Hello, I am new to the Sisters

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Hi, I have only been on a day or so now. First time to the womens Forum. Hope to meet you all by reading some new and go back and read some old posts. See how this works. I have signed up for a sister match. Hoping that goes well. I have never had a discussion about diabetes with anyone but my endo dr. My goal is to get BG under control and get off meds. I am type 2. I know nothing about counting carbs or calories or dieting. I have recently lost wt. but, it was portion sizes and weighing, to long to discuss in my intro. I really want to know how to get #'s under control. And, how not to eat bad foods that make #'s go crazy. Thanks everyone.:)
Posted about 9 years ago
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Hello and welcome to the Sisterhood. You have come to the right place. congrats on the weight loss! that is fantastic. I too am a type 2 and i am striving to reduce my medications and improve my levels. I am told the only way to take control, is to exercise at least 3 times a week and eat the proper diet (maybe with a little medication throw in on the side). There is some wonderful information under our Resources tab and Expert Advice tab. Please feel free to direct some questions to the ladies that you see listed there.. The contact info for their e-mails are listed there with each one.

If you can making an appt with a nutritionist or a cde, cd, they can personalize a meal plan for you. They also have loads and loads of information.

Check back often and let us know your progress. Good Luck
Posted about 9 years ago
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Hello everyone,my name is Liz. I have been diagnosed for about 3 years now with psoriatic arthritis.I am in constant pain & tired all the time. To date they are still not able to get it under control. Then upon a routine OB/GYN my doctor does blood work & finds I am pre-diabetic. The tests were repeated with the same results. I will now see my PCP on this Monday the 7th. For now my doctor has me dieting as if I am a full diabetic. I joined this group to learn more about diabetes & make friends.
Posted about 9 years ago
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Hi nylady (from one NY Lady to another!),
Welcome to the Sisters. So happy to meet you, and sorry to hear that you are suffering.

In the years before developing type 2 diabetes, many people go through a time when they are pre-diabetic (the blood sugars are lower than they have to be to be diagnosed with diabetes, but higher than 'normal' levels). Some people never go on to develop diabetes, but many do. Doctors are realizing that the disease process can be slowed down with diet, exercise and medications.

You and your doctor will be having many conversations in the future as to what treatment choice, or choices are best for you. Having arthritis adds another challenge to the exercise component.

You might ask your doctor about scheduling a session with a local diabetes educator to help with meal planning and to discuss what options might best benefit you as an individual.
It is wonderful to have you here! Looking forward to hearing more from you in the near future!:kiss:
Laurie P., Moderator
Posted about 9 years ago
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Thanks Admin. What do you mean when you said nutritionist, cde or cd could make out a personalized menu? On this board or my endo.? Cause I gained wt. from doing food pyramid of ADA.
I lost wt. using a PT, Personal Trainer. Eating fruits, veggies, lean meat. Cannot do grains and no processed foods. Not to lose nor stay slim.
Right now I am eating like a maniac. It's the old, off a diet mentality. Not in a good place, gaining. Still walking 3 - 4 days per week. Thank God. ..I can hardly put together one or 2 good meals together right now. Say a prayer. Need a mentor or buddy.
I am type 2..
Posted about 9 years ago
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i would talk with your endo about working with a cde, reg diet. I know exactly what you mean about eating like a maniac. I can do okay for awhile, then I fall off the wagon. I have learned that if I buy it, i will eat it. I also crave sweets. I just went through a 12 week program at our gym that required us to work out at least 3 times a week. We had to log everything we ate and drank daily. There was also suggested amounts for carbs, protein and fats per day. I actually lost 6 lbs and was thrilled. I felt better. Now that my membership has run out, i fell off the wagon. But i will be joining back up. The more I exercise, the more I want to eat better. I am also a type 2. Good luck.
Posted about 9 years ago
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Hi my name is Pat, and I am new to DiabetesSisters. I am very thankful to have seen this website, and I look forward to everything it has to offer. :) God bless, all
Posted about 9 years ago
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Hi flowerlover and belgrave and all! Glad to 'see you!'

I hate to diet too. Look at the first three letters, no wonder we hate it. Diet isn't a good word for anyone. Learning to eat healthier never means totally avoiding any one type of food or your favorite food items. We can't live like that! (Me, I like a good Oreo cooke fest once in a while).
The trick is learning to enjoy all foods in reasonable amounts. And we do fall off the wagon sometimes, the most important thing is to get back on. The best way to do this is to get educated! Look for a CDE (Certified Diabetes Educator). If you go to a dietitian and she gives you a 'diet' with no options or decision making on your own--run for the hills!--and find another person who can help.
Laurie P., moderator
Posted about 9 years ago