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Diabetic Diet for type 2

Diabetes & Endocrine System | Last Active: Aug 8 10:38am | Replies (21)

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Been on oral med for diabetes for years and it is quite pricey which is tough but was working well until this year. This year my doctor tried a sliding scale fast acting insulin which made my life worse; the long acting insulin does help. I am blessed to be able to have a Libre device which reads my sugar levels day and night. I have a lot of other health challenges, but this experience pushed me over the edge as regards my attitude. I have hated how I have felt and the focus I have had to increase on diet and awareness of my health. It seems like there is no way/time to take a break from this focus. I was a nurse, have seen a lot of sicker folk, have compassion except for myself…this is not a good place to be. I know, even children have IDDM and it breaks my heart to think of them and their families who need to be so vigilant. I just wanted to share with you my emotional reaction to this health change. I have no idea how long it takes for high blood sugars to affect the body, just can only focus on one day at a time. One other challenge which complicates my diabetes is my food allergies and intolerances which activate/increase my IBS-diarrhea. Socially this is so harsh. I hope you find your way through this challenging disease and find peace/strength. I pray the same for myself. Blessings to you.

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When I read this, I definitely relate. "One other challenge which complicates my diabetes is my food allergies and intolerances which activate/increase my IBS-diarrhea. Socially this is so harsh. "
We are a family with a plethora of food allergies, plus my diabetic husband who needs to watch his diet. I have a strategy for eating out that works for me, I learned it from a friend who cannot eat solid food, but joins our outings anyway. I know there will be little if anything on many menus for me, but try to find one thing to order, along with a beverage. I view this as social time only, and eat my main meal before or after the outing.
When it comes to social gatherings, I make sure the host/hostess know of my limitations, and if asked I will suggest one dish that I can eat. Or I offer to bring one if appropriate. Then I put a tiny dab of a few other foods, along with the allowable one, on my plate and join the group. I try never to make an issue of it, and ask my hosts to do the same. If I am urged to try something I cannot eat I just say "no thank you." I have lived with these limits for many years, and manage to maintain an active social life.
By the way, we have also developed a list of restaurants that can and will prepare safe foods, and will suggest them as destinations if asked for input.

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