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Discussion in 'Greetings and Introductions' started by spaglemon, Dec 4, 2011.

  1. spaglemon

    spaglemon · Active Member

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    hi , i'm a 41 year old guy and was diagnosed type 2 about 7 weeks ago , hadn't been feeling great for a few weeks and as my dad and his dad have type 2 i popped into my local pharmacy to have a test , they told me to fast overnight and come back the next day which i did and to my horror the result was 14.9 ! immediately went to gp and after another fast got a reading of 13.7 hba1c 10% was put on metformin 500mg twice daily and followed the usual advice for about a week until i discovered the potential benefits of a low carb diet and have already shed just over 2 stone , my practice wouldn't give me a monitor as they said i'd stress myself out testing all the time ? however after radically changing my diet and exercise routine i was getting stressed not knowing what my body was doing so i got an unused meter from a friend and have checked my fasting level several times and it's never been above 5 , usually 4.6 - 4.9 so i'm thinking i'm on the right track , looking forward to my next hba1c in january when i hope to see a big improvement
    i'll ask about getting test strips on prescription again then as if my hba1c has dropped by quite a bit i'd like to slowly start to introduce some more carbs as i'm currently only consuming 10 to 15 grams daily and i'd like to test loads to see which carbs spike my blood sugar level and settle into a more realistic maintenance diet i can stick to going forward
    is there a level of carb intake you shouldn't drop below with regard to your liver starting to produce sugar , does the metformin stop this process ?
    with regard to my next hba1c result in january is it naive of me to hope that my last high reading could have a lot to do with the fact that i was always a huge , and i mean huge consumer of carbs and chocolate and less to do with my diabetes being really severe ?

    thanks
     
  2. daisy1

    daisy1 Type 2 · Legend

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    Hi spaglemon and welcome to the forum :) You have done well to get yourself a testing kit - that way you can see how different foods affect your levels and work out what you can and can't eat. Here is some information that should help you out - written for new members. Ask as many questions as you like as there is always someone who can help. For the questions you asked in your post, I am sure you will get answers very soon. Your diet will no doubt have affected your HbA1c and your next one should be lower.

     
  3. viviennem

    viviennem Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi Spaglemon, and welcome!

    Have a look on the 'Low-carb Diet' bit of the forum and you'll find a sticky thread called Viv's Modified Atkins Diet.

    This is the diet I use which, just as it says, is modified slightly from Robert Atkins' Induction Phase. It contains about 25g of carb per day. I have eaten at this level for 18 months without any ill effects, just a 5 stone weight loss and abundant energy! That was a few years ago. I'm back on it now but with a few more carbs (and a bit more alcohol! :oops: ) and this time I've lost just about 4 stone.

    I would say that it is perfectly possible to survive without carbohydrate, as your body manufactures some glucose from protein. Others will say that you must eat carbs. In practise I would not recommend eliminating carbohyrate entirely, which would mean eliminating all fruit and vegetables. That makes it difficult to get all the vitamins and minerals you need - not to mention fibre. :wink:

    In the winter I tend to go up to about 70g carb per day (well, it's been snowing since midnight, and I need fuel! :shock: ), and I shan't be too strict with myself over Christmas. :lol:

    Like Daisy, I encourage you to keep testing. I don't eat to lose weight these days - I eat to keep my blood sugar stable, which for me means low carb and regular testing, and a pleasant side-effect is weight loss :p. I think some doctors don't realise that we Type 2s use our meters to help us work out the best diet for ourselves. We don't just take readings and then panic helplessly :crazy:

    Other people can eat a lot more carb than me and still keep their BGs stable - we are all different!

    As far as I am aware metformin doesn't stop your liver producing glucagon/glucose - the liver stores this for emergencies. The Metformin acts on your cells to make them less insulin resistant, so the insulin that you are producing works better. Someone who knows more will soon correct me or add more info. :D

    You seem to have made a great start with your diabetes, and you sound very positive. Have a good look round, ask any questions you need - and do let us know how you go on - particularly your next HbA1c.

    Viv 8)

    Edited for spelling! :oops:
     
  4. Grazer

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    Hiya, Metformin actually does a few things. As Viv says, it improves your insulin sensitivity, but it ALSO reduces the amount of Sugar the liver produces from any given food. It thus prevents sugar levels rising so high, but doesn't REDUCE them per se (the way Insulin or other drugs would) which is why you can't really get hypos on Metformin - just low sugar levels after lots of exercise, or lack of food, the same way a non-diabetic can get low blood sugar levels.
     
  5. viviennem

    viviennem Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Thanks, Grazer!

    Viv 8)
     
  6. spaglemon

    spaglemon · Active Member

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    thanks for the welcome and the great info , i have actually been feeling very positive about my diagnosis , perhaps i'm being naive but i feel it's been a wake up call and i hopefully the lifestyle changes i've made already will have a positive effect on my overall health
    just a pity it needed this to curb my sedate overeating lifestyle



    thanks
     
  7. viviennem

    viviennem Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    There are quite a few of us on here who think like that, Spaglemon. In my case, Type 2 diabetes is the best thing that's ever happened to me. I've spent a lot of my life stressed out about being a large fat lump (even when I wasn't :shock: ). Diabetes is going to make sure I don't spend the rest of my life thinking like that.

    I now know what to eat, and how much. My blood glucose readings are here to remind me when I'm slipping off the straight and narrow.

    Maybe I could make a fortune with the Blood Glucose Diet? (lose weight by controlling your blood glucose levels). I'll bet one of the meter manufacturers would pay for the publication :lol:

    Viv 8)
     
  8. spaglemon

    spaglemon · Active Member

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    you're absolutely right there , people that don't know i now have diabetes have asked me how i've lost weight and i've replied " i'm following the type 2 diabetic diet " they're quite interested when i tell them , and it could be a good diet for a non diabetic to follow too



    cheers
     
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