Not sure where to start.

Kjs dad
By Kjs dad Latest Reply 2009-12-13 17:05:56 -0600
Started 2009-11-20 12:42:48 -0600

Have been diagnosed at the veterians hospital and they do not tell you very much. i am not on insulin as of yet have been told to try diet first .

22 replies

Father Fred
Father Fred 2009-12-13 17:05:56 -0600 Report

As a fellow veteran with type II I can understand your concerns. Read my discussion titled "You Have To Be Your Own Analyst" it may help you gain control and reduce your A1C1 and blood sugar levels.

BJCOFFIN 2009-11-28 19:32:13 -0600 Report

I als feel like a lot was left out. I was diagnosed on October 13, 2009. I was shocked! Now I'm just scared and feel like there isn't anything I can eat. I am struggling with my weight also and need to loose about 25 pounds. I am stck eating veggies and very little meat, No pasta, potatoes, chips, crackers, no white flour at all. Sometimes it is frustrating. I guess that is why I joined Diabetic Connect. These people really seam to know thier stuff, and what they don't know they will give you a referal of where to look. Frustration is my name right now. So I am with you… also not sure where to start…

Elrond 2009-11-28 19:40:27 -0600 Report

Remember, BJ, unless another condition prevents you from eating meat, it's very low in carbs. Most meats are listed as zero carbs if you select leaner cuts such as steaks or even lean ground beef. My downfall is the hamburger buns and cheese. But you shouldn't need to skip the meat course.

TwoHugs 2009-11-29 03:50:39 -0600 Report

Check your nearby hospitals for free dietitians//diabetic classes available. This is where I started 15 months ago and now all is well. I am up and on the go!

Kirla 2009-11-28 13:29:30 -0600 Report


This is what I do

I was Dx on 26 Feb 2009 with an A1C of 14.1. Fasting Blood sugar 366. On Oct 5th I went for my latest A1C and it was 5.6.

I drink a low carb protein drink when I wake up in the morning. A few hours later I have one serving of peanuts or sunflower seeds for a mid morning snack.

For lunch I eat some tuna fish, coleslaw, stir fried vegetables (Broccoli, cauliflower, onions, spinach and garlic), VTP carrot cake and for the last few weeks VTP chocolate cake. Sometimes I may have some home made soup.

For supper I eat a salad with low carb dressing and I like to add some extra red wine vinegar and a little olive oil. I sometimes will eat more vegetables and have some chicken breast and at least once a week I have some beef and every so often I will have some pork.

At night I eat some almonds or walnuts for a snack.

I don’t eat anything made of flour or grains. No bread, Pasta, chips, cookies, cakes, or anything with more than 5 or 6 net carbs per serving. (the TVP cakes are made of soy & flax seeds)

I try and eat lots of vegetables and have been using a vegetable drink for several months. I read an article by David Mendoza ( … nk-veggies) about drinking your vegetables and recently have been taking a fiber supplement.

I recommend exploring his site and joining his newsletter. ( Best thing I have done to date. (

When first Dx I ate lots and lots of vegetables mostly because I was afraid to eat anything else and my numbers went down fast. It only took a month to go from the BG in the 2-300 hundreds to around an average of 150.

Also stay away from anything made with potatoes and corn. My doctor said peas also, but since I don’t like peas, I didn’t have to worry about them.

I also tested 6+ times a day and tested everything I ate. Testing is the most important thing you can do to figure out what to eat. Find out what works for you.

Best of luck.


2009-11-23 01:31:19 -0600 Report

I will tell you all honestly about being insulin dependent diabetic for 42 years and it has not been a lot of fun. If I had a way to change my youth I would go back and do something different. I still have all my appendages and normal eyesight but am looking forward to a shortened lifespan. I now have extreme scar tissue in my abdomen area and cannot use this area for injection anymore. This was from using a pump for 6 years. I now take 6 or more injections per day as my insurance won't cover the pump supplies. So dream the life as you will. I am in hell. And as far as a 0 carb diet - dude enjoy some part of your life. it won't last for long anyway

marya - 86583
marya - 86583 2009-11-21 16:28:07 -0600 Report

Please see a dietition who can help you with not only what to eat but amounts. My husband has been diabetic for 10 years and is not on insulin, he is able to control it with diet and exercise. Walk everyday if you can. Good luck!

CJC 2009-11-22 10:24:29 -0600 Report

I am a type 1 diabetic and have been for 40 yrs. As for diet, you will find that a 0 carb diet is the best thing… A dietician, doctors will tell you OH NO but, you will find many benefits of a 0 carb diet.

alanbossman 2009-11-21 08:05:35 -0600 Report

Welcome kjs,great place to talk to people and friends.You can find answers to almost anything about diabetes here if not refer you some were else who can help Iam also a vet.

Harlen 2009-11-20 17:23:47 -0600 Report

Its not the end of the world
If you read all the post here you will get a lot of info
that will help you understand what this means to you we are all difrent
If you have Q just ask
Best wishes

sweething 2009-11-20 16:05:12 -0600 Report

I would suggest a certified diabetes educator (CDE) I don't know if your
VA doctor would refer you to one, but lacking a CDE, a dietitian could teach you how to eat. Good luck. This is not impossible to cope with.

John Crowley
John Crowley 2009-11-20 17:31:18 -0600 Report

Yes, absolutely a visit with a Certified Diabetes Educator could help a lot. You can visit this site to find one near you:

CARNEIRO 2009-11-21 17:35:28 -0600 Report

I didn't know where to start neither. I did one visit with a Certified Diabetes Educator and I lived so much. It's been a month now and for the pass 2 days I am actually waking up with my sugar levels where they should be between 110 and 120. Where the first 3 weeks, even with medication, I would wake up with sugar levels of 240 and up to 270.

ElleR 2009-11-22 00:00:58 -0600 Report

Fasting and before meals blood sugar should be between 80-110 and your A1C should be 6 or under.

Elrond 2009-11-20 16:04:14 -0600 Report

Welcome aboard. You certainly came to the right place. not only for friendly people who understand your situation but there are a lot of military veterans here too. For example, I was a combat medic with the 101st Airborne back in the 70's. Now I'm a science fiction novelist and type I diabetic. Life certainly throws you some curves. One of the first things I suggest you do is check with your VA to see if they offer classes for diabetics. Most offer free training and it's definitely worth your time. Above all, don't panic; diabetes isn't a death sentence. I've been living with it for more than 30 years and with some lifestyle changes, I expect to keep going for much longer.

pmsteve 2009-11-20 15:46:28 -0600 Report

First of all: Don't panic. Of all the incurable (at present) diseases there are, this is probably one of the easiest to live with in my estimation. Thoroughly check out this site on diets, eating plans, etc. It will give you a great start. If you can't get answers anywhere else, ask them here! Us vets have to stick together!

Hinboyz3 2009-11-20 15:41:21 -0600 Report

You sound just like me Kjs dad, That was me back in October when I found out I was a diabetic for the first time afraid didn't know which way to turn. Thank goodness for diabetic connect. And I all of a sudden changed the way I eat, snack and added real exercising to my daily plans. I feel so much better. Im due to be rechecked end of December. I hope things will be in my favor. And hope you use this sited as I do I love the site, it gets you thru good and bad times when you need that extra boost. So welcome!!!

John Crowley
John Crowley 2009-11-20 14:26:21 -0600 Report

Welcome, Kj's dad.

We're excited to have you join us here. You are to be congratulated for seeking out information on your own to take charge of your health. It can be hard sometimes when the healthcare team doesn't take the time to educate you about a diagnosis. Not that we can really take the place of your healthcare team here, but we can help you learn and be prepared to ask the right kind of questions when you return to the doctor.

Here are some great discussions to start with:

Glucose Monitoring: What's the point?

Basic Diabetic Food Tips

Any helpful advice

I am new here

CARNEIRO 2009-11-21 17:38:36 -0600 Report

The first physician who gave me the new, didn't even want me to check my sugar, just take your pills and come back in 60 days. I went to a specially and he is the one who sat with me for one full hour and explained it all, then suggested that I go see the Certified Diabetes Educator. Be care with the internet as there is a lot out there that is very confusing and misleading. Good Luck.

ptsparkle 2009-11-20 12:53:51 -0600 Report

That's a common approach when first diagnosed. All depends on what your A1c was, and your fasting bs are.Diet and exercise are usually first, then progressing by adding oral meds, and then eventually probably insulin. Everyone is different, and Drs. all have their own methods of treatment. You need to work with your drs. and have a positive attitude. There are a bunch of people here that will help with your questions etc. Good luck

Dixie Girl
Dixie Girl 2009-11-22 22:17:20 -0600 Report

I found lots of good diabetes recipes at
I also like the book Reversing Diabetes by Julian Whitaker, MD
Good walking program helps too.