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Old 04-11-2015, 17:54   #1
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My wife was diagnosed with type 2 about 2 weeks ago. I always thought that I would beat her to the diagnosis. Alas, my last checkup, (last month) the doctor said I didn't have it. I was really relieved, with my family history (Dad and older sister), I was sure I was screaming down the type 2 highway.
When my wife was diagnosed, I realized that even though I didn't get the diagnosis, it was my life as well as hers. So, I'm here to learn what I can to support her and perhaps avoid getting the diagnose myself.
I'm looking for recipes, and other lifestyle hints. Speaking of lifestyle, I'm looking for a data cable for a Lifestyle Freedom Lite (2.5mm jack to USB) I can't stand the thought of paying $25.

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Old 04-11-2015, 18:04   #2
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Welcome to both of you. The secret to this is Low Carb/High Fat (LC/HF). It's not a diet, it's a lifestyle and so many couples have difficulty but with you wanting to perhaps avoid it, life should be a lot easier. We do have a good recipe section and Blood Sugar 101 is a very complete site with well researched and valid information. The ADA way of eating is totally out of step with what really works, but we are a group of healthy diabetics who share our successes and problems and control this disease one day at a time. Others will be along soon to encourage you.




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Old 04-11-2015, 18:09   #3
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Leon,

Please feed us a bit more information on your BH's news. Do you have some data on things like her blood glucose on diagnosis and the HbA1c? What medication has she received and has she enjoyed any guidance on diet?

Now, as a primer for yourself and your wife, I suggest you explore Blood Sugar 101 The author is herself diabetic and has put together a site that gives a lot of helpful information on the various forms of this condition. She pulls no punches and backs up the information with a lot of links to the science behind the ideas. It's well worth an hour or two.

What most of us have found is that the single step we need to take to control this beast is to modify what we eat. Note that I said WHAT, not how much. We cut back severely on the carbohydrate content of our meals and replace place that with healthy natural fats. Another site for the details Diet Doctor It works.

On the forum you will find a lot of information from folk who will make suggestions based on what worked (or sometimes didn't) for them. On our Diabetes Diet and Nutrition - The Diabetes Forum Support Community For Diabetics Online forum you'll find a lot of eating ideas. Again something to explore.

The final pieces of the toolkit you need is a nice big notebook to turn into a food log and your blood glucose meter (sorry can't help with the cable ).

The rules we follow can be described simply as Eat to the Meter Put simply, you decide how firm you plan to control blood sugar using information such as you'll find here or in Healthy Blood Sugar Targets and driven by that decision, you decide how best to modify your meals and/or medication to deliver those results. At the start it involves a bit of work, but the results are worth the effort.

Feel free to explore the forums, you'll find a lot of ideas that will help.

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What else can one say other than welcome to the forum.

Not knowing your numbers, I can only say with your family history, don't count yourself out of the woods totally. But if you follow the advice given along with your wife, the forest won't suddenly swallow you up.

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Welcome Leon,

It is so good that you are willing to be supportive of the changes your wife is going to have to make for her diabetes. The most important thing in managing T2 diabetes is diet. Since it is carbohydrates that are digested into glucose, it makes sense to limit them in order to keep blood glucose low.

I'm sorry to say that most doctors follow the advice of the diabetes associations and advocate eating more carbs than most (if not all) diabetics can handle. Then they recommend medications to combat the rise in BG. Doesn't make sense but that's the current reality.

Those of us on this forum have found a method that works. Reducing carbs, and testing to see what we eat does to our BG level and making appropriate changes in what we eat until our BG level is low and as close to normal as we can get it. It's pretty simple. But it does take some work and commitment.

I would invite your wife to join us here and ask any questions she may have about gaining control over her diabetes.

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I would also suggest that you and your wife read some of the introduction threads of other members. Here you will follow each person's journey from diagnosis and out-of-control blood sugar, read of their progress and ultimate success. And the outcome for most of those who come to this forum IS success. Very inspiring.

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Welcome Leon!

You have already been given the important links to get you started so I will just add my Welcome!

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Welcome! The good news is that eating the same as your wife will taste great and you won't be deprived. Finding this forum and the low carb high fat diet saved my life.

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. Speaking of lifestyle, I'm looking for a data cable for a Lifestyle Freedom Lite (2.5mm jack to USB) I can't stand the thought of paying $25.
Take a look on Amazon. I did a search for 2.5 to USB and found a number of cables for 4 to 8 dollars.

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Gambleleon, I can't give you any professional advice but I can say the senior members and other moderators on this site took my hand and helped me realize this didn't have to be as scary as I was making it. After doing some reading from many of the recommended sites and books, I realize my life has forever changed and it started with my diet. I immediately went to a LCHF diet and I feel better than I have in a long time. Cutting out bread and my awesome cookies was the hardest part, but it has to be done.

I was having food panics in that I couldn't figure out what I was going to eat for my next meal. I just had to sit down and read some recipes and make myself somewhat of a menu. Shop to that menu and then make sure I eat to my meter. I was only diagnosed 8 days ago and so far I've lost about 4 lbs. and have my FBG down to 99 from 136. Education is the key. I wish you well.

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