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Date Joined Nov 2008
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   Posted 11/18/2008 7:39 AM (GMT -6)   
Greetings to you all.
I am Zahir shamsery ,from Bangladesh.
Age 62 years.
I was suspecting cancer in my tongue and went to cancer hospital at Kolkata, India.
After check up , Doctor assure me that it is not cancer.
But I have just been diagnosed with diabetes.
Those who have little idea about my country, know well that treatment in our country is out of the reach for lower middle class and middle class people.
For the low income group or working class people, nothing to mention , they have just born to die, I am sorry and ashamed but that is the reality.
Anyway, I wish to know, how do you differentiate the diabetes?
What would be the proper measure for a diabetic patient?
How I can take self care?
On receipt the reply shall remain grateful and obliged.
Zahir Shamsery.

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   Posted 11/18/2008 9:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello Shamery, I hope you find the information here helpful.  Doctors usually determine diabetes from blood tests which measure the blood sugar.  If your blood sugar readings are high in a couple of tests, then they will make suggestions about diet, exercise and perhaps medication if you need it to lower the blood sugar.  Your diet may cause high blood sugar if you eat a lot of carbohydrates like rice and bread and anything made with flour and sugar.  This kind of diet may not bother a "normal" person but if you have the metabolic disorder with difficulty in metabolizing carbohydrates, then it can give you high blood sugar and finally diabetes.  Please read through all our past topics about food and diet and you'll see more information about this and suggestions about eating.  Then, please check back with us if you have more questions.

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   Posted 11/22/2008 12:28 PM (GMT -6)   
If your doctor does not give you medicine or if you can not afford medicine you can still do some things to help yourself. You probably have Type2 Diabetes. This means your body has trouble getting the calories from the starchy food you eat into your cells. Try to eat mostly lots of vegetables, fish, dried fish and eggs. If you can get chicken, duck or beef you can eat this, too. Try not to eat big amounts of rice, potatoes or wheat at one time, no more than one cup at a meal. Rice or wheat should not be rinsed or boiled in large amounts of water. This loses too many vitamins and minerals. Steaming grains or cooking it in less water is best so that the nutrients stay with them. Brown rice is better for you than polished or white rice.

If possible all vegetables should be microwaved or cooked in very little water. The vegetable water should be drunk to get the vitamins. Eat as much cucumber, tomato and onion salad as you like. Gourd, brinjal, beans, radish, cauliflower, cabbage, tomato and carrots are all good to eat and will not make your blood sugar go high. Avocados are good for you because they have good fat in them. Butter and coconut oil are good to cook with or use in foods. If you can get them you can eat 1/2 of an avocado every day and it is very healthy.

Try to eat some whole fruit every day. Do not drink juice. Oranges, jackfruit, mango, litchis, pineapple or calendar, guavas, plums, melons, bananas and berries, are good choices if you can get them. You do not need a lot of fruit but some is very good for you. One orange, one banana, 2 plums, this is a serving. Eat fruit instead of payesh, rasgolla, rasmalai, sandesh, pranhara, mohanbhog, khirmohan and kalajam. Try not to eat these foods made with sugar. If you must eat them to be polite, only eat a small amount.

Write back to us and tell us what kind of foods you have around you. We can help you choose the good foods. We are glad to make a new friend. We all help each other with diabetes.
~ 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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