i just got diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and need to know if me working in a kitchen counts as exercise. I work at a hospital and its a pretty large kitchen so im constantly on the move. I have lost 10 pounds since working in this kitchen. I just found out I have t2 about 2 weeks ago and have cut out all sodas and sugar. no white bread or white rice. I switched to brown rice and whole wheat products like bread and tortillas. in feb I had a a1c of 11.6. I need any help available thanks!

Amy Campbell


You’ve made excellent progress so far! In terms of exercise, your work in the kitchen is certainly helping you. My suggestion is to try and add some continuous aerobic activity to your schedule, such as walking for 20-30 minutes. In addition, current guidelines recommend adding in some strength-training exercises, such as using hand weights, weight machines at the gym, or a resistance band, 2-3 times per week. You’ve also made some great changes to your eating plan. Switching to whole-grain carb foods is definitely helpful. Keep an eye on your portions of all carb foods, even the “healthy” ones, like brown rice and fruit. They can still affect blood glucose if you’re not careful of how much you eat. Fill up on low-carb vegetables, like broccoli, leafy greens, carrots and summer squash. Include a lean protein source at your meals (lean meat, poultry, fish, eggs) and use healthy fats (vegetable oils, nuts, avocado). Hopefully you’re getting your A1C checked soon to see how your changes have been working for you. Finally, if you still feel like you need more guidance, consider meeting with a dietitian for more specific advice. Your doctor can provide you with a referral.

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MamaD1967 2015-02-01 09:14:32 -0600 Report

I have been recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and so far I feel like I am starving myself because I have no idea what I can and can't eat. The doctor has been no help in that department. All I have had is the internet, and it is notch help . I have pretty much been on my own and I am so confused.