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Old 08-03-2017, 23:36   #1
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My name is Melissa, l just got diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. I see my doctor tomorrow to discuss treatment options. I'm at a loss. I hope l get it all figured out!

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Hi Melissa, welcome to the forum.

We were all at a loss when first getting the word we are diabetic. You may not have time to research tonight, but tomorrow read Bioodsugar101. Even if its after seeing your doctor, click on the link I gave you and read. Unless you are lucky enough to have a doctor that really knows about diabetes and not just the little dab they were taught in medical school, and who doesn't just give you the typical American Diabetes Association recommendations, you need to read it. Even if you get a great doctor, I'd suggest you still read it.

Treatment can be as simple as lifestyle changes, what you eat, or more importantly, what you don't eat. Many can do it by just greatly reducing carb from their diet. Others may have to add a little exercise to their eating changes, and others may even have to take meds. What we eat is the real key though.

Come back and let us know what the doc recommends and a little more about yourself. There are lots of people here that have been just where you are right now and can tell you what they went thru and what they have done to take charge and manage their diabetes.

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Old 08-04-2017, 05:10   #3
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Thank you, l will do that for sure. I appreciate the link. I will be reading it tonight. I have a great doctor but like you said, l don't know how much he knows about Diabetes. I will report back tomorrow for sure! So glad there's a forum like this so l don't feel so alone.

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Thank you, l will do that for sure. I appreciate the link. I will be reading it tonight. I have a great doctor but like you said, l don't know how much he knows about Diabetes. I will report back tomorrow for sure! So glad there's a forum like this so l don't feel so alone.
Hi mkros, you are NOT alone. I am a newbie diagnosed in May. I am so glad I found this group. I call them my support group. Be sure to stop here often and ask a lot of questions. The more you learn, the better you will feel about taking control of diabetes and the less overwhelmed you will be.

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Thanks alamogirl! I went to the doctor's today and he talked to me about diet and exercise and put me on Metformin. I'm going to see a Diabetes Educator. I already feel better just having this group to talk with. I'm about to go grocery shopping and hope l can figure out what l can eat and still fix meals my family will eat.

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Here's a thread that might be helpful as you look for diabetes-friendly foods to buy.

http://www.diabetesforum.com/diabete...list-week.html

Most of us on the forum are on a low-carb way of eating, and most of those on Low-Carb/High-Fat (LCHF). We have several meal and snack threads where members post what they are eating. This would give you a good idea of what LCHF meals look like.
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It's not too hard to prepare LCHF and satisfy the carb-eaters. Just add a starch.

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Thanks VeeJay! That's awesome! My sister asked me if l was really going to listen to my doctor. I'm like what? Of course l am! She's Pre-diabetic and is on Metformin and eats whatever she wants. I'm expecting her to have bad results. Thanks for the links!

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My sister asked me if l was really going to listen to my doctor. I'm like what? Of course l am!
Welcome to the forum, Melissa! I'm a relative newbie here, having been diagnosed several years ago (just over the borderline and no meds) but taking it seriously now. I'm also moving to LCHF and have other mouths to feed (who definitely are not LCHF) so, as the House Cook, I've had to adjust there, too. I'm confident you'll make the transition.

One suggestion I'll make is that doctors and other diabetes specialists (like Diabetes Educators) have varying degrees of knowledge of diabetes and its causes and treatments.

My doctor is young (maybe half my age) and seems fairly up to date on diabetes treatment methods and is focused more on results than strict protocol. She's been fine with my low-carbing to date, but would like to see me get my BG and triglyceride numbers down.

The Diabetes Educator from which I got recent "education", though, must be a darling of the ADA because she was quite dismissive of LC (and probably would have fainted at the idea of LCHF) despite being diabetic herself. She's also been training for 17 years -- probably the same curriculum and talking points. I guess it's easier that way.

All of this is a long-winded way of saying that you are in charge of your diabetes and what works for you -- and it may not be exactly what works for everyone else or even anyone else. Just as you would evaluate the recommendations (and, tbh, motives) of a financial advisor or a plumber, you should evaluate what your doctor/educator tells you and determine how well that will work for you.

Good luck! You have a bunch of people here offering support and rooting for your success.

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It sometimes takes a leap of faith to pursue the LCHF way of eating for managing diabetes. When I did, my BG levels almost immediately (2 weeks) were brought down into a normal range, and my next A1C (3 months later) was in the 5% range.

After 6 months my HDL raised and Trigs. lowered. I had a test to determine particle size of LDL, since my LDL level was higher than standard - and found that they had mostly converted to the large size (Type A) which is not an issue for CVD.

I have remained LCHF for over 6 years now and don't find it a burden. My weight is pretty stable at 25 lbs. less than when I started this lifestyle.

Now, if only the medical establishment, and especially so-called diabetes educators, would accept the growing evidence that reducing carbs is best for diabetics.

I agree with itissteve - bottom line - each of us is in charge of our diabetes management.

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