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Discussion in 'Emotional and Mental Health' started by Caz1980, Mar 7, 2017.

  1. Caz1980

    Caz1980 Type 2 · Newbie

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    Hi all ... I'm new to the forum been struggling with type 2for about 9 months finally getting my self together after some counselling and getting my head around the diagnosis .. I absolutely love food and use is to celebrate (hobby cake maker for family) commiserate (comfort eat) my bloods have been all over the place I'm on sitigliptin and floxam they are considering putting me on trulicity non insulin injection as well as the 2 Medications .. I have had to observe my bloods this month either side of each meal, I'm a full time working
    Mum with a full time working hubby and a 4 year old we both travel about an hour each side of our day jobs to and from work , I'm trying to fit in exercise during my unoccupied week day lunch times doing 2 mile speed walks and trying to do at least a 5mile plus walk at the weekend as I don't have time evening hubby works unsocial hours .. I have a monthly review tomorrow for the trulicity the nurse will be looking at my daily blood results out of 121, test 54 of them are over 8.5 I'm freakish out I'm so anxious .. that she is going to think I haven't done any thing to help myself , I have been having only 1 portion of low GI carbs a day and foods that are low in GI .. I'm sooooo stressed out about this .. I'm starting to get neuropathy in only one leg which is really weird .. I'm sorry for ranting getting to my questions has any been prescribed this trulicity drug can advise what it's like, if it's helped at all x thanks
     
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    KezG Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    @Caz1980 Hello and welcome to the forum.. You've found a great place to start finding solutions to your high blood glucose levels. I'll tag @daisy1 who can give you some good basic info to begin with.. I think diet is definitely the key to finding better levels and reducing risks of complications.. many people here find it best to lower their carb intake quite dramatically by adopting a low carb high fat diet (LCHF), though this may not suit all.. if you're testing your levels then you are well equipped to find out what you can eat without too much of a rise. Sadly for many, myself included most sugary foods and drinks must become an occasional treat. Wishing you well.. keep asking questions if you need answers on here.. there are a lot of friendly knowledgeable forum members here who are more than happy to share their experiences.
    As for your medication.. I cant give any useful info as I use Metformin and previously insulin.
     
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  3. Caz1980

    Caz1980 Type 2 · Newbie

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    Thank you
     
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    Art Of Flowers I reversed my Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Exercise is good, but won't fix your diabetes. You need to cut down on carbs, including low gi carbs. Anything which raises your blood sugar over 8.5 2 hours after eating should be dropped. I found that eating porridge gave me a BG reading of 10, so I have stopped eating it and now have eggs for breakfast.
     
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  5. Caz1980

    Caz1980 Type 2 · Newbie

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    Yes it seems looking at my bloods over a spread sheet the pattern is post meal spike breakfast especially any type of carb seems to raise 1/2 readings be 12 after whole meal flakes or raw porridge oats and blue berries .. I just don't want to have cool eggs at 6 am when I'm trying to get myself and a 4 yet old ready for the day ? Thanks for your support x
     
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    daisyduck Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Maybe try some full fat greek yogurt with your blueberries ?
    (Don't go for the low fat options which have lots more carbs and sugar)
     
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    ickihun Type 2 · Master

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    Eat a small packet of pork scratchings whilst getting 4yr old ready. (Mines 3yr old) Then in morning break or before starting work eat reheated omelette or similiar. As a type2 you need to block the liver from gushing your blood with glucose in times of activity without food. Cream in a coffee would do same as pork scratchings. The earlier to rising out of the bed the better. Get that block in and you'll find your bgs don't continue to rise whilst your busy!
    Just little tweeks can make a huge difference. Let us know how you get on.
    A healthy mummy can make healthy children. In other words you need to be good first to be able to help others @Caz1980
    Ps. I don't have an experience with trulicity, sorry. Hopefully users will come along shortly to tell you their experience!
     
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    daisy1 Type 2 · Legend

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    @Caz1980

    Hello and welcome to the Forum :) Here is the Basic Information we give to new members and I hope you will find it useful. Ask as many questions as you want and someone will be able to help.


    BASIC INFORMATION FOR NEW MEMBERS

    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 147,000 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.

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