Being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes can be devastating. Although this type of diabetes can be controlled with diet, exercise and medication, it can still be a stressful diagnosis for anyone.
There are many things that you will need to do, perhaps the most is to change your dietary habits. It is important to discuss with your physician what your menu should be.
Most often, a type 2 diabetic diet will be low carb. However if you have other health problems, then your physician may recommend a low carb and low calorie diet. Although your initial reaction might be that you won’t be able to eat what you like, this is not necessarily true. You will be required to consume a certain amount of carb and calories each day.
When you first plan your menu options, it is likely that you will be confused. It is normal. There are many different sites and organizations that will be able to assist you. However, with a little determination, you can figure it out on your own.
Being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes is stressful enough. You do not have to add to the stress worrying about what or what not to eat.
The Internet holds a wealth of information. Using it will make your menu planning extremely easy.
By making a list of all the foods that you like to eat, you can find out how many carbs and calories each food has and adjust your menu accordingly.
Being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes does not mean you can never again eat the foods you love; it means that you have to limit what you eat. It is also critical that you do not skip meals, in fact, it is recommended that instead of eating three large meals, change your diet to include six small meals and healthy snacks in between.
Skipping meals can lower your blood sugar levels and can be just as dangerous as high blood sugar levels. There is a level that you must maintain, and staying within these levels is what causes the most stress.
Many people who are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes are so consumed with planning their menu options that they forget that monitoring their blood sugar level is just as critical. Special blood monitoring kits can be purchased at any pharmacy and is covered under most insurance plans.
Your physician will advise you what the ideal blood sugar level is for you and it is important that you stay within the levels recommended.
If your level is above what it should be, then it is important that you get it under control as soon as possible. Many people with type 2 diabetes add an exercise routine to their daily activities, which greatly helps in controlling their diabetes.
If you are nervous about planning your menu’s you can consult with a nutritionist. They are specially trained in planning menu’s for those who have illnesses requiring restricted diets. It is important to remember that with a nutritionist, your menu options will be more restricted then if you plan them yourself.