Rhonda, I'm very sorry about
your ex-sister-in-law. How awful for everyone. Stress has its effects on health both emotionally and physically, even on blood sugar. Now, you need to take care of you, for yourself and your family, too. Small changes at a time is probably best so you can get used to the lower blood sugar. When someone changes diet, sometimes the dosage of the meds have to be changed, which is why it's so important to monitor your blood sugar. For example, if you take your blood sugar just before a meal, then 2 hours after you start eating, you will see how the food affects your blood sugar. Even though you are on metformin now, don't feel you should "feed" the medication; that is, don't eat whatever you want because the meds will keep your blood sugar lower. If you start cutting out or cutting down on obvious carbs like potatoes, corn and bread, food with sugar and flour, you will help keep the blood sugar lower. In this case some patients have been able to have lower dosages on meds, too. It's hard to know how your nutrition classes will approach a diet plan. In my case, when I first went, I found the dietition followed strict ADA guidelines which included high amounts of carbs, which will raise blood sugar. By the time I was sent to this class, I had already started following a low-carb meal plan and I did not like what the class was suggesting, so I didn't go back. This is a decision only you need to make. Some people are fine with eating like the old way and keeping up the meds to keep up with the carbs in the meal. I didn't want to do that and have been successful, but this is me. So, since you are empowered (after all you came here which means you are taking control of your health), I know you will try to learn as much as you can about
diabetes and the effects of food (and activity) on your blood sugar. No matter if your readings were high before. You have the reins now! Go back though our old posts here and read about
how many of us have dealt with this. And always ask questions.
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diabetes controlled so far by low/no carb diet and exercise; no meds