Hubby newly Dx's What can I do

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Date Joined Mar 2007
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   Posted 1/30/2008 4:55 PM (GMT -6)   
I usually post on the crohn's board but Hubby got back from dr. yesterday and wham type 2 diabetes, we are in shock but not surpised he is over wt, smokes , likes sugar way to much and i have to agree i'm guilty of a few of the above also. I realize we are looking at a change of life and change of living disease . What can i do to help him , he does relize that we must change our way of eating and preparing food , any tips and comments would help in our starting of a new life.Thanks in advance for all your concern and help in our new adventure.

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   Posted 1/30/2008 6:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, welcome to this side of the Forum.  Did the doctor put him on any medication?  Does he have a glucose monitor to measue his blood sugar?  What instructions did the doctor give him?  You're right about a change of lifestyle in a way, but it will be a change for a more healthy one for both of you, I think.  There have been lots of threads here dedicated to food, recipes, etc. and I encourage you to spend some time looking back through them.  If he (and you, too!) choose to eat a low-carb way of eating, you'll also lose weight which will help with controlling the blood sugar in the long run.  Also, I would suggest that he joins the forum so he can see how many of us are controlling our health here.  We're all in the same boat but some have different meds, some don't take meds, and so on.  He's got a lot to learn.  So, welcome aboard.  :)

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diabetes controlled so far by low/no carb diet and exercise; no meds

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   Posted 1/30/2008 6:39 PM (GMT -6)   
I have had type2 for over 10 years and started out by just watching my 'diet'. I eventually progressed, with the help of my diabetes classes, to insulin, along two other meds. Last April I could no longer afford all of my meds and with the help of some hard core, fight-back diabetics on this forum I have started a return to better health.

This is not easy but it's not rocket science, either. Many Type2 diabetics have difficulty metabolizing carbohydrates (starches and sugars) and often will turn carbs into fat before moving it into the cells for muscle use. This leads to increased hunger, more eating and more fat. The more fat we have, the more the body sends signals to block the movement of carbs into the cells and sends it to become more new fat. (This is called insulin resistance.) This is believed to be an anti-famine mechanism that was great in ancient times. It caused the body to store fat in the good times so that there would be plenty in storage for the lean years.

Now that we have a plentiful food supply this mechanism has gotten us into some trouble. The best way to fix the mechanism is to have hubby take his medications as ordered, make sure he tests his blood sugar every morning before breakfast and before one other meal. And start him on a low carbohydrate food plan. The plan that I use is called the 'nothing white except cauliflower' food plan.
I substitute vegetables for starches at my meals. Meat and cheese wrapped in romaine lettuce or a large spinach leaf is a sandwich. Eggs and cheese without toast, 1/2 an orange is breakfast. Dinner is meat and double veggies with salad.

The fats we use do not affect blood glucose numbers and surprising enough they don't bother our weight loss, either. I use nuts, peanut butter, olive oil, olives, avocados and some butter as well as bacon. I've been able to quit my insulin and drop one of my meds since I started eating this way last April and have also lost about 45 lbs., all without hunger or problems. Others will be along to help you more but if you will read back in the posts here about our efforts to beat this disease you will see we have had some success in getting our lives back. Hope this helps.
~ Jeannie, Forum Moderator/Diabetes & Fibromyalgia
I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much. ~Mother Teresa

"People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

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Date Joined Dec 2005
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   Posted 1/30/2008 6:43 PM (GMT -6)   
We love a new project here on this forum!
Keep checking in and we'll have you doing better, eating better and feeling better in quick style.
As Lanie said, try the low-carb lifestyle. It will benefit you much more than any prescription drug.

All the best,

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