Hi all! Newly diagnosed (May 5, 2017) Type 2 Diabetic. Was previously diagnosed with Pre-Diabetes at 15 and fighting it since then (I'm 41 now). Had gestational with both kids and I knew it would come eventually. Still though, when the diagnosis came in, I felt like a failure. I still have bouts of that feeling too. I start the education classes this week and see Nutritionist this week as well.
Current treatment is taking blood sugars once a day first thing in the morning, Metformin (1000mg/twice a day), exercise, and my doctor has recommended a plant-based diet. I am a little leary on the diet. The reason being that when I was pregnent with my son (2002), I was put on the Atkins diet by my doctor/hospital diabetes nutritionist. I ended up on bedrest the last 3 months and my son had to be taken 3 weeks early and was born with jaundice and hyperglycemic. We both nearly died before they took him as well. I had ketones, etc and my kidney and liver were shutting down. My blood was toxic.
So…little bit suspicious of the latest fad diets.
But since I was diagnosed pre-diabetic a lot has changed. And there is SO MUCH info out there that I don't even know where to start. Picked up a few books from my local library and been reading them but mostly, my questions are more on how to get my A1C down right now and get my BP under control. As I said, on Metformin and will be back on Simvastatin soon. I was taken off because it gave me Restless Leg Syndrom-like symptoms so my doctor took me off to see if I will cope better after getting used to the Metformin. I already drink 2-3 liters of water a day just normally, haven't had pop in ages, cut down red meat a while back anyway, processed foods too for the most part.
My hardest right now is the carb cravings. Not like I want to eat ALL the carbs, just more of I enjoy english muffins with breakfast (switched to egg whites and found them to not be heinous). Not 100% on board with the plant based diet because I like chicken and fish. And bacon on occasion. I've seen recipes for something called cauliflower rice but it sounds kinds disgusting. Not a fan of tofu either. I like it in like spicy Chinese soups and whatnot but on its own, no. Found some rice cakes I liked for the carb/sweet cravings.
Right now, I am looking more for things that will fill me up/not make me feel like I am starving myself. Currently taking in roughly 1200-1400 calories a day. One app says it is way more than I should be, the other says I'm like 300-500 under what I should be doing. Apps are MyFitnessPal and Lifesum, respectively.
So any advice? How do I work through the feeling like a failure for not keeping the pre-diabetes in check? How do I find a diet that is going to work? How much am I supposed to be eating? Found a snack I liked (Greek yogurt with granola on it) but the MFP app says it is too high calorie to be a snack. Feeling overwhelmed still and don't want to be put on some fad diet.
My personal favorite so far has been being told that if I use Apple Cider Vinegar it will CURE my diabetes. *eye roll* No. It. Won't. But I am not very trusting of the people who say paleo diet/plant based/grapefruit diets will work either.
For the record, I am currently at 5'2" and as of yesterday weighed 152.6lbs. I am down from 200 lbs a couple of years ago. Have some loose skin that is of course around my waist. Want to try to see what I can do to work that off but right now want to get my glucose down. Diagnosed with 13.6% A1C on 5/5/17, down to 10.4 currently. Average BS in mornings has been around 224-240. Only testing mornings though so no idea after eating meals.
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