Advice from Diabetics???
Posted 02 June 2008 - 01:29 PM
Need your advice on the best type of glucose monitor? i.e. easy to use.
Suggestions on foods to avoid?
Suggestions on foods he should try to eat more of?
I want to get him back on the right track, while we can manage it with diet and exercise. He's done so well this far gradually giving up his love of candy, but it's gonna be a battle to fully give it up and change his eating habits. He's known as the "Candy Man" at work...need I say more.
Posted 02 June 2008 - 01:38 PM
Is he at the level that he has to take insulin shots?
His doctor should go over foods to eat/ foods to avoid. Potatoes, corn, carrots are all high in sugar. He will want to avoid white flour and switch to whole wheat products. This is pretty easy to do. My grandma is trying to control her diabetes through diet and she has been able to successfully do so. He definitely can do it! He just needs to relearn everything.
Posted 02 June 2008 - 01:39 PM
Posted 02 June 2008 - 03:43 PM
He will only eat potatoes in the form of french fries...but he has seriously cut back on that since we met. May 1-2 times a month now as opposed to every second day before. He will rarely eat carrots or corn or any other vegetable for that matter. He's been trying to have a salad every lunch, but loves his dressings. He also adds sauce to just about everything. I pretty much have him eating whole wheat everything when it comes to bread and pastas. We made that change a while back.
I've asked him if the doctor mentioned nutritionist and he said no. He's not one to ask questions though. I plan on going to the next visit with him because this affects the both of us. I don't want to bring it into the house if he can't have it.
Thanks for the tips.
Posted 02 June 2008 - 07:23 PM
I'm not diabetic, but a few years ago I was diagnosed with hypoglycemia- pretty much pre-diabetic. I have to regulate my blood sugar levels, which run low, otherwise I could have the adverse affect and end up diabetic. I spent some time with a nutritionist and also recorded my blood levels every 2 hours or so. It was tedious at first, but after awhile you will soon figure out how to keep the blood regulated. Good luck!
Posted 02 June 2008 - 09:16 PM
I definitely plan on talking to his doctor about getting him sent to a nutritionist. Right now he is joking about it like diabetes is no big thing and he'll cut back on sugar but is definitely not giving stuff up. I've tried to explain the damage it can do and how you need to identify the alternative food choices and be proactive. However, he's as stubborn as they come and thinks why deal with it when you can joke about it.
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Posted 03 June 2008 - 04:08 AM
I use the One Touch Ultra - it works quite well for me.
Problem is, I don't have a different diet than anyone else - I eat all the crap I want! lol But I just adjust my insulin accordingly. I know diabetics that aren't able to do that though, so not sure I'd really advise that for him just yet. I do strongly suggest getting a endocrinologist and dietician/nutritionist that he trusts and is good. The complications from poorly controlled diabetes are no joke.
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