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I need help everyone 
Mar. 1, 2012 5:25 am 
Updated: Mar. 9, 2012 7:41 pm
I was just diagnosed yesterday 2-29-2012 with diabetes.  I don't have a clue on what to do yet.  I've been reading in the American Diabetes Association but there is so much to read.  As usual the doctor really wasn't any help either.  I'll get it, it just takes time.  I really have never delt with a situation like this before, so now I have a new challenge in life.  I'm trying to figure out what I can eat and how much, what time, etc.    I'm still working on something menu wise.  Sure would love to hear from you all out there,,I really do need your help desperately.
Mar. 1, 2012 5:41 am
Good morning Jim!!! First of all...relax. Don't stress. Better? I hope so. There is a ton of great information on the internet, but for now....the best thing you can do is start counting carbs. The back of the box will be your best friend!!! If the Dr. didn't give you any information on carbs, there is a great book out there, I believe it is called Carb King. It will give you carb counts for a ton of food, and more importantly many many restaurants, and fresh foods too. A few questions...are you on pills, do they want you to try to control with diet or are you on insulin? Did they give you a glucometer or a script to get one at the pharmacy? You should start keeping track of your BG level. I hope this is the beginning of a help for you.
Mar. 1, 2012 5:59 am
Hi Jim, Don't let the news overwhelm you and don't get a negative mindset! Try to see it as an oppurtunity to take charge of your health. SueMama had great advice about the carbs. What most nutritionists won't acknowledge is that many whole grains (especially wheat) spike your blood sugar worse than a desert would. You may want to get educated on the glycemic index of certain foods. Most grains and starchy fruits and veggies are very high. So like you might want to cut out bread, cereal, and white potatoes. ...Also, if you aren't already, start an exercise regimen. Especially strength training. the more muscle you have, the better your body is going to be able to regulate your blood sugar. Best wishes! You can do it!
Mar. 1, 2012 6:04 am
The American Diabetes Assoc. is a great resource. It would be great if you could find a local diabetes group close to you and join. You will learn so much from others with the same disease. Your local hospitals all have diabetic educators, they may be able to point you in the right direction.
Mar. 1, 2012 6:54 am
I was lucky enough to find a fitness coach that is also a nutrionist. I will begin her regimen in the middle of March. I do not have diabetes but I do have diet restrictions. I found her to be my best bet. Money wise, she is far less than a gymnasium but a little more than the dietician/nutritionist at the hospitals. "Fitness Coach" is a searchable term for Google and Yahoo. Just be sure to use a local search.
Mar. 1, 2012 8:05 am
hi- you are in a big club! It's not so bad...Check with your doctor's office-the drug companies have speakers (RN or dieticians) who come in for free and offer all kinds of helpful info. If this is not avail to you call your local hospital and make an appt to see a dietician or nutriscianist. Huge help to me. If you love to cook just use this as a challenge to broaden your cooking scope.
Mar. 1, 2012 8:30 am
hello don't stress out diabetes is completely controllable i am not a diabetic but i have a large history of family members who do the biggest thing u need to watch is carbs and starches they r one thing that can raise ur blood sugar without thinking about it noodles, breads, and potataoes r huge culprites but u can still eat them it just has to b done in moderation thats the biggest thing.
Mar. 1, 2012 1:24 pm
The fastest, most reliable way to get the correct information for your particular health is to make an appointment with a ADA registered dietician. It should be covered by your insurance or Medicare and working with your labs, she will help you create a meal plan that will be satisfy both your tastes and dietary needs. The next thing you will need to do is begin to read lables on EVERYTHING! Food manufacturers are very sneaky with their ingredients. You'll do fine, I'm sure.
Mar. 1, 2012 3:53 pm
i cook for a few diabetics daily and i am full of tips! just to start, instead of potatoes, use turnips, yams, daikon radish, squash, cauliflower, etc. any dish you would normally eat with potatoes can be made with a low sugar substitute! Also, try out quinoa instead of rice or barley. just think nutritonally dense foods.
Anthony T 
Mar. 1, 2012 6:11 pm
Diabetes also runs in my family on my mother's side, so I myself am doing what i can consciously to eat so as not to get it. I do not know how far you've been diagnosed; whether the need for insulin, or diet control or both, but there is a site I feel has helped me learn more on it called, SparkPeople.com, which has loads and loads of information about caring for our health; from exercise to the kinds of foods to eat and not to eat or eat in moderation. There is an area that is dedicated and geared toward diabetes, which I hope helps. I consider it fairly friendly reading. You will either like it or not, I hope you you. Anthony T
Mar. 1, 2012 7:34 pm
A lot of sound advice above and I can't add anything different, but just wanted to wish you good luck.
Anthony T 
Mar. 1, 2012 8:39 pm
Jim, I felt compelled to add one other aspect that I hope and pray helps to make positive difference. You mentioned that your doctor really was not any help which in my heart and mind is disturbing, for he/she should be. I have had major health issues for most of my life, since I was 18 months old (will be 55 end of May) and I know it is very important to have a doctor that is concerned about your health both physically as well as emotionally; a doctor that communicates with you-not to you; a doctor that does not mind giving you advice when you ask for it; as well as one that listens to what you say and I do not mean in a patronizing way. If you do not have that kind of relationship with your diabetes doctor (or any doctor fort that matter), I highly and strongly suggest you seek one out that does openly communicates with you; one that is concerned for your health and fits YOUR criteria. So, ask around the health facility/hospital for others that are there and find out what doc there has such a demeanor; after all, it is YOUR health, not his/hers. The diet may not be that doctor's specialty, but at the very least, he/she should be able to help direct you to the right person like a dietician that is qualified to assist. Again, do some checking on what docs are there (or even at another facility if it comes to that) and find one (doc(s)) that actually works with you and not a doc that simply puts you in the "proverbial health box" like so many seem to do these days. Anthony T
Mar. 2, 2012 7:43 pm
An endocrinologist can help as well as a dietician. The main things to remember while you are waiting for appointments is to exercise and eat as many "real foods" as possible.
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I read this article today and thought of you and this blog.
Mar. 4, 2012 5:24 am
From experience, see an endocrinologist. My two sons are diabetic, one on insulin, the other diet-restricted. You do need someone who knows how to really help you and the endocrinologist is the expert. Hopefully you can develop a good relationship with that physician. One of my sons follows a carb-restricted diet, exercise and weight loss and the other has an insulin pump and regulates his diet through his blood testing. Knowledge is the key to success for you so do the research and find an excellent physician.
Mar. 9, 2012 7:41 pm
Hi Jim, I know how devastating this must feel but in a way, it is a life-saver. You will now change your lifestyle, begin to live a healthier life, probably lose weight, and your blood glucose levels will come to respectable levels. Think of it as a good thing, if you can. What you MUST do is attend a class (or classes) that teach about diabetic nutrition. So many people think it is about "the sugar", but it really is about the carbohydrates. Carbs turn to sugar in the body so we have to know how many carbs we are taking at each meal time. The classes will teach you how to count them, what foods are better than others, and so on. Once you get the hang of things your weight will start to drop. Add exercise to the daily mix, and you will begin to get healthy. Since my diagnosis, I have lost 45 pounds, my blood pressure is down, my blood sugar levels are now those of a non-diabetic, and my doctor calls me the "perfect patient" (blush). You can do this. Have faith, and take care.
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I am a easy going guy who is always busy. Yes ladys and gents I don't have time for TV. During the winter months I am either hunting or most likely helping down at the church. During spring I am working on repairs outside and getting my hotbox ready for the garden. Summer and fall I am busy canning and freezing what comes out of my garden. I also cook all the meals for the day or event.
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I have to thank my mother for this. She broke her ankle when I was 10 years old, and there is where I learned to cook. I am nothing compared to my mother,(she is a true Chef), can make a delicous dish from scraps in the refigerator. Anyhow, I make a lot of bread type, deserts, nationalities.
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You most likely won't like this. As a youngster we used to have family reunions and get togethers all the time. We would all go fishing and have a fish fry, and the ladys would bring side dishes and of corse desserts. That has gone now because America is to busy.
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Everything I have ever done has been great. I always end up with a empty dish.
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None: My daughter burnt popcorn;;; how do you burn popcorn? She said I did it, thats my girl.
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