Any advice for a new diabetic

By shaylamatheny Latest Reply 2012-05-25 07:20:05 -0500
Started 2010-08-10 20:32:47 -0500

I am 26 years of age and a new diabetic,( Type 2) well really it's been a years since i found out. I'm still having trouble with my eating habits and working out. I supposed to eat 1800 cals. a day but i know im eating more. If anyway have any advice pleas like me know I'm all ears.

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JojoLuvsU 2012-05-25 06:58:43 -0500 Report

I am new to this site with 1 follower (thanks Mike) lol. I wanted to say thanks these replies are help too me as well.

jayabee52 2012-05-25 07:20:05 -0500 Report

Howdy JoJo! WELCOME to DiabeticConnect! Sorry you qualify for our little "party" here but since you do, IMO this is a great place to be!

Now you have a 2nd follower, me! Click on my profile pic or my screen name and follow me back and we can be friends!

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Blessings to you and yours JoJo.

James Baker

mo91108 2010-09-17 10:21:05 -0500 Report

Well my RD and CDE told me that women should only eat about 30- 45 carbs at a meal. That has helped me with my calorie intake. Maybe you could talk to your Dr. about instead of counting calories, you could count carbs, but whatever you are comfortable with.
Good Luck
- Monica

monkeymama 2010-08-11 18:05:16 -0500 Report

For me, I use the plating method along with my carb counting. I use a smaller plate or a divided (3 sectioned) toddler plate. if I know I am not going to be home for a meal, I will bring either a protein bar or protein shake. I am also taking a vitamin and supplement cocktail to help me. Make sure you get PLENTY of Fatty Omega 3's in your diet. If you are not one for fish and that, you might ask about adding the Fish Oil/Fatty Omega 3 to your routine as a supplement. Always make sure you never go grocery shopping hungry and have a extra non-parishable snack with you. Drink plenty of water and if you can not get to a gym, Fitness Magazine also offers a way you can build your own fitness exercises/routine bases on your needs. You can visit their web site at for LOTS of other information as well. I also allow myself 1-2 times a month a special snack but it has a limit of nothing more than a total of 40g of carbs. Celebrate small gains and make the changes low and gradual. it will help you hold to the new changes better. Good Luck to you!

Lakeland 2010-08-10 21:44:16 -0500 Report

Maybe I'm too simple but I don't count calories. I just count carbs. Veggies & meats don't have that much calories, so I choose my carb first. Have bread then skip dessert, I do well with diet jello, and I like carrots for snacks. If I choose to have a carb If I choose high fiber like a whole grain bread, they take longer for the body to break down so it won't spike my sugar.

I don't know if you ever did a lot of cooking but I always liked to cook so, if I think spagetti, I' won't have it because the pasta is carbs, the sauce most likely has sugar in it, the garlic bread is carbs & there is just too many, I know my numbers will go high.

I'd choose a chicken parm, where I get meat & the spagetti & sauce are a side dish but then I'll skip the bread.

by liminting my carbs It has helped me lose 25 pounds, & I never counted calories.

I do walk that helps alot. Good luck experimenting to me was fun, I check my sugar numbers to see what foods spiked & which ones I did good on.

Also I pay attention to portion sizes. I always over ate, without realizing it. My husband & I split meals, or I take half for lunch the next day. Even grocery shopping, I'll look at cookies It will say 2 is a serving but I can have 50 whole grain gold fish, so I choose the 50 & not the 2.

Good luck

monkeymama 2010-08-11 17:54:28 -0500 Report

Have you ever tried the Dreamfields Pasta? The pasta is essentially a low glycemic index food. There is only 5g of digestible carbs per serving. Here is there web site for more information: My diabetic dietician recommends this as an alternative.

Chrissy6341 2010-09-17 08:18:04 -0500 Report

I tried this pasta. It is pretty good. No difference in taste at all. If I don't want sauce, I'll fry up some fresh garlic n onion and add tomatoes, a piece of chicken, broccoli or whatever. I have been experimenting with it since being diagnosed last month.

RAYT721 2010-08-10 21:28:18 -0500 Report

Come on down… you're the next contestant!!! I would direct you to a menu and calorie planning website like Check out the My Plate D under tools that can help you set up a food journal complete with exercise burning activities. It can help you stick to the 1800 calorie goals by showing you where you are at throughout the day. It's a tool, not a solution. Portion control is important to stay on track. I find that if I eat less food more often I am filled up. I try to balance my diet with low cal, low carb, high protein, low sodium, low cholesterol foods and recipes. Sometimes that is just a matter of swapping this for that. I will have a cinnamon Atkins bar instead of a cinnamon roll. I will water down orange juice to cut the carbs of the straight juice. I will have a half of a serving of something instead of the full thing. I will drink water. I will go for a long walk. I will treat myself once in awhile. I test frequently so I know what agrees with me and what doesn't. What works for one person won't work for another. Set your mind, body and soul free. You can achieve your goals regardless of what they are. Write the goals down, have a deadline, make them realistic, follow up on them, and tell people your goals so you're accountable for them. Challenge yourself. Be honest with yourself. We are right here to help educate, inspire, motivate, and encourage you but the hard work is up to you. Start small but think big. You have the power. Every successful journey begins with a single footstep!!!

MAYS 2010-08-10 21:05:22 -0500 Report

Hello and Welcome to Diabetic Connect Family, (Your New Family)!

The greatest advice that I can give you is this, plain and simple,
"You are in control of your diabetes," not me, not your doctor, YOU !

You must decide to make a commitment to do what's best for you, it's not going to be easy, but it's necessary to avoid the complications that can be associated with uncontrolled glucose levels (more about that later).

We are here to help you, to offer support, browse the site, make friends, read and join in on the discussions, view the videos and make yourself at home.
Follow your doctors advice, but most of all, try to do this, there is no cure for diabetes, but there is control, and that is entirely up to you!


Kaiyle 2010-08-10 20:50:55 -0500 Report

You and your doctor will decide what your target blood sugar levels should be.
For people without diabetes, according to experts, blood sugar levels should be:
Between 70 and 120 mg/ dL For people with type 2 diabetes:
Fasting (not eating for a period of time): up to 130 mg/dL
After meals: less than 180 mg/dL
Why should I check my blood sugar?
Monitoring your own blood sugar levels with a meter is a good thing to do. It helps you see how food, physical activity, and medicine affect your blood sugar levels. The readings can help you manage your type 2 diabetes day by day or even hour by hour. Keep a record of your test results and review them with your doctor at every visit.
How do I test my own blood sugar?
You use a tiny drop of blood and a meter. Be sure you know how to test your blood sugar levels the right way.
How often should I check my blood sugar levels?
Self-tests are usually done before meals, after meals, and/or at bedtime. Ask your doctor when and how often you need to check your blood sugar.
If I test my own blood sugar levels, do I still need the A1C test?
Yes. The results of both the blood sugar tests that you do yourself and A1C tests help you and your health care team get a complete picture of your control of type 2 diabetes. Learn more about the A1C test.
A1C is a blood test done in a doctor’s office or in a laboratory. An A1C shows your average blood sugar level over the past 2 to 3 months—and, by extension, how well your blood sugar is being controlled over time. Generally, doctors recommend that you get an A1C test up to 4 times a year.
It's important to know your A1C because it tells how balanced your blood sugar level is staying over time. Balanced blood sugar means that your blood sugar level is neither too high nor too low. It stays within a healthy range.
If your A1C is higher than it should be, don't lose hope. You CAN take steps to help bring it down. Every step you take now can help you lower your risk of future health problems caused by diabetes.
What should your target A1C be?
You and your doctor will decide what your target A1C should be. For most people with diabetes, the American Diabetes Association recommends an A1C of less than 7%. Another group of experts, the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, recommends an even lower A1C of 6.5% or less.
Read the full article at

I hope this is helpful too.

Kaiyle 2010-08-10 20:48:07 -0500 Report

You can use this formula to figure out your carbs. Let's say you are in a 1,500 calorie diet. You calculate 50% of 1,500 = 750. Then you divide 750 by 4 (the number of calories in each carb) = 187.50. You can split it as follows:
If you have 3 meals and 3 snacks you can have 40 carbs in each of the three main meals and 20 carbs in each snack.
Make sure your carbs are whole such as whole bread, whole pasta, brown rice, etc.
But, as some people advised you here, be alert at your reaction when you eat certain carbs and to the amount you eat.
Emilia Klapp,RD, BS

Kaiyle August 8 at 4:33 am report
What I've learned in my diabetic class is that we can have 45-60 grams of carbs per meal and 15-25 grams of carbs per snack. Also 10-15 grams of fat per meal, no more than 35-55 grams of fat per day. You can also subtract from your total carb grams any fiber grams.

I hope this helps you a lot.

CaliKo 2010-09-17 09:24:41 -0500 Report

Thanks for the formula. My dietician gave me 150 carb grams a day with my 1200 calorie diet, but I never realized how she got to that number. Now I can adjust with my increasing levels of exercise to keep properly balanced. Thanks a million!

MICHAEL BRANTLEY 2010-09-17 09:33:43 -0500 Report


shaylamatheny 2010-08-10 21:18:23 -0500 Report

Thank you so much for the advice. I will surely use it if i have anything questing would it be okay for me to ask you.

Kaiyle 2010-08-11 18:36:42 -0500 Report

You most certainly can ask for my help, and if I don't know the answer, I will direct you to someone who does. I wish for you much success. You can do it!!!

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