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Discussion in 'Type 2 Diabetes' started by ally1, Sep 27, 2014.

  1. brettsza

    brettsza Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    My GP got really crossed with the fact that I got a letter from diabetic nurse :eek::eek: and I saw her too
    He said why did you have to go there, I said coz they called me, I mean its NHS not private that I go and sit and they will see me straightaway isnt it
    So he said to me no need to go there, you can come to us whenever you want coz at the end of the day they are just nurses but we are doctors. I was a bit surprised coz he is GP so basically master of none jack of all sort of a person and diabetic nurse only knows diabetes and nothing else, although I have to say they are none the wiser, probably coz of the rigidity of nhs guidelines and they having to follow it.
    Its the same with the DN, last time i only saw her for like 1 minute or less, she did not do anything except say to me wow you have reduced your a1c a lot so just keep doing what you are doing and I will see you in 6 months time, which is when my review is in may and gave me a blood test form and fobbed me off. Oh ya also said we should use you as a case study since you reduced your a1c so much.
     
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  2. Daphne917

    Daphne917 Type 2 (in remission!) · Well-Known Member

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    Don't normally test at breakfast becasue I usually have the same things but, as i'm home, I deided to have a mushroom omelette - pre 5.8 and 2 hours after 5.1 so pleased with that result. I'm going out to lunch with an old friend later and will try to be good but.......
     
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  3. Kezzer4321

    Kezzer4321 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    5.2 before lunch
    5.7 after lunch
     
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  4. Mandingo

    Mandingo Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Testing has become a way of life for me.
    It is the only way I know first hand the current level of my Blood Glucose.
    Knowing this allows me to make good decisions about what to eat and portion sizes.
    I believe testing daily is the only way to effectively manage this condition, and reduce the chances of Diabetic complications in later life.

    To say testing is important, for me, is but an understatement.
     
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  5. mikej1973

    mikej1973 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    But if you know mushroom omelette changes your BG my about 1.0 over 2 hours whats the point in keeping testing?

    You may know what your BG is all the time.. but if you're not on insulin you can do nothing about it. Testing is about making future decisions surely.
     
  6. Daphne917

    Daphne917 Type 2 (in remission!) · Well-Known Member

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    However, depending on the results, you can decide whether or not to have that particular meal again. I only usually test first thing in the morning, late afternoon and when I've eaten something new.
     
  7. Clivethedrive

    Clivethedrive Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    4.1 pre dinner 5.0 post dinner
     
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  8. Clivethedrive

    Clivethedrive Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Well done Brettsza,thats virtually word for word what my doc said.banghead !!!
     
  9. Mandingo

    Mandingo Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    @mikej1973
    I test before I eat, and other times throughout the day.
    I am a type 2, on medication (non insulin) and exercise.
    For example, I know that a mushroom omelette over two hours gives me a BG rise of 1.0 mmol.

    Knowing before I eat the omelette, that my current BG level is 7.8 allows me to make a sensible and informed decision regarding what I eat and the portion size.
     
  10. mikej1973

    mikej1973 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Of course 7.8 could be 6.3 or 9.4 I just don't think ito worth micromanaging to that degree when it's such an inexact science. It's great it works for you just wouldn't for.me
     
  11. peony50

    peony50 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Results for today:

    Waking: 8.5
    Breakfast: 7.4/7.1
    Lunch: 6.9/7.0
    Dinner: 6.2/7.1

    I know it is early days as only been monitoring since Sunday but I am a little perplexed by my figures. Breakfast was 40g all bran, Lunch was 54g wholemeal cheese sandwich and two hot cross buns with butter. Dinner was a homemade mince chilli on a bed of mixed veg. However, my readings appear to be better after the higher carb meals?

    I am going to follow the low carb way of eating (not good to have so many hot cross buns I know!) as I do believe that my numbers should be lower than they are. I have an internet food shop being delivered tomorrow of lots of good healthy food such as greek yoghurt, meat etc.
     
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  12. Mandingo

    Mandingo Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    @mikej1973

    Call it micromanaging, inexact science, I call it doing everything in my power to staying healthy and keeping me free from complications for as long as possible, firstly for me, my wife and my children.

    My father was a type 1 insulin dependant diabetic. The last 10 years of his life was not living, it was existing.
    He lost his sight, had constant infections, could not talk, had to be fed, was bed ridden and wore a nappy, to name but a few.
    His death was painful, but at the same time a relief for me.

    I do not want to travel down that road.
    If I can manage this diabetes effectively by micromanaging my condition with this inexact science so be it.
     
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  13. Kezzer4321

    Kezzer4321 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    4.1 before dinner
    5.3 after dinner
     
  14. mikej1973

    mikej1973 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I agree with the principle...Whatever it takes. Sorry to hear about your dad too. Mine died not so long ago. Taking sometime so positive is a great tribute to him
     
  15. Kezzer4321

    Kezzer4321 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    You need to give your body a chance to get over the change in eating habits. Most people find it takes a few weeks before they notice a huge difference and for others it takes longer. It's the same with carbs some of us are more sensitive to them than others. If I had eaten what you had for lunch I would have shot up to around 10+ or more.
     
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  16. Kezzer4321

    Kezzer4321 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    If you feel your in control of your diabetes and can manage without the knowledge of testing that's wonderful. Testing for me has been an amazing experience, I now understand what foods work for me and what foods don't. It has been a real eye opener, especially discovering that certain combinations work well and others don't. Before I started testing I had no idea how I was doing until my HBA1c test.... Now I can see how I am getting on a daily weekly or monthly basis.
     
  17. peony50

    peony50 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Many thanks for your post. I have so much to learn. This is what concerns me, that if continue on the path I have been that in time my body will get worn out and levels rise accordingly. I have all the markers of not looking after myself properly through my diet, such as weight around my middle, high blood pressure from when I was 29 and much lighter than I am now etc., etc.
     
  18. mikej1973

    mikej1973 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I test all the time..But I know what impact kfc has on my BG now so I don't test after kfc! I haven't had fish and chips post diagnosis when I do I'll test. When I have a sachet of porridge it's never than 0.5 mmol higher 2 hours later. So I don't test after porridge
     
  19. peony50

    peony50 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Today's readings:

    Waking 8.0
    Breakfast: 7.7/6.3
    Lunch: 6.3/5.2
    Dinner: 5.8/6.6

    On the whole I am happy with the downward trend in my numbers. Breakfast was 40g all bran as this was before the grocery shop delivery. All other meals were low carb.

    I did have an afternoon snack of a hot cross bun and my reading 2 hrs afterwards was 7.6.
     
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  20. Lexa_x

    Lexa_x Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Had a childish 'paddy' about being diabetic the last couple of days. Slipped off the bandwagon and didnt test. Been in the high 9s all day today, just tested and at 6.3 now. I will learn one day..
     
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