strong as I once was but getting back on track a day at a time.

I keep trying new things when I run out of some of the different meds and then go get them filled again as not doing as well as I want to with out them. LOL

Maybe one day I will be able to get off of the meds with the Drs. OK but not now yet. Still to heavy at this time.
Check out the July Discussion on Diet and Exercise under Motivation/Emotions join us with your suggestions and let your hair down on it too.
Your Friend Always;

Fresnan 2009-07-10 21:50:22 -0500 Report

Hello Shele,
When first was diagnosed with type 2 diabeties, was overwhelmed myself. I talked with my doctor frequently and still do. He suggested some classed they were having at the hospital where I go. Classes like dieting, understanding type 2 diabetes, explaining meds that we take,etc.
The doctor and his staff have been really helpful in my understanding of type 2 diabetes. They are there when I have questions and when Im feeling a little down. Use them as much as possible. Once you understand what diabetes is all about you will be able to cope with it alot better. I know it has helped me a great deal, along with friends and family.
For me, I've changed my diet a great deal, I walk in the mornings and evenings. And this in itself has help me a great deal along with taking my meds. We can still live a good and healthy life. Well, hope this will help a little Shele…If you need to share or talk please feel free to email me ok. We are all in this together to encourage each other and help.
God bless you and its going to be ok.

SheleR 2009-07-10 21:25:58 -0500 Report

Hello Everyone!

Thanks for all the good advice. I am taking the time to read each and every repsonse. I really appreciate all the responses, its nice to know that I'm not in this alone.

Thanks Again!


Mkc 2009-07-13 22:41:49 -0500 Report


I have been Diabetic since 1995 and have been up and down. I have been on diet treatment, pills, and insulin. I now take insulin. What I have learned over all these years is that I have to be knowledgeable about all aspects of Diabetes. I know more than the docs sometimes.

Not knowing led me to a heart attack and kidney failure on 4-1-09. I died twice and they brought me back. I have no permanent damage but I can never take another narcotic. My pain doc had prescribed high level narcotics for my Rheumatoid Arthritis. I blindly took them because of the intense pain I live with daily. It almost ended my life for good.

Know. Simply know all about your health and the possibilities for improvement as well as the possible complications. Know.

Edie 2009-07-10 12:21:34 -0500 Report

If you eat at the Golden Corral they have a menu on the Wall that shows what they have that a Diabetic can eat that won't hurt your numbers. I found that when we went in for lunch on day and I had what they suggested and my numbers were under 150 when I got done eating lunch that day.
Also I carry a carb and calorie book in my purse to help me when at home and away also.
Good Luck on getting it under control.
Pete thanks for the Information even us old timers need reminders at times.
Your Friend Always;

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-07-20 23:00:18 -0500 Report

Where did you get your calorie and carb book, Edie? I need one so I can't plead ignorance when I eat—anywhere! PR

cyncyn 2009-07-09 21:28:16 -0500 Report

Hello and welcome! Everyone has given you great advise, so there's not much I can say, that hasn't been given to you. Except, just hang in there, and it will get easier. Like second nature. The next thing you know, you'll be doing the right things, and not even realizing it!!!
Good luck, and we are always here for you!


noel7 2009-07-09 17:41:44 -0500 Report

My home remedies are lemon,cinamon and garlic.Of cause plenty of water.Don`t eat late.Also stay active.

BeckyJ 2009-07-09 17:09:19 -0500 Report

Welcome, Some great advice already given but one more that I would like to chime in on is this. Don't be afraid to ask. If you don't know the answer to a question go to your dr, dietician, whoever and ask. This is confusing enough without trying to figure it out on your own. I am thankful everyday for the people who helped me through my first few months after diagnosis. I was truly overwhelmed and without some expert help I truly believe that I would not be here today.

Sarguillo 2009-07-09 17:41:14 -0500 Report

So true. From somone who has been a diabetic for about 12 years now, I am still learning new things daily. New ways to do things. new ideas, new thought. Somthimes I change a thought I had or knew because of a shared experience that someone shared.

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-07-20 22:58:59 -0500 Report

Cheezzz—this really isn't a cut and dried disease, is it? Just when you think you understand it, something new pops up! Oh, well, maybe it will help to keep my brain alert! Yow, right!! ha-PR

lipsie 2009-07-09 07:20:02 -0500 Report

Looks like you got some great advice already here but just wanted to welcome you to the site, there are some great people here, great information…you'll love it if you give it a chance!! Good luck! Hang in there! *HugS* Sheila

remiglo 2009-07-09 06:56:04 -0500 Report

Hi I'm newly diagnosed also. One of my real tough spots is late night desserts, especially running to the corner store to get a PINT of ice cream. It was usually Ben & Jerry's. I could not stop eating until it's all gone. 1160 calories and 120grams of carbs 60 grams of sugars before bedtime!

Now I'm just trying to make better choices while this all sinks in.

Someone suggested "Sugar Free" 10 calorie Jello dessert cups. I reach for one (sometimes 2) of those instead of making the ice cream run. They are awesome and filling too. I just have this built in stigma that anything "Sugar Free" is gonna be crap…this is not the case.

We're here for you…Just ask questions and everything will be fine.


Antique-Dave 2009-07-09 10:15:12 -0500 Report

I've found that I don't like about 2/3 of the sugar free stuff I've tried,the instant pudding has been good though.

for me I'd rather have a smaller amount of the real thing then more of the fake in most cases. I eat to me meter, when I'm at 100 to 120 or less I have a few more carbs, asl ong as the BGL comes back to 140 or less in 2 hours I figure thats good.

tabby9146 2009-07-10 11:52:40 -0500 Report

BLUE BELL now makes a NO SUGAR ADDED ICE CREAM!! I love it! I measure out about 1/2 cup but never eat more than 3/4 cup. When we have it, I eat a little nearly everyday. It has fiber and protein in it! So far, I have tried the great divide (vanilla and chocolate) and the butter pecan. Delicious! Tastes as good as the regular to me. no after taste. I think it's sweetened with Splenda. Even my husband likes it. It is costly though but worth it. I try not to buy too much. It's a good thing my kids eat it too. Much better than them eating the higher fat stuff.

lipsie 2009-07-11 01:14:36 -0500 Report

That's pretty cool news, I shall look for some of that…Ty n I love to eat ice cream! Thanks for sharing. Sheila

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-07-20 15:35:13 -0500 Report

In my stumbling around trying to find the TRUE sugar-Free foods. There are so many warnings to not believe most advertising that I guess the only thing is to check your own BS and see if it stays within the limits. I THINK a bit of the REAL stuff is more satisfying, to me too, than more of the not really knowing, foods. Best of Luck! PR

Turtle 2009-07-08 20:45:19 -0500 Report

Hi…welcome to the group. You have come to the right place to get support and information. I agree with what I read from everyone here. You have my support.

Sarguillo 2009-07-08 17:28:11 -0500 Report

Hello, welcome to the club.
Crytal light should become your friend.
There are off brands of this soft drink that you might want to try.
Ice tea is a good drink when eating out.
Dont drink regular soda. Diet soda is now your friend.
Milk has a form of sugar so keep it down to half glass.
Cut down on carbs.
Fruit drinks are high in sugar, try diet versions of them.
Some are real low in carbs and still taste fine.
Make sure you eat breakfast every morning.
Make sure you take your meds.
Make sure you are logging your blood sugars or you wont know how you are doing.
Dont be afraid to ask questions.
We have all been there or have helped someone who has been there.
Good luck.

PeterKlaus 2009-07-08 16:35:51 -0500 Report

Some advice to the newly diagnosed.

First — Don't panic, don't get depressed. Type II is not that bad. Go to your diabetic center and watch someone connect his/her insulin pump to his/her belly button port. Then watch a six year old calmly poke herself in the stomach with a hypodermic. From personal experience you will feel much better.

Second — Start moving more. When your muscles get used to move every day they will help drive you glucose down.

Third — Don't be afraid to tell hosts and waiters that you are dealing with diabetes. It's amazing how knowledgeable people are. Go to parties, go to restaurants - whatever. Just let people know. Tell waiters to cut the fat in half. (Try eating Pizza with only half the cheese — you wont notice the difference.) Use skim or 1% milk. Getting used to it is a pain but later whole milk will taste oily. BUT don't go overboard. You do need some fat every day. You also need some cholesterol — control that or lose your hormones.

Weight — If you have it lose it.

Things that can help too are Cinnamon (believe it or not) and an over-the-counter digestive enzyme with meals. At least it works for me.

Good luck


John Crowley
John Crowley 2009-07-08 17:13:15 -0500 Report

The point about telling a waiter or waitress about your diabetes is really a good one. Most restaurants are becoming more and more aware of the needs of their customers with diabetes. And many chain restaurants will even have nutrition facts for their food.

John Crowley
John Crowley 2009-07-08 15:45:16 -0500 Report

Here's a link to a discussion that you might find helpful. It's just some basic tips that I came up with. The biggest thing to realize is that there are still plenty of delicious things you can eat. You just might need to relearn a little bit. Staying away from potatoes, rice, and bread. Eating a lot more fresh vegetables and lean meats.

Hope that helps.

2009-07-08 14:14:59 -0500 Report

Scroll down the left side of the web site and you will see a list that shows discussions, receipes, and books, etc. You should be able to find receipes and cookbooks there. Under discussions, you should be able to find many discussions that have given suggestions on meals, menus, and receipes. Just browse around. I have printed out several receipes from this site. Hope I have helped.

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