Husband with Diabetes

@tiggyann (614)
United States
July 26, 2007 9:37am CST
husband went to the doctors yesterday and had his suga levels come back and tested at 11.8, which is equal to 337 on the meters, so I was told. I know that has got to be high and very dangerous. He is having problems cutting out the sugar he loves so much, and afraid of serving him up something that is not good for him and accidently sending this poor man into a diabetic coma. Any help you guys can give me about diabetic diets, I will be so greatful, I hate to see my poor husband starve and go without anything he likes. He loves his sweets, but know the white flour, sugar and fat has got to go! So anyone have any good ideas for good diabetic recipes that will not kill him and still keep his sugar low, he loves his sweets!
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@Willowlady (10658)
• United States
26 Jul 07
Until he gets his sugar under good management levels he has to be extremely careful. Know that once he learns how to balance everything he will get to taste some of the goodies he likes so well. My mother is diabetic and fortunatately she is diet controlled and says that she does not miss now the junk that harms a diabetic. Fat is not such an issue if he exercises and keeps busy. Halle Berry is diabetic and with all the working out for the movie Catwoman she did not need much if any insulin during that time. You will be able to eat with him and be happy also since the best diet is actually a garden based diet. Learn to eat little bread since almost all of is is white with colorings added, unless you do find some whole grain breads. Take care of the sythetic sugars, there can be an issue of aftertaste and also act as a laxative and that is not fun. Keep us posted and we should be able to share what works.
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@tiggyann (614)
• United States
26 Jul 07
I totally agree, that is why I'm so worried about. Asked him what was for lunch today he said big mac and french fries, I about flipped and jumped his case then he said no he ate salad and made me feel better. that he was just pulling my leg then asked me if it was as serious as I was telling him it was and I told him yes, if he doesn't take care of himself he could die, so I'm hoping he listens to me. And if he can get his weight down and under control, he will be feeling better and more energy and bloodsugar will drop! :)
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@Willowlady (10658)
• United States
26 Jul 07
He could have had a bit of hamburger and bit of cheese in that salad and made it better. Good that you two are talking and men do make it hard for us since many of them will not work on controlling their sugars when diagnosed. I wish you all the luck with this. He is worth it.
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@tiggyann (614)
• United States
26 Jul 07
yea he said he had alittle bit of turkey and alittle cheese in it, so that was not that bad. :) So tonight I'm going to the grocery store and buying stuff for his lunch and read that whole grain and sourdough breads are better for him, so this is what I will buy him.
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@pirtlems (245)
• United States
26 Jul 07
hi, i also have diabetis and i switched from sugar to splenda, it is made from sugar and taste like sugar.you can use it in anything you would use sugar for.it has no aftertaste ,i get mine at wal-mart they also have it in their brand whitch is a little cheaper. also do a search on diabetic recipes and you get a lot of them.
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@tiggyann (614)
• United States
26 Jul 07
will have to look into that, thanks! :) krissy
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@meme0907 (3481)
• United States
26 Jul 07
Hey ta, I'm sorry to hear your DH has developed diabetes-I know it would be very difficult for me b/c I love bread.My Granny was diabetic & she still had a little bread & those no-sugar ice creams.I know it's hard for you not to give him what he wants b/c I firmly believe we associate food w/ happiness look at babies when they cry we give them a bottle.Your family is in my prayers.Sorry I couldn't be of more help w/ food suggestions. +'s|:)
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• United States
27 Jul 07
my sister is a diabetic and so was my x husband they ate what they wanted but not a whloe lot of it I know that baked meat will take away the grease and if you cut off the fat on meat that will help try the diabetic candy for his sweets hope that you can get some good reciepes from other mylotters
@tiggyann (614)
• United States
27 Jul 07
yea, I'm starting to bake alot more of the meat and giving him smaller portions, thanks so much! :)
@tabyorky (281)
27 Jul 07
My Grandma is a diabetic and you can buy diabetic sweets and chocolates specially for diabetics. They sell them on ebay and in Thorntons.
@GardenGerty (157907)
• United States
27 Jul 07
Most grocery stores have diabetic candies and sweets. Most of them are sweetened with fructose, sorbitol, mannitol, or xylitol. Side effects of these sweeteners are often gas and diarrhea. A little is okay--I always chew sugarless gum, but not ten or so pieces a day.
@tiggyann (614)
• United States
27 Jul 07
I'm off to chekc that one out, thanks! :) krissy
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• United States
27 Jul 07
Loving sweetes and diabetes can not go together. he will have to give up eating sweets. Afterall prevention is better than cure. Suggest him to eat black-berry. Do not throw its core part(seed) it is also edible. dry it in shade not in sun then make a fine powder of these seeds and eat daily one sugerspoon with water twice a day
@tiggyann (614)
• United States
27 Jul 07
He will have to give them up, but I disagree that he will have to give them up completley, there are sugarfree candies he can have and moderation is the key. I do have him on a 200 carb a day diet. He gets 20g-25g carbs for breakfast, 45g carbs for lunch, 45g-60g lunch and 2 snacks about 20g-25g crabs each. After shopping reading every label in the grocery store last night, I realized how much work this is and decided to make a list of the products that I will buy acording to the lowest grams of carbs possible. Found the lowest yogurt for a snack which was about 13g of carbs, and perfect for a snack, actually equals to almost 1/2 of a snack and then gave him some diabetic candy I made last night and that equaled to about 6g carbs, and he was as happy can be! :)
@edigital (2709)
• United States
28 Jul 07
I am lucky that none of my family has diabetic. I tested my sugar and it is below 6.0 however some of my relatives have diabetic and I saw when a husband caught by diabetic disease wife has chance to caught by diabetic if the couple is young. If very old then chance to spread diabetic is low. However, regular diet control and walking in the morning and evening and do some laborous work, eating sugar free tea or coffe keep diabetic low and keep health very nice and energetic.
• United States
27 Jul 07
I'll be honest, I don't know a lot about the subject and I wish I did. But I've known a few people who have diabetes and they eat sugar free candy. I know there's a lot out there. I found this on the net. If you have diabetes, that doesn't mean you can't eat sweets. People with diabetes can eat desserts, use sweeteners, and still keep their blood glucose (sugar) levels in their target range. These options are available for sweetening your foods: * Sugar and other sweeteners with calories including honey, brown sugar, molasses, fructose, cane sugar, and confectioners sugar * Reduced-calorie sweeteners including erythritol, hydrogenated starch hydrolysates, isomalt, lactitol, maltitol, mannitol, sorbitol, and xylitol * Low-calorie sweeteners such as ascelfume potassium, aspartame, saccharin and sucralose It's at this web site http://www.diabetes.org/nutrition-and-recipes/nutrition/sweeteners.jsp I hope it helps!
@jewel76 (2305)
• Canada
29 Jul 07
Hi there, sorry to hear about your hubby's diabetes. My husband was also diagnosed with diabetes type 2 about 1 year ago. He doesn't really care for sweets per say, but he loves his bread, potatoes and pasta, which are all carbs! One thing he did though, right away, he switched from regular coke to diet coke, and instead of sugar in his coffee, he puts twin or equal. I know eating lots of veggies is good , but even there, you have to be careful and know which ones are good. I believe carrots have to be eaten not too often because they contain sugar. I wish you both all the best of luck.
@sarkar1 (336)
• India
26 Jul 07
I do have some information regarding diabetes. My family has a history of diabetes-- my great grandfather had it, so did my grand father , father, and in all probabilities I will have it too. This what the doctor advised my father :- 1- The doctor prepared a diet chart, and advised him to follow that chart strictly. eating raw sugar was taboo. 2- He also told him to check his blood sugar level regularly, using simple devices such as "Accu check", so as to maintain stability. Diabetes cannot be cured, but it can be controlled easily.
@tiggyann (614)
• United States
27 Jul 07
Know what you mean, my family has it too, my grandad had it on my moms side and my dads grandparents had it too, so I make sure I check mine every now and then, still been lucky mine is still normal! :) and thanks for the help! :)
@sirgang (22)
• Philippines
27 Jul 07
Diabetic diets or recipes are available in bookstores one good book is "cooking for diabetics" or you can download them from the internet (some are even free). Another thing if he knows he is diabetic he should be careful otherwise it might lead to what you fear (diabetic coma) and scientifically there are only two things for a guy in coma, either the patient recovers but stays on bed or the patient die. The proverbs say "sensible people will see trouble coming and avoid it, but an unthinking person will go right into it and regret it later"
@tiggyann (614)
• United States
27 Jul 07
actually I'm so surprized he is starting to take this alot better and he has been following my new diet I have gave to him. He just wants to eat that is all and so I have to count the carbs and cut carbs where needed so he can eat more! :)