just found out

By Becknchels208 Latest Reply 2010-10-25 07:59:25 -0500
Started 2010-10-22 07:49:59 -0500

hi.. I am all new to this..found out yesterday I have diabetes.. thank god I dont have to take pills or shots.. just have to watch what I eat.. does anyone have any info on what foods I can and cannot eat ? I am trying to find something I can print out. thanks for any help

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dougz 2010-10-24 00:07:07 -0500 Report

I was diagnosed that I have diabetes (type 2) only last 10 Oct 2010. At first it’s difficult to accept, but after a week I learned to accept the reality. Now I am trying to cope and adjust my way of life and the food I eat. The struggle is there, but with faith in God, it humbles me to submit myself to the changes in my life. I thank God that I found a support group like this.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2010-10-24 12:29:51 -0500 Report

Hey Doug,

I just wanted to try to show you some support.

It is a hard thing to receive the news of a medical diagnosis. A diagnosis of a chronic condition like diabetes can bring up all kinds of questions about the future and the kinds of changes that have to be made. For diabetics, food is of course the first one to tackle.

A chronic condition diagnosis brings up other questions about how life might change in the future, and if there is anything we human beings resist, it is change. We all want to control every aspect of life, and the uncertainly that can come along with a medical diagnosis can be scary.

You mentioned that you are trying to cope and I would guess that part of that coping is dealing with some of the emotions that have probably come up, like anger, fear, frustration, disappointment. It's normal to go through a whole range of feelings.

Support is really important during this time, as you adjust to whatever lifestyle changes you will need to make to maintain your health -- your "new normal."

I'm glad that you have a spiritual connection, that's important when faced with the challenges of illness.

I'm also glad that you have reached out for support here on Diabetic Connect -- you wont' find a group of more caring and concerned people! It's a place to ventilate, a place to get information, and a place to give and receive support.

I hope you will keep us posted!

CaliKo 2010-10-22 09:10:15 -0500 Report

Welcome to the site. There is lots of good information under the Living with Diabetes section and all around this site, and also here: http://www.diabetes.org/food-and-fitness/food...
That should give you something to start with. I always recommend taking a class with a certified diabetes educator. Hopefully your doctor referred you to a class?
Good luck

Becknchels208 2010-10-22 09:35:50 -0500 Report

thanks for the info.. no.. he didnt say too much except that I had to watch what I eat .. I guess they wanted me to do all the research on it myself.. wish they gave out books or something to help you.

CaliKo 2010-10-22 09:56:21 -0500 Report

Most hospitals can point you towards a class, especially if you are near a big one with a diabetes center. Check with your insurance company, you may need your doctor to give you a referral for your insurance to pay for it. The CDE will likely show you how to use a blood glucose meter, which is the best tool you can have for adjusting your diet to what your body can tolerate (we are all in different stages) and should give you a meal plan, which will tell you how many calories, carb grams, proteins and fats you should have in a day, and probably some sample menus. Then they will scare you with all the complications that happen when you don't keep your blood glucose levels in control, and an overview of meds that may or may not be in your future. It's smart to learn all you can, and find out about foods and exercise, that way you can avoid the meds and the complications for as long as possible, assuming you are T2. If you don't go to a class, you can still get a meter and test strips, you don't have to have a prescription, that just makes it more affordable. There are several discussions on this site about resources. Just search the discussions. Good luck!