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Don't involve yourself in the blame game.

Discussion in 'Type 2 Diabetes' started by catherinecherub, Jun 17, 2011.

  1. midschick1

    midschick1 Type 2 · Member

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    I have been on Metformin for 6 weeks now after being diagnosed a type 2 diabetic. I have in 6 weeks lost a total of 1st 9lb in weight. I am a long time asthma sufferer. My GP moved me to the slow release Metformin about 7 days ago so the stomach pains I was getting before seemed to have gone. I am finding I am still every tired, poor concentration, blurry vision ( had eyes tested) and sometime I get sweaty. I rarely feel thirsty and I am not weeing much during the day or getting up in the night. My Vitamin D is non existent and my Iron levels are low. I am finding all this and a full time job in management a lot to deal with and find myself getting upset or crying at the drop of a hat. I am finding it hard when I need to take steroids for my asthma. I am aware of the side affects on my blood sugar. I just want to start feeling better not just a blubbering mess!!
     
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  2. walnut_face

    walnut_face Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    @midschick1 It will get better, honest! Do you have a blood glucose monitor?
     
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  3. midschick1

    midschick1 Type 2 · Member

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    @walnut_face My GP said I didn't need one as they are only for type 1 diabetics
     
  4. majnoon

    majnoon Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Gosh, the articles on here are so interesting and I feel for the people who are having a hard time, makes me realise how lucky I am that although I do have Type 2 I am somehow able to control it, with a 30 average of 6.8
     
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  5. Daphne917

    Daphne917 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    @midschick1 unfortunately some in the medical profession do not advocate self testing however it's ultimately your decision. I was told similar by my DN but decided to get a meter anyway and, through self testing, I gave found what I can and cannot eat so as not to raise my BS too much.
     
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  6. dunelm

    dunelm Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Like lots of people who are suddenly faced with diabetes of any kind, I get good days, not so good days and every now and again get depressed. Until very recently I was the director of a large organisation and worked long hours. So then with being diabetic, how to make the time for taking charge of it.

    One step at a time I think.

    If you have lost that much weight in 6 weeks then well done, as long as it's weight that needs to be lost.
    My doctor gave me the simplest of explanations about the benefits of weight loss - "all the cells in your body need insulin so the fewer cells you have, the more you insulin each cell can grab". Bit simplistic but it works for me.

    Huge numbers of the UK population are low in vitamin D - get a supplement and talk to your GP about increasing iron levels. You might though be able to do that with iron rich foods (dark green stuff etc).

    I have 2 inhalers - a brown one and a blue one (keeping it simple) and have 2 puffs of each twice a day uisng a little tube - bit of a bugger but I breathe better. They don't seem to cause me problems with blood sugars but maybe I'm too lazy to check.

    Like lots of people who are suddenly faced with diabetes of any kind, I get good days, not so good days and every now and again get depressed.

    Three things helped me along the way:
    Changing what I ate .I am on a low carb high fat diet and have lost 3 stone
    Buying a monitor and checking my blood to figure out what food stuffs not to eat.
    Walking a lot. I now only use my car if the journey is over 2 miles each way or I have a lot of shopping to do.

    Because of my work patterns I am now in the habit of getting up at 6am, drinking a glass of water and going out for a walk. Usually 3 miles but any walk will do.
    It's then done - off to work.
    Force the lunch break - go for a walk.

    Bit of a ramble but just what I did. As others have suggested. Get a monitor, find out how to use it to check your fasting BG and before and after eating - it puts you in charge.

    Good luck.
     
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  7. midschick1

    midschick1 Type 2 · Member

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    Quick update

    I walk 6000 steps a day
    I have lost 2 1/2 stone in 14 weeks
    My blood pressure is 120 over 60
    My asthma is under control with a change of inhalers
    My GP has started me on statins due to heart problems in my family.
    I still have bad days with muscle and joint pain where I am in tears almost but I try to walk it off.
    My sleep is non existent and my concentration isn't any better but I try to remain focus as best as I can!!
     
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  8. Daphne917

    Daphne917 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    @midschick1 has your muscle and joint pains and sleep and concentration issues got worse since starting the statins? I had similar sleep problems whilst on them along with dizzy spells and an increase in my BS levels
     
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    daisyduck Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Statins did that to me too.. I was encouraged to keep trying different types and they all had the same effect. I chose to not take them.
     
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    dunelm Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I know the feeling. I have been threatened with being in a wheelchair now for several years but just keep putting it off. Walking has been the thing that keeps the threat at bay. Some days are good and some days are bad - but they are days. Do statins cause issues?
     
  11. Daphne917

    Daphne917 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Unfortunately they can do for some people me included. My Hba1c was 48 on diagnosis which increased to 54 when I started taking statins. I came off them because they gave me frequent dizzy spells and sleep problems and my hba1c dropped soon after and is now 38.
     
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  12. PattiT

    PattiT Type 2 · Active Member

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    Five years on from the date of this excellent post and things haven't improved in the media for Type 2s - more blame and shame heaped on us seemingly every day.
    How newly diagnosed people are coping, I don't know. Hopefully they will all find this site and forum.
     
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    leslie10152 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Sugar is addictive because it promotes the release of dopamine in the brain. It is the 'reward' chemical, and provokes addictive behavior.
     
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    Contralto Other · Well-Known Member

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    You might want to read up on statins because I went off them for the in tears part. My tests would have to be grotesquely abnormal to get me to go on them again after their side effects.
     
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    HMurg Type 2 · Member

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    Thank you. I've been struggling with this for a while as I'm only 18. I find it confusing that people, who are also overweight with worse diets than mine, somehow don't have it when they're in their 30s. And yet I got diagnosed and was almost sent to A&E - it was only the lack of ketones in my urine which stopped that.

    I find it so confusing. My mum has ensured that my diet has been at least okay.

    I do have a genetic condition and I'm wondering if it's that which is starting to cause my pancreas to fail but I'll never be sure.
     
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  16. bluelybell

    bluelybell Type 2 · Member

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    Sorry that this is a bit all over the place.

    I was diagnosed T2 approx 15 years ago, I guess I do blame myself and I think my partner believes that it's due to over eating or eating the wrong stuff. Since my diagnosis I developed hyperthyroidism and now have hypothyroidism (hashimoto's disease) following treatment, fibromyalgia, I also have had polycystic ovarian syndrome for a long time.

    My diabetes has been fairly stable in recent years hba1c running between 7 and 7.5, on a couple of occasions over the years have tried testing without any support or much success and increasingly noticed that while the Drs and DN have done their thing they haven't been very forgiving about my weight or the fact I have T2 (17st currently been somewhere round this weight since i was a late teen with limited success of weighted loss). Went to see the DN this week and have been told to put my metformin up to 2grams a day from 1gram as my hba1c was 7.7 and they want me down at 6.5. My diet hasn't been the best it could be, to be fair not really sure what actually works for me and having been told by my DN having asked about whether testing might help, that testing will make no difference I am feeling quite low and frustrated. I also have IBS which makes for an interesting life and trying to balance food and what to eat is just a nightmare at the moment.

    Feel like testing my bs regularly might be the way to go but am worried I am going to start obsessing over every single morsel I eat and every test I do.
     
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    ickihun Type 2 · Expert

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    @bluelybell I see myself in you.

    Although my partner never blames me for my diabetes. Although he hates the attention it gets at times.

    Are you the obsessive type?

    My advice is to test to find out what foods work for you. Make a food diary so you can look back at its affect on your bgs. For health reasons.
    Don't forget you will be experiencing carb cravings if your level of carbs are too high, for you. Don't feel guilty about your body seeking out energy, as your converting very little.
     
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    bluelybell Type 2 · Member

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    I don't know if I'm obsessive type to be fair, I think part of the problem I have had is that when I have been testing before I have been worrying about the 'oh my goodness my bs has shot up after I have eaten something, what am I going to do now thing' but not having anyone who can support or offer advice.

    When I was given my first meter I was shown how to test my bs but not given any advice about what to expect, what to eat other than "to not eat sugar", and constantly being told to lose weight.
     
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    theoldfunker Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Just found this post and I thank
    catherinecherub
    Finding myself on a bit of a low this morning after dropping my bowl of porridge on the kitchen floor due to sudden crap in my hand thinking is this anther symptom ?
     
  20. SockFiddler

    SockFiddler Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I'm so grateful for this whole thread (and many of the links and almost all of the posters). The whole shame / blame thing bewilders me. After all, we don't point fingers at smokers who get lung cancer - though, perhaps economically speaking, they've paid their way in tax?

    As if we over-eaters haven't been maintaining farms and local restaurant jobs and...

    Whatever. The point is, there's a lot of bad health choices that lead to high-profile, expensive diseases but you don't see sufferers of those being so regularly shamed in the media. Then again, there's also a heavy emphasis on physical beauty in the media - we're all supposed to look like movies stars.

    And I do. I'm a 6' tall Melissa McCarthy.
     
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