Hi uniandra and welcome. Please read the stickies at the top of our Diabetes forum for lots of information about
food and how diabetes is affected by what we eat.
As Will said, stress will affect blood sugar, as will being overweight, having pain, food with carbs and inactivity. Since you are having surgery next week, you will have to follow what your doctor tells you about
activity and food until you've recovered.
In the meantime, you can also learn a lot about
what you can do to help bring your blood sugar down to more normal levels while you're recovering.
You're right that exercising once a week is not enough, not just for blood sugar control but for general health. Even if you just walk for 15 minutes everyday, it will help your blood sugar, blood pressure, heart, circulation, mood and weight. Stretching and lifting light weights (with your doctor's approval) is also beneficial.
The more carbs you eat, the higher your blood sugar will be, so cutting down on bread, rice, potatoes and anything made with flour and sugar will also help control your blood sugar.
Non-diabetics will have A1c results in the 5 range.
You should have fasting results under 100.
Normally the first medication for a type 2 would be metformin along with diet and exercise and if you do lose weight and follow a low-carb food plan with daily exercise, you might not even have to take that medication - depending on your lab results.
The other positive results might also be better cholesterol results.
Keeping a daily journal of the food you eat and your blood sugar results will help you see how you react to your food choices.
You can start slowly before your surgery next week and then follow what our doctor tells you to do as you recover.
Ask all the questions you have here. We're glad you found us!
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very low carb way of eating