Do you have Diabetes?

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Jeannie143
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   Posted 4/5/2010 12:48 PM (GMT -7)   
If you or someone you love has diabetes then this forum may be of help to you. We try to offer education, encouragement, experience and empathy. We don't know everything but we know what works for us and may work for you.

As you travel this bumpy road and learn to avoid the pitfalls ahead of you please use your common sense and beware of the "Food Police". These are well meaning folks who want to tell you what to eat, how to eat it and which products or books will make it all better. They almost NEVER have diabetes, they just KNOW what should work because they went to this health food store, or read this book or saw this infomercial, or found this great source online...

The ONLY WAY that you can find out how foods affect YOUR BLOOD GLUCOSE is to eat a measured amount of a food and then test two hours later. You need to also record what you ate with that food. A slice of toast-dry- will actually spike your sugar faster than a slice of toast with a bit of butter or non-trans fat margerine on it. The fats will slow down the absorption of the starches in the gut. You will eventually absorb all of the calories but the spike will be toned down a bit with the fats present. So it can become complicated.

If you have a chance to take a nutrition class thru your local hospital or clinic please do so. This will give you a firm grounding in what foods are what and which ones can spike your sugars. If you don't have insurance or classes are not covered in your plan then call your local health department and ask about diabetes classes or pamphlets. The American Diabetes Association and the Canadian counterpart are usually very helpful for general knowledge but the final choices about what to eat and how it affects YOU are up to YOU. Read and learn, think and plan. Ask questions either of your doctor or your local clinic.

We will help you all we can and hopefully you will be a pro before long. One meal at a time.
~ Jeannie
Moderator for Fibromyalgia and Diabetes

Post Edited (Jeannie143) : 4/16/2010 12:01:56 PM (GMT-6)


Joan123
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   Posted 4/11/2010 12:13 PM (GMT -7)   
I had to laugh at the "food police". I know exactly what you mean. For 5 years now, my now 16 year old son has had severe crohn's disease with several complications and all the way along, we have been stalked by the "food police". People with all kinds of advice on what to eat to cure it, what he should and should not eat....well, the list goes on and on. I suspect diabetes is much like his disease where what works for one, may not work for the next. No one size fits all. I am always amazed my how these "food police" are such experts and don't mind letting everyone know! I guess after 5 years of intensive involvment and experience with my son's disease, I need the "short bus" as apparently they think I know nothing.
Joan


Jeannie143
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   Posted 4/12/2010 8:03 AM (GMT -7)   
Joan,
As soon as you let people know you have diabetes they will bombard you with health food store remedies, something that their aunt's next door neighbor did that "cured" them, it does go on and on! We try to educate here and help by offering support. Hope you find some answers on this site.
~ Jeannie
Moderator for Fibromyalgia and Diabetes


Jeannie143
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   Posted 4/17/2010 6:44 PM (GMT -7)   
I would like to correct an assumption on the part of a member here. When I was referring to the "food police" I was speaking of the people in our everyday lives who offer unsolicited advice about our treatment of our disease. No offense was intended toward members who try to help with food plans. I hope everyone understands.
~ Jeannie
Moderator for Fibromyalgia and Diabetes

Post Edited (Jeannie143) : 4/19/2010 5:17:13 PM (GMT-6)


Jeannie143
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   Posted 5/6/2010 9:50 PM (GMT -7)   
bump
~ Jeannie
Moderator for Fibromyalgia and Diabetes

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