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Discussion in 'Newly Diagnosed' started by natashavdm10, Apr 6, 2016.

  1. natashavdm10

    natashavdm10 Type 2 · Newbie

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    Hi, I got diagnosed on the 11th of March 2016 with type 2 Diabetes. I had bloods done and they picked up my insulin fasting is high (12; Normal is 10).
    The Dr gave me a prescription for Glucophage 500XR.. I've been taking only daily in the mornings as I eat breakfast the same time every day. About a week ago I started getting intense headaches, Middle head& behind my eyes. So I had my eyes tested 4 days ago, and from the test they have weakened. But the Dr then explained there is a link between diabetes and vision. Then recommended I buy a reader +1.00 pair of glasses for about 2 weeks.. Monday (2days ago) I felt miserable, and did not take the Glucophage on Tuesday or Today. I am feeling better, but the headache persist. I had my Glucose tested today and it was 4.7 - Which the nurse said was normal. Please help me understand this?
     

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  2. Lamont D

    Lamont D Reactive hypoglycemia · Master

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    Hi, welcome to the forum.

    I've tagged @daisy1 to give you the newcomers welcome information.

    Someone will come along and explain the information you have provided.

    Read daisy's post and also read the information in the low carb forum and also read the success stories thread.
     
  3. daisy1

    daisy1 Type 2 · Legend
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    @natashavdm10

    Hello Natasha and welcome to the forum :) Members will soon be along to help you. In the meantime, here is the information we give to new members (mentioned above) and I hope you will find it useful.

    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 over 150,000 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

    Another option is to replace ‘white carbohydrates’ (such as white bread, white rice, white flour etc) with whole grain varieties. The idea behind having whole grain varieties is that the carbohydrates get broken down slower than the white varieties –and these are said to have a lower glycaemic index.
    http://www.diabetes.co.uk/food/diabetes-and-whole-grains.html

    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

    LOW CARB PROGRAM:
    http://www.diabetes.co.uk/low carb program


    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 bloodglucose 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.
     
  4. Daibell

    Daibell LADA · Master

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    Hi and welcome. It's very unusual for Metformin to cause headaches but we're all different. You can get blurred vision for a while if your blood sugar is very high (perhaps in the 20s) but that clears after a day or so when blood sugar comes down. Yes, 4.7 for a finger-prick test is good and in fact fairly low. You should get what they call an HBa1C blood test in 3 months which will show your average blood sugar over the last 3 months and is a good test. The surgery will use that to determine any medication changes. I can only suggest ref the headaches to stop the Metformin for a few days to see if that is the cause. In the meantime do look at Daisy's diet advice.
     
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