New to site and new diagnosis

By redsheila Latest Reply 2010-09-23 11:50:46 -0500
Started 2010-09-21 23:23:33 -0500

Hi all, my name is Sheila. I am new to all of this. I am not new to being sick. I have had breast cancer 5 years ago and I have thyroid disease and a few other problems over the years so when I started getting sick I knew it was something just really glad the cancer was not back. I am real confused about diabetes though. My Dr. wanted to start with diet and exercise and monitor my BG 7 times a day which I am doing pretty good with, not great though mostly because the test trips are not cheap. My family has been great and they are changing their eating with me. I was a pepsi aholic and we have cut soda out of the house all together. When we buy juice its not consontrate and no sugar added. We eat wheat bread and good cereal. My kids have always been real good about fruits and vegtables so that was not hard at all. Problems are, I dont really know which ones are not good for me. I love carrots, tomatos, avacados, onions,potatos, green and red peppers. Fruits I love apples, cantalope, watermellon, grapes, plums, pomagranets, blackberrys, strawberrys…and more but I have been told that most of them really are not good for me because they have sugar. But its natural sugar so how is that bad? Plus eating right is costing us a fortune. I also am so confused as to what is actually to high or to low when I take my BG. I have hypoglycemia but the the lowest I have registered is 71 since I was diagnosed and the highest was 2 nights ago at 202. I seem to run up and down alot. Its crazy I just dont know half the time. Please help with any info anyone can give I will gladly take it :-)

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Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2010-09-23 11:50:46 -0500 Report

Welcome to DC. Glad to hear your cancer is not back. Like others here have said testng can help you learn how and what foods affect your BG. Some foods can cause different results in different people. Also any meds you take for nother condition can have an affect. Check with your Dr. if you are on any meds. I read here that allergy meds can affect BG, so at my last visit I asked my Dr. if the OTC allergy med I take seasonally would make my readings change, he told me it was a mild enough one that it shouln't. I'lll see as soon as the Fall allergies hit if he was right. Any type of sugar can affect your system. I can eat a few slices of apple without much change in BG, but a few sips of apple juice is another story. I
'm afraid it is trial and error and very frustrating to learn what is okay, good, or bad to eat. I'm sure it will get easier with time, I've only been diagnosed since January this year. There are so many things to learn. Stress can cause rises in BG and stres can be from a good source or bad source. Illness or other medical issues can affect how your body is metabolizing everything. How your thyroid is doing affects the rest of your body and will alter how your insulin and blood sugars work. I think we all need to be chemists, nutritionists and medical specialists in about every field possible to start to understand what to do. Instead all we can do is try our best.

mo91108 2010-09-22 14:35:13 -0500 Report

Since you pay for your own testing strips i would like to recommend a Meter that is cheap to buy and has cheap test strips. It is very good I use it when my test strips are not covered. The Relion Micro and Relion Ultima they are about 12 dollars for the meter and 20 dollars for 50 strips. cereal that I love is Special K plus protein. It is only 14 g of carbs for 3/4 C. and it has 10 g protein without milk, so it makes a good snack as well as breakfast.

A lot of fruits are ok in moderation like you can add them to cereal but I have heard from my CDE & RD that a lot of fruit in the morning is not good. 80- 120 is normal for premeal. and 180 is the highest they want for post meal. since you are testing before and after meals you should know what foods affect your sugars and which do not. Soon this will be like your second nature and won't have to use measuring cups and what not.

ebay has a lot of good diabetic books and recipe books this site also has very good recipes and most have nutritional value.

My CDE & RD have told me that women need about 30-45 g carbs at one meal. And men need about 45- 60 g at a meal. If my bs is around 120 i eat about 15- 20 carbs, but if its in the 90's or low 100's I eat about 25- 30 g carbs and really important always eat protein with carbs it helps break down the food. Good Luck and I hope this has helped.

- Monica

Thomas508 2010-09-22 09:35:17 -0500 Report

Since you are already testing a lot you need to use that info to tell you what to eat and not eat. I'm guessing you are testing before meals and around 2 hours after. If your blood sugar has a large spike after a meal then there is something in that meal you need to avoid, if you did not get a huge spike then that meal is good to repeat. Breads of any kind spiked me but we are all different in how our body processes foods and you have to use the info you are getting from your meter to determine what to eat and what to avoid.

alanbossman 2010-09-22 09:15:35 -0500 Report

Hi and welcome to DC family any thing you eat has to be in portion size for dinner half plate green vegs. 1/4 of plate main meal chicken no skin 1/4 brown rice or sweet potato. Some of us can not eat white bread,or white rice and white potatoes it spikes the blood sugar. cold cereals do have high carbs. most fruit are ok grapes eat less 1/4 cup all berrys are good, melons also watch out for small portion size 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup. hope this helps

sc1boy 2010-09-22 05:08:34 -0500 Report

Hi Sheila,
Great to have you on the page with us/ I have bee aa diabetic for over 30 years and it is hard. You need to watch your carb. intake and what I use is the Calorie King book, you can get it online or at walmart or any book storeit has helped me alot. Go to and you can put in any food that you want and it will bring up the carbs and protiens for you. You can put in restuarants as well and it will put in what food you mihgt be eating. You need to check it out . When I was diagnosed they told me to try and keep my BG in the area of 80 to 120, now my diabetes educator wants it inbetween 120 and 140 and my carb ratio is 1 to 12 so you may need to talk to you r educator if you have one and if not you need to find one they heko alot. GOOD LUCK

Elrond 2010-09-22 02:08:37 -0500 Report

Hi Sheila,
Welcome to our family. It sounds as if you've already had a rough time with your health and now diabetes is making things even more difficult. There's no way I can teach you everything you need to know in one post but you're doing the right thing; looking around the site. Feel free to ask questions whenever you don't understand anything. I've been diabetic for over 30 years and I'm still learning. The best advice I can give you is to learn all you can about carbohydrates. That's what helped me finally get my sugar under control. There are several good books available. The one I use most is from Calorie King but look around. You are also sitting in front of a valuable resource, your computer. If I need to know the carbs in a specific ingredient, I simply go go Bing or Google and type in the name and the word carbs e. g. green bell pepper carbs and I'll get multiple 'hits' listing much more information than I need.
If you do much of your own cooking, the recipes on this site are a good place to start. Another of my favorites is There are many other sites specializing in diabetic recipes. I fancy myself as a gourmet chef specializing in low-carb foods so I tend to concentrate on the food aspect of things.
But you need to stabilize your carb intake before you'll stabilize your sugar levels. And proteins will affect the levels too, but much more slowly. However, your body absolutely needs a certain amount of carbohydrates and proteins to function properly. If you can consult with a dietician or diabetic nutritionist, it would be very helpful.
Again, welcome and don't be afraid to ask about anything you don't understand. We were all new at this once and when I was new, there was no internet to help me. As one of my mythical heroes always said: 'Live long and prosper'.

redsheila 2010-09-22 18:05:21 -0500 Report

Everyone is giving me great informatio that is helping me so much. Thank you and I will use it all wisely