lindainsomerset wrote:Hi Disney fan,
On a recent visit to Diabetic clinic I was told it can take 3months for Metformin to take any affect. ALso, I tried to cut my carbs right down, but it made me extremely depressed, hungry and very grumpy. I spoke to nurse about this and she said I MUST have carbs with every meal (small amount), and if I want a sandwich for lunch then to have one. My sugar levels are gradually coming down, without having to sacrifice everything I enjoy. Its a miserable enough existence not having cake/biscuits/chocolate etc, I certainly could not give up almost all carbs as well! Good luck.
Hmmm so how come I saw my Metformin take effect the very next day. It stopped my BG's spiking pretty instantly and I'm quite happy to upload my BG readings around that time to show you the facts. That effect is what most people report who test their own levels after eating. As to reducing BG's it manages to reduce mine by at most 1 mmol which again is what most others report who test their own BG's.
If you cut your carbs right down and ended up hungry then you didn't do it right. The idea is to cut carbs and replace so that you don't get hungry.
Your nurse is wrong, you do not need to have carbs with every meal and increasing number of doctors and health care professionals in the UK are gradually catching up with the fact that they are out of touch and out of date with the latest diabetic treatments offered in other countries with more progressive health services.
Why assume that because you live in the UK the health service and your nurses training must be the best? All the diabetic nurses at my local diabetic centre (reputedly the best in the UK) are currently undergoing RETRAINING to tell them about low carb diets and why to advocate them. The UK is gradually catching up or so it would appear. Perhaps you should ask your nurse when she is getting retrained rather than tell you rubbish that was proved wrong decades ago?
If your nurse was at your gp practice you do realise she needs no diabetic knowledge at all. She can call herself a DSN based on the simple fact that she's just a nurse that has been told to be the DSN by the practice. Perhaps you should ask to see her certificates showing she has some training in diabetes care?
No one on here advocates that you should end up eating a zero carb regime most will tell you to consume the number of carbs to allow you to maintain safe blood sugar levels on the level of medication you are taking. Are you testing your levels? You say your levels are gradually reducing. I really do hope they reduce to safe levels soon.
If you are finding things "a miserable enough existence" because you can't or don't want to reduce your carbs then rather than put your health at risk through diabetic complications such as going blind and amputations or depression because you are miserable perhaps you should ask your doctor or nurse for stronger medication so that you can cope with the level of carbs you want to consume. Alternatively if you want to live a high carb lifestyle just ask to go on insulin as that way you can cover the carbs you eat. Regardless of if you eat a low or high carb diet it needs to be a healthy one because of the very high risks of heart attacks and strokes associated with being overweight, having high cholesterol and / or high blood pressure.
Whatever you do please don't tell a recently diagnosed T2 something that the majority of forum members would see as denying or undermining that new members opportunity to get control of their life back using methods that are proven to be very effective and safe and will consequently allow them to put in place a long term healthy life giving solution.