Hi..New here w/ type 2

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gl861
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Date Joined Jan 2007
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   Posted 1/13/2007 12:27 AM (GMT -7)   
I am 43 years old & found out this week that my dr. wants me to start taking Glucophage .
 
This is all new to me...I haven't started my meds yet,trying to figure out meal plans,meters,etc
 
My husband has been helping me some,a friend that he works with has type 2.
 
Can you give me some advice on how to get started?
 
Thanks!

Post Edited (gl861) : 1/13/2007 12:31:05 AM (GMT-7)


jkirkman
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Date Joined Nov 2006
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   Posted 1/13/2007 7:54 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi there!
 
I've had type 2 for over 10 years now and take 2 different meds along with 2 injections every day. I test my sugars 8 times a day using either the Freestyle Flash meter, Accu-Check Compact, or Accu-Check Aviva. I like the Accu-Check most out of all the meters I use. Accu-Check Compact has the drums so you don't have to insert test strips all the time.
 
For savings on strips, lancets, alcohol pads and meters, go to Ebay.com. Just type in Diabetes in the search window on the upper right corner, and you will find a wealth of items on sale at el cheapo prices. This is how I get my stuff for testing since I don't have insurance.
 
As for meals, I just try to watch portion sizes and choose healthy foods. I am a big vegetable eater, and stay away from the fatty foods.
 
Good luck, and I hope this helps! You might also try looking at dlife.com. They have LOTS of info there and videos to watch.
 
Jennifer

LanieG
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   Posted 1/13/2007 9:20 AM (GMT -7)   
gl861, you'll find a lot of information on this forum site.  Read through past postings and you'll learn many facts about diabetes and treatments.  I had high readings (150's, maybe not high for some but high nonetheless) and my doctor prescribed a blood sugar meter which I've been using since October.  After hits and misses with foods, etc., I've lowered my numbers to the 80's and 90's because I cut out nearly all carbs.  I eat lots of vegetables (raw and cooked), fish and chicken and salads.  I also found that I have to eat smaller portions than before, so I eat snacks between times: nuts, a lettuce/canadian bacon wrap, mozzarella stick.  My numbers went up when I ate a whole chicken breast (even a small one) with vegetabes, so I eat half a one with the rest of the meal and eat the rest of the breast later or the next day.  I also exercise around 30 to 45 minutes a day.  So, for me it's what and how much I eat and the exercise.  This works for me and every body is different but I do feel it's healthy.  I get carbs, because we do need them, from the vegetables, beans and the occasional cracker, carrot or noodle in the soup.   Learing about nutrition is a must. I wish you good luck.
Lanie

4sons
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Date Joined Dec 2006
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   Posted 1/13/2007 9:58 AM (GMT -7)   
Lanie ...

What you just cited is my "ideal" diet but I have such a hard time sticking to it. How do you do it? Do you work full time during the day? If so, how do you pack for a work day's worth of eating and snacking? I DO eat oatmeal and another whole grain cereal for breakfast, but try to stick to veggies and lean protein during the day.

What do you do for cravings?

I try not to eat sweet tasting things at all because if I do (even with artificial sweetners) I CRAVE them. I don't want to crave.

Anything.

Thanks!
Cheers -

Ruth/4sons

age 52/Type 2 diabetic/"controlled" by diet and exercise


LanieG
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   Posted 1/13/2007 10:26 AM (GMT -7)   

Ruth, I understand exactly what you're saying.  I was a part-time instructor until December and resigned to sub and tutor, so my time is more or less my own schedule now, where before, it was dictated by my teaching schedule.  However, I started this new regime while I was teaching and I believe you can do it, too.   First of all, I found that even whole grain cereals drove my readings up.  I haven't tried steel-cut oatmeal but I will next month as long as my readings acontinue to be low.  Anyway, nothing motivates like fear and I am really afraid of going the route of my mom and grandmother.  They were both diabetics and the disease killed them.  Both were on insulin but I have to be honest that neither one was strict with diet.  And neither one exercised.  I figured out a diet for me based on what my readings were.  I've posted these a couple of times here, so I won't repeat them because I'm sure anyone reading them is bored.  Please write me if you want at laniegoins AT yahoo dot com and I'll be happy to tell you in detail how I'm dealing with this new phase in my life!

Lanie


4sons
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Date Joined Dec 2006
Total Posts : 406
   Posted 1/13/2007 1:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks, Lanie ...

I emailed you!!
Cheers -

Ruth/4sons

age 52/Type 2 diabetic/"controlled" by diet and exercise

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