Perhaps you could share the information on diabetes at www.diabetes.org with your husband to help him understand how important it is to see your doctor. There's an entire section titled "Are you at Risk?" that should be helpful. ~Lynn @GlucernaView Thread
The guidelines to help prevent heart disease encourage eating a variety of vegetables, but they don't have to be leafy green veggies. There are good recommendations here: http://www.diabetes.org/mfa-recipes/tips/2012-02/diabetes-and-heart-health.html that include choosing healthier types of fats, avoiding processed foods, and choosing whole grains when you eat grains. Dave's suggestion to work with a registered dietitian to help you figure out the healthiest eating plan for you is excellent as well. ~Lynn @GlucernaView Thread
The American Diabetes Association has a list of diabetes myths, and one of the myths is that people who are overweight or obese will eventually develop diabetes. They state: "Most overweight people never develop type 2 diabetes, and many people with type 2 are at a normal weight or only moderately overweight." There are other risk factors for type 2 including family history, ethnicity, and age. Definitely talk with your doctor about the best way to manage diabetes for you. ~Lynn @GlucernaView Thread
Dave gave you excellent suggestions, and it's great that you're looking for information and are starting to figure out what you can do to manage your blood sugar levels. The American Diabetes Association has a section devoted to people newly diagnosed at http://www.diabetes.org/living-with-diabetes/recently-diagnosed/ You can also ask your doctor for a referral to a diabetes education program where you can learn more about diabetes self-management and get your questions answered. ~Lynn @GlucernaView Thread
I think the key is that more often than not you're sticking with your plans to improve your health. No one is perfect, and everyone slips every now and then. The fact that you're taking those slips in stride and getting back on track is what's really important. ~Lynn @GlucernaView Thread
What a fantastic attitude you have Michelle! All too often I think we tend to focus on what we're doing wrong, or feel like making changes is an impossibly difficult task. You're willing to keep learning and try something different, and you're seeing great results. ~Lynn @GlucernaView Thread
There's an interesting study comparing a low-fat vegan meal plan with the ADA meal plan for PWD T2 here: http://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/29/8/1777.full The vegan plan contained about 10% of calories from fat, 15% from protein and 75% from carbohydrate, with a focus on lower glycemic-index foods. The authors believe that weight loss in the vegan group played a large role in reducing A1C levels. ~Lynn @Glucerna
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