when you have diabetes do you have to go on a diet or do you just have to eat Healther?

By shorty1965 Latest Reply 2011-06-29 08:08:15 -0500
Started 2010-12-30 08:23:58 -0600

I here people talking bout a diet is that by choose or is that because you have diabetes?

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shorty1965 2011-06-28 18:02:41 -0500 Report

Hello everybody thank you for all the replys. I went to the doctors yesterday and it was the hightest it has ever been i was a 10.1 and my numbers was 190 and i have to get it down to a 7 or under or i will have to take needles.I have been feeling sick because i was drinking juice and water and not eating now they want me to eat more so my meds will work better.it's been just 2days and i pray everyday.I cant do needles i don't like them they hurt real bad.each time i take my blood i don't like it but i have to.

MissPuff 2011-06-28 19:17:49 -0500 Report

Hi Shorty,

I can see why the doctors got onto you about eating right or you would end up on the needles. You simply can't drink juice & water & eat nothing as a diabetic. I understand your fear of needles. I can't even stand to look at one & sometimes it takes me 5-10 minutes just to check my glucose level, but it is something that we have to do in order to stay healthy. What type of testing meter do you use? The type really shouldn't matter because I believe all of them let you adjust how deep the needle goes in. If you have it on the lowest setting & it still draws enough blood, it should be the least painful. Also alternate test sites each time - one side of the thumb, then the other side of the thumb, all the way down the hand, then switch hands & do the same thing & it will help lower the pain. Something I do since I have such a fear is lay my finger down on the table or my lap. These are some things I do, but like I said, sometimes it still takes me 5-10 min. to get it done. (I think part of it is my arthritis - I push & push, but that button won't click!)

Okay, about diet. There are a lot of different opinions - as can be seen by comments here. Jayabee is correct - test 2 hours after you eat, NOT immediately after. It is also recommended tha you alternate testing times to see how your glucose levels are at different times of the day. It is recommended to have 45 grams of carbs for each meal. My husband & I are both type 2 & from this point our diets change slightly. He gets more meats & 1 more fat per meal than I do because he does strenuous work & he gets snacks whereas I don't need them. You don't even need "sugar-free" things if you read the labels & figure it in with allowances - just don't go using them all the time. Like, I use 1 tsp of sugar is a double sized cup of hot mint herb tea once or twice a week. The diabetic dietitian said it wouldn't count against my allowances unless I used a certain amount of sugar. So, you can eat normal food, just learn to read the labels & know what you are looking for. Just remember you need the combination of carbs & meats - carbs bring the sugar up, meat or protein stablizes it. And watch your juices - they are all sugar. You have good advice from everyone - eat healthy. You'll make it.

The American Diabetes Association provides a booklet titled "Choose Your Foods: Exchange Lists for Diabetes" that you could probably get from their website www.diabetes.org or by calling 1-800-DIABETES. I would recommend to anyone to seea dietitin & even go thru the diabetic training course if there is one available in your area because that course covers so much more than just diet.


shorty1965 2011-06-28 19:48:53 -0500 Report

Thank you very much.I will try anything thatwill help me bring these numbers down.I had it together before and now i have to start over i don't even understand what happin.I was doing good a while ago but it is hard to keep up with.my meter is a contour and i just put on the lowest and it's a little better T.H.A.N.K.S.

MissPuff 2011-06-28 20:07:18 -0500 Report

Your welcome. I kind of thought the needle might have been set at a higher level. You may still haveto do some adjusting with that. I have to have my needle set at 2 for my index fingers. I guess they are just tougher because of using them more often. I wish you the best.

shorty1965 2011-06-29 08:08:15 -0500 Report

Yes that was a big help.I ate my breakfast this morning and thats a big start for me and i feel good and i took my meds that is another big thing for me.I'm going to eat more like they told me and i have to start to workout to get my numbers down that is going to be my biggest problem to work on.
Thank you again Shelia.

EmiliaK 2011-01-04 17:52:32 -0600 Report

Hello Shorty1965,

As many people indicate here in their replies, the idea is to eat healthy. I teach my clients to eat according to the glycemic index tables and they have very good results. You can try it for a few days and see if it works for you. Testing your levels of blood sugar after meals, as Gabby suggests, will give you an idea if that is the way to go for you.

Emilia Klapp, R.D., B.S.

shorty1965 2011-01-02 11:00:05 -0600 Report

Thats what i'm trying to do i'm gonna make a list of the foods that i really like and get somone to take me shopping because i don't drive and make a plains to keep the foods in the house so i don't pick up fast food whem i'm out.

GabbyPA 2011-01-01 18:33:54 -0600 Report

Eat healthy. You can choose a diet to help you get started, but you want to simply eat healthy. Less processed foods, more raw or fresh foods and keep them as whole as you can. Find out what your body likes by testing after meals and see what causes you trouble.

I went cold turkey on sugar free foods, diet sodas and got rid of my boxed foods. That helped me a lot.

Antique-Dave 2011-01-01 13:28:32 -0600 Report

Diets fail, its a process not an event to find the things that will work for you, it takes some time, but experiment and test and eventually you will put together a list of foods and recipes that will help you manage your diabetes.

jayabee52 2010-12-30 16:51:11 -0600 Report

KD pretty well took the words out of my mouth. Use your meter to test how certain foods affect your BG#s.

To test a food (you should do this with individual foods separately - not whole meals) you take a baseline BG#, then eat 1 serving of the food you want to test its effect on you. Then 2 hrs after you take your first bite take a 2nd BG reading. The difference between the 2 readings is how much that particular food affects you. (We're all a bit different in this regard.) It might be useful for you to write it in a notebook, or on a page in your computer, just so you can keep track of the food, the serving size and how much your BG was raised. If it raises your BG too much (I've read here on DC too much = 40 points or more). If the food is something you really love, you might then want to play with portion sizes to achieve a BG rise of less than 40 points as long as you keep your portion sizes only to that size. Of course if you just CAN'T restrict yourself to that one smaller portion, then it would be better to avoid that particular food altogether.

Eventually you will have enough data to work up your eating plan (another way to say "diet") customized to your body's reactions to foods.



BandonBob 2010-12-30 11:45:14 -0600 Report

The quickest and easiest way to start in to treat diabetes is to change your eating habits to a healthier life stle. Add some exercise and you should be able to control things with the help of your doctor.

kdroberts 2010-12-30 10:24:31 -0600 Report

A diet is basically what you eat so everyone who eats is on some sort of diet. You just have to find the foods and amounts that work for you and then you have your diet!

Harlen 2010-12-30 10:17:50 -0600 Report

I like to think of it as a change in my eatting habits not a diet lol
I cut way back on the carbs and you would not think so menny foods have carbs and some a lot.What you may wish to do is rite every thing down what your BS is befor you eat and two hr after you eat what you eat and how much and yes I use a scale .It has helped me a lot
the sooner you start the faster you will be able to take charge of your D.
Best wishes

Uey2 2011-01-01 20:55:59 -0600 Report

I'm new at this but I have been reading a lot on the subject.

From the stuff I've read, it's all about balance. Balancing your carbs. like I eat 45 to 60 grams carbs each meal and then one snack, 15 grams carbs. I used to not eat breakfast and now i do. And monitoring your blood glucose is a great way to tell how foods affect you. Like I ate for dinner one day honey breaded chicken and a drink and rice. I've found that my body doesn't like those high carbs. Same with a McDonald's hamburger, if I eat the bun, my sugar levels go higher than when i eat just the inside if the hamburger. And sometimes sugar free isn't always better.

Read labels and compare them to like products. Sugar free syrup may only have 9 grams carbs but the sodium is like 300 whereas the lite syrup has 22 grams carbs but the sodium is only 190. It depends on what you have to watch out for.

And exercising helps as well. It's too cold outside so I use my stairs to exercise…just like stair stepping exercises at the gym.


Harlen 2011-01-02 08:58:05 -0600 Report

For somone thats new you right up on what your doing way cool.
We are all difrent I can only have max 65 grams carbs a day if I dont wish to use a lot of insulin I have frends that can have a lot more then I can and use verry little insulin.
Best wishes

Uey2 2011-01-02 19:27:14 -0600 Report

I'm Type-2 so it's different for everyone i guess. I'll know more when I see my doctor. I just started monitoring my blood glucose 4 1/2 weeks ago.