Hi my name is Sam and I was told I am diabetic the beginning of January...I am still in the denial stage although my blood tests say differently. It started as 18 after fasting and has reduced to 9.1 on metformin. It seems to be stabalising at between5 and 9 but I am not sure whether this is acceptable??? The doctor has made an emergency appointment with a specialist but that was 6 weeks ago and apparently I am on a waiting list and it may be some time before I get to see someone so basically I feel like I have been left to my own devices. I have bought several books to try and get my head around this and have also decided to try a vegan diet to see if this will help I was also told by a friend to join this forum as it is fab so here I am...hello
Hope you enjoy your visits here, this a friendly place and we're all willing to listen and offer advice when needed.
The food choice of others is becoming more and more heatedly exclusive until it may well turn into one of those forms of bigotry against which gallant little committees are constantly planning campaigns in the cause of justice and decency. (C O Skinner)
Hi Sam, I have also just been diagonised, and have been an almost vegan ( I have a little milk and cheese) for over 70 years. It has come as a shock to me as I have regular exercise and weigh under 15 stone. I have been prescribed Metformin but I already take Perindopril for high blood pressure I hope that by cutting out sugar I can beat this by diet alone!!
hanadr wrote:Welcome We'll try to help with any questions I am very cynical, so I'll say don't expect anything wonderfully helpful from a consultant. If you do, be glad that you'v found a rarity.
Thank you for the welcomes...you all come highly recommended. I have to admit I am old and cynical and am totally unsuprised by my treatment so far. It's scary but I am sure I will manage... I like a good challenge
Have a good look round the forum - there's a huge amount of information here that can help you. One thing that you will see straight away is that, while cutting out sugar is a good idea, sugar is not the main problem for a diabetic - it is carbohydrates. 10g of sugar will convert into 5g of blood sugar almost immediately. 10g of carbohydrate will convert to 10g of blood sugar - it just takes a bit longer to do it.
Type 2 on Glucophage and Byetta. Reduced carb diet. Last HBA1C 6.0. To the pessimist the glass is half empty, to the optimist it's half full, but to an engineer it's the wrong size glass.
an Asian vegetarian I knew ate a lot of sprouted grains, the sprouting process changes a lot of the starches into proteins which makes them more BG-friendly
Ah right, thanks for that. It is a book I got called the reverse diabetes diet and the author says it is not the carbs that are the problem its the animal fats, which I thought was weird. His argument is that Chinese etc have a high carb diet but hardly any incidence of diabetes! Woa it's a minefield out there
samcogle wrote: Ah right, thanks for that. It is a book I got called the reverse diabetes diet and the author says it is not the carbs that are the problem its the animal fats, which I thought was weird. His argument is that Chinese etc have a high carb diet but hardly any incidence of diabetes!
It's amazing the lies that some authors will tell in order to sell their books. His view on animal fats causing blood sugar puts him in a minority of one! The fact that blood sugar is created from carbohydrate and not fat is a very long established scientific principle, proven thousands of times, as is the fact that fat has absolutely no affect on blood sugar, other than to slow down the rate at which the small intestine converts carbohydrate into glucose.