Check my answer to the young man. It may help. You can do this. Ask your doctor to talk to a dietician who will help you get started on what to eat. It's good that you're losing weight. It's hard living with someone who eats all those things around you, but you can do it!
Yes, it's hard but it gets easier. Ask questions to those of us on here. There are a lot of neat people who can help. Read Dr. Dansinger's ideas on the right side of foods to eat. He has many great ideas to doing this without medicine. It "is" a commitment, but it's better than being sick the rest of your life from not eating the right foods.
The past poster was correct. We are not doctors, but I can tell you some basics, and about myself, and maybe that might help you.
I started out at an A1C of 5.9, and I was told I was a diabetic. I'm glad I was told that. I did start with diet and exercise alone, and no medicine and did well for about almost 3 1/2 years. I went on two cruises, with a lot of exercise and ate pretty healthy, but I did taste desserts on the cruises, fruits, sugarless ice cream, and tastes of things. I figured I walked so many miles on the tours. I did lose a few lbs. and actually felt really good. After both cruises, I started extreme exercise dancing 5x a week for an hour at a time, did photography walks, swimming, other kinds of dancing, etc. I feel I overdid my exercise, and started getting really hungry and ate "more". I went up to 6.1 and now am in the middle 6 point range. I struggle eating having 1/2 an apple without my numbers going up. I started a low dose of Metformin medicine too.
My recommendation, from my own experience is this. Buy yourself a testing kit, and test your blood sugar numbers before you eat in the morning, and two hours after your lunch and dinner. Chart your numbers.
See if you can talk to a dietician about healthier food choices.
Start an exercise program, but don't overdo. Even walking for 30 minutes a day is fine to start. Find an exercise you love, hiking, volleyball, biking, running, swimming, dancing, etc.
Cut out "all" candy, pop, cake, cookies, chips, etc. Eat protein, chicken, fish, a fist sized piece of lean meat, etc. Make a huge salad, and read carbs and sugars on the dressing bottles. I have a lite Paul Newman's Vinegarette dressing. I'm sure others have ideas. Eat vegetables. Stay away from white bread, pizza, white rice, white potatoes, etc. Try to be stricter at first,to get off the weight. If you do all these things, you may put your diabetes in remission and not need medicine. Then you probably could have a taste of something once in a while. You can buy whole wheat or whole grain bread, and only have one slice, instead of two. They have whole grain pasta, too, but take "small" portions of that. It's best that you get this weight off first. That will make a big difference.
Good luck! You're smart to look at this. It may "cure" many of the little problems you're having like bathroom issues, eye problems, confusion, infections, etc. Of course, this has to be done with your doctor's approval. Talk to him/her about the best route to go. Maybe you'd like to try this without taking medicine to see if you can get down your blood sugar numbers. If you're consistently testing in the 200's, that's not good.
Be serious about this. We'll help you get started, if you decide this is something really important for the rest of your life.View Thread
I had a pretty uneventful weekend, as I'm trying to rest my hip flex-or as much as possible, before I'm off on a photography trip.I see my physical therapist tomorrow. I haven't been able to do most of my exercise, UJam dancing, dancing on Friday and Sat. nights(salsa, ballroom), etc. but I have done the town music series on Friday nights with two friends, danced a few little dances(regular style), be able to swim, and that has been just joyful. I also went to Carmel and Monterey with a school friend this past week, and took some fun photos. I was able to walk around town, and I was happy about that. I met another friend I haven't seen in a while for lunch, too, and drove to San Juan Bautista for lunch another day. Mostly, I've been staying in, though trying to heal it.
I had the 2nd of my first cousins pass away suddenly, just recently, one a few days ago. This hit me really hard, as I grew up with both of them! They lived far away from me, and I only saw them occasionally as adults. One was my age. It just makes me more feisty, that I'm going to get out of my box and do more things. I'm taking a small risk on my trip, but it's my "first" real out of the box things I'm doing. As our Michelle said, "Savor every moment!" I'm doing that more and more, taking risks I wouldn't have before, not waiting for tomorrow.
I also have another trip planned to see both my brothers and some friends. I didn't have the time or energy when I was teaching full-time to fly back East. Don't wait! Do it now, if you can.
Haylen, sorry about your father-in-law! It sounds like he's going to be okay...just needs a little bit of help recovering his speech. Dave...hope you both can get the projects done together. It's good that she has some time off to relax, too.
David, hope your eye appt. goes well.
Michelle, those new friends sound wonderful. So good that you got your mom closer to you.
Deb, it sounds like you have a lot more energy now. That's great! I haven't been able to read too much lately.
Flute...have a wonderful 50 anniversary! Awesome!
Laura, that's great you went down in size...super! Sorry about the bruise...better than a broken leg!
Den is trying to be truthful. I wouldn't recommend that he lie about who he is or make up a story about being a micro biologist, or being type 1. I would hate to see anyone who wants our help to lie. It would show up in his writing. We all know him well. Some people got very upset when he lied about some things. He's trying not to do that anymore by starting a new leaf.
If he wants to start over he can do a new name, but again...the ones who know him, will know it's him. New people may not, which may be what he wants.View Thread
Den, I also believe that WebMd only leaves up the last few comments there, not everything you'd said the whole time. "They" may keep those, though, but I really don't think others can see it. I tried looking one time, and I could only see a few. Maybe it's changed. Hayley can help you with that question.View Thread
That's such a great idea, Michelle, even though your cancer blog has helped thousands of women. You know I'm always thinking about you. You are such an inspiration to us all on how to live our lives no matter what hits you!
This newer method that you will be undergoing is really interesting. So are the trials. You not only will be helping yourself, but countless other women "and" men, too, who get breast cancer.View Thread
Biggest Challenge- Right now I'm trying to get my hip flexor muscle healed so I can take a trip and walk around. I've had a few really good days in the past month where I could walk without pain, and today was one of them. Mine is more an inconvenience, not life threatening, or something so severe as not being able to see. I did have a retinopathy test recently, which showed a very small amount of that in both my eyes, so I'm being very careful to keep my blood sugar levels stable. I will be tested again next year. I've decided to do some things for my eyes, eating more fish again and taking fish oil capsules.
I've had a few really neat summer moments, some with friends, and some photography little ventures where I took some photos of things I liked. I'm planning a summer moment actually soon, so hopefully that will be my biggest one! The biggest one was having a visit from my nephew and his wife, and really getting to know them much better. They live far away from me.