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Greetings From South Africa

Discussion in 'Greetings and Introductions' started by BearZA, Aug 28, 2018.

  1. BearZA

    BearZA Type 2 · Member

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    Hello to you all from South Africa

    I was diagnosed T2 a month ago.

    I am on Metformin

    I am so glad to have found this forum !! Looking forward to interacting and learning from you all
     
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  2. bulkbiker

    bulkbiker Type 2 · Oracle

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    HI and welcome.. are you Banting?

    Edit to add I'll tag @daisy1 for the intro to low carbing in case it's news to you.
     
  3. BearZA

    BearZA Type 2 · Member

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    Thanks for the welcome

    Not banting and not too clued up on the low carbing.

    Thanks very much
     
  4. bulkbiker

    bulkbiker Type 2 · Oracle

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    BearZA Type 2 · Member

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    NewTD2 Type 2 (in remission!) · Well-Known Member

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    Hi mate, welcome!
    Any questions do ask.
     
  7. pollensa

    pollensa · Guest

    Hello to South Africa. Here is an excellent website that offers super low carb delicious foods that may be enticing or interesting for you to explore and try which may prove helpful.

    www.dietdoctor.com


    Actually interested to know the system of diagnosing cut off values in SA. I ask as curious being victim from Australia, resident in Mallorca Spain, and they have different diagnosing i.e. here in spain I was viewed at one time diabetic, but if I jumped on plane to New Zealand the same A1C result proved pre diabetic.

    How does it work in your part of the world, do they do two tests that show over the cut off level especially if one has no symptoms, or only one test? What are the cuts offs would be interested to hear also for fasting 2 hr after eat and random

    Happy cooking in the kitchen with new ways of eating low carb, you may be amazed just what lovely foods you can actually eat even though keeping low carb. Good luck
     
  8. BearZA

    BearZA Type 2 · Member

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    Thank you so much for the link. The rest of your question, I cannot answer as I do not know sadly :(
     
  9. Alexandra100

    Alexandra100 Prefer not to say · Well-Known Member

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    Hello Bear, welcome to the Forum. You will find it a very friendly and helpful place, with a huge amount of info on offer. What tests did you have for your diagnosis? What dose of Metformin are you taking? Is it upsetting your digestion at all? I am taking the maximum dose ie 2g daily, extended release and split between morning and evening. I always take the pill with food to minimise the possible digestive problems. I am also eating very low carb. Metformin alone would not reduce my blood glucose enough, though I think it does help.

    You must be still feeling very shocked by your diagnosis. Don't be afraid to write anything you like and ask lots of questions. If you explore the Forum you will see that there many different sections where you can post. Good luck!
     
  10. BearZA

    BearZA Type 2 · Member

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    Thanks for your well wishes and kind words.

    My GP did a HbA1C to diagnose. and initially started me on 500mg metformin at night (XR as well)

    By the sixth week happening this coming Monday, im going on to 2000mg XR at night

    I cant really say that I have any digestive issues, just a bit of wind hahaha.

    I really appreciate the friendliness and warmth from you all
     
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  11. bulkbiker

    bulkbiker Type 2 · Oracle

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    Lucky you.. I was virtually housebound due to "tummy issues" when I took it.
     
  12. Guzzler

    Guzzler Type 2 · Master

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    Hello and welcome. Your countryman Prof. Tim Noakes is a favourite of mine and has loads of stuff on YouTube.
     
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    Welcome @BearZA, How do you get that bear to wave ? I hope your diabetes journey continues well and you obtain whatever further knowledge and help you need here. WE all like to share your journeys, the victories and the set backs, as we go and hope you feel comfortable to do so. :):):)
     
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