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By Shirl0125 Latest Reply 2015-06-21 11:29:19 -0500
Started 2009-08-24 13:12:13 -0500

Hi I am Shirl. 58 and scared and do not know how to cope.. I am falling apart slowly, and need friends,and people, thta understand what I am going threw..as I am learning that diabetes has a mind of it's on. and one person can't do it by them selfs..I have been a diabetic for years and just let it pass, and did what I want.. well Now I am on insulin and I have diabetic neuopathy… and chronic pancreatis..and I am scared,, I am looking to learn from others and want to make friends. and get help and ideas on cooking and eating right…

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Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2013-11-11 11:49:47 -0600 Report

Hi Shirl. Welcome, sadly, to the "club". There are about 50 (or is it 51) do's and don't's for manageing you diabetes. So it is easy to feel overpowered by it. Start with what you can do. It takes about 3 weeks of faithfulness to overcome lifetime habits. So here are a few to start: 1) eliminate sweet drinks. For me that was sweet tea and soda. Forget diet soda, that has its own problems. 2) skip desserts or at least do half portions. I found it easier to skip them myself. Not much self control once the sugar taste buds get activated. 3) watch your carb intake. Generally you should limit your carb servings to 2-3 per meal. Now grab your cereal box and look at the # of carbs in a serving. Let's say it is 28, add milk, I will guess that is another 2 (actually I know it is more, but i do not have milk here). So 30 carbs equals 2 carb servings. There are 15 carbs to 1 carb serving. Now, if the cereal list the serving size as 1/2 cup and you pour a cup, you have doubled your carb servings. Hope this helps. Jim

caragypsy 2009-08-25 17:21:41 -0500 Report

Hi I am 58 too. When the Dr. told me I was diabetic I think I cried for days. I was so alone but you have found this site with all the wonderful people here to help you. Cara

hbkunkel 2009-08-25 08:10:05 -0500 Report

I can sure relate with you being 58 myself and feeling as though I am falling apart with other ailments. I am also on insulin but now that I am into a good regime I feel better and my BS are better under control. No timr for pity parties because this darn disease does not even take a vacation from us. Hang in there and keep us posted as to how things are doing.

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-08-25 09:48:43 -0500 Report

Thanks to all of the above replies, it reminds me of my first effort to cut back, and my main culprit was white potatoes. I angrily (sorry—-but I was still adjusting—-)took my BS and it raised it 60 points, two hours after eating them! I was so disheartened because mashed white potatoes had been a staple for me for years, with so much colon trouble, it and white rice and rice water, got me through many bouts of diverticulitis when I was too sick to eat solid food, it gave me nourishment, I could feel it coursing through my veins——Then to take it away from me, it just didn't seem fair!!

But that was 3 years ago, and I am adjusting to other foods, some cottage cheese is also soothing, low fat—I don't think that I have checked my BS after eating just the cot. cheese, guess I should, to make sure, about the only way I can know for sure what is safe for ME to eat. Best of Luck and thanks for sharing with the rest of us—safety in numbers, you know! ha—Pat Roth

onafixedincome 2015-06-21 11:27:13 -0500 Report

Yup, everyone's responses to foods are somewhat different, I think. Cottage cheese is a no-brainer here for me. But some foods, like the white potatoes (oooh, I know!), send it WAY up, beyond what you might think probable. Even whole grain rice kills me, and I wind up eating just about a half serving at Chinese dinner once in a while. Miss it!

Bear in mind, Pat, if you are on insulin, you *can* compensate for *some* of your preferred foods, as long as you aren't going overboard. Best of luck!

Jipwhip 2009-08-24 22:49:26 -0500 Report

Hi Shirl you have come to the right place. One of the first things my husband and I did when I was diagnosed was to get rid of white bread. We only eat wheat bread and are finally finding wheat pasta or multigrain pasta at our grocery store. Another thing we did is to switch to diet cola or coke zero(which I like a lot). We also drink quite a bit of Crystal Light. As for food you want to get more veggies into your meals and whole fruit also, not fruit juice which is a lot of sugar.
The most important thing to do is take one day at a time. And make small changes, don't try to change everything at once, you will set yourself up for failure. This didn't happen to you overnight and it will take awhile to change things. But don't give up on trying.
I am on insulin as well and have diabetic neuropathy. But, I am still here to howl(vent) and scream and kick my way through this as you will. So come and howl with me and we'll make it together. LOL

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2013-11-11 11:57:26 -0600 Report

Hello Jipwhip, I found, for me, there was not much difference in white bread vs. other breads. Even my homemade breads where I controlled everything. Same with the pasta. I had switched to Siet Coke and Crystal Light and found they both give me headaches. After a few years I discovered it is the aspertaime in it. You are so right about whole fruit vs. fruit juice. We think nothing of drinking 8 oz of OJ, but when you thing of it, you just ate a bunch of oranges! What I find puzzling/amazing is how the same food affects us so differently.

salmanda 2009-08-25 05:53:01 -0500 Report

Hi Shirl! Welcome. I am also new here, and folks have been very nice.
I have read that caffeine can affect your BS numbers. If you drink a lot of coffee, tea, caffeine soda, you may want to cut back or quit using caffeine all together. Just a thought.
Good luck and hang in there. I know it is very frustrating!

salmanda 2009-08-25 05:53:01 -0500 Report

Hi Shirl! Welcome. I am also new here, and folks have been very nice.
I have read that caffeine can affect your BS numbers. If you drink a lot of coffee, tea, caffeine soda, you may want to cut back or quit using caffeine all together. Just a thought.
Good luck and hang in there. I know it is very frustrating!

Judimar 2009-08-24 22:08:12 -0500 Report

Hi Shirl!

Welcome aboard! Feel free to browse the recipe section… there are some nice recipes in there.

The first thing I did when I was diagnosised was I cut out as much sugar from my diet as possible and white bread… I tend to use multigrain pastas and bread (or whole wheat). I also swapped my coca cola classic for coke zero. I don't drinkn many sodas though. I drink a lot of plain water and raspberry/peach ice tea with splenda or stevia.

Feel free to ask us anything.


Harlen 2009-08-24 20:11:59 -0500 Report

Hello and welcome you are in the right place hang in there
the people here are grate lots of info
Im Harlen and I am T2 for 4 years on the pump now weeeee I know its a lot of work but it is worth it
you my drop me a line any time
Hang in there

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-08-24 14:20:44 -0500 Report

Hello, Shirl—My name is Pat Roth and I am a type 2, diagnosed 3 yrs ago after being a Borderline for over 50 years. I was warned, but untill it really went up, for me it was just 190, so have had time to form better habits of exercise and diet, but even with that, it has taken most of 3 years to get it down to 80 to 130, consistently, so you are not alone and not to be blamed for putting better habits to one side—I did, and was fortuante to NOT get too bad in the process, but the fact that it was so PERSISTENT in not wanting to come down and STAY there, showed me that I had better get with it, my fun—dilly-dallying days are over. And you know what? After struggling for those 3 years, it has become such a habit of watching my intake and exercise, that I don't even think about it—-my mind automatically says—"NO" now—I never thought that would ever happen!!!! I was so addicted to SWEET, Chocolate, and now, seldom think of it, and if I do, one piece of sugar free choc. takes care of it.

I am going to let other, more knowledgeable folks than I, give you pointers on an actual diet, or healthier lifestyle, I am mostly here to tell you, Welcome Aboard, you have come to a great site of friends and knowledge!! Hugs for now—Pat roth

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