Time to 'hunker down'

I was diagnosed over five years ago with Type 2. Never was offered any classes or information, with the exception of a page of info. No clue as to how to eat, best way to care for myself, and certainly no information about how often to test.
Now, at age 58, I am scheduled to attend my first diabetes class later this month. Have experienced low sugar symptoms way too often here lately. Feel good about learning more and the RIGHT WAY to eat! I plan to be a frequent visitor and reader of this site! Thank you so much for all the important information!!

Hello SaraLee. Welcome to the forum!

I think one of the very best things to read is the Blood Sugar 101 website. The author, Jenny Rhul, has compiled a vast amount of information gleaned from medical journals and reputable medical studies and provided it in a comprehensive, straightforward way. You can learn most of what you need to know from this website and, if you're like me, you'll find yourself referring back to it for months.

After that, you might check out Dr. Bernstein's Diabetes Solution, much of which you can read online. Dr. B gives very thorough explanations of what diabetes is, how it functions and how to manage it. He's a Type 1 diabetic who has been on insulin for 65 years. Dr. B advocates a very low-carb diet which he explains in detail in his book. If you're trying to figure out what to eat and what to avoid, many people find his diet very helpful. As far as I know, virtually everyone who tries this way of eating achieves great results in terms of lowering their BG very quickly. However, many people find that they're able to eat more carbohydrate than Dr. B recommends and gradually add some more to their diet.

The forums here are very useful and the members are kind, helpful and empathetic. I hope you enjoy learning with us. Please ask all the questions that come to your mind!


Thank you so much, Ann. I will actively seek these websites and the books too. I am ready to get started!

Welcome to the club nobody really wanted to join . . Gratitude has been a big component to master for me. I am 58 also. . . diagnosed 2 years ago. Learning takes time - one meal at a time. I have Riva Greenberg's "50 Diabetes Myths That Can Ruin Your Life and the 50 Diabetes Truths That Can Save It" which I purchased with the other two books mentioned above. Good luck - and keep communicating. This is a good place to find community. All my best to you SaraLee.

Thank you DeniseC for your encouraging words! I am gonna 'get smart' about diabetes and try my best to be a good 'proactive' club member. (I have a twin that shows no signs of diabetes. Go figure!)
Thanks again!