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By tiki77 Latest Reply 2010-01-18 10:43:25 -0600
Started 2010-01-15 17:01:33 -0600

I just found out today that I have diabetes. I dont know the first thing to do! Someone please give me some advice.

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christynina 2010-01-18 09:58:14 -0600 Report

By now you've heard it all. My daughter has low blood sugar and even thought this is a diabetes website, I have found many friends and suggestions here. She is 16 and with hypoglycemia, you control it completely with diet. The ups and sowns do get better as you get get better control. As much as I have learned, I have learned that every person has to do things a little different. So find your schedule, stick to it, learn, and talk when you need to. Good Luck!

Kirla 2010-01-18 10:43:25 -0600 Report

That’s why testing before and after you eat is so important. It lets a person know how different foods affect their blood sugar. I don’t know anything about hypoglycemia, low blood sugar. I learned that for diabetics if you drink 8-10 glasses of water, eat lots of fresh low carb vegetables, stay away from processed foods like bread, pasta, cake, cookies, potatoes/corn chips and the like and test how different food affect your blood sugars, most people can learn to keep there numbers down. Some people no mater what they do, will not be able to control their blood sugars with diet or meds and will have to take insulin. I’m just hoping I can do what I do and keep my numbers down for a very long time to come. I wish you and your daughter the best of luck with her condition. And with proper care live a long and prosperous life.

Tigger0424 2010-01-18 09:20:41 -0600 Report

Hi you are not alone…I'm also newly disgnosed, type 2, from what I understand we have to monitor our diet first of all…and joining this web site is a great start.

bssmiley 2010-01-17 10:21:00 -0600 Report

You will be Ok…it is not a death sentence. Cut out SUGAR ! No more candy bars, cakes, and regular sodas. See that is easy. Now start substituting.. there are some really good substitutes. Once you get that part under control then you can learn more about carbohydrates. Just take it one step at a time. Read all you can.

Hinboyz3 2010-01-16 07:03:09 -0600 Report

welcome tiki77, your in the right place everyone here will be of help to you. We are all in this together, I think your have to eat the right way and exercise if you can. What type are you?

Gramamtz 2010-01-15 22:54:57 -0600 Report

Control control control your sugar as of now watch what you eat follow your Drs. orders never get off your meds without consulting your Doctor. Exercise alot walking is good but must keep it up do it everyday so your sugar level stays normal and take all meds. Please take care of yourself.

kdroberts 2010-01-15 19:29:52 -0600 Report

Doesn't get much better that this for a starting point.

Kirla 2010-01-15 21:20:43 -0600 Report

I first read Alan's blog several months ago. By the time I found his site I already had my blood sugar under control. He has a lot of good advice and I recommend anyone who is diagnosed read as much as possible. Best thing you can do if your blood sugar is not under control

Harlen 2010-01-15 18:38:05 -0600 Report

Hello and welcome
wish you didnt need to be here
theres lots of info here cover the post and you will get a lot of info from here that will help a lot
Best wishes

forties 2010-01-15 18:44:06 -0600 Report

I guess we are in the right place. I just joined. Read the first hour and Im impressed. I have been diagnosed for several years. Haven't been succsessful. Looking forward to hear from many experienced sufferers. It is a drag to be in this condition.

Kirla 2010-01-15 17:54:16 -0600 Report


This is what I do. I recommend you find people who have got there blood sugar to normal levels and try some of the things they do. It has worked for me and I believe it will work for most people.

I was Diagnosed Type 2 on 26 Feb. 2009. My fasting blood sugar was 366, A1C was 14.1, cholesterol was 300. Blood Pressure 145/95. The doctors put me on 500mg Metformin twice a day, 10mg Lisinopril, 40mg Simvastatin and 81mg Aspirin once a day.

On March 1st I purchased a meter and started testing before and two hours after each meal.

I stopped eating sugar, using salt, drinking coffee, beer and wine right away. I started eating salads, broccoli, cauliflower, cucumbers, pickles, sauerkraut and homemade coleslaw. Lots of coleslaw. I also started to drink at least 8 cups of water per day.

Over the next several weeks I stopped eating bread, crackers, noodles and anything that contained any kind of grains. No flour at all. I check the labels on everything I buy and will not purchase any product with more than 5 or 6 net carbs per serving with the exception of chana dal. I started to use fenugreek and flax seed on my TVP oatmeal and chana dal. I drink a low carb protien shake for breakfast in the morning and eat the TVP oatmeal at lunch. I bought like 25 pounds of it and have recently been making what I call TVP carrot, chocolate and more recently pumpkin cakes. I have a small piece at lunch almost every day instead of the TVP oatmeal. I eat about 1 oz of tuna fish every day. I have started eating peanuts, sunflower seeds and almonds for snacks between meals.

I also eat chicken quite often and eat a little beef at least once a week and occasionally will eat a little pork. When eating out I find myself eating chicken and beef a lot. Chicken wings I seem to eat most of the time when we want something fast. They also come with celery and blue cheese.

My morning blood sugar has slowly dropped from the 200-300 range, to an average of about 80. Several months ago I started testing on the peaks (1hour after eating) and most of the time it’s under 100. My 7-14-30 day averages bounce around a lot but most of the time there between 90 & 95. My lowest 7-14 day average was 88. My 7-day average has only gone over 100 only once in the last several months. My numbers are constantly changing. Like a roller coaster. They dip down and then go up and down.

Several months ago I started taking the Equate Fiber Therapy supplement. I bought it at Wal-Mart. Also taking 4000 IU’s of vitamin D, 2000 MG’s of fish oil concentrate and one multi vitamin tablet for adults over 50.

After about seven weeks of taking the meds I couldn’t tolerate the side effects any more and quit taking them. My blood sugar continued to drop week after week, my blood pressure has averaged around 110/70 and my cholesterol has remained below 200 since I stopped taking the meds. My A1C dropped to 5.9 in four months and seven months after being diagnosed it was 5.6.


Iroquois 2010-01-15 18:13:13 -0600 Report

Keven, what is TVP oatmeal and choc cake, etc. Also what is fen??? is it a sugar substitute and where do you find it. I would like to do a little better on breakfast and what kind of protein shake and where do you obtain that to replace breakfast once in a while. I get tired of oatmeal everyday. Thank you, Kathy

Kirla 2010-01-15 18:45:42 -0600 Report


TVP is texture vegetable protein. It’s made of soy. I use soy all the time. It has helped me get my blood sugar under control. I use to make TVP oatmeal. It wasn’t that good but was eatable. With blood sugar in the 300’s I needed to do something fast, so I found this on the Internet.

I posted my TVP recipe here

The soy products don’t spike my sugar. I have been having soy cake for several months now.

Fenugreek is a seed. It’s supposed to help with blood sugar. When buying the TVP I needed to buy $75.00 worth of stuff to get shipping for $5.00 so I bought some. I got lots of it. So I put it on my channa dal. Some day going to try adding it to my tea. I recommend you buy it in a health food store. It’s expensive but you can buy a small bag to try and if you like it you can buy it cheap here.

They also sell the fenugreek seeds here and I buy my flaxseeds there also.

Almost forgot the low carb shakes. I used to buy Atkins shakes. Now I use a low carb protein mix from EAS. BJS sells a 5-pound bag for 28 dollars and I mix it with homemade soymilk, almond milk or walnut milk. Atkins was better sugar control but the mix with homemade milks are a lot cheaper.

Best of luck

bssmiley 2010-01-17 10:28:09 -0600 Report

I admire all that you are trying to do. I did go there when I was newly diagnosed but I now prefer something a little more less strict and normal. I have found that since going on insulin it affords me more control and I am able to incorporate more foods into my diet.

Pam from KCMO
Pam from KCMO 2010-01-15 17:40:32 -0600 Report

First of all, you've come to the right place. We've all experienced the shock of the diagnosis, the fear, confusion, anger, and all that goes with it - so we know what you're going through and what you're dealing with. Keep coming back here - you'll find a lot of support.

The best thing to do is to educate yourself. The links John suggested above will start you on your way. And if you have a question, just post it. You'll get help from people who've been there…and who've had many of the same struggles.


John Crowley
John Crowley 2010-01-15 17:16:49 -0600 Report

Welcome, tiki.

You've come to a great place. We know what you're going through and understand how confusing it can be. Were you diagnosed with type 1 or type 2?

Either way, there are a few things you can read to kind of get you started.

Glucose Monitoring: What's the Point?

Basic Diabetic Food Tips

How do I know what I can and can't eat?

Here's also a pretty good resource website:

Gramamtz 2010-01-15 22:25:53 -0600 Report

I am new at the site and am a bit confused with diabetes even though I have been diagnosed since 2000. I want to get educated on this disease as much as possible it is very important to me my grandkids are at hand here and I want to live long enough to see them grow into young men and women. Help!

Kirla 2010-01-15 22:38:41 -0600 Report

Welcome. In my opinion its all about diet. Test what you eat and stop eating what spikes your blood sugar. It sounds easy. I have found it is. All you have to do is stop eating foods that spike your blood sugar. I copied what worked for others and most of it has worked for me. I find people who have gotten there blood sugar under control and I follow what they did, and it has worked for me also. Not everything will work but most will.

Good Luck

Blue Angel
Blue Angel 2010-01-15 17:12:51 -0600 Report

You came to the right place We are all learning something. You will find out a lot of info on this site. Alot of people hcan help you with some of your questions If not we will find out todgether through discusasion site. So good luck & have fun.

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