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Old 07-02-2020, 02:31   #1
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I was diagnosed type two almost a week ago.

Yeah... I have no idea whatís going on. My wife has been researching diabetes friendly foods. The chili she made yesterday... WOW. I was mad that I had to watch my portion size, I couldíve, wouldíve eaten the entire pot!

My doctor is supposed to be getting me enlisted in some sort of diabetics classes. Right now all I know is... Iím so freaking hungry!

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Old 07-02-2020, 03:32   #2
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I was diagnosed type two almost a week ago.
Welcome! Sorry to see the news. But there's a good bunch of people posting here. I'm sure some of them also will say hello.

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My doctor is supposed to be getting me enlisted in some sort of diabetics classes. Right now all I know is... Iím so freaking hungry!
You'll be making some big changes in the next few weeks/months. You can do it! So many of us have been in the spot you are now.

Many of us here believe the food we eat has a big effect on our blood glucose levels. We try to eat very low levels of carbohydrates so that we either don't need insulin or meds -- or we need lower levels of them.

If you're interested, take a look at Blood Sugar 101to learn why you might want to eat this way -- and what you can eat on it. Then let us know what questions you may have!

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Old 07-02-2020, 15:07   #3
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Hi SHC286, welcome to the forum. Sorry you had to find us but glad you did.

Like itissteve said, food is the biggest driver of blood glucose. There is no need to go hungry if you eat right. Most of us here have found that a low carb way of eating works best and is sustainable. The secret of sustainability is to replace the calories cut by carb reduction with the replacement of calories from fats. For the most part you could throw out portion control, eat until satisfied, but don't gorge. It will most likely be a change to your current way of eating and different than what you find recommended on "diabetes" websites.

When searching for diabetic friendly foods on the internet or even in grocery stores, I avoid anything that says "diabetic friendly" or "no sugar added". In the short term it may be an improvement on what you were eating, but long term, it just might not get you to where you will need to be.

My goal is to try to keep my BG under 140 mg/dL at all times using diet and exercise and a minimal amount of meds. I've been eating keto (less than 30 grams of carbs per day) since 2013 and usually only eat once or twice a day and I am very active and 65 years old.

The secret to good control is knowing what your blood glucose is doing and how it is affected by the foods you eat. If you don't have a meter, get one and test, test, test. There will be a lot of testing at first but it can be decreased over time as you learn the effects of foods, exercise, etc. Test strips can be expensive if getting out of pocket or insurance deductible not met.

There is a lot of good info in Blood Sugar 101 about diabetes and how to manage it. Notice something while there, the sources of the information presented are linked to, and many are pointing to clinical studies. It is a source of factual information and not opinions. Something to keep in mind when scanning thru various websites on diabetes, just be wary of things you read that are not backed up with factual info.

There will always be questions and this forum is a good place to get answers. Someone here has real life experiences and will share their successes and failures along their way to managing their blood glucose.

Again, welcome to the forum.

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Old 07-02-2020, 16:34   #4
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Thanks for the welcome.

My wife and I are already trying to eat better, cutting down on carbs, cholesterol, and refined sugars. I also restrict my sodium already due to high blood pressure.

Itís a real bummer to go from being what is essentially a world class athlete at 22, to high BP, high cholesterol, diabetes, amid other issues at 35.

I ainít been living right, thatís for sure.

I got a voicemail just a bit ago from some specialist Iíve been referred to. Iíll be getting an appointment set up and browsing yíallís recipes!

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SCH, good for you! It's easier to make the changes when it's not just you making them.

Don't be too hard on yourself. Lifestyle may predispose people to Type 2 diabetes, but studies have shown that there is not a direct correlation between obesity/etc. and diabetes. Genetics plays a part. Some other factors (as yet not studied sufficiently) may, as well. Otherwise there would be far more diabetics on the planet. Gotta play the hand you're dealt.

As for recipes, you'll likely find that us low-carbers are not afraid of fat, even the saturated kind. Science has learned that there is an interesting relationship between blood vessel inflammation and glucose levels, not fat levels. Many of us here are eating 70-80% of our calories from fat and are healthier than we've ever been. So feel free to ask questions here -- and to listen to "diabetes educators" with a little skepticism.

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Welcome to the forum.

Good for you for being proactive with your new diabetes diagnosis. It's a shocker, isn't it. A misconception in our society is that people get diabetes because they don't eat right. Poor dietary choices may hasten the onset for one predisposed to it, but doesn't actually cause it.

I second the suggestion to read the information on www.bloodsugar101.com You'll become a diabetes expert yourself. The information there is up to date and accurate - backed by studies and research that are cited.

About what to eat - not only recipes, but menus are helpful, especially in the beginning. Take a look at this section here: https://www.diabetesforum.com/diabetes-diet-nutrition/
And click on the meal threads to see what it looks like to be eating LCHF (low carb/high fat). This way of eating, along with testing, allowed me to bring my blood glucose (BG) down to near normal in a few weeks. I still don't need any meds to maintain.

I wish you the best as you learn more and gain confidence.

BTW - chili without beans (or flour) is way more friendly to diabetics and allows for eating enough to be satisfied.

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Iíve got the blood sugar page bookmarked and been reading for a bit already.

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I was diagnosed type two almost a week ago.

Yeah... I have no idea whatís going on. My wife has been researching diabetes friendly foods. The chili she made yesterday... WOW. I was mad that I had to watch my portion size, I couldíve, wouldíve eaten the entire pot!

My doctor is supposed to be getting me enlisted in some sort of diabetics classes. Right now all I know is... Iím so freaking hungry!
Welcome to the forum. You've come to the right place. I highly recommend you read and reread the info these fine folks have provided. I was diagnosed 3 years ago. I still lurk here and I still learn something new everyday.

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