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Posted: 11/15/2012 2:55:10 PM
I know nothing about diabetes (type 2) other than avoiding sugar. I just got the diagnosis today (from my OB because that's my "regular" doctor). I have an appointment with an internist on Dec 7. Until then, I'll like to read a little so I can start eating the right foods and avoiding the forbidden ones. Can anyone recommend a couple good books or resources? I don't know anyone personally with diabetes. I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed at the thought of eating by rules.

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Posted: 11/15/2012 3:06:38 PM
Definitely visit the ADA's website. Great resources there!

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Posted: 11/15/2012 3:10:46 PM
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Posted: 11/15/2012 3:18:27 PM
First off, stop thinking in terms of sugar. It's carbohydrates you will have to monitor and limit. Your body turns carbs into glucose. Educate yourself on simple vs complex carbohydrates.

Do you have access to a dietitian through your health care provider? If so, make an appointment to meet with one. Also, do you have access to other health classes? My HMO had one I really liked when I was first diagnosed. A group of us met at the local grocery store with the dietitian and we went up and down each aisle discussing good foods and bad foods. I learned how to really read the nutrition information on the packaging.

While I don't get to enjoy all the foods I used to, I have learned how to make healthy diabetic-friendly choices and I don't feel totally deprived.

Resources:
National Diabetes Education Program
Diabetes Public Health Resource
American Diabetes Association
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Posted: 11/15/2012 3:19:27 PM
I'm back - wanted to post a more specific link.
Information on being recently dx'd with Type 2

I have Type 1, so I am not really familiar with Type 2, but ADA is great. Good luck!

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Posted: 11/15/2012 3:27:29 PM
I am sure the internist will make an appointment with a nutritionist - this is a good start.

You need to be very careful of carbs - it isn't just about sugar. My dh has had success with combining proteins with any carbs to balance his sugars. Don't think of it as forbidden foods, it is more of balancing what you eat. The nutritionist described it as if you are going to a bbq. If you really want that cookie then you will need to skip the macaroni salad. My dh did give up regular soda and also caffeine.

Also, if you will be checking your blood sugar with a monitor at home, you will be able to see what foods spike your blood sugar.

Good Luck!

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Posted: 11/15/2012 4:20:02 PM
Sugar Nation by Jeff O'Connell
Dr. Neal Barnard's Program for Reversing Diabetes by Neal Barnard

Don't think about it as things you have to limit or "can't eat." Change your mindset to, "I DON'T eat that," not I CAN'T.

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Posted: 11/15/2012 4:28:31 PM

First off, stop thinking in terms of sugar. It's carbohydrates you will have to monitor and limit. Your body turns carbs into glucose. Educate yourself on simple vs complex carbohydrates.


that! It drives DH crazy cause the ladys at work give him a really bad time if he eats desserts or anything with sugar! It's all about quantity and what your levels are.

I come from a family full of diabetics and I used to train others on equipment for testing.

My dad was also just diagnosed. He really likes the diabetic classes that he takes at the hospital.

Pay attention to how your body feels. Although I had an Aunt that would be 400 and not know it. My FIL would be 45 and take a nap and we'd have to revive him. So everybody is different. Keep things on hand like chocolate or peanut butter. Do you know if they are staring to you on medication?

My DH was on two types of medication and insulin when he started. Now he's down to one type of medication and insulin only when he's really low. He tests three times a day still he has a snack before he comes home or if he drives anywhere for a long period of time. We've learned to keep a snack in the car.




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Posted: 11/15/2012 9:16:02 PM
Thank you everyone so much for the info and easing my mind a little bit (letting me know that some things are ok in moderations, not entirely forbidden).

To answer some questions....I don't know yet if I'll be on medication. My OB said that my interist would tell me that and that she'd also refer me to a dietician, so I'm sure I'll learn a lot there. I just wanted to start researching it a little on my own while I wait for that appt.

As for listening to my body and interpreting how I feel after certain foods...that's the weird thing. I currently don't notice anything weird. "Feeling bad or not right" isn't why I got tested. I actually got tested because I asked my dr about supplements for my hair loss. It's been pretty bad over the past 6 months, so at my annual exam, I asked. She suggested testing first for thyroid & iron deficiency and it's been awhile since I had bloodwork, she just ordered a whole round of testing, including glucose. Thyroid & iron were fine but glucose was very high (288) so she had me do another test today, to drink the sugary drink. Those levels were 234 (before drinking) and 391 2-hours after drinking.

Suddenly, all the various symptoms I've had over the last 6 months make more sense. Major hair loss, unexplained weight loss (I AM overweight so this was great, but I didn't do anything other than drink lots of water and I lost 30 lbs since June), recurring yeast infections, blurry eyesight. They are all signs of diabetes. Drinking tons of water is a sign too, but I started doing that when it was so dreadfully hot this summer and then it just became habit. So I never thought about it.

Thanks again for all the suggestions. I'll look into those books & websites and check out what the hospital has to offer.

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Posted: 11/15/2012 9:40:27 PM
Can you see an endocrinologist? I think that might be a better choice than an internist.

As PP have said, think in terms of carbs instead of sugar (sugar is carbohydrate, but it's not just sweets you have to monitor).

Good luck.



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Posted: 11/15/2012 9:51:20 PM

Can you see an endocrinologist? I think that might be a better choice than an internist.

I don't know. Honestly, I don't know the difference. Other than fertility problems and being overweight, I've been fairly healthy so I don't know much about the various kinds of Dr's. My OB suggested going to either an internist or family dr and then suggested one. I'll ask more when I go meet with her.

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Posted: 11/15/2012 10:13:44 PM
Pam, those are some pretty high numbers. Be careful with that dr--you should never have had a glucose tolerance test with numbers that high. I can't believe it will be weeks before you see a dr. I'm not sure they really know what they are doing.

I'm not trying to alarm you. But those numbers are ER trip high for a diabetic if we can't bring them down quickly. I'd try to get in sooner or get in on a cancelation.

It will be tempting to really eat in these next few weeks, as it's your "last chance". No it's not! Try to keep your carbs low and never eat without eating protein. Try to get some exercise daily, even if it's just to walk around the block. Exercise is an excellent form of "medication".

Yep it sucks. But six months from now, it will be your new normal. Once you have your BG under control, your energy level will sky rocket. Cravings for carbs will lesson in a week or so. Good luck to you. The next few months will be a huge learning experience, but I promise you that you CAN do this!


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Posted: 11/16/2012 8:04:20 AM
I had gestational diabetes during my pregnancy, and one thing that really helped me was to bake using recipes from diabetic cookbooks/websites because they had the carb counts worked out for you. I also found that with baking, the best recipes were ones that didn't rely on sugar for their sweetness, since I don't like the taste of most artificial sweeteners. Things like banana bread, fig bars, etc, worked out wonderfully! In terms of snacks, I'm a big fan of the taste of Glucerna granola bars, and they fit neatly into allotted carb amounts for snacks, etc. I hope that helps!



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Posted: 11/16/2012 8:14:27 AM
There is a Pea who has an incredibly inspirational blog that will show you how yummy food can be for a diabetic. Everybody should eat this way, diabetic or not. She has turned her health and her life around. BLOG


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Posted: 11/16/2012 10:36:12 AM
Awesome resources, thanks again!

And I'll call the new dr to see if they want me in earlier. The appointment in dec was made after the first test results, before the 2nd results. So I'll see what they think.

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Posted: 11/16/2012 10:55:59 AM
Diabetic connect dot com.

Cannot get off that site unless forced to. Recipes. Support. Information.

Really a great site!

Eta the name wasn't right.


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There is a Pea who has an incredibly inspirational blog that will show you how yummy food can be for a diabetic. Everybody should eat this way, diabetic or not. She has turned her health and her life around. BLOG


Thank you so much for sharing my blog.

Pam I know you are scared but you will get through this. Lizzy was correct when she said it is carbs that you need to watch. If I can be of any help please don't hesitate to ask. I am working really long hours right now and seldom make it back here but if you pmail me I will answer. Good luck and you are not alone.




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Posted: 11/16/2012 8:59:22 PM
I also want to add that I honestly believe that getting Diabetes was the best thing that ever happened to me. I was so overweight and I was in denial that I couldn't do anything that I wanted. Once I got my health in control I was able to experience so many things that I hadn't been able to before. I can now hike up to 12 miles at a time, I rock climb, ride horses, and can chase my grandson all over the playground. You can do this and some day you too will say this was the best thing that ever happened to you.



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Posted: 11/16/2012 10:52:55 PM
I have to watch what I eat because I'm on a blood thinner. I use a website called Drgourmet.com he has advice and recipes for diabetes, Gerd, gluten sensitivity, sodium etc..
It has helped me tremendously.


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