Ok. Let's get a grip here! You are here because you are concerned about
your health and you want to do something about
it. That's absolutely the best first step you can take!
I was probably in a similar boat a couple of years ago as I was trying to learn about
this. You can check back over some of our past topics here and learn a lot about
diet and lifestyle, what's worked for others and not. We've talked about
food, recipes, kinds of exercise and medication in many, many threads here. I believe you need to have a blood glucose meter. Most of the companies that make them offer a free one, so just go to their websites. They'll send you a little kit with a meter, a lance to prick your finger and a small supply of test strips. However, you have to have the new test strips each time you test, so if you have insurance, see what's covered. I believe a member bought an inexpensive meter from WalMart because the test strips were cheaper than the other brands. Do a search online and look at all that comes up. Generally, we test first thing in the morning before eating or drinking anything except water (this is the morning fast). Then, you may test 2 hours after you begin eating a meal and sometimes just before bedtime. A very good idea is to keep a journal of these blood sugar readings with the times, date, what you've eaten, etc. This way you can see how your blood sugar is affected by what food. The doctor would be interested in seeing all this. I don't eat anything with flour, sugar, potatoes, rice or corn. I eat all kinds of meat/chicken/fish and vegetables, salads. If you're eating food from boxes, anything "prepared" you're filling up with sugars, starches, bad fats and salt. Yes, read labels.