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Old 12-05-2016, 18:29   #1
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I'm new here. I'm married with four children, ages 24 - 14. I work in an office environment so my activity level is not that much during the working hours. Just found out a week ago I have Type II Diabetes and have high cholesterol. I've had high blood pressure which is under control with medication. I think I've been eating pretty well this week and have actually lost some weight. The doctor put me on <200g carbs per day while I still have to closely watch my sodium and fat intake. I've been a little overwhelmed with finding the right foods to eat, etc. but I'm getting a little better trying to follow some recipes, etc. If anyone has any tips for a new diabetic I would be most grateful! Thanks!

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Old 12-06-2016, 02:24   #2
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Hi jhtallent, welcome to the forum. Yes it is a pretty daunting experience when first diagnosed. I think everyone here was floored when they were first pronounced diabetic and their lives became very helter-skelter at first trying to figure out what to do or not do, what to eat or not eat. The internet has made it very easy to find out more than we ever have about most anything. There are a lot of good sites out there with info about diabetes. One of the best places (aside from here on the forum) to learn more about diabetes is at the Bloodsugar101 website, just click on the link to get to the starting point of it. Lots of information there and well worth the time to read it.

As far as things to eat, we have recipe threads as well as meal and snack threads here on the forum to get some ideas of what works for many of us. One thing I would advise would be to get a blood glucose meter (if you weren't already given one) and test your blood glucose, especially around meals. The biggest impact in controlling your BG is with what you eat, or maybe more appropriately stated, what you don't eat. You will need to test before and after meals to see how different foods affect your BG. Those foods that make it go up too high, you will have to reduce the portion size and possibly eliminate it. Many of us have greatly improved our BG by reducing the carbs in our diet. Many have also found other health benefits that came with that reduction of carbs, like lower blood pressure, lower total cholesterol levels, loss of weight, etc. Most of us have found less than 100 grams per day worked to improve things, others less than 50 grams per day, and several of us are 30 grams or less per day. Of the 3 macronutrients that we eat, proteins and fats are necessary and essential, carbohydrates are not.

You'll see in Bloodsugar 101 that it is advised to keep your BG under 140 at all times. That is the point where damage is beginning to occur, slowly but surely. I'm not trying to make things sound scary, but diabetes is a slow, sneak up on you kind of disease. It may take months, or even years, for things to happen that go unnoticed before you finally realize it has happened. The bad news is it can and will be very bad, if you let it. The good news is that the complications of diabetes do not have to be inevitable, they can be staved off if you do not feed it, pun intended.

Please feel free to ask any questions that you have or come to mind in the future, there is someone here who has "been there, done that" experience. And the only dumb question is the one not asked.

Think I've had this since 2003. Told I was Type 2 lean on 2/13/12.
a1c 8.8 (8/2011) 5.2 (07/2019)
TC 183 LDL 102 HDL 65 TG 52 (02/20/2020)
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Old 12-06-2016, 02:53   #3
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The one thing I did that was most helpful was follow the link mbuster gave you to Bloodsugar101 - mostly because I knew squat about diabetes and it was a great place to learn.

The next thing I did was cut out the worst offenders in terms of carbs (bread, grains, rice, potatoes, oatmeal) and test my blood sugar pretty obsessively to figure out what various foods were doing to it. Your doctor's advice to cut carbs was spot-on, though the number each of us can tolerate will be different. I was told to keep mine around 180, but in reality I wasn't able to keep my blood sugar down without eating far fewer. Testing will help you figure that out though.

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2/13/11 .. 14.7 . . . . . . Trig/HDL ratio .. 5.5 to 2.2 in 6 mo
5/23/11 .. 6.2 . . . . . . . Low-carb/high healthy-fat diet
9/8/11 .... 5.6 . . . . . . . No meds, No statin
2/24/16 .... basal/bolus insulin 2-3 days/wk due to steroids

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Old 12-06-2016, 14:54   #4
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Thanks so much for all of the great information. I will be getting my meter this week and I'll keep check on my BS and try to keep my carb intake low. This site is great and I did check out bloodsugar101 and learned a lot of things about diabetes that I didn't know about. I'll be visiting this site frequently and hope to learn a lot more! Thanks again!

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