Newly Diagnosed and new to board

By theladyiscrazy Latest Reply 2010-02-28 15:57:15 -0600
Started 2010-02-25 10:17:44 -0600

I was diagnosed diabetic on February 9, 2010. My A1C was 10.9%. My fasting was over 300. So, needless to say it was quite easy for them to make an official diagnosis.

Now, I had been diagnosed as insulin resistant back in 2000. I had since spoken with a past doctor over concerns that I was becoming diabetic. They never did anything. So, I got a glucose meter and started tracking myself. I then took that to my new doctor and I am glad I did.

Right now I have been very concern about what I can and cannot eat. What will affect my sugar levels and what won't. I do go to a nutritionist tomorrow and I also have a diabetic eye exam scheduled for next month.

Another challenge I have is food allergies to artificial sweeteners. So, I am trying to figure out how to work some recipes without them yet still be able to have food dishes that won't affect me.

23 replies

bluegrassbill 2010-02-27 21:58:24 -0600 Report

I'm not diabetic but my wife is;D2, and so far we've learned that what works for one person doesn't for another. Everyone is different. For instance, some can eat pasta, rice, bread etc. but my wife can't, it drives her sugar straight up. But we have found that she can eat potatoes and no problem. Splenda doesn't agree with her, but aspartame or Stevia is fine. Exercise usually brings sugar down. Losing weight is big help. Hope some of this helps you.—-Bill

veggie1962 2010-02-26 13:40:13 -0600 Report

You should get the answers to most of your questions here when you see the nutritionist. I don't have an allergy to artificial sweeteners but I rarely use them. I've been using stevia for 10 years now but it requires you to use speicalized recipes to bake with it. There is a new powdered stevia called Truvia and you may have an easier time substituting that for other artificial sweeteners.

Carb containing foods are the ones that affect your blood sugar the most. I'd encourage you to do a search for "low glycemic load" foods, these will cause less of a spike in your blood sugar. But foods like non starchy veg, lean meats are our friends plus they are good for us.

showmens 2010-02-25 18:26:52 -0600 Report

Hang in there! I've been a diabetic for 21 years and control is possible. I started out with an initial reading of over 800 and an AiC off the chart. Careful planning wiht an occaisional slip has now lowred my AiC to 5.9 with an average reading of 110.
Not all artificial sweetners are bad; sone such as splenda are made from sugar, Keep looking & you'll find your way,

Kirla 2010-02-25 17:39:24 -0600 Report


I was diagnosed last year with a A1C of 14.1 fasting blood sugar 366. I changed the way I eat and my blood sugar dropped fast. A1C went to 5.9 4 months later. This is what I did.
Click on the link below.

Sleepless Peeps
Sleepless Peeps 2010-02-25 16:49:51 -0600 Report

welcome to DC!

It's great that you're here tryin' to learn. You gotta start reading labels. Like someone else said, you're looking for total carbs—you can't just look at sugar. All carbs will raise your blood sugar.

Allergies to artificial sweeteners is a tough one. Have you tried Stevia? That one's supposed to be all natural, not some chemistry experiment :-)

The good news is that there's tons of good stuff you can eat. Fresh vegetables and proteins are great and very low in carbs. You do have to cut back on rice, pasta, potatoes, and bread. But steak, barbequed chicken, soups, big salads, eggs, bacon!, broccoli, zucchini, asparagus, turkey, roast beef—these are all blood sugar friendly.

theladyiscrazy 2010-02-25 17:51:21 -0600 Report

Thanks for the warm welcome.

I am trying out Stevia but it does take some getting use to and there is an adjustment that I need to figure out.

spiritwalker 2010-02-25 16:42:00 -0600 Report

Welcome to DC. This is a great place to share and to learn
There are many generous people here. You will find discussions interesting. Recipes,videos,books. The best way to find what works for you is work with your diabetes
team. The RD will explain foods. The diabetic educator
will explain testing.

ptsparkle 2010-02-25 11:06:12 -0600 Report

Welcome to the site. Carbs are a big sugar spike, so you will need to know how to control them. Take plenty of notes at your nutritionist, and test, test, test, after eating different foods, to see how they effect you. This is a great site with lots of good people to help. Good luck.

theladyiscrazy 2010-02-25 18:01:55 -0600 Report

It has been interesting to see what spikes my sugar levels and what does not.

I still cannot get my morning fasting under 113 though.