Scared and need advice

By lilshanti Latest Reply 2010-05-28 18:03:34 -0500
Started 2010-05-27 21:46:41 -0500

O.k., I've been Type 2 diabetic for 3 years but without insurance until recently, so tried (unsuccessfully) to control it with diet because I couldn't afford the medications. I now have medical insurance and have started seeing a doctor regularly, and am terrified…my test results came back with an A1C of 11.4, cholesterol of 242, and triglicerydes (sp?) of over 1,000! I currently take 4/1000 mg of Advandament 2x's a day plus 15mg of glyburide, and now have added a high blood pressure medication as well as a cholesterol medication to the mix…I've started taking cinamon and fish oil supplements as well…but I'm having a hard time on finding good information of what to eat that is BOTH low carb AND low cholesterol…can anyone offer advice?

9 replies

mabbam 2010-05-28 17:04:32 -0500 Report

I have had some to of the same issue as you, and I started eating Healthy Chocolate. It has helped me lose weight, lower my cholestrol and my triglicerydes are still a little high but there not over 200. I am hoping that my next blood work comes back even better. I believe the pure chocolate I take has been the key to my feeling better and having the best resluts in over 10 years. Try not to worry that will also make your sugar worse. Take care. Mabbam

lilshanti 2010-05-28 15:17:51 -0500 Report

I just took my blood sugar, and it was at 91!!! This is the lowest it has been since I was first diagnosed! I am so happy :D

Emma2412 2010-05-28 15:06:58 -0500 Report

Hi, lilshanti
I am so happy that you finally have insurance. That's great. I was in your shoes for about 4 years, too, and had some really horrible readings. (I knew how to do the meter thing before that because of my ex-husband who is Type I, so I was familiar with certain things. But, as you soon learn, everybody is different and each of us reacts differently to different things. Just keep looking for things that work for you and please don't get discouraged. Things do get better.
Look on for both excellent tips on what to eat as a diabetic and also for the food journal they have there. I keep a record there of exactly what enters my mouth every day. I found it very easy to use the journal, too, and it also offers a way to add food(s) if you don't see them in the list. Just have the container that the food came in handy so you can enter all the information. The journal automatically enters stuff like how much cholesterol, protein, sugars, etc. is in each food that you have at each meal and tells you if you've gone over the amount that you're allowed to have. You have to set up the program with your own personal information and then it takes it from there.
If your doctor approves, please start an exercise program. See what the doctor feels is the best for you. I, myself, love walking. It brings my readings down from anywhere between 50 and 75 points, depending how fast and how long I walk. Today, it brought me down 55 points to where my BS reading was 86. I felt great about that. Of course, just before I left to walk, I took my reading and also had a small snack of 1/2 tomato, 1 slice boiled ham, and 1/2 small apple.
Check back and tell us how you're doing.

lilshanti 2010-05-28 12:24:31 -0500 Report

Thanks :) I will definitely look into this…I've already been keeping track of my blood sugars and blood pressures, but I haven't been keeping a food diary…after what I've been reading, I think it's time to start.

lilshanti 2010-05-28 13:02:54 -0500 Report

I just went to that MyPlate D on, and WoW! it made it so easy! I was able to track everything I've eaten and drank and my exercise, and it only took like 5 minutes! I think I just found a new best friend lol

BeckyJ 2010-05-27 22:24:36 -0500 Report

Boy do I understand. I had the same problem with my cholesterol for a long time. With a family history of severe heart problems I was terrified. My Dad had to have triple bypass surgery at 52 and all of my grandparents had heart attacks. My maternal grandfather had a total of over 90 even with a defibrilator! I started out cutting out all processed foods and goin the vegetarian route assuming fruits and veg don't have cholesterol right? That lasted about a month before I caved…lol. Then I sat down and listed all my favorite foods rating them into healthy, not so healthy and OH MY GOD why do I eat that! I realized that I craved a lot of really fatty, salty foods that were literlly killing me. I went to the local bookstore looking for a cookbook that had low carb/low cholesterol foods, no luck. Eventually I contacted the dietician at my local clinic. She advised me to look for heart healthy cookbooks or recipes. Even to ask for the heart smart menu at restaurants. If you look closely MOST low cholesterol foods are naturally low carb since there are not processed foods or less processed anyway. Rule of thumb for me is to try and go as natural as possible. Fresh fruits, veg, whole grains, these are naturally lower in cholesterol and after a while you get used to them since they taste SOOOO much better. Also for protein prep go for grilled, baked etc. the oil and butter from cooking, sauces and marinades are what add to cholesterol not the meat itself. After a couple of months of eating like this my choloesterol dropped by half! I occasionaly slip and have something from the OH MY GOD list but only rarely and I don't crave them so much anymore. The best resource book I got is from the local health department and was for a heart patient it's called "Heart Smart". It's currently out on loan to my cousin who just had a pacemaker put in but when I get it back I'll get the specifics. Try contacting your local health department or hospital for something like that. They usually just give them away for free!

Pam from KCMO
Pam from KCMO 2010-05-28 07:11:05 -0500 Report

LOL! LOVE the way you named your three food categories, Becky - especially the category we can all relate to - OH MY GOD. Infinitely simpler - think I'll put pen to paper this weekend and do the same.


monkeymama 2010-05-28 18:03:34 -0500 Report

They do have a good book called "Calorie King" or you can go to for help with the amounts in your food. They also have a book called "Ntrition in the Fastlane" that work beautiful for when you want to go out some place. We should not be afraid to go out and eat either. Just be aware and watch what you are eating.

RAYT721 2010-05-27 21:57:27 -0500 Report

You may wish to see if your insurance plan will cover dietitian / nutritionist consultations. Your doctor should be able to refer you for professional help (don't take that wrong). We can all offer advice on low carb and low cholesterol foods but if you don't like them, it won't help you. You can grab a calorie/carb counter book from the library or spend a few bucks on one from Amazon, Ebay, Half or wherever. Start a journal. You can get one online at (check out My Plate D). Gabby can tell you more about that one. Also don't forget to consider sodium contents in your wish list of foods. It's good that you are taking care of yourself now … keep it up.