Your diabetic, that means your pancreas no longer controls your Blood Sugar Levels BG, So…You need to control your BG.
It can be done your TOOLS
Pills and or insulin exercise Food
Read the Nutrition 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 BG especially fast acting carbs are almost anything white. White bread, potato, rice, sugar, pasta, corn (corn meal, corn flower, corn chips tacos…) eating a bowl of mashed potato is worse for your BG than eating bowl of sugar. Your body metabolizes potato faster than sugar
Protein, fiber and fat slows down the rise of BG.
meds (pills and insulin) lower BS
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 BG before you eat, test 1 hour after you eat, this gives you your BG spike for the food. Test 2 hours after you eat your BG 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
When you test use the side of your finger tip, much less pain
I'm also newly-diagnosed, and it certainly hit me for a six. But the people and posts here are a wonderful resource, along with the blood sugar 101 site that moon recommended. It's very well-organised, so you can read just the topics that puzzle you at the beginning, and do the whole site later.
Happy to meet you, John. Sorry you had to come looking for us, but glad you found us! Ask all the questions you want - there's enough collective knowledge, experience & wisdom to cover about any diabetes difficulty.
Hi, John. Carbohydrates are the main thing that raises blood glucose (bg). If you haven't seen a dietitian yet, your doctor will probably send you to one. Most of us find that dietitians advise us to eat too many carbs, making it impossible to control our bg. Since we are all different, each of us must determine through testing how many carbs we are able to eat in one sitting and per day, plus which foods spike our bg and which don't. We call that eating to your meter.
Have you been testing? Because I am pre-diabetic my doc didn't prescribe a meter and strips for me, so I purchased an inexpensive ReliOn meter and strips from Walmart.
The main problem I had when starting out was gathering information on what I should and shouldn't eat. But here is a website that gives you all that info. in a nutshell. But none of it is written in stone. For example, the site says you can eat tomatoes, but some diabetics can't because their bg spikes. And the site says not to eat root veggies, but some of us can eat some onion or carrot and not spike. Once again, it all comes down to testing.
Welcome John to DF. I second the BS 101 site. It is fantastic. The one thing to remember about Diabetes is that it is manageable with a few tweaks in your lifestyle. We have a lot of success stories on DF.