Hello, my name is Cally and I'm type 2. I was called into see the nurse at m GPs surgery on 7 September because one of my blood sugar readings was high. I was asked if I wished to join the lincolnshire diabetes prevention programme. I jumped at the chance, I have a BMI of 32, a huge waist line and my dad was type 2, so I was keen to take all the help I could get.
So off I went to my induction meeting on 30 September (Macmillan cake day) to sit with a lovely chap called Richard who explained that the programme concentrates on lowering HbA1c readings by diet and lifestyle. Low carb, high fat. I listened in amazement, never heard of this before and interested to get started (though very baffled). Whilst all this was going on Richard pricked my finger and put a drop of blood in his whizzy little machine. Then there was an "Oh". I don't really like "Oh". My HcA1c reading was 51.7%. As I understand it that means I am officially diabetic. Type 2.
I'm sort of in limbo now. Richard said that people already with type 2 don't generally get accepted on this programme, although he did say he would do his best to get me registered as I'm very keen to make changes to my life and weekly meetings and progress measurement would certainly help me. I've heard nothing further, and I've asked my GP surgery to keep me posted if they hear anything (of course they will, Richard has said he'd let them know my "diagnosis").
So, being a stubborn cow, I've decided to be proactive. Following Richard's advice I've done some research and looked into the LCHF diet, found the diabetes programme and jumped on. The forums are amazing, people are so knowledgeable and generous. Supportive and friendly. Having done quite alot of reading and using various recommended tools (https://cronometer.com - carb counting has been a revelation) I think I've managed to drop my carbs down to 50 -70 gms a day, I thought it best to cut out all the obvious stuff, grains,potatoes etc, and take a look at the hidden carbs. Very enlightening.
I haven't seen the doctor yet, and not bought a meter (though I will soon). But at least I feel I've done something positive to change my lifestyle. The exercise bit is still a work in progress, my husband has bought me a bike (I've forgotten how to ride one!), but every day I'm doing a little bit more.
I'm sorry if this info is posted in the wrong place, it;s a bit long and waffly, but just wanted to say that I'm here and diabetic. It's a bit scarey to say it out loud, but at least I feel safe saying it here.
Thank you all out there for your help. Cally
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