New to all of this

By joethecat Latest Reply 2010-07-23 16:29:32 -0500
Started 2010-07-21 00:25:46 -0500

Hey all! I have just been diagnost with diabetes and have no insurance. I couldn't go to the dietician and all the healthy things to start me out on this journey. I went to the library and have read a lot of confusing books. Any advise would be appreciated. I hve been told to lose weight. I am way overweight. 237 lbs. I don't admit that to anyone. Plus I have been under great stress with a disabled husband. I am only 44 and want to live!

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Kirla 2010-07-23 16:29:32 -0500 Report

I found that drinking lots of water and eating lots of low carb vegetables helped bring my blood sugar down. I started to test before and 2 hours after each meal to see how the foods I ate were affecting my blood sugar. I stopped eating foods that spiked my blood sugar more than 30-40 points. After several months I decided to test before and 1 hour after each meal and was able to fine-tune my diet even more.

If after eating, your blood sugars spikes more than what you like, try looking at what you ate and suspect the starchy carbs. I found that bread, pasta, potatoes and most foods that have more than 5-6 net carbs per serving spiked my blood sugar.

Good luck

Harlen 2010-07-21 20:34:14 -0500 Report

Hello and welcome
glad you are here this place has lots of frends and info.
hang in there life is great and you will get it all down .
Best wishes

GabbyPA 2010-07-21 19:17:35 -0500 Report

Welcome Joethecat to the community. You will find all kinds of support here.

I love what you said at the end of your post. That will get you through more tough times, so you keep repeating that to yourself and you will do great!

I am also uninsured and had to do a lot of things without proper care for about a year. But you know what, I did really quite well. First of all find a couple of sources that you trust and use them to guide you. I used the American Diabetes Association, this website and WebMD. Those were where I started and as I learned the basics, I expanded out as I found experimenting on myself (I call myself my own guinea pig...LOL) was quite useful.

Since you are kind of on your own, document everything so that when you get to seek the treatment that you need to find, you will have documentation of what you have done, what is working and what is not. That has great value because it is just YOU on that paper, not a generic view of diabetics.

I trust your doctor told you to get a meter and some test strips? Those are going to be your best friends as you learn what is going on inside your body. If you don't have goals that you set with your doctor, then use the ADA as some general guide lines for fasting and after meal levels for your testing.

Exercise will be a great ally for you. It will help you in two of your goals. BG control and weight loss. Don't focus so much on pounds as you do on adding a little more exercise to your day every week or so until you are up to about 150 minutes a week of exercise. Have FUN...always have fun, or you won't do it.

Come here often. We are always ready to help and sometimes it is just a good place to vent your feelings. We are family, welcome home...

petals 2010-07-21 15:39:22 -0500 Report

Hi and welcome to Dc!! I am 44 and need to lose weight too, so I can understand where you are coming from. Ask us anything , I am sure that someone on here will know the answer. I am here for you.

Danni-the-diabetic 2010-07-21 03:00:22 -0500 Report

Hey welcome to DC! This place offers great support and you will learn alot. Look around and you may find what you are looking for or just start a discussion with any questions and you'll get alot of feedback, answers and advice. Good luck!