Hello Ing, welcome to HealingWell. I'm sorry for this perplexing situation. Somehow I also feel something is "missing". What is the explanation for the sudden weight gain and water retention? I think there should be more tests to see what's causing all that because I don't think it's just related to diabetes. I'm no doctor but if it were me or my husband, I would ask for specific reasons for those two symptoms. about
the diagnosis of diabetes, I would also want to know: what tests did the doctor do to determine this? Was it one blood test? Did he just have a fasting blood test or the glucose tolerance test? What was his blood sugar reading on the test the doctor is basing his diagnosis on? The 100-pound weight gain is strange and with the water retention, I think there have got to be further tests to explain all that. about
the meal-planning, there are different sources for that, as I'm sure you've discovered. Pamphlets from the doctor's office, newspaper and magazine articles, anywhere that diet is talked about
as well as here - and you'll also find a lot of differences in approach. But going to the bottom line - his blood sugar and how to control it - means cutting back on carbohydrates. Sugar and food with sugar (and honey, corn syrup) as well as anything made with flour, potatoes, corn and pasta will keep blood sugar high in diabetics and people who are "borderline". My own meals are centered around: meats, fish, poultry, vegetables (but not corn or potatoes), salads and salad vegetables like cucumbers, celery, radishes, olives, eggs, cheese and nuts. Basically I consider the carb content of food. Prepared food in packages or boxes always have nutrition info on the side, so you can see clearly the carb content and normally, prepared food is pretty high in carbs because of all the additives. In our house we don't eat prepared food, so this is not an issue for me. In this way, I can pretty much keep my blood sugar under control. That's not to say I don't go off the food plan now and then, but for the most part I keep to the plan. I also do a lot of exercise. You can find lots of information here by looking through the old posts that talk about
food and recipes. Also, I would highly suggest that your husband start to gather and learn this information for himself and not just depend on you! Just my two cents.
You have your hands full taking care of your four-year-old and everything else and although you need to understand the food angle for your husband's diet, he also needs to know all this as well. Let us know how everything is going, ok?