what's the best diet for diabetics?

By vanessa12 Latest Reply 2010-07-28 02:18:54 -0500
Started 2010-07-21 09:12:23 -0500

I need help. My sister was diagnosed a week ago. I know nothing about diabetes. It's been a crazy week for us. It's a good thing I found this site.

27 replies

Roy531 2010-07-25 07:44:20 -0500 Report

The best way to find out what she can eat or not eat is talk to a dietician. Her doctor should schedule her for a diabetes education class and when she goes, go with her. There is no perfect diet cause everybody's system is different, what works for one person may not work as good with somebody else. If the doctor has not scheduled her for the class have her ask him or her about going to one.


Lakeland 2010-07-24 18:34:57 -0500 Report

For me it's not a "diet", I was told to keep a journal about what I ate & then test 2 hours later. I've learned what spikes my sugar.

I really watch carbs & try to choose carbs with high fiber. the body takes longer to turn those into sugar so you'll feel full quicker & won't have sugar spikes

I also choose from menu's by thinking about the carbs.

We went to a restruant that offered a breakfast, pancakes, yogert with fruit & juice. I told my hubby that would kill me. Pancakes are all carb, yogert is carbs, fruit has natural sugar. Fiber?? very little, protien??/ none. I can't eat that.

look for whole grain. whole wheat is processed more than whole grain & is not the same.

you'll be amazed if you just start evaluating foods/ recipes like this. you'll start saying that is way too much carbs & you'll stop yourself. I lost 30 lbs not by a diet, just by watching carbs.

I'm not perfect, I've hit a plateau & haven't lost any since so I need to figure the next step but my a1c is down from 9.4 to 4.3 so I'm thrilled.

Good luck

RCLafnjack 2010-07-24 08:52:16 -0500 Report

I don't know that there is a best diet. Any diet that is low carb with lots of whole foods works best for me.

Atkins, South Beach, Sonoma, Mediteranean (the one I mostly follow) are all pretty good. The one that is best for you is the one that keeps your A1C low and keeps you from starving during the day.

I found a really good cook book called "Eating the Greek Way" which goes into Glycimic Load and a Med type diet. It also has some marvelous recipes that are quite easy to prepare.

abjt4 2010-07-23 16:59:22 -0500 Report

Get the book, South Beach Diet. It has a log of good information in it that is very helpful for Diabetics.

Kirla 2010-07-23 16:44:12 -0500 Report

I found that drinking lots of water and eating lots of low carb vegetables helped with my blood sugar. I also started to test before and 2 hours after each meal to see how the foods I ate were affecting my blood sugar. I found that starchy foods like bread, pasta, potatoes and most foods that contain more than 5-6 net carbs per serving spiked my blood sugar. I no longer eat foods that spike my blood sugar more than 30-40 points one hour after eating

Good luck

RAYT721 2010-07-21 17:27:39 -0500 Report

KD is correct in that there is no perfect diet. The key to controlled numbers comes from controlled portions and what the glucose meter has to say. Test frequently as you get used to what your body thinks of your menu plans. I've come a long way in 4 months getting a hold of what's working. It's not an overnight success for anyone and what works for one person won't work for another. It's time to draw up a YOU-nique menu planner.

GabbyPA 2010-07-21 18:57:54 -0500 Report

I like the "you-nique" menu idea! You have to coin that.

Yes, there are so many variables and with it all being new, it can be overwhelming. What was suggested to me when I first started to journal my meals was to eat the way I normally did for a few days, testing before and after my meals. Then as I found out what would make my levels go up I could see it in the meter and make adjustments.

It takes a long time to figure things out, so don't wig out all at once. Focus on getting certain things cleared out that you know can cause trouble and find out ways to work in new replacements. It takes a lot of experimenting and note taking, so just doing that you will begin to find out all kinds of great information that will work just for your sister.

Take your medications (if she is taking any) as directed and note how those change her levels as well.

I know we tend to want to do it all at once, get it down and move on. Diabetes doesn't work that way, so be patient.

kdroberts 2010-07-21 12:09:34 -0500 Report

How old is your sister and what type of diabetes was she diagnosed with? What kind of diet was she eating before she was diagnosed? It's a very hard question to answer since there is no specific "diabetic diet" and each person is different.

olivia39 2010-07-21 11:55:05 -0500 Report

She should stop eating like the way she used to. She should always be aware of what she eats as to avoid unnecessary boost in sugar level.

kdroberts 2010-07-21 12:07:03 -0500 Report

This is not a very well thought out comment. You have no idea how they used to eat, what type of diabetes they were diagnosed with or how old the sister is. Without knowing that you really can't make a sweeping statement like that.

Crashnot 2010-07-21 09:46:28 -0500 Report

Carbohydrates are what makes our sugars go up and down. Too many carbs and your sugars rock up. Way too many carbs and you overwhelm your cells, they quit responding to insulin, and the sugar can no longer get into your cells and it sits in your blood. So, we can try drugs, herbs, or, ha ha, diet and exercise to get our cells more sensitive to insulin. And big time, we quit flooding our bodies with carbohydrates.

Your sister needs to get a book or go online and become her own expert on the difference between simple and complex carbohydrates. Then she needs to start analyzing every bite of food she puts in her mouth to determine if it has simple or complex, or better yet, NO, carbohydrates.

The simple carbohydrates will be digested quickly and make her sugars go up. And of course they are the yummy ones! Sugar, bread, pasta, potatoes, rice and juice are all simple carbs. I call them "white" foods.

Whole-grains, vegetables, and raw fruits are more complex carbs. They take longer for your body to digest, and turn into sugar more slowly than the simple carbs. The body has more time to produce the insulin needed to metabolize these sugars.

If she wants to rein her sugars in quickly, she should fill half her plate with green and leafy veggies, 1/4 with meat or protein, and 1/4 with carbs.

My husband is allowed 15 carbs per meal, and it works pretty well. Hopefully her doctor will set your sister up with a dietician who can help her come up with a meal plan that works for her. But being prepared in advance, and educating herself on what she is eating will make all the difference.