Type 2 Diabetes

By blondeangel572 Latest Reply 2010-09-15 12:56:37 -0500
Started 2010-09-02 14:42:48 -0500

I was informed today that I have type 2 diabetes and I have absolutely no idea what to do. I dont know what foods I can or cant have. Or should I say what I need to stay away from. Any and all help I can get with this matter will be greatly appreciated.

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klfrcmom 2010-09-15 12:56:37 -0500 Report

You can eat anything you want as long as you manage your portions.
Calculate your carbs the way you do the cash in your wallet. Once you run out of your "allotment" for the day, you're done… switch over to raw veggies until the next day.

READ: THE LITTLE DIABETES BOOK YOU NEED TO READ it is the best tool I've found — BY FAR!!!!!!!!

RAYT721 2010-09-05 09:44:50 -0500 Report

The best thing to stay away from are the so called experts of diabetes who do not have diabetes. They are everywhere and despite the good intentions they may have, they are giving either false hope or false information. We call them the Diabetes Police. They will monitor every cookie crumb you look at but will encourage you to eat mashed potato sandwiches on white bread. These people usually operate under the old reference of "sugar diabetes" and they will ramble off every true or untrue stereotype of diabetics from their little bag of tricks. Avoid them. Listen to your mind, body, soul, meter and your medical team.

Some people will tell you to eliminate carbs and if you can make it through a day without any carbs, you'll probably not be able to lift your head up because carbs are important for energy. Similarly don't even think about a no fat diet or a no calorie diet or a no… balance is a key. Moderation and portion control is a key. Testing is a key. Medication may or may not be a key. Diabetes is a condition of your pancreas, not your taste buds. If you replace the word "diet" with "menu plan," you will have a better chance of achieving your goals for control.

I have found so many wonderful people on this website with excellent advice. When I joined in March of this year I was clueless. I knew nothing about diabetes but had found several people willing to give their opinions and advice only to find that 99% of it was useless because those people knew less than I did. Here you will find support with food, exercise, medications, emotions, and so much more.

Here you will find friends and I hope that I will be one of them.

Please feel free to search the archives of discussions relating to anything on your mind and feel free to contribute to existing ones or start new ones. We are a family. There are no right or wrong questions to ask. While you're coming to us for guidance today I can assure you many will come to you for help in a month, two months or whenever.

You need food. As you learn to read and analyze labels and your meter readings you will gain valuable insight into your condition and how certain things will or won't affect you.

Take baby steps in changing your lifestyle so you can rate your progress. Everything in moderation will produce results. Slow and steady wins the race.

Disclaimer: the opinions expressed in this thread are my own and are not necessarily those of the moderators or other members and most certainly discredited by the Diabetes Police. Further, objects in mirror are closer than they appear and some assembly required. Batteries not included.

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speak up 2010-09-05 08:49:06 -0500 Report

I went out and bout the book Diabetes for Dummies, my doctor told me to eat no more than 1800 calories a day, plus take the pills, and check my blood before each meal.

jason123 2010-09-03 04:34:18 -0500 Report

Meet your diabetic educator, they are far from perfect, but if you have no clue what to do, that is a good place to start.

GabbyPA 2010-09-02 19:05:51 -0500 Report

Did your doctor give you a meter and some test strips and show you how to use them?

Did he give you any meds or are you starting off with diet and exercise for control?

Did he suggest a meeting with a diabetic dietitian or diabetes educator? If not, call your local hospital and find one to go to. It will help so much.

Now...forget all the stereotypes about diabetes that you ever heard and get ready to embark on a life of experiments, frustrations and most of all, VICTORIES!

Here are a couple of videos that will help you with food choices.

You can also get a very basic guide from the American Diabetes Association at www.diabetes.org They are also a good place to start reading. They are a little old school, but it is a good place to begin to get familiar. You will add quickly to that foundation.

You can also visit our "Health Center" here and get tons of information on where to start in forming good habits, learning what diabetes is and more. It is great.

Here is a nice concise video on Type 2. Gives you an overview.

Don't panic, or try to do everything all at once. Focus on one or two things at a time, make them comfortable or a habit and then add a new thing. That way you build your foundation and don't get so overwhelmed.

We are all here to help you out. Just ask us and we will see what we can do to give you a guiding hand.

Kaiyle 2010-09-02 16:38:13 -0500 Report

Hello and welcome to the community of helpful friends. So I hope this helps you quite a bit.


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.

realsis77 2010-09-02 16:34:34 -0500 Report

Welcome to dc! This is a great place to learn! I was diagnosed a month ago! I love this site! I take pills now plus insulin injections for my diabetes. I've learned a lot here I think you will be happy here!

realsis77 2010-09-02 16:31:25 -0500 Report

Hi and welcome to DC! I was diagnosed a month ago. In that months time I had to take pills, now I'm taking insulin shots! This is a great place to learn and make friends with people who have diabetes! Ask questions! There is a wealth of information here on this site! Good luck!

jeffrey9127 2010-09-02 15:02:09 -0500 Report

When I was first diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, my Dr. gave me a sample diet and information about my carb limit on a daily basis. He also gave me a blood glucose testing meter, and his staff showed me how to use it. But one of the best things he did was to arrange for me to see a Diabetes Educator and a Dietician. They can Teach you about proper nutritician, foot care, and answer any questions you may have. This is also a great place to ask questions.

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