hi....the easy way is to look at the carb percentage on the food packaging or google for the list of food you usualy eat for nutrution values.concerning the meter here in the uk.we can get it free from pharmacies but you have to pay for strips and lancets after finishing the free pack and it is quite expensive unless you get a GP who want to prescripe it for you
You can get a meter anywhere. Walm-mart, Walgreens...wherever. Test strips can get expensive, so I would ask your doctor to prescribe them so at least your insurance can cover some of the cost. You can search the internet for the glycemix index and try to eat foods that are 55 or below on the scale, just in the meantime. But I highly suggest you have your doctor send you to a dietician. When you do eat, check your sugar 2 hrs after the START of your meal and you should be no higher than 140 2hrs after (most people strive for lower than that). If you are going over 140 2hrs after, it's a good bet you shouldn't eat what you ate. A lot of it is trial and error.
Thanks a bunch! Yeah my Doctor sent me a letter along with the test results and said I was pre-diabetic, and that I needed to set an appointment with her. So I did and all she did was check my blood presure, put me on high blood presure pills and sent me home. So I made another appointment for next week, maybe her head has been released from her butt now. If not, I will remind her of who I am, I've been her patient for over 27 years.
Thanks again all.