There are complications with diabetes and it is inevatable that they happen. This is the assumption that many make.
Not all diabetics suffer complications. In fact many can even lessen the severity of complications like neuropathy by doing exercises.
The ironic thing is some can do everything right and suffer from complications some can literately do nothing and have no complications at all.
Both of these examples are in the minority. The majority of us who eat right, exercise, and also for those that need to, take our meds and shots.
We do this and the majority of us could see a long future without any complications.
Diet and exercise doesn't stop because we went on meds or shots.
There is a simpler way of figuring out your menu. It is called carb counting and this allows you to eat many of the foods you did before without problems. Carb counting is simple, all you do is look at the carbs a food has and to total the carbs in a meal. To learn this method talk to your doctor about setting up an appointment with a diabetic nutritionist. There is a book out there that helps you count on the fly so to speak, called "The CalorieKing Calorie, Fat & Carbohydrate Counter" ISBN: 1930448112. This is a small pocket book that even tells the carbs of foods at fastfood resturants menus. The book can be found at most bookstores.
The other very helpful thing is portion control. As an example I will use microwave popcorn. Most of us buy the box of 2.5 ounce bags and eat one bag thinking it is a serving when in reality it is a little over 2 servings. The box of popcorn labeled Mini bags are single serving bags. A single serving of microwave popcorn, I will use Act II as an example because it is what I have on hand, has 23 grams of carbs which quite easily fits in the range of a diabetic's diet.
I hope this helps.