When first diagnosed, you should have help from a specialist diabetes dietician who may give you some leaflets or printed sheets that tell you which foods are better for you to have. But you also need to educate yourself about food now that you have diabetes, and allow yourself to learn about your own body’s reactions to food stuff. We each react a little differently to foods, so you will have to assess how you are getting on by doing a blood test.
If you have Type 2 diabetes you may only need to test once a day or once a week as Type 2 is often considered to be less serious and easier to control. That doesn’t mean to say that you won’t have a lot to get to grips with in your diet.
If you have Type 1 diabetes you are likely to be encouraged to blood test before each meal and before bedtime, and at each of these points in time you are likely to both have an injection and have something to eat.