Need Diabetic Education?

By Emma2412 Latest Reply 2010-06-11 07:58:21 -0500
Started 2010-06-07 16:42:00 -0500

Hi, all at DC
Here's a site which I think can be useful especially if you need some education about the Big D. If you're looking for a diabetes class, try here.

6 replies

GabbyPA 2010-06-08 10:07:51 -0500 Report

This is a great site and in my favorites now. What a great idea.

angelgirl2 2010-06-08 20:51:24 -0500 Report

I am new to the site. Help me out!

angelgirl2 2010-06-08 20:54:23 -0500 Report

I am from Louisiana. Born and raised here. I became a diabetic 5 yrs. ago. I am on medication and I try to control it with diet and exercise.

GabbyPA 2010-06-08 22:52:17 -0500 Report

What would you like help with Angel? The site that Emma posted is one where you can look up a diabetes educator in your area and hook up with them. Did you need help with that or something else that is on your mind?

cherilayne 2010-06-10 23:37:16 -0500 Report

I need help planning my 3 meals a day Not sure what to it. I am 62 have type 1 for two years now. I am always in a panic when t time to eat. Can u give me some ideas and what to eat for a snack before bedtime
Thank you

GabbyPA 2010-06-11 07:58:21 -0500 Report

Hi Cherilayne,

that is unusual to be diagnosed type 1 so late in life. The link that Emma posted has connections to find a diabetes educator in your area to help you with meal planning. You might want to start there.
The main things I look at in each meal is to make sure I am not heavy on any one thing. You have 3 basic food types. Fats, which are your oils, meats and nuts. You have Proteins which are your beans, meats and nuts and you have Carbohydrates which are your grains, starchy vegetables and sugars.
So each meal should have all of these components in them, but the one we usually focus on is the Carbohydrates. If you limit each meal to have 30-45g of carbohydrate in it, then you will be on a good start. If you find that is too much, then you can take some out. The way you find out is to test after your meals to see what you body is doing with what you fed it.

As for a bedtime snack, I stick to 15-20 carbs with some kind of fat to keep my body happy during the night. So maybe some crackers with peanut butter. I do ice cream with nuts sometimes. I am not a big fan of milk, so sometimes I will snack on some dry cereal.

I am not type 1, so I do not have an experience with insulin. But there are many members here who do and they can help you with knowing how your insulin is working for you. Are you panicked at meal time because you go too high? What causes your worry?

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