First of all, you're off to a flying start simply by asking the right questions! You can improve your health enormously by following a few simple rules which will normalise your blood glucose and benefit you in so many ways.
Rule 1: The USDA food pyramid is a piece of nonsense and should be ignored. Avoid starches and carbohydrates, other than vegetables, as far as possible. Base your diet on proteins, fats and vegetables and your blood sugars will improve immediately.
Rule 2: Anyone advising a low fat diet is a charlatan and might as well have hooves and a trident. Low fat foods are devoid of important nutrients, replaced by starches and sugars which will undermine your health.
Rule 3: Regular exercise is important too. It will maintain muscle mass, metabolise body fat, keep you hormones in balance and help your insulin work more effectively.
I'll stop before I get too evangelical. We're all on a bit of a voyage of discovery here, so welcome aboard!
All the best,
I also want to welcome you to the diabetes forum. I hope your blood work comes back fine, but if it shows diabetes, this is the right place to be!
You didn't mention what symptoms you are having other than the fatigue... I was wondering if there are any other symptoms?? I had all of the typical diabetes symptoms when I was diagnosed, sudden weight loss, thirst, frequent urination, etc. I knew something was wrong when I lost 10 pounds without trying... (I NEVER lose weight LOL). I was just diagnosed in April, and my numbers were truly awful at my diagnosis. I came here and got wonderful advice from all the great members, and at my 3 month checkup, my doctor couldn't believe that my blood glucose levels over the 3 months were normal! I was able to reduce my 1 pill a day to 1/2 pill very quickly also. I've been trying to follow the great advice from my diabetes buddies here, and it's made a big difference! I still have a long way to go with my cholesterol problems, but I'm a lot better than I was .
Let us know how you're doing,
Greetings Dolppl and Tutorgirl, at this point you've probably gotten a lot of advice from your doctors, friends or family and information from the Internet about diabetes. The standard guidelines had always been to follow what the ADA (American Diabetes Assoc.) said which dictates a certain percentage of carbohydrates, protein and fats. Following the ADA diet may not give you acceptable blood sugar readings especially if you are not on medication. You'll find here that many of us, as Fergusc wrote, do not subscribe to those guidelines anymore. Put very plainly, since carbohydrates like breads, cereals, potates, rice, or anything with flours or sugars (and that means natural sugar like honey or maple syrup) drive the blood sugar up, I have eliminated them from what I eat. I eat all kinds of meats and vegetables (not the starchy ones though), some cheeses and nuts, and in this way I've been able to normalize my blood sugar by diet alone. But every body is different and some people may be able to tolerate some amounts of carbs, so this is why you need to measure your blood sugar in order to know what foods drive your readings up or have no effect at all.
If you were feeling fatigued after a pasta meal, it was probably because of the high amount of carbs. So, Dolppl, in your case, you might try either reducing the pasta or cutting it out. For dinner, try a piece of meat (or chicken or fish), a couple of vegetables, a wedge of cheese, and some salad bites. By salad bites, I mean a couple of pieces of cucumbers, a couple of radishes, small salad greens with oil and vinegar, no prepared dressings from a bottle. Read all labels closely for their carbohydrate content. It's surprising how often sugar or corn syrup are listed. Fewer carbs, lower blood sugar readings.