www.bloodsugar101.com has a lot of easy to understand info. about Diabetes, how and when to test blood sugar, what the numbers mean, etc.
www.diabetesforum.com has some very knowledgable people who can answer any question your might have and give you sound advice. There are some very good recipes there, too. These two sites helped my husband and me a lot. By following the advice, we have both lost weight without trying, we eat good food and don't feel like we are being deprived, and we manage to keep our blood sugar in normal range.
Thank you guys so much! I always know I can get an answer from here. He has lost a lot of weight and is facing back surgery supposedly at the end of the month. I am afraid he is going to have to be in a lot better condition before a surgery can be scheduled.
Right now he is on Ensure, low sugar, I mix low fat of all kinds of ice cream, low fat cottage cheese and a few other things that will give him protein. Do any of you know any thing else I can do for the Ensure? Again, thank you so much for the info, very much appreciated Nikki
Have been a diabetic for 11 years, find DLife.com an amazing site. You get a weekly e-mail, and program on tv on Sunday nite. Also, many hospitals have monthly meetings where you can ask questions and receive a lot of freebees, and have you meters checked for accuracy. My doctor says that following your diet responsibly has made my blood sugar almost normal now. Good luck.
Your doctor's office should be able to direct you to a class or provide you with appropriate information. Don't count on insurance paying for classes though. My husband has diabetes also and his doctor scheduled a $100+ class which we found out afterwards was not covered by our insurance.
My husband (aged 53) is being tested next week but we are almost positive that he has Type2. His dad died from complications of Type2, plus my DH is a two time cancer survivor, so this is a rather frightening time for us. I did some Googling over the last few weeks, and found this site to be very helpful, I've already shifted our diet to one I found there, and it's already making a difference for him as he says he's feeling better and is loosing a bit of weight-me, too, I've lost a pound on it:):
I haven't joined the forum yet, but lurking has also been a help. As you can see from the home page, although the site is UK based, they call themselves a global community. The forum members come from all over the world.
Our diet was already pretty sensible but I've cut way down on butter and salt in my cooking per the suggestions on that site.
Also, one of the first things my husband did once we realised he probably has it was to stop having his usual nightly pint. He also gets out twice a day for a brisk walk no matter the weather. He's working up in time increments instead of miles or steps. I go with him, I figure at our age we both will benefit from being more fit:)
We'll probably stick with the changes we've made even if his Glucose Tolerance Test comes back negative because we really are seeing a difference in the way he feels. We don't think it will be a negative test result, though, so I likely will be joining that forum soon.
I'm sure the classes are a good thing but I didn't have insurance and couldn't afford to pay. I am now on Medicare and have an advantage plan so will be taking the classes soon.
I feel for you Nikki, I had a hard time getting information too. I looked for free classes.... none. I checked out a couple online diabetes forums, but not much help. I needed really basic info and it is hard to find. There was a "diabetes nurse" for free at my clinic but she was not much use. Didn't help me at all.
I wish I could be of more help but I am pretty much in the same boat. I am thankful that at last I will be able to take some classes. I hope they will be very basic and informative.
Check with your local hospital. Ours has a diabetes class, 4 wks, one day per wk. This class was extremely helpful. I highly recommend this class over trying to find info on your own. Insurance should pay for the class and at our hospital, and i'm sure others, once you take the class you can take it again free, anytime.
www.diabetes.org is a good starting place.
You will find more as you search. Just make sure it is a reputable website. And always check out any info you can with your doctor before trying something new.
Best of luck to you, and God bless!
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