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Hi, my name is wolverine and I have recently been diagnosed with Type 2. I am very new to this and I still don't understand everything about how I control my problem. As with most doctors, I was told to diet and exercise. I have been testing my blood before and after meals but I am not sure what my target levels should be. I was told to "watch my cholesterol and sugar intake". I need all the help I can get and it will be much appreciated.
 

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Hello wolverine, welcome to our community! Since you are a newly diagnosed Type 2 I assume that you have not been given any medication to control your blood sugar. You should eat meals that are low in carbohydrates. I recommend the "Calorie King" booklet for helping with knowing the carb content of what you eat. I ordered mine from amazon.com. Low carb meals and exercising daily help in losing weight. My daily carb intake averages 130 carbs per day. I walk aproximately 3 miles per day at a brisk pace. I lost 26 pounds that way. I still have 33 pounds to lose.

The best choice of doctor for diabetics is an endocrinologist (diabetes specialist). You may be satisfied with your present doctor but I thought I should mention this.

I think you should see a dietitian (RD) and a diabetes educator (CDE). They can get you started on the right path to good control. Good luck to you!

Richard
 

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My Doctor said that the best excercise are: swim, bicycle and walk`s
Thank you Richard and Lucas. I need all the information I can get. My doctor was very vague in the information that he gave me. I wasn't even given a 'target' on what my blood tests should read. Richard, you were correct in that I am NOT on any medication. Thanks again for the info and any more info you can give me would be great! I am new to this and I really want to take control of this as much as possible.
 

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Hi Wolverine - I just want to say that I feel for you. I sense that you may be feeling a tad overwhelmed - it seems like there is so much to pay attention to! It took me two years of wrestling with cholesterol and fatty liver etc. etc. until I finally discovered the "secret" - LOW CARBS - you do this and your sugars and cholesterol will naturally be managed. One diet to cure three things. You will be okay and it seems like this is the right place to get all the info you need! I wish I would have found it years ago! Good luck and hang in there.
 

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Hi Wolverine - I just want to say that I feel for you. I sense that you may be feeling a tad overwhelmed - it seems like there is so much to pay attention to! It took me two years of wrestling with cholesterol and fatty liver etc. etc. until I finally discovered the "secret" - LOW CARBS - you do this and your sugars and cholesterol will naturally be managed. One diet to cure three things. You will be okay and it seems like this is the right place to get all the info you need! I wish I would have found it years ago! Good luck and hang in there.

You are exactly right. i am a little overwhelmed by all of this, totally unexpected. my doc didn't give me much info and just told me to watch my sugar and to exercise. He didn't say anything about carbs. I will make sure to keep my carbs low and hopefully that will help. Thanks for the info, I can use all I can get!
 

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I think they forget sometimes that they aren't just doing their jobs - they are CHANGING SOMEONE"S LIFE FOREVER! I am lucky in that my naturopath suffers from Type 1 himself and is a constant source of info. It was he that told me about the low-carbs and now that I come on here - it's like it's a secret everyone else in the club knows as well. lol But lolling about in the world I had no one to talk to and no one really knew anything....

You have a leg up on some others in that you have already tapped into this wellspring of information.

Be kind to yourself right now and patient. This is a process and it takes time to learn. But since you're here, I am assume you're keen and hopefully it will go smoother for you.

Take care.
 

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Hi Wolverine! I was just diagnosed Type 2 last week so I understand the "newness" of all of this.
I know what you mean...I was diagnosed a week ago myself and have been monitoring for a week now and I'm not particularly happy with the results. I have been on average around 185 in the mornings (after fasting) and that is after modifying my diet tremendously. I've been on and off of Metformin this past week (Doctor recommendation), not my own decision. I really expected to see lower numbers by now (not perfect numbers) but I don't feel like I am accomplishing much. Perhaps I need to give it more time and adjust diet even more? I'm only testing in the morning, but that's what the Dr. said to do. Perhaps I need to test more often to find out what foods keep my numbers high? I don't know? I lean towards being an impatient kind of person...I want it fixed and fixed NOW!...lol.
 

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Welcome! Definitely check out the Blood Sugar 101 site. Testing is important too. Metformin is a great drug to use if you can't get your BG down with diet. It has few side effects and many upsides. Ask any questions you want!
 
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