I understand about
your family and their health as my two siblings and I all have diabetes. Our mother and grandmother died from diabetes-related complications. I will tell you this, however, we know much more today than their generations and this is what I do. Since carbs raise our blood sugar very high, I am on a very very low carb eating plan. For me, this means I eat lots of veggies but no corn or potatoes, no rice, no bread, etc. I do eat lots of greens along with the bell peppers, mushrooms, zucchini, eggplant, broccoli, cauliflower, grated cabbage (the mix sold for cole slaw), Brussels sprouts, radishes along with low-salt olives and pickles, cheese and yogurt. I drink Almond Breeze Coconut Almond milk and put half and half in my coffee. If I eat a burger, I have it "on the plate with no bun" and I eat it with a fork and knife. There is now "riced cauliflower" available in the freezer section with other vegetables and it is a decent substitute for real grain rice and a filler in stuffed bell peppers.
I do not overload on meat at all. Some people think that "low carb" means high fat or high protein and as you see above, that's not how I eat. At dinner I'll eat a piece of chicken or a couple of slices of pork tenderloin and the rest of my veggies. We eat from scratch in our house so it's easy to stay with the plan for me. My husband eats 'real' rice and I eat my cauliflower rice and that's the only difference.
High blood sugar can cause glaucoma and other eye problems which, untreated, can lead to blindness, so make an appointment with an ophthalmologist. Your family history is enough to warrent this even if you don't have problem now. In any case everyone over a certain age (not sure about
this, 40?) should have their eye pressure tested. An optometrist can measure this but an ophthalmologist can do this plus take pictures behind the eye and see if there is any damage to the retinas. You do not have to deal with blindness.
High blood sugar can also cause neuropathy, loss of feeling in the extremities, particularly the feet. Lots of other problems as well like the kidneys and heart. However, keeping your blood sugar as normal as possible with diet, exercise and meds (when necessary) can avoid these complications. And what we eat is completely within our own control.
Please read the link in my signature for more detailed info on blood sugar. Stay with us!
Laniemoderatordiabetes type 2 controlled by diet and exercise and
very low carb way of eating Check out the following site for more info on blood sugar:https://www.bloodsugar101.com/
Post Edited (Lanie G) : 6/23/2019 1:41:00 PM (GMT-6)