i am a new diabetic, need help

By laura_writes Latest Reply 2014-05-29 09:56:01 -0500
Started 2010-04-23 22:12:44 -0500

I am a new diabetic, I am trying to manage my sugar levels, intake, ( I am addicted to carbohydrates) and I am trying to handle all the changes and now my doctor wants me to go on a low carb diet. Any tips on how to begin such a task?

Tags: newbie

6 replies

GingerEllen 2014-05-29 09:56:01 -0500 Report

Reading, Research, Barnes and Noble has many good books available. A lot can be learned by searching the WEB. Conversing with other Diabetics. Lot's of blood tests to see how your body reacts to different foods and the results of exercising.

Lakeland 2010-04-25 19:10:05 -0500 Report

There are some ways to get sweets like diet jello & puddings/that can give you a chocolate fix and there are whole grain breads that the fiber content is 4 or higher & will slow the body down from turning them into sugar right away.

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2010-04-23 22:56:47 -0500 Report

When a patient is newly diagnosed, the doctor almost always (should always) sets up a consultation with a dietician and some sort of diabetes class at a hospital, etc., for you to get started on your new lifestyle. They should also be able to provide you with some brochures, pamphlets, etc., and the doctor should explain to you the level of your diabetes, what his/her proposed plan of action is at this point. He should answer any questions you have. Usually we think of a bunch of questions AFTER leaving the doctor, so be sure to write these down for either a call or to ask/discuss on your next visit. Since you are asking about a low-carb diet, I hope he will send you to a dietician, but also that you will use the internet to research diabetes and how to develop an appropriate diet for helping to control your blood sugar. The computer is a valuable tool for everything these days. Take advantage of it. There is a ton of info on this site, as you will see if you've recently signed up. Wishing you luck and much success!

Kirla 2010-04-23 22:56:10 -0500 Report

Last year I was diagnosed with an A1C of 14.1, four months later it was 5.9. It’s been below 6 for almost a year now. I wrote how I control my blood sugar here. Click on the link below.


Eating a low carb diet hasn’t been too hard at all. When first diagnosed I started to eat a salad every day and added vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, cucumbers, pickles, sauerkraut and several low carb vegetables. I also started to drink 8 glasses of water every day.

Just by eating lots of vegetables and drinking lots of water my blood sugar numbers dropped fast. By testing the foods I eat before and after eating I found that bread, pasta, potatoes, corn and most foods that were over 6 grams net carbs per serving were spiking my blood sugar.

I stopped eating foods that spiked my blood sugar over 30-40 points after 2 hours. When my numbers dropped a lot I stopped eating foods that spiked my blood sugar more than 30-40 points after one hour.

Good luck

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2010-04-23 23:00:10 -0500 Report

Good for you! Great job of taking control and taking action. You are certainly proof that it can be done. Everyone is different, however, so if some of you find you have to handle your situation a little differently, don't think that you're not doing it right or doing a good job. Do what works for you! Again, Kevin, congrats on a great job.

Miminv 2010-04-23 22:40:10 -0500 Report

Welcome to the site. This is the place to get your answers. There are several videos, articles and discussions that can help you. Hopefully you have seen or will see a dietician to help you plan a low carb diet. I would start by looking at the carbs on the labels of what you eat. For me I go between 30 to 40 carbs per meal. Keep coming back and looking around you are not alone with diabeties on this site.
Good luck.