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Well-Known Member, Female, from West of Ireland

WInners never quit, and quitters never win. Feb 25, 2017

helga_t75 was last seen:
Jul 13, 2017
      Hello I am from United States how is it in the U.K.
      1. helga_t75
        Hello, I don't know, I am in the West of Ireland! Bit soggy, bit frosty here today :)
        Feb 28, 2017
      WInners never quit, and quitters never win.
      1. clever24 likes this.
      2. mist
        Very true
        Feb 25, 2017
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    Home Page:
    West of Ireland
    Bit of this and that.
    Type of diabetes:
    Type 2
    Treatment type:
    Non-insulin injectable medication (incretin mimetics)
    1000mg Metformin SR
    I'm kind of a farmer...


    Nov 2012 - Age 37. Diagnosed T2 with HbA1c 97. BMI 37. Got a dog and quit stressful, travelling job. Took 6 months off work.
    May 2013 - HbA1c reduced to 48 with ultra low carb diet, "lifestyle change" and metformin. BMI reduced to 33.3 (lost 2 stone). Nurse practitioner told me that I wouldn't be able to sustain low carb over the long term and would probably end up on insulin.
    May 2014 - Eating wholefood carbs again, HbA1c rising, started on Januvia (in addition to the metformin)
    2014-15 - "Busy". Lost focus... HbA1c creeping up... Into 60's, doctor told me it wasn't awful but we could do better..
    Jan 2016 - HbA1c 68, BMI 34.9 I asked to be referred to Consultant, requesting GLP-1 mimetic injection. Refused as below threshold BMI of 35. Was pretty lost... spent the next year not testing and 'trying' not to eat carbs (stressing).
    Jan 2017 - Driven back to doctor with peripheral neuropathy symptoms and fear. HbA1c now 77, BMI now 35.9 Prescribed Lyxumia injections by new 'Nurse Facilitatior' at practice. Retinopathy tests showed start of damage. Started testing again. Reduced carbs at same time as started taking Lyxumia. Told by nurse that a low carb regime was not advised by NICE.
    Feb 2017 - Lyxumia seemed to be showing little effect on bloods, or at least not enough, and also had horrible side effects. Nausea and debilitating headaches. Email contact with nurse who has suggested changing to Bydureon at next appointment. She recommended taking this for 6 months minimum to 'give it a good go' before reviewing again and potentially adding/changing to insulin.
    20th Feb 2017 - Morning bloods reduced from mid teens in Jan to just under 9 but suspect this is effect of diet, and nausea/headaches terrible. So I just stopped taking Lyxumia (after 5 weeks of trying) continuing the 1g metformin SR, and moved from 'reduced' carb intake (less than 100g) to stricter LCHF diet (less than 20g) "just to see what happens" before next nurse appt on 7th March.
    27th Feb 2017 - Morning bloods below 7mmol for first time. Yay. Decisions...
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