I was involved in a discussion over in a Facebook group recently and someone posted:
What one tip would you give someone who is newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes?
So I thought it would make a perfect post right here, sharing many of their tips. So that means these tips I've compiled for you are from people who have experienced this themselves and here's what some of them had to say.
20 Tips To Help You Out
- Your life depends on you checking your blood sugars. The numbers don't lie so you cannot claim denial. Love yourself enough to take care of yourself and report you true numbers to your doctor often.
- Check your blood sugars often, take your medications when you're supposed to, exercise, eat right, and NEVER GIVE UP!!
- You have diabetes, it doesn't have you. It's not a death sentence when a few life choices are changed.
- Never ignore your symptoms.
- Educate yourself and educate the people around you that will be with you daily.
- Don't panic, it's not the end of the world.
- Drink lots of water.
- Eat right, no pasta, no sweets, take your medication and exercise.
- You can live a normal life while maintaining blood sugars.
- Limit carbs and eat the right carbs.
- Don't give up.
- Cut way back on carbs.
- Check your sugar often, take it one day at a time. It isn't going to be easy but before you know it, it will become second nature to you. Keep your head up and remember what you do now affects you later on in life.
- Don't get scared it won't accomplish anything.
- Educate yourself and exercise.
- Get rid of diet soda
- Life will be normal again, just a new normal.
- Be sure to weight and portion everything and keep a food log until you know portions and have your blood sugar and eating routine under control.
- Join a support group and know that you aren't the only one and some days are better than others.
- Change the way you eat and remember that almost everything has carbs!
There's lots of good stuff there right?
If you're newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes it can be quite a shock. There is no doubt that it adds another level of complexity to your life and in the early stages it can seem overwhelming.
But like many people pointed out, it's not a life sentence and you can live a ‘new' normal life again.
One thing is for sure, you do need to learn a thing or 2 so I'll give you a word of warning and provide some resources to help you get started.
Newly Diagnosed? A Word Of Warning
Let me just say that you will read a lot of conflicting information out on the internet so make sure you're careful. There is A LOT of misinformation, outdated information, and just plain bad information. Just keep this in mind as you look around.
Make sure the places you source information from are places like Diabetes Meal Plans. We are qualified nutritionists and dietitians and most of our information is evidence-based, meaning it comes from proper science.
We also don't have any investment in supporting large food companies, like many large health sites do. You'd think that large government diabetes websites would have your best interests at heart and share only the most up to date information. But often times this isn't the case, which is very surprising.
For example: The amount of carbohydrates recommended by large government diabetes organizations is still 45-75 g per meal. This is way too much! You will really find it difficult to control your blood sugar levels with a carb intake this high.
That's just one simple example but on these sites there are many examples I could point to. It's one reason why many people struggle to get control over their blood sugar, because they are trusting the wrong information. Just be aware of this okay 🙂
Top 5 Resources To Help You Get Started
So here are a few important resources to help get you started in the right direction.
- Blood sugar levels chart
- Diabetes Diet Food List
- Guide to Carbohydrates
- How many carbs per day for a diabetic
- Why is morning blood sugar high?
Those free posts will help get you started. And please feel free to leave comments on any of the posts on this site because we're always here to chat 🙂
Your health is your wealth 🙂