Feeling My Way

pmg - 18722
By pmg - 18722 Latest Reply 2008-07-08 12:47:43 -0500
Started 2008-07-05 07:24:57 -0500

I was just told that I have Type 2 diabetes this week ( Tuesday to be exact). I am trying to learn what to do, when to do it and the benefits of my actions. I know some thing about diabetes, but realize there is so much more to learn. I also am not sure how to start in regards to eating ( when? what?). I am scheduled to go to classes on the 22nd of July, but I need infomation now. I took my medicine for the first time last nignt ( I am taking a pill for my diabetes, a blood pressure pill ( to protect my kidneys according to my doctor as my b/p is always within normal range) and a pill for cholestoral. I also learned how to use my meter ( my sugar was 187) Can any of you provide your suggestions, insight, etc. with me? I would appreciate it.

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John Crowley
John Crowley 2008-07-07 03:15:47 -0500 Report

First of all, welcome to the site.

I think you'll find lots of helpful people here.

Here are my suggestions for you.

1) Start reading food labels. You need to be most concerned with total carbohydrates. Carbohydrates will make your blood sugar rise the fastest. Although, dietary fiber is actually the one kind of carbohydrate you want to eat more of.

2) As Gabby suggested, try to avoid highly processed foods. This means, try to eat foods that are closer to the way they grew naturally. For example, whole wheat bread is made with flour that has been processed much less than white bread. Eat lots of vegetables. Be careful with fresh fruit. It is healthy, but fruits are also naturally high in carbohydrates. So don't go crazy on the fruit :-)

3) Exercise is essential. If you have no exercise routine, begin small and work up. Try a brisk 20 minute walk for starters. Strength training has also been shown to help as it can add lean muscle.

4) Test, test, test. The only way you'll really know how you're doing in managing diabetes is by testing your blood sugar. Make notes to yourself about what you ate or how much you exercised so that you can see the difference it makes in your blood sugars.

I'm sure others will also have suggestions. Best of luck.

pmg - 18722
pmg - 18722 2008-07-07 14:41:02 -0500 Report

Thanks for all of your advice, suggestions, and knowledge. I have started monitoring my sugar this weekend ( starting Sat.). The highest it has been has been 267and my lowest was 166 this afternoon after lunch. Of course I know I have a long way to go.

Ginetteb 2008-07-08 12:47:43 -0500 Report

Since you're new at this game, my advice is this. Walk around with a pad and pencil with you. Every time you have a question, write it down. Write your BS numbers down every time you test. Write down everything you eat. I know unless I write down my questions as I think of them, I get to the doctor's office and I forget half of them. You're better off if you write them down and take them with you. If he can't answer them all because he/she is not that knowledgeable about diabetes, then ask him/her to refer you to someone who is. I have a regular family doctor who is helping me quite a bit on diabetes. I don't go to an endocrinologist because there are none in my town and I would have to travel too far to get to one.

bluelincoln 2008-07-07 01:24:34 -0500 Report

I know how you feel. I was just comming out of surgery having a ICD installed and a Dr. came in and informed me that I was diabetic. It didn't surprise me as I have been borderline for a long time. So I pray that you can get the info that you need to help get you on the right track. I have a diatician through my insurance that I am using to make sure that I am eating right. I tell you I have never in my life eaten so many fruits and veggies, but am loving it. So God bless and take care and lots of luck.

GabbyPA 2008-07-07 00:07:54 -0500 Report

I know it is overwhelming. It kind of sucks that your doctor didn't give you much guidance.
When and What to eat?
This is one of the biggest things that will get organized in your life. The key is balance. Don't go crazy and put yourself on some wierd diet. Eat more whole (unprocessed) foods. Lots of veggies, good fruit, whole grains and lean protines. I personally avoid any fast food establishments unless I can get a salad. I am just learning about eating 6 small meals a day. It seems to be what helps people most keep the sugar on a more level field. I am just focusing on healthy now and reducing my portions so I can get to a 6 meal day, but it does take time. I have eliminated Artificial Sweetners, Hydroginated oils (bad fats) and am using less pastas and potatoes. I eat more dark green veggies, leaner meat like chicken and fish, and am always looking for lower carb foods.
Exercise is important too. It helps your body use up the extra sugar in your blood, so make time to do it. There is a Discussion here that is "No Excuse Exercise Program" and I have started following that. Just keep active in the site, ask a lot of questions in your appointment on the 22 and if your doctor is not real helpful, don't be afraid to seek one who will be.

jupton1 2008-07-06 23:43:26 -0500 Report

I feel the best way is to learn all You can about diabetes.Eat right,drink plenty of water,exercise & most of all work together with Your Dr..Best of luck..JU