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I'm Louise, a 23 year old female from the Caribbean. I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes a little over two weeks ago after seeking treatment for a perfectly ordinary ear infection.

Resources for diabetics living in developing countries are pretty much non existent, and I'm pretty much in the deep end without a life jacket. I'm hoping I can find some sort of support/assistance here, especially since the diabetes impacts on other health issues I have.

It's nice to meet you all
 

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Welcome I wish you the best luck with getting help.



This is the minimum knowledge you need, it will give a starting point.

Your diabetic, your pancreas no longer controls your Blood Sugar Levels BGL, So…You need to control your BGL.

It can be done
your Tools

Pills and or insulin
exercise
Food

Read the labels on food packages.
you are interested in the TOTAL Carbohydrates.
get to know the Glycemic index of foods.
http://www.mendosa.com/gilists.htm



Food
All foods with carbohydrates (carbs) Raises BGL
especially fast acting carbs are
almost anything white. White bread, potato, rice, sugar (eating a bowl of mashed potato is worse than eating bowl of sugar as far as BGL goes.)

Protein, fiber and fat
slows down the rise of BGL.

meds (pills and insulin)
lower BSL

exercise
lowers BSL



Basically those are the tools you have, use them well and you will have a long Happy life.

To learn HOW THIS ALL AFFECTS YOU… test you BGL before you eat, test 1 hour after you eat, this gives you your BGL spike for the food. Test 2 hours after you eat your BGL should be going down. test before exercise test after exercise.
Everybody is affected differently by carbs and by different foods. So you need to test to find out how You react to different foods



 

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Hello and welcome to diabetes forum! There is a wealth of information available on here. What is your doctor's treatment plan for you? Please come and visit often. We are all here to help each other.
 

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Hey.

I'm Louise, a 23 year old female from the Caribbean. I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes a little over two weeks ago after seeking treatment for a perfectly ordinary ear infection.

Resources for diabetics living in developing countries are pretty much non existent, and I'm pretty much in the deep end without a life jacket. I'm hoping I can find some sort of support/assistance here, especially since the diabetes impacts on other health issues I have.

It's nice to meet you all
Welcome Louise and nice to meet you! :D Alot of us are diagnosed from seeing the doc with other problems. I was diagnosed when I had blood drawn at my yearly physical. You will find alot of good advice and support on the forum on how to manage your diabetes.
 

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Hey.

I'm Louise, a 23 year old female from the Caribbean. I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes a little over two weeks ago after seeking treatment for a perfectly ordinary ear infection.

Resources for diabetics living in developing countries are pretty much non existent, and I'm pretty much in the deep end without a life jacket. I'm hoping I can find some sort of support/assistance here, especially since the diabetes impacts on other health issues I have.

It's nice to meet you all
I just joined yesterday. I think this will be a great connection to learn more about handling diabetes. I have had great success with nutritional supplements. It got me off all meds, my AIC last month was 6.1 and I have been med free since January, so I am optimistic. I now need to work on losing some weight, 30 pounds would be great. Keep in touch.
 
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Thanks everyone!

My doctor advised me to see a nutritionist who was of very little help, and to test my sugar often.
 

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That's about par for the course on nutritionists/dietitians/etc., but a doc who wants you test OFTEN?! Incredible! Hang onto that one, Louise! :D
 

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Thanks everyone!

My doctor advised me to see a nutritionist who was of very little help, and to test my sugar often.
Hi Louise, just curious as to what the nutritionist instructed or told you to be doing. Did they stress a low carb diet? I know how hard it can be to deal with this disease without the proper information and guidance from the medical field. It happens here in the states too, trust me. Feel free to ask any questions you may have.
 
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Hi Louise, just curious as to what the nutritionist instructed or told you to be doing. Did they stress a low carb diet? I know how hard it can be to deal with this disease without the proper information and guidance from the medical field. It happens here in the states too, trust me. Feel free to ask any questions you may have.
First off, I forgot to mention that I'm on two medications to help lower my sugar.

The nutritionist gave me a meal plan which I'm finding rather difficult to follow because she's put stuff in it that I don't regularly eat, and everything seems so small in portion. She didn't really talk about counting carbs or calories or anything like that. She just said to 'learn to read the labels' but didn't actually say in full detail what's good and what's bad.
 
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