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E-mails to Christine (GlucoMenu® Nutrition Director)
Christine is a Registered Dietitian & Certified Diabetes Educator

E-mail your questions to Christine at:  nutrition@GlucoMenu.com

Q. I was diagnosed on Monday of this week and feel really devastated.  My sugar check before my noon meal was 156.  This morning 2 hours after breakfast it was 202.

I need help with what foods I really need to eat.  I am glad to have found your web site.  It is very informative and I really need some help.

A. It can certainly be overwhelming when you are first diagnosed.  Keep in mind there is a lot you can do for yourself.  Below are five things you should learn more about when first diagnosed:

  1. Diet - Blood sugar and diet are directly related.  What you eat, how much you eat, and when you eat affect blood sugar.
  2. Exercise - Those with diabetes often see improved glucose tolerance and insulin sensitivity from exercise.
  3. Medication - Your doctor may prescribe medication to help with controlling diabetes.
  4. Testing - Testing blood sugar provides immediate feedback regarding how you are managing diabetes.
  5. Class - Attend a diabetes education class (usually offered at the local hospital) to help you get started with the basics.

Here is an article for newly diagnosed:

Newly Diagnosed

Christine Carlson, MS, RD, BC-ADM, CDE
GlucoMenu® Nutrition Director

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