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2nd Hba1c Result...should I Be Pleased?

Discussion in 'Newly Diagnosed' started by andrew.oliver25, Jul 4, 2018.

  1. Robbity

    Robbity Type 2 · Expert

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    Tou've actually done extremely well, so should be extremely well pleased with yourself too.

    However, I'd definitely magree with @bulkbiker, it's well worth continuing testing, partly because there's a whole load of other things (some beyond our control) that may affect our glucose levels - it's not only foods. I know from experience! :banghead:

    Robbity

    ETA You don't even need to go to You Tube for low carb recipes for cakes, desserts and treats, we have a great low carb recipes thread here on our forum
     
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  2. BarbaraDavies

    BarbaraDavies Type 2 · Active Member

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    Jolly well done, that's a great result in a very short time.
     
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  3. DCUKMod

    DCUKMod I reversed my Type 2 · Master
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  4. daisy1

    daisy1 Type 2 · Legend

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    @andrew.oliver25

    Hello Andrew and welcome to the Forum :) Here is the Basic Information we give to new members and I hope you will find it both interesting and useful. Ask as many questions as you want 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 235,000 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 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. Most of these are 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.
     
  5. LucyL 2

    LucyL 2 Type 2 · Member

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    I think that is brilliant...and in two months too. You must be doing something right. I started at 74 in January and my first blood test in June had me at 49. Other results showed good improvement too. Diabetic nurse was really pleased( not as much as me!) She said carry on doing whatever you are doing, as it's working. Have lost 8kgs by watching carb intake, but still with the occasional treat.
     
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  6. SockFiddler

    SockFiddler Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Holy... things I can't say! You're also a total winner, @LucyL 2 - congratulations to you, too!
     
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  7. Tminus2

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    Fabulous result. What an achievement.
     
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  8. rhubarb73

    rhubarb73 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Well done. Really good.
    BTW never beat yourself up- if you are doing the right things generally the results will come in time . Whenever the trend is in the right direction then be happy- on this occasion be really happy..
     
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  9. Crocodile

    Crocodile Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    A couple of great results but no real surprise. Good on you for having the discipline to manage food intake. I say no surprise because it seems almost perfunctory that the key is reducing carbohydrate consumption. Just wish I'd have stumbled upon this site earlier than I did. Unfortunately, through naivety I was araldited to the guidelines and only searched for alternatives when it simply wasn't working out. All good now though.

    All rather confounding. If I present to the doctor with an anaphylactic attack after a bowl of peanuts I get told "Stop eating peanuts". Same for lactose intolerance "Don't drink milk". But a diabetic waltzes in with raging blood sugars and we're packed off to the dietician for a plate full of carbs. It'd be hilarious if it wasn't so serious.

    Anyway, well done and keep it up.
    Glenn
     
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  10. LucyL 2

    LucyL 2 Type 2 · Member

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    My DN had a fit when I mentioned LCHF ( as per my Xpert course and here) because of my cholesterol levels-5.5 and on statins, at last reading. I have been mixing it up a bit, with some low fat yogs, skimmed milk as I prefer them, but the avocados, smoked salmon, eggs, the occasional butter additions to my now and again new pots and cold pressed rapeseed oil rather than Frylite etc seem to be suiting me. Dying to have at least a pasty and one cream tea tho on hols!!!!
     
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  11. Ross.Walker

    Ross.Walker Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Indeed you should be happy, keep it up and you will enter the zen like state of a "normal" hba1c.

    3.5 years in and still learning about new foods, enjoying it too.
     
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