Frazzled Wife

By Neecigirl Latest Reply 2009-11-05 19:46:51 -0600
Started 2009-08-12 09:45:34 -0500

I need help. My husband is a diabetic. I am the main food preparer in the house. The Dr. wants him to change his diet and I have NO earthly idea how to shop for a diabetic. What do I look for? What kids of foods can he or can he not have? They put him on Metformin and that is not helping bring the Blood Sugar down. They told him if we cannot get it down by controlling his diet then he will have to go on insulin. HELP!!!!! Please 8o)

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London 2009-11-05 19:46:51 -0600 Report

I was completely lost to. I seen a Registered diatician and now I know exactly what to and what not to eat. I would recommend this for guidance.

Renees26 2009-08-14 11:36:18 -0500 Report

I feel ya, my husand was diagnosed last Wednesday and I feel it is my responsibility to feed him the right things. I signed up for classes at the local Health Department. It was very helpful although I am still learning. My husband is on gluclaphage, and the dietician told me the first month or so is the worst. She also said the medicine takes awhile to work. I will be praying for ya.


lipsie 2009-08-13 08:45:24 -0500 Report

Hiya there, glad to have you join us here. This is a good place to learn and get support. Yeah, I would ask for a referral to a dietitian or maybe your local hospital has diabetic classes they offer too. And here they have lots of great recipes to check into. I am sure you can get a good start. Learning how to count carbs, read the labels at the stores, etc. is essential too. Good luck hun! Hugs Sheila

cyncyn 2009-08-12 14:06:24 -0500 Report

You may want to ask your dr. to refer you to a Registered Dietician. Most insurance companies cover this. This was a great help for me, as to how to help my mother-in-law and my son. They explained what foods to add to diet, what foods to avoid, how much as in portion sizes, etc. Also the dietician set a schedule as to when to eat, along with calorie intake, carbs, proteins, fats etc. As everyone has said, give the meds time to work and exercise! Moving is as important as eating correctly. I hope this helps. Good Luck

2009-08-12 12:33:08 -0500 Report

Look under the discussions list on the list on the left of the site and you will find discussions for diet, weight loss, and recipes. This should be of help to you.

Judimar 2009-08-12 10:48:06 -0500 Report

Hu Neecigirl,

When shopping try to get multigrain cereals, breads, and pastas. I prefer fresh or frozen vegetables to canned. I also try and read lables as much as possible. I try not to buy anything with a lot of sugar in it. I had to stop drinking orange juice which was my favorite morning drink because there is just too much sugar in juices. Instead I eat an orange.

As Dave pointed out it will take the metaformin some time to get to work in his system. If he cuts back on his carb intake and limits the amount of sugar in his diet as well as exercise a little things will start looking up hopefully.

I also started using Splenda or an artifical sweetner in my iced teas. I cook with it in place of sugar now. I found reduced sugar cake mixes/frostings to make in place of the sugary ones. I am the diabetic but my husband and sister end up eating what I prepare.

Hope this helped a little!



Antique-Dave 2009-08-12 10:24:47 -0500 Report

It took Metformin over 6 weeks to really kick in for me, it has to build up in your system. Metformin alone won't do it for your husband. He has to cut back on the carbs, drop sugary drinks, move more, walk exercize something to help reduce the insulin resistance.

If he just takes his pill and does nothing else he'll have problems.

Crashnot 2009-08-12 10:12:16 -0500 Report

My husband was finally diagnosed last fall, and I (and he!) were saved by a book called "Reversing Diabetes" by Dr. Julian Whitaker. It's not a cure-all, but it's real world advice written so you can use and understand it. With the diet and food advice, he dropped 50 pounds in three months and has kept most of it off. Most of the food is even attractive to our 3 & 5 year old! There is also a great section on using vitamins and supplements to help control sugar levels. It has helped me with some early complications of Type 1, and has helped control husband's sugars as well. Whitaker is VERY anti-drug and explains the long term effects of each of those usually prescribed. You can find it on Amazon.

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