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I was recently diagnosed type 2 last April. I have changed my lifestyle eating more fruits and vegetables, taking up exercise three times a week. Can you recommend any advice to further help me? I eat a small meal every 3 hours. I only drink water. I do have my cravings, which i do in moderation. Any advice?

Patty Bonsignore

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When a person is first diagnosed with diabetes it’s important that he or she learn about the disease. Many people seek Internet sites, others read books or magazines, while others get their information from family members or friends. The best source for reliable diabetes information is a class or individual session offered by a certified diabetes educator in a recognized education program. Diabetes education programs can be recognized by either the American Diabetes Association or the American Association of Diabetes Educators and have to meet stringent requirements to make sure they meet the highest quality standards and provide a useful service for people living with diabetes. You can find a recognized diabetes program in your area by going to diabetes.org and looking under “diabetes education programs.” To find a certified diabetes educator, you can go to the AADE (American Association of Diabetes Educators) website, click on the “find an educator” link and put in your zip code. It sounds like you are on the right track, but it is important for you to meet with a dietitian to create a meal plan that is individualized to you and can help you determine exactly how much carb to take in on a daily basis. It is best if this dietitian is also a certified diabetes educator.

January 5, 2013 at 6:40 pm

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ellenaj
ellenaj 2017-02-11 19:29:56 -0600 Report

I was diagnosed as a type 2 diabetic about a year ago. At the time my fasting blood sugar came up as 126 which led my doctor to order an A1c which came up to be 6.7. My doctor suggested that I go on Metformin. I really did not want to take medication so he told me I could try it with diet and exercise alone. 6 months later they redid my A1c and it was down to 6.0. I need to get it checked in April and I have a goal of 5.7 which would be close to normal. I have learned that the American Diabetes Association advised 2-4 carbs per meal. This is too much carbohydrate. I try to keep the carbs at 1 per meal. (15 grams.) If I am going to indulge I up it to two carbs per meal. So don't listen to their advice. They are heavy on carbs. There is no such thing as an essential carbohydrate. Instead, when you eat make sure you have a good quality fat and protein at each meal. The fat and protein slow down the absorption of the carbs. Make carbohydrate minimal, protein moderate, and fat high. They also pushed low fat. "When they take out the fat they replace it with sugar." Thus, this is terrible advice for a diabetic. We NEED fat and an adequate amount of it at each meal. Never overstuff yourself at one time. Eat until you are nourished and then pull away from the table. Even if you overeat vegetables blood sugars can rise a bit too much. Drinking lemon juice, or Apple cider vinegar will bring down a high blood sugar in natural fashion. Exercise is also beneficial. There is something called Dawn phenomenon,which means our hormones may keep morning sugars high even if we do not eat the evening before. I either take some apple cider vinegar tablets before I go to bed, or some lemon juice in water, or some scotch or rye whiskey with a bit of protein. That works for me. If you keep protein moderate etc. all you need to worry about are the carbs and sugars. Every once and a while treat yourself but make it small and fit it into the days diet plan. I am determined not to go on medication. Thus, I ignored the advice of the diabetics nurse on the amount of carb allowed per meal. This is way too much! Do I miss carbs at times? Yes, I do but the thought of letting this disease go uncontrolled and possibly losing a leg to amputation, dementia, heart problems, the list goes on for what could happen. No, I choose to remain healthy and diet is very important!