well i need some advice

By chrystal2011 Latest Reply 2010-11-13 20:07:03 -0600
Started 2010-11-10 07:41:47 -0600

well my name is chrystal griffith i have been a type 2 diabetic since i turned 21. anyway i am trying to figure out a lifestyle change that will work for me. i want to eat better to feel better. but its really hard because i feel lost. since being diagnosed i havent seen a dietician. my dad thinks their a waste of time and money. but i know that in order for my diabetes to be better controlled im going to have to make some changes. i was thinking of joining weight watchers but i dont know if their diabetic friendly. anyway i just got on ssd therefore now finally have medicare it will be effective dec 1st 2010. and i was wondering how i would go about finding a dietician but in the mean time i need advice on food choices that will help me now. my parents are both type 2 diabetics and arent the best at controlling theirs.

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Mrs. Alilce
Mrs. Alilce 2010-11-13 20:07:03 -0600 Report

My friend, a diabetic consulting nurse and/or a dietician is a great start. Some health insurance plans pay for it. Most medical centers have a meeting (mine is 12 lunch on Tuesday). Check your local Health Dept. Go to your public liibray. Go to Walmart and purchase Calory King 2010. It may be 2011 out soon. It tells you the fat, calorie, and carb of everything, many restaurant foods, prepackaged foods, etc. Keep a daily log. You will learn 1 carb serving =15 carbs. Make choices based on that 15, 30, 45. Try not to go over 65 per meal my dietician says. Sugar Busters by H. Leighton Steward etal. is a nice basic book. I do believe their ideas about avoiding white: bread, potatoes, rice, sugar, The stevia product for a sweetner is very good. Avoid alcohol. Check your sugar a minimum of morning first thing, and before eating supper. Do you take insulin? Go to weight watchers if you want. they are right on the food balance info. Or go look at Food Pyramid: 2 whole grains, 2 dairy, 3oz meat or dried beans, 2 fruit, 4 vegetables, fat - olive oil, canola, butt 2 T.

I think you know but your needing a loving, supportiv group. This is good. People to share and try new things with are better. We all need a lift at times.

chrystal2011 2010-11-12 12:42:53 -0600 Report

thanks for all the great advice i really sppeciate it. im just having a diffcult time cause of stress to. its overwhelming all the support your all giving me. i have looked into some products on here and im thinking of getter a new meter. the one i have now is ok. but in the long run the test strips for it are costing me to much money . i have the one touch on the go. im defently going to look into going to a few classes. cause i think it help me out a great deal. also i have been really becoming sick off my meds literally. everytime i take metformin it gives me terrible neasea it was to the point where my husband had to eat in our bedroom cause i said if u eat near me i might get sick. i think its time i either go on different meds or get them adjusted. i have been on metformin since 2008. and actos i have been on since 2009. i really like all the tools on the site. im also going to look into getting some books for diabetes. talk to you all soon. have a great day.

thresea_d 2010-11-13 03:24:50 -0600 Report

Hi Chrystal, I totally agree with Cheryl. I was diagnosed in February and read Dr. Bernstiens Diabetic Solution in July. I've lost 55 lbs and my BG levels are much better. Metformin made me very sick at first too. In fact is got so bad that I refused to take it - until my BG started hovering in the 470's…that changed my mind! I read that starting Metformin on a low dose would help, so I started with half a pill for a week, then half twice a day for a week, etc, until I reached my prescribed dosage. I no longer have problems taking it. Check with your local hospital or health club to find diabetes programs. Our hospital has a free program that includes access to a dietician, a new meter, etc. It's very informative and they occasionally have a chef to provide diabetic recipes and other cooking tips.
It's well worth the time. Best of luck! Thresea

sNerTs1 2010-11-12 14:27:51 -0600 Report

The best book that I found was Dr. Bernsteins Diabetes Solution. Check your library for books as well. It is overwhelming at first so try not to get stressed over it, you are learning and that takes time. All of our bodies "tick" differently so just learn to listen to yours. I was sick on MetFormin when I first started too. It all subsided after a few adjustments for me, hopefully that is all that you will need.

Have a Beautiful Day ~ Cheryl

sNerTs1 2010-11-11 11:27:20 -0600 Report

Hi Chrystal ~

Welcome to the site!! Here you will find out tons of information about everything and if you cant find it, ASK =) We are all in the same boat as you so it helps to know that people have either experienced what you are going through or learning from what you ask.

I would see your doctor and get in to see a dietician. I dont want to go against your dad but untimately you are living with this, not him and you need to look out for YOU =) There have been a great wealth of information given to you already here so I will not repeat it.

Best thing is to follow what is good for you, watch your numbers and measure after each meal so you know how your body reacts to what it is because we all are different there. Never be afraid to ask and learn, knowledge is key.

Keep your mind and your body in tune and this will soon be easier for you and much less confusing.

I wish you well and if ever you need anything, dont hesitate to ask.

Have a Beautiful Day ~ Cheryl

RAYT721 2010-11-10 21:51:17 -0600 Report

Hi Hi … Welcome to our website. This is a little community of friends and (guess what?) family who genuinely care about you. WHY? Because we either have, are, or will be going through exactly what you are experiencing. It was eight months ago that I got a phone call and my reply was, "I'm a WHAT?" …

The rest is history!

None of us can tell you how to think, act or feel because it's all individual. But we can relate to the fears, feelings and frustrations but each in our own way.

Food is part of our sojourn but there's other things… medication, diet, exercise, emotional support and more. You can ask ten of us for help to get ten answers. You MUST do what's right for you… and you will.

Take baby steps. Don't expect overnight successes. Work with your mind, body, soul and doctors to get the answers you need. We are here for you.

I am here for you. Need a chat??? Add me as a friend and don't be afraid to contact me if there is anything that I can do or say to help you.

We are in it to win it!!!

Thanks for joining us. Be my friend and I will be yours!!!

jeffrey9127 2010-11-10 19:29:27 -0600 Report

Hello Chrystal, Definitely go see a Dietician and also a Diabetes educator. Your local hospital should have both. They will help you with diet and any questions that you may have. It is important that you take of yourself. If you cannot afford costs associated with these programs, ask for assistance.There is also alot of good advice and support here. Good luck!

GabbyPA 2010-11-10 18:53:21 -0600 Report

Hey Chrystal, and welcome to the community. It sounds like you could use some support and home may not be the place. We are here for you, and I hope that we can guide you and maybe by your example, you can help your parents. My mom is diabetic, and we work together on many things.

A dietitian or a diabetes education class is a great idea. The only way it becomes a waste is if you don't learn and practice the things taught. Call your local hospital and find out if they have a program that you can be a part of. They might even know of some support groups that could help you out too. I went to a great class and I shared my notes here in 7 discussions. Check them out and see if they help you out some. http://www.diabeticconnect.com/discussions?query=tcoyd&by=relevancy They are TCOYD Class # (1-7)

jayabee52 2010-11-10 17:57:54 -0600 Report

Howdy and WELCOME to DC Crystal!

I couldn't remember what PCOS was so I looked it up. One of the first pages coming up on my search engine was one where they were saying the PCOS is caused by insulin resistance.

FWIW here is that page and you can check it out for yourself:

I seem to remember from a discussion long ago that weight watchers is not that DM friendly (but I could be wrong about that). You might try looking up "weight watchers" in the search box for discussions. (in this page click the discussions link - there should be a search box in the page that opens)

May God richly bless you and yours

James Baker

Harlen 2010-11-10 12:07:58 -0600 Report

Hello and welcome
It is a big job and we all need help from time to time
I use freesh vegei as a snack food .Takes a bit of time to get in the gruve now I like them a lot no dressing lol
Counting carbs is the only way I know works for me and keep me right on line
Best wishes

realsis77 2010-11-10 10:43:49 -0600 Report

Its a great idea to get a dietition. In the mean time remember its all about carbs. You want to lower your carb intake as much as possiable. I had a vry difficult time controling my numbers without medicine so I finally ended up on two different kidns of insulin and that has been a God send for me! My numbers are now perfect. Not everyone can control there diabetes through diet. I couldn't. It would seem id raise high on a peice of lettuce, ha ha .but id give it a try first before I go on meds. Some people can obtain wonderful control through diet and exersice.get some books on diabetes and diet. They have some great books out there that can offer you great suggestions and diets! This is a way you can help yourself! Good luck to you and remember if you can't go to the dietition grab some books on diabetes and diet I think this will help you out a lot! Good luck and keep us posted on how things are going ok?