Just been diagnosed today. Where do I go from here?

Just been diagnosed today. Where do I go from here?

I need advise and help. Was not given any indication by the doctor on how I should proceed and what I need to do now. Was told only to take meds twice a day. No eating plan, what I should avoid or any other information.
Totally stressed out. Have no idea where to now. My blood sugar level at the examination was 12.4 with traces of ketones and blood in urine test. Glucose was 3+ in the urine test
Please help!!
My blood pressure was 150/90

A DiabetesTeam Member said:

My two-cents: first remain calm. You've probably had this for quite some time, undiagnosed. Next, go see a dietician...preferably one familiar with diabetes. Get some meal plans. Then find an Endochronologist. Don't trust MDs to be up-to-date on the correct treatment. Next, get a glucose monitor and test your blood a couple times daily...once in the morning (fasting) and keep a log of your results.

Follow the dietitians suggestions, take the medications suggested by your Endochronologist religiously, and maintain your glucose log for subsequent visits with your Diabetes Doctor.

You can get it under control...I've had it for 30 years. You can live a normal life so long as you strictly adhere to these basic concepts.

Finally, you have the dubious distinction of becoming part of a huge, growing club. You're far from being alone in this. Sorry for the diagnosis...we're here to help.

posted about 3 years ago
A DiabetesTeam Member said:

If you are not on Insulin then you can control your Blood Sugar by avoiding all starchy foods such as Bread, Pasta, Potatoes, Rice and fruits such as Bananas, Grapes, Figs, Mangoes and also keep away from sweets such as Chocolates, Ice-creams, etc,
Also avoid Fruit Juice as they are very high on Carbohydrates.
Eat lots of Green Vegetables.and just think you are a normal person like everyone else.
If ever you feel depressed, put your head high and look up, take a deep breath and Yawn and keep thinking of the good times you had in your life. You will feel rejuvenated and fresh.
Accept Diabetes as a part of life. You are not the only one out there.

edited, originally posted about 2 years ago
A DiabetesTeam Member said:

I hope by now you have found the answers you need but here are some ideas from me anyway. I too am recently diagnosed.
The first thing I did was give up chocolate and chocolate biscuits. All sweet baked goods and all desserts in fact.
I was unsure about fruit. It contains natural sugar - fructose -but it also full of vitamins. My dietitian advised three portions of fruit a day. What is a portion? The amount which will fit in the palm of your hand. I eat 3 strawberries a day plus 7 blueberries. A large orange I slice up and eat over 3 days - it keeps well in the fridge.
I have some lean meat like chicken or else some salmon or tuna once a day. I also have a very thin slice or two of Edam cheese. These foods provide protein.
You can eat as much vegetables as you like. They are full of vitamins and minerals and have virtually no sugar. Be careful though not to overdo the sweet corn but a modest portion would do no harm.
Carbohydrates are important too as they fill you up and prevent hunger pangs. I eat porridge, a little rice or plain rice cakes, and a few oat biscuits or else a slice or two of whole meal bread. These foods have virtually no sugar in them. You could also have a small potato instead of rice. But be careful not to overdo the carbohydrates as if you don't use up the energy in them, it will turn to sugar in your body.
I drink only green or herbal tea or tap water. You could drink a mineral water if there is one you like.
I allow my self two squares of low sugar chocolate twice a week. It is enough to satisfy my chocolate cravings.
I hope this is of help to you. We are all different and like different foods but I hope you can tweak these ideas to suit your own tastes. Good luck and let us know how you get on. I too am just learning to deal with diabetes and would be interested to know what you think of these ideas and what you have yourself now learned about diet.

posted over 3 years ago
A DiabetesTeam Member said:

Hi ,Ive been a type 2 diabetic since about 1994,and the most important aspect is your diet,lots of meat and vegetables stay away from fried food,go more for grilled meat or fish and fresh vegetables,also fat and oil free foods,and sadly normal sugar is a no go.a good sweetener can be a substitute also most supermarkets have a diabetic section so investigate.Imortant different things effect different people,so it's a matter of trial and error what you can eat,also agood diabetic doter or clinic you can trust and build up a relationship is very important eg I've been with my docter 11 years she can just see me and she knows whats happening,they can also teach you to watch for side effects and how to cope with them.All the best and join A unique club

posted about 1 year ago
A DiabetesTeam Member said:

I've read what everyone said, they are all right. I know that hiding your head in the sand, or waiting around is not the answer. You have to be proactive. Get online and read about this illness. Go out buy a blood testing meter, with supplies. They do not have to be expensive, and start using them, Now. Get rid of loss that you know are not good for you. Convert your diet to diabetes friendly foods. Begin by eating simply, a protein, a low starch vegetable, a simple salad. When you get the hang of it, then expand your diet. Take your blood sugar before you eat, then two hours after. If it really spikes up, look at what you ate and adjust. It could be caused by something you ate or that you ate too much. As you are sucessful, you will have lower sugars, lose weight, and your blood pressure should stabilize. Take the meds the Dr prescribes, and don't forget to take the meds! If you can see a dietician and /or go to classes that's even better. Learn from your blood tests, everyone is different. I found that I can not eat bread, potatoes, raisins, pasta, or rice. Foods that i love are out, biscuits and gravy, cokes,
pancakes, and French toast, all gone! But I get to live life, what more can you ask?

posted about 2 years ago
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