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Hi...I'm somewhat new to this too. I still need to post my introduction blog on here, but felt the urge to respond to yours.
Diabetes runs heavily in my dad's family, usually not striking until everyone hits age 50, well I am 40 and got diagnosed a week ago. So I knew it was coming, just not so quickly. Also, about eight years ago, during my pregnancy, I had gestational diabetes, so familiar with the diet from both that and eating the diabetic diet for years because of my dad's diabetes.
One of the best things you can do is see a nutritionist, which I am trying to do, to help plan a wonderful sample menu that you can follow. There are a couple of great diets out there that are helpful and closely related to a diabetic diet, one called The Insulin Resistance Diet, South Beach Diet and even Weight Watchers for Diabetics. These diets do include a certain level of carbs as your body does need them to produce energy. My nurse practitioner gave me some sample literature and I was complaining about how much carbs were in it and she told me that I needed a certain level for my body to make energy, just make them complex ones like whole grains, whole wheat and so forth, not simple like anything white and startchy. The more complex the carb, the longer it takes to break down in your system and the less it will affect your sugar levels.
The best thing for a new person to do is learn to eat several times a day, three smaller meals and two to three small snacks, paring protein and a complex carb together, with tons of veggies and water too. When I eat this way, I feel so much better.
Hope some of this helps you and feel free to write me offlist if you want to talk. We can get through this!
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I was diagnosed a month ago and i have mine under control. I was ready for the diagnoses because my whole family is diabetic's. In most cases dr. really are not that helpful. I will help you the best i can and we can be each others support if you like. You can send me a private message and i can forward you my personal email if need be. It is hard and sometimes i just need someone to talk too myself.
Melinda Lisby : Smile its a new day and God love's you.
I've never done this before but my new (sort of) diagnosis has me wanting to reach out to someone who can help support, guide, encourage and relate to. I was told 2 years ago that I was diabetic, during a bad bout with the flu, but after testing my sugar for 6 months and only needing 1 shot during that time I decided I wouldn't be one. Well on 9/28/10 I had to decide otherwise. The first month was so bad. I was so depressed and I did feel like a failure. Doing better now but I've got all kind of questions and my Dr. isn't very helpful. All I get from her is NO CARBS! and lots of prescriptions. Need help learning haw to blog also :)