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Discussion in 'Greetings and Introductions' started by Lynn76, Jul 19, 2011.

  1. Lynn76

    Lynn76 · Newbie

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    Hello, just introducing myself. I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes last month, initially controlled by diet only, but last week I went to the diabetic clinic, and as I seemed to be having a few symptoms most worryingly my eyes, the nurse decided to put me onto Metaformin 500mg twice a day.
    I purchased my own lancets, and testing strips as the nurse said there was no need to test, and as I have read on this site, how can you monitor and try to help yourself if you don't have the means to do so!
    I am 54 years of age, (both my parents developed type 2 at around this age) I have been widowed for almost 8 years now, and I have custody of my 15 year old grandson, he's lived with me for nine years now.
    I love animals, and have one dog, and three house cats, I enjoy photography, and play on line games. If anyone has similar interests to me I would welcome some correspondence. I live in South Yorkshire.
    I hope to find some useful hints and tips on here, as the medical profession don't really tell you too much do they? :wink:
     
  2. daisy1

    daisy1 Type 2 · Legend

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    Hi Lynn and welcome to the forum :) A fellow animal lover here.... You did well to buy yourself testing equipment as it's only by testing that you can see which foods you can eat which don't affect your BG levels too much and those that you can't eat at all. Test before meals then 2 hours after and the two readings should be similar if that food is OK for you. When you take your Metformin, be careful to take it with your meal, not before or after, otherwise you could have stomach problems. Here is some basic information written by our friends Ken and Sue, former monitors, for newly diagnosed, new members. I think it will help get you started on your road to good control of your diabetes.

     
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    storm Type 2 · Member

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    Hi lynn,

    I'm new to this diabetic malarky as well :D
     
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    anna29 Type 2 · Well-Known Member
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    Hi lynn, welcome to us all here, animal lover too! I have 2 yorkies. Daisy above has given you some great pointers with metformin and testing your BS tips , and the newbies guide to read through n get some basic starting points. You will recieve help and support here on the forum , please ask any questions you feel/need. Good point you mentioned sometimes the HCP dont always explain things properly and it can leave you a bit in limbo. Here ask away and someone will come and help you along! Please keep in touch and let us know how you go on. Anna.x :D
     
  5. Lynn76

    Lynn76 · Newbie

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    Thanks for replies, Storm, that's my dogs name, lol.
     
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    Osidge Type 2 · Well-Known Member
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    Hi Lynne

    Welcome to the wonderful world of diabetes. It may take a while to get used to but I found that it soon became just another part of my life. Exercise is so important. I'm sure with your grandson and Storm you will be getting a lot!! Excess weight is not good. Diet is also important and, in getting a meter, you have taken the first step in being able to work out which foods are good and which are bad - for you! It is also important to ensure that you have tight control of your blood pressure. The target that I was given, and which I achieve with medication, is 130/80. You will also be getting into regular trips to have blood taken for the long-term control indication of your diabetes (HbA1c). It's not so bad.

    I am sure you will get a lot of help from the great people on this forum. You will also get care from your medical practitioners. It is important though, in my opinion, to educate yourself about diabetes and take charge of your own condition. As far as doctors and nurses go, they are partners with you in your care and your views count!!

    Regards
     
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