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Penney
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Date Joined Jan 2007
Total Posts : 14
   Posted 11/9/2009 9:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Everyone,

This is my first time on this site. I just found out about 3 months ago that I have diabetes. This is very hard for me because I love to eat. The doctor started me of on metformin and now I on Jaument. The problem is that I love to go out to eat and love to drink regular sodas. I just wonder is this going to get easier. The bad thing is that I knew I was probably going to get diabetes because it runs in my family so bad, but I never thought I would get it at age 40.

Post Edited By Moderator (TVEditor) : 11/10/2009 6:58:25 AM (GMT-7)


couchtater
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Date Joined Jul 2009
Total Posts : 14412
   Posted 11/10/2009 7:01 AM (GMT -7)   
Coke Zero, diet A & W, Diet mug root beer, diet rite, or diet Dr. Pepper are tasty sugar free alts.
I drink those if I need a soft drink.
Diabetes runs in my family, too.
Reality Check: The sugar-free life is tough, but how much do you value your life?

Joy
Health problems: sleep apnea, hypothyroidism, GERD, glaucoma, OA, environmental, food, and drug allergies, asthma, high cholesterol, pre-diabetic
Medications:Nexium 2X a day, 300mg Zantac, K-Dur, Lasix 2X a day, Zyrtec, Zocor, Lumigan, fish oil, B12, Substex, calcium + D, Advair, Albuteral, nebulizer
 
I don't suffer from insanity, I enjoy every minute of it!
 
 


TVEditor
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Date Joined Aug 2008
Total Posts : 481
   Posted 11/10/2009 7:12 AM (GMT -7)   

Welcome Penney :-)

You're in the right place for help and support.  Yes, things will get easier .. IF you are willing to make a few changes in your lifestyle.  Diabetes can do a lot of damage to your body but you are lucky to have it discovered so early in your life.  Now you can start heading off some of the bad effects before they get started.  Are you Type I or Type II?

Your diet will have to change (no regular sodas ... sugar-free are OK) if you want to see improvements in your health but its not all that hard to do.  A lot of us around here follow a low-carb diet -- no starches, sugars, grains, pasta, potatoes ... basically Nothing white except cauliflower, cottagge cheese & eggs.  This really helps control your blood sugar.  Some of us are successfully using diet and exercise to controll the disease without medication.

Have a gander at a few old messages from the past few weeks/months.  They'll give you a sense of what gets discussed around here.  Its a great place with great advice and great people! 

(Did I mention it was great? ;-)


Chris - Forum Moderator, Diabetes

~ Diagnosed Type 2 in July 2008 ~ Dropped 49 or so pounds after following HealingWell advice ~
~ Diabetes under control / no meds - so far - knock on head

I used to eat 100% wrong -- now I eat 95% right


Jeannie143
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Date Joined Apr 2004
Total Posts : 6056
   Posted 11/10/2009 8:32 AM (GMT -7)   
It takes a while to come to grips with this disease. No one wants to admit that they have something wrong with them that, if left uncontrolled, will significantly shorten their lifespan, could lead to limb amputation, blindness and a host of other not-so-fun scenarios.

It's difficult but not impossible to face. It's a growing process. We will help you all we can and be your good friends in the process but you MUST be willing to grow and change. Visit the forum and read some of the older posts every day. It helps to see how others are struggling with this disease and how they overcome their body's need for constant food.

By the way, the hunger you feel is because the glucose in your blood stream isn't getting into the cells so very efficiently. This is why you can eat and still feel hungry. Exercise and meds will help you with this. Hang in there. You can do this and we will help.
~ 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


Natava
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Date Joined Jul 2009
Total Posts : 35
   Posted 11/23/2009 8:05 AM (GMT -7)   
I am in the same place! I was diagnosed in August. I love to eat and eat out. You still can - you just have to figure out what your meal plan is, and what your meal plan allows.

I am on a carb counting meal plan. I can have whatever I want, sugar or not...as long as it fits into my meal carb count. They gave me 45 carbs a meal, uner 43 fat grams a day, and 15 carbs at night for a snack. 45 carbs equals three carb choices of 15 each. I can have 2 pieces of bread (sandwhich thin bread) and 15-18 chips for lunch depending on the chip. It's not as bad as you think to do it that way. One egg McMuffin and one has brown is 45 carbs for example (although I am not sure what fat is in that....). Anything 5 carbs and under can be free as long as you only have one serving.

They aslo urged me to be smart most of the time for my choices. Don't eat salad and a candy bar all the time. Mostly they want your carb to be smart choices....carrots, wheat bread, etc...but you can fit other things in moderation. Also, once you get regulated, they told me I can cheat once a month outside of my 45 carbs....but just one meal...not the whole day.

eddysgurl
New Member


Date Joined Dec 2009
Total Posts : 16
   Posted 12/21/2009 6:29 PM (GMT -7)   
If you are needing support or advice you are on the right forum! Everyone here is awesome and very helpful! I too am newly diagnosed and not quite 40 ...although I try and eat healthy options the word diet makes me cringe! Up until now I didn't believe in diets and being a rather stubborn person would like to eat what I feel like eating and do not like being told...you cant have...you shouldn't eat...etc! However in the past few weeks since diagnosis realize I should and will eat properly and try and monitor my glucose levels to avoid needing medication that I'd rather not take. So far no medication just some habit/diet changes that have really helped. Gone are the days of empty calories and processed snacks...welcome to fruits/veggies and healthier choices. As everything is about choices and I want to choose what is healthier for me so I can still be here to see my 4 kids grow...grandkids someday too! Good luck! Read everything you can and listen to advice and tips from others who know there stuff!
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