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How To Calculate If You're Doing Things Right?

How To Calculate If You're Doing Things Right?

My husband has recently been diagnosed with high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes by his doctor. He had an initial chat with a surgery nurse who hasn't really given him any information just told him to lose some weight and eat less carbohydrate, control the diabetes by diet
He has been given metformin for the diabetes and amlodipine and ramipril for high blood pressure
We have been online and tried to seek help but we really are not sure if we are doing things the right way. He has been… read more

A DiabetesTeam Member said:

It was daunting for me too lol ,eat less carbs lol I had no idea what one was . Had to learn that carbs are the filler portoin of your food that are totally not required for nutrition eg potatoe,noodles,rice etc.. .protein is the meat portion, keep this to a fist size portion and plenty of veg . if you can cut out as much carbs as possible the weight will come of naturally assuming you cut out the obvious sugar in brews ,toffee etc

posted over 5 years ago
A DiabetesTeam Member said:

Need to be very strict at eliminating as much dietary sugar...including the starches , starchy veg. Google Low carb High fat diet and keto diet. Both are excellent dietary ways to reduce blood sugar and weight and likely the blood pressure will reduce as a result. www.diet doctor.com has a great section on dealing with type 2 diabetes.

posted over 5 years ago
A DiabetesTeam Member said:

Check with yr dr and also health insurance plan. Mine gives me access to 2 start up classes, one with a registered dietician and one with a registered nurse, with follow up axailable. Also, I signed up for a text msg program where they send advice about staying on track. I also got 10 wks with an over the phone wellness coach. You can go to the American Diabetes website and see articles about diet etc. I was given a dietary plan to follow with a recomendation of 2 - 3 servings of carbs per meal. A serving is 15 grams. Then I started making carb choices. For instance I could use 30 grms in 2 slices of bread in a sandwich or I could use less if I went with a smaller portion of certain crackers or a lettuce wrap. I dont have to use the max at each meal. I look up nutrtional info at the restaurants I go to and ask for sauces/dressings on the side. CalorieKing.com lists the content of all kinds of food. In the 8 months since my diagnosis, my A1c has gone from a 9.1 to a 5.3 and I have lost 90 pounds. Sometimes not easy, but if have a high day due to food choices, then start over the next day with a clean slate and try different food chouces. The more you do it, the easier it does become.You can do it, just dont be hard on yourself. If your dr isnt on the same thought path you are, find one that is.
Take care and fight the good fight. You are worth it!

posted over 3 years ago
A DiabetesTeam Member said:

hi there, does yr husband do exercises as well, and drink plenty of water. and you might wanna try another gp, if it seems like nothing is happening for your husband. and also regular intake of prescribed medication, and he misses a dose maybe to ring the emergency dept if it causes any worries or uncertainties. also you can ring the Healthline if yu in NZ to gt some advice from Registered Nurses. and if your husband likes to read and learn, there are alot of information available and on the internet, there is good reading on diabetes type 2 and high blood pressure and looking after oneself through it all. and also, having a dr that listens to his or her patients to ensure the bests possible care and also educating the patient is essential to helping the patient to make healthy choices and to work out a care plan that proves to be working with the patient, there supports at home and out in the community, with the GP and nurses and dietitians and Wellness groups and the Diabetes society club etc. have a look in your phone book to see whats out there and asks your gp, nurse and whatever comes to yu in the greatest time of need and faith.

posted over 5 years ago
A DiabetesTeam Member said:

Jen, call your insurance and ask for providers for nutritionist in your plan. My insurance will make a referral to my primary for the service. My primary is in a County clinic, and I find that using a County/State facility, makes it easier to get the referrals to providers in my close area.
Now is the time to find out what your insurance does and doesnot cover. Until Dec 7 you can change carriers. I even went so far as to read that huge book insurance sends to see what I get under my plan. But I can always call and have them find info for me. My ins. has a nurse, and diabetic educator that I can talk to.
Oh, it is a state plan, and I don't have a premium.
Hope this info helps you. Janet

posted over 5 years ago
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