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Old 02-01-2013, 20:21   #1
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Hi, My name is Diana.. I am new here.. I found out on 1-29-2013 that I have 6.1 diabetes... I'm not sure what all that means but I was given medication... Now, I am really stressing, cuz I am scared.. I don't know what to eat or drink. For three days I have checked my blood sugar level... The first time was after eating almost and it was 122, yesterday while fasting 109 and today 124...... I am sure if those are good numbers or not, but I am scared to eat anything, because yesterday I really watched my self and the number was higher... Where can I go to learn more about how to get my numbers down?

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Hi Diana - welcome to the forum, and I hope you'll soon find comfort here. I know I did when I was new and my numbers were in the stratosphere. The good news is, you right now have mild diabetes that should be very easy to control with some diet changes. If you do that, you shouldn't need medication.

When you say you 'watched yourself' what does that mean? Most of us were told to eat more carbs than is healthy for a diabetic. Good foods to avoid or moderate are grains (including bread, pasta, cereal, etc), oatmeal, potatoes, rice, milk, starchy veggies ... and good foods to eat are healthy fats (olives, avocado, coconut oil, natural saturated fats, fattier meat cuts), non-starchy veggies, nuts (almonds, macadamias), eggs, cheese, sour cream, cream ... that's a start. We have a great recipe section and threads that show what people are eating for breakfast/lunch/dinner that give some good ideas.

Some very small changes will have great results for you. I'd give anything to have caught my diabetes as early as you have - it's a blessing I think you'll come to appreciate

Glad you joined us.

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Hi, Diana! I'm glad you found us. Your condition reminds me of mine when I joined this forum and thanks to them I'm in good condition with no meds. I'd like to recommend that you go to Blood Sugar 101 and do some reading...it helped me understand a lot about what I have to do to remain there.

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Old 02-01-2013, 20:39   #4
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Thank you so much Moon!! When I said, I watched myself, I meant not to eat the wrong stuff or try not to eat any sugar or carbs.. My doctor told me that I should watch my carbs... I'm just now trying to learn what foods are good for me... We used to eat a lot of white rice in home, but I have to change that now... I love avocados, almonds, cheese.... Well just about everything you named.. My problem is that I am overweight and my doctor said, I just need to lose the weight... ha, that's easier said than done... but I want to beat this, so I am going to try real hard... It's hard to get in exercise in.. I am very depressed and I just keep myself here on the internet or lay in bed alll day.

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When I started eating low carb/high healthy fat, I dropped about 40 lbs. I'm struggling with my weight now also, but not as much as I was when I ate a high carb diet.

I think you'll find more energy when you cut the carbs, which should result in a bit of weight loss. If you could force yourself to take a daily walk, no matter how short/long in the beginning, that will go a long way towards helping your mood also - but I think you know that. It's just getting started that's hard, I know

I can relate to rice - I loved it! Now, I use cauliflower as a rice substitute (grate and barely nuke until warm) and it makes a great vehicle for foods I used to serve on rice. I even serve it to guests and no complaints so far!

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9/8/11 .... 5.6 . . . . . . . No meds, No statin
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Welcome to the forum! My doctor tells me the best exercise is walking. I take it you don't have a dog. If you have a neighbor or friend who has a dog, ask if you could walk the dog for them. You get the exercise, do the friend a favor they will appreciate and make a new friend in the dog!

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The best thing is that you are here. The worst thing you can do is to wallow (or waffle) in confusion and denial which is not good (thats my specialty). The low carb-high fat diet seems totally wrong but it works.

But as you will learn here every diabetic is different as to what triggers their spikes etc. One of the things that works for me is also understanding the glycemic index of carbs.

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Hi Diana, and welcome to the forum. I know it is overwhelming and very scary at first, but I promise it will get a lot better as you learn more.

As far as what to eat, as moon said check out our Diet & Nutrition section for tons of meal plans and recipes. A very good resource on the low carb/high fat way of eating is Dr. Andreas Eenfeldt's site The Diet Doctor. Atkins is another plan that works well for diabetics. Read all labels and check ingredients in foods as there can be hidden sugars and grains that you wouldn't expect to be there. Calorie King is a great little book to take with you in the beginning when you shop. Some veggies will surprise you with the number of carbs they contain!!

The best way to find our if foods are safe for you to eat is to test your meals. Check you bg before you eat, then at I hour after first bite and again at 2 hours after first bite. If you see a spike over 140 then there is something in that meal that should be off the menu. Look at the food and you will probably find what it is. This is called eating to your meter. It is a very individualized process as we are all different and some can eat things others can't.

It is helpful to keep a food journal for a while so you can look at your meals and eventually build a food base of safe go to meals/foods. It seems like a lot to do, but after a while you will have a good handle on which foods are good and which are not so good and you won't need to do all this.

This is a great place with members from all around the world. There is a wealth of combined experience here that will probably be able to answer any question you may have. And please ask all you want. Nothing is too silly to ask.

Glad you found us and best of luck to you!!

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I was never successful in losing weight unless I exercised at least 4 hours a day. Who has time for that? But, the low carb, high fat diet has worked wonderfully for me. (70 lbs in 2 years.) One thing that a dietician (who herself is diabetic) suggested to me when she looked over my food diary: eat protein first from your plate and make it 30 to 40% of your meal. Of course, eat low starch, no or little white grains, etc. But the order of the meal has made all the difference for me. Of course, everyone is different.

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