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Discussion in 'Greetings and Introductions' started by Fuchsia, Aug 17, 2017.

  1. Fuchsia

    Fuchsia Type 2 · Member

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    Hi,
    I was diagnosed type 2 in February this year with Hba1c at 112. Gutted! I was put on Metformin and Glickliside. I decided to go low carb mixed with Cambridge Weight Plan step 4. In Jun I stopped taking meds and my Hba1c was down to 42 in July. Hoping next one will be in normal range. It's been really encouraging reading all the positive stories and advice on the forum, especially about meds. I seem to be one of the lucky ones with an approachable and really helpful diabetic nurse at my surgery, who allowed me to reduce meds as I judged as she saw I had thoroughly researched everything and gained a lot of knowledge on the condition.
     
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  2. Liam1955

    Liam1955 Type 2 · Master

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    Hello @Fuchsia and Welcome to the Forum :).
    I will tag @daisy1 who will post on this Thread some basic information for New Members.
     
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    Salvia Prediabetes · Well-Known Member

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    Hi @Fuchsia, and welcome to the forum; seems you have learnt your way around a fair bit of the content already and are making excellent progress. Great, isn't it, when we can see the results of all our hard work - and have the bonus of good professional backup. :)
     
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  4. Fuchsia

    Fuchsia Type 2 · Member

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    Thanks Salvia, really appreciate it.
     
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  5. Fuchsia

    Fuchsia Type 2 · Member

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    Thanks Liam
     
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    Bluetit1802 Type 2 · Oracle

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    Hi, and welcome to the forum.

    Those are fantastic results in such a short time - very well done. :) It is wonderful to hear these success stories. Keep posting, and keep up the good work!
     
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  7. daisy1

    daisy1 Type 2 · Guru
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    @Fuchsia

    Hello Fuchsia and welcome to the Forum :) Here is the Basic Information we give to new members and I hope you will find it useful, especially the Low Carb Program linked to below. Ask as many questions as you need to and someone will be able to help.


    BASIC INFORMATION FOR NEWLY DIAGNOSED DIABETICS

    Diabetes is the general term to describe people who have blood that is sweeter than normal. A number of different types of diabetes exist.

    A diagnosis of diabetes tends to be a big shock for most of us. It’s far from the end of the world though and on this forum you'll find well over 250,000 people who are demonstrating this.

    On the forum we have found that with the number of new people being diagnosed with diabetes each day, sometimes the NHS is not being able to give all the advice it would perhaps like to deliver - particularly with regards to people with type 2 diabetes.

    The role of carbohydrate

    Carbohydrates are a factor in diabetes because they ultimately break down into sugar (glucose) within our blood. We then need enough insulin to either convert the blood sugar into energy for our body, or to store the blood sugar as body fat.

    If the amount of carbohydrate we take in is more than our body’s own (or injected) insulin can cope with, then our blood sugar will rise.

    The bad news

    Research indicates that raised blood sugar levels over a period of years can lead to organ damage, commonly referred to as diabetic complications.

    The good news

    People on the forum here have shown that there is plenty of opportunity to keep blood sugar levels from going too high. It’s a daily task but it’s within our reach and it’s well worth the effort.

    Controlling your carbs

    The info below is primarily aimed at people with type 2 diabetes, however, it may also be of benefit for other types of diabetes as well.

    There are two approaches to controlling your carbs:
    • Reduce your carbohydrate intake
    • Choose ‘better’ carbohydrates
    Reduce your carbohydrates

    A large number of people on this forum have chosen to reduce the amount of carbohydrates they eat as they have found this to be an effective way of improving (lowering) their blood sugar levels.

    The carbohydrates which tend to have the most pronounced effect on blood sugar levels tend to be starchy carbohydrates such as rice, pasta, bread, potatoes and similar root vegetables, flour based products (pastry, cakes, biscuits, battered food etc) and certain fruits.

    Choosing better carbohydrates

    The low glycaemic index diet is often favoured by healthcare professionals but some people with diabetes find that low GI does not help their blood sugar enough and may wish to cut out these foods altogether.

    Read more on carbohydrates and diabetes.

    Over 145,000 people have taken part in the Low Carb Program - a free 10 week structured education course that is helping people lose weight and reduce medication dependency by explaining the science behind carbs, insulin and GI.

    Eating what works for you

    Different people respond differently to different types of food. What works for one person may not work so well for another. The best way to see which foods are working for you is to test your blood sugar with a glucose meter.

    To be able to see what effect a particular type of food or meal has on your blood sugar is to do a test before the meal and then test after the meal. A test 2 hours after the meal gives a good idea of how your body has reacted to the meal.

    The blood sugar ranges recommended by NICE are as follows:

    Blood glucose ranges for type 2 diabetes
    • Before meals: 4 to 7 mmol/l
    • 2 hours after meals: under 8.5 mmol/l
    Blood glucose ranges for type 1 diabetes (adults)
    • Before meals: 4 to 7 mmol/l
    • 2 hours after meals: under 9 mmol/l
    Blood glucose ranges for type 1 diabetes (children)
    • Before meals: 4 to 8 mmol/l
    • 2 hours after meals: under 10 mmol/l
    However, those that are able to, may wish to keep blood sugar levels below the NICE after meal targets.

    Access to blood glucose test strips

    The NICE guidelines suggest that people newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes should be offered:

    • structured education to every person and/or their carer at and around the time of diagnosis, with annual reinforcement and review
    • self-monitoring of plasma glucose to a person newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes only as an integral part of his or her self-management education

    Therefore both structured education and self-monitoring of blood glucose should be offered to people with type 2 diabetes. Read more on getting access to blood glucose testing supplies.

    You may also be interested to read questions to ask at a diabetic clinic.

    Note: This post has been edited from Sue/Ken's post to include up to date information.

    Take part in Diabetes.co.uk digital education programs and improve your understanding. They're all free.
    • Low Carb Program - it's made front-page news of the New Scientist and The Times. Developed with 20,000 people with type 2 diabetes; 96% of people who take part recommend it... find out why
    • Hypo Program - improve your understanding of hypos. There's a version for people with diabetes, parents/guardians of children with type 1, children with type 1 diabetes, teachers and HCPs.
     
  8. Fuchsia

    Fuchsia Type 2 · Member

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    Fuchsia Type 2 · Member

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    Hi Daisy. Thanks for the info. I did the low carb program and lost almost a stone. And it really helped in bringing down my blood glucose.
     
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  10. Fuchsia

    Fuchsia Type 2 · Member

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    Really pleased to say my latest Hba1c result was
    40. Still low carbing and have things pretty much under control.
     
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  11. Grateful

    Grateful Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Well done! I too was diagnosed in February of this year and am also controlled with diet and no meds.

    Every such success story is worth a big celebration.
     
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