Welcome to the diabetes forum if you haven't received a formal welcome before this. We are glad you found HealingWell and hope we can help you with the way you handle your disease. We also would like to learn from you about
what you do to keep your sugars in control, shortcuts for following your food program and other health issues that affect us all. We have found that if we pool our knowlege we can all benefit from our shared experience. Some of us are very enthusiastic about
our treatment plan of action and sometimes we defend our opinions a bit fiercely
but we are all here to help each other.
Read back in the posts and find out what you can from others in how they handle their diet and medication needs. Some of our members use alternative health food or herbal therapies with some great results. Some of us are strictly 'medicine from the doctor' people. I am somewhere in the middle. I use medication along with some different food styles and nutritional supplements to help keep my sugars in line. REMEMBER!!!
Regardless of how you cope with the disease the bottom line is blood sugar control! Don't get sidetracked by 'cures' and super diets and other stuff. Every day, every day, you want to keep the sugars under 150 maximum any time more than 2 hours after a meal.(If you're an American... Canadians and others use a different counting system that I'm not totally familiar with.) If your doctor has given you a different set of numbers to work with, fine.. just keep on getting those sugars in line.
Diabetic education is a must. If your insurance covers a meeting or class with a dietician GO FOR IT! They know their stuff and will help a lot. If you have food, exercise or medication questions you can ask on this forum and we can usually help out. No question is too dumb.
Ask anything you like and if it's something that you don't want to discuss on an
open forum you may email any of us. Clicking on any of the mods names will take you to our personal page with our email address. Just remember, none of us can substitute for your doctor. That is the person you are entrusting your health care to, so consult with the person with the diploma on the wall in all things important. We can only help educate and offer moral support.
Don't be surprized if you go through a period of mourning before you finally get a handle on this disease. I have found that most of us go through the grief process before we finally get to the point of accepting and living with our diabetes. There is a website about coping with a new health concern
that I found especially helpful. I understood a lot about
my diabetes, had been educated in nursing school, took nutrition classes and 'learned' a lot of stuff about
the disease. It wasn't until I started on insulin and had to get a medic alert
bracelet for my own safety
that the whole thing came home to roost in my brain. I wear the bracelet 24/7 and it's a constant reminder to keep myself in line.
One of the mods, Warren, has found some excellent web info on new diabetes studies and results out of Harvard. Check out his post here
and see if you don't learn something very useful about
how we aquire diabetes and some new treatments that may be in the future.
Diabetes is a bit scarey at first so read all you can here and get some books at the library as well. Come back and share often so we can learn from each other. Sometimes diabetes is a pain in the patootie but by making some new friends who understand your feelings and thoughts maybe it won't be as tough as all that. Take care!
"As one goes through life one learns if you don't paddle your own canoe you don't move."
-Katherine Hepburn "Madness takes its toll.
Please have exact change."
Post Edited (Jeannie143) : 1/10/2006 11:02:49 AM (GMT-7)