I've just been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. (8/4) I was given a glucose monitor, instructed on how to use it, told to check my blood sugar twice a day, before breakfast and dinner, and told to take a pill before breakfast and dinner also. My doctor said that he wanted me to work toward keeping my blood sugar between 70 and 125, and that if my BS was below 70, that I should not take a pill.
I was given a strict 1500 calorie ADA diet to follow with the various exchanges listed. It's all very clear. (I've been dieting on my own and have lost 35 pounds since last November. But I'm still overweight.) I'm determined to take care of myself and be very good about this. I just turned 52 in July and I know people who have diabetes who have not taken care of themselves. I don't want that kind of neglect to damage my body.
As a matter of fact, I already printed Jeannie's letter to have on hand so I can follow her advice!
But I need some additional advice, since it's only been a little over a week, and I'm having some trouble and my doctor will be on vacation until 9/1.
My morning BS is running in the 140's. But I get low blood sugar symptoms nearly every evening right around the time I'm getting ready to fix dinner. Sometimes even after I've checked my blood sugar. But it's not in the "low blood sugar" range. It's been in the upper 80's and 90's. I get a headache, I get shakey, dizzy, and I get short of breath, I think because it all makes me so nervous. We had Gatorade in the house, so I drank that the first couple of times and it helped in about 15 or 20 minutes. Then we got some juice and that works, too. I just cross the fruit off my list for the meal :)
But because of this, I've only taken my evening pill twice. Once was when I forgot to check my BS before eating dinner, and the other time my BS was 94 but I didn't have any symptoms.
The only thing I'm doing different from the diet I was given is that I drink fat free milk so I don't use all of the fat exchanges.
Any advice will be appreciated.
Post Edited By Moderator (Jeannie143) : 8/13/2005 8:46:34 PM (GMT-6)
Thanks Jeannie. I can use all the help you can give me! Your advice really makes sense.
I had some pretty extensive spinal surgery earlier this year and my husband has been doing all the grocery shopping and cooking. He's been enjoying it. As a matter of fact, he was a little hurt when I didn't eat everything he dished out for me. I told him I loved his cooking, I just had to keep losing weight! I told him to put my dinner on a salad plate, so I wouldn't get too much food. So he would sometimes give me two salad plates!
Fortunately, I had just begun preparing dinner for myself once in a while, because when I got home from the doctor and told him that it was confirmed that I DO have diabetes he said, "Well, I don't cook diabetic and I certainly don't eat diabetic!"
He loves his southern cooking: dredge it in flour, fry it, and make gravy to pour on top of it. He also runs a vending machine business out of our home in addition to his regular job, so there is a ready supply of candy, cookies, chips and pastries in our home all the time. I can resist them. He enjoys them.
Oh. I got carried away. The idea about the magazine is great, too. There is so much to learn. I'm just trying to figure out what to put on my plate now. And I'm using big plates now. Lots of fresh veggies! I love almost all the veggies, which puts me a mile ahead of my husband and our 17 year old daughter.