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Hello from a new(ish) Type 2

Discussion in 'Greetings and Introductions' started by Paulyw74, Jun 25, 2020.

  1. JoKalsbeek

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

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    "Aaargh, I have to live with this the rest of my life!!!" is what it starts out with, and then it does indeed become a routine you don't really even think about. Funny how that works, but it does work. ;) It'll get better, you'll be healthier, and you'll be able to hang around for the boys as well, for a long time yet to come.
     
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  2. Daley01

    Daley01 · Newbie

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    Hi paulyw74. I just signed up on here and was reading your posts and thought I would just say keep it up your doing really well. I am recently diagnosed in February with type 2. Think my hba1c was in the high 80s to start with. I cut out the fizzy pop which i did have to much of. And dont have sugar in my tea now etc. And I've found that like most other people reducing my cards is helping. For me it was wanting to educate myself about food im eating. Il be honest I've probably been ignorant to it over the years and the diagnosis was a big wake up call. I am a truck driver by trade but currently trying to get my licence back as was suspended at the start of my diagnosis. I did start on insulin and meformin but I can now say I'm off the insulin completely and on a slow release metformin and a empaglaflozin tablet. These are keeping me on track as well as trying hard with the diet and exercise. I just recently had an update from the diabetic nurse to say that my hba1c has dropped down to 49 which is just outside the pre diabetic range and the nurse couldn't be happier for me. So im pleased with that i just wanna say keep up your good work and im sure you will get there. My goal is to try to kick this in to remission whether its possible or not I will keep trying. Good luck and stay safe.
     
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  3. Stephen Lewis

    Stephen Lewis Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Congratulations Paul. It looks like you are on the right track. Keep going.
     
  4. Paulyw74

    Paulyw74 · Member

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    Hi.

    Just an update. I've been continuing cutting carbs and reducing the amount of insulin but maybe not by enough. Woke this morning with a reading of 2.9 (a few glasses of wine last night may have been a bad idea?) so panicked a bit and ate a couple of biscuits then had my new breakfast of natural Greek yoghurt and some berries. Took another reading a couple of hours later and the reading was up to 8.0. Later the level was down to 6.3 so I did my other (reduced) injection before having Sunday lunch (with a small amount of mash but mainly chicken, cauliflower, cabbage etc). Levels then dropped again to 3.7 so I've had a couple of weetabix and will check again later before bed. Really tough knowing how much to cut while still injecting insulin. Speaking to the nurse again tomorrow and see whats next.

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  5. Paulyw74

    Paulyw74 · Member

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    Another update. So its been a few weeks since my last post. I have continued with the changes to my diet. I generally eat less than 100g of carbs per day. All cereals are gone. Bread gone. Sweets etc long gone. Small amounts of wholmeals rice on occasion, small amounts of potatoes with meals on rare occasion. Ive just had my latest hb1ac blood test done and the result was 44mmol/mol so thats a lot better. Now on 2 metformin 500mg tablets per day and 2 very small humilin injections which will stop soon. Ive also lost over a stone in weight so my bmi is 26.1. Feeling much better than I have for a long time, even went for an early morning walk / light jog the other day and playing plenty of football with my kids at the park. Really hoping the improvement continues....
     
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  6. MrsA2

    MrsA2 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    looks like its working! Keep it up
     
  7. Paulyw74

    Paulyw74 · Member

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    Update. Stopped injecting insulin as of yesterday. Now on 2 metformin per day but this may rise to 3 if necessary. Small win I know, but its a start...
     
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  8. JoKalsbeek

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

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    Small win? Seriously? That's MASSIVE! Congratulations, well done!
     
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    Aroundabout · Newbie

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    Hi Paul,

    I was diagnosed T2 in late June with an HbA1c of, gulp, 138 and my BG was 19. I was put on Metformin and Gliclazide and immediately cut out sugar and flour. After a month I went Keto and my BGs moves to between 4-7 but the low 4s happened when I was out walking so that worries me a bit. I haven’t had my clinic appointment yet but decided to stop the Gliclazide for a bit to see what happened as it can cause hypos (BS under 4). So far my BGs are around mid 6s which is encouraging. It’s tough to get it right but there are some great tools. MyFitnessPal has a great food diary log with a massive database and makes it really easy to count your carbs. Once I made the adjustment to a whole new recipe book and a bit more forward planning and shopping it’s been great. Good days and bad days of course but signs of improvement are always motivating.
     
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    Keep a log. I cannot emphasise how important this is. Record your numbers every time you test manually somewhere. I know that most testing devices let you simply download (great for your doctor to scan quickly), but the very act of recording manually makes you think about food in a different way and will introduce the necessary discipline to get every down. Same with a food diary.

    Remember, alas, that food is no longer your friend and it is more a duty (to keep your BGLs from getting too low or too high). It sounds harsh but the sooner diabetics accept their frenemy relationship with modern over-carbed food the easier it gets.

    Also your legs are your largest muscle. Walk around the block soon after eating and the effect on your insulin efficiency will be remarkable.

    Your'e a T2DM so over time these little nudges will have a huge impact fairly quickly.
     
  11. KK123

    KK123 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Ah, but you can make new friends that turn out to be even better! :)
     
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  12. Paulyw74

    Paulyw74 · Member

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    Update Oct 2020. Just been talking to my nurse and a recent blood test shows my hba1c now at 41mmol/mol. Currently still taking 2x500g metformin per day but hope to maybe even stop taking them in the not too distant future. I eat fairly low carb (probably around 50-70g per day) but not tracking my intake as much as I used to, as I now have a pretty good idea of what I can and can't eat. Missing out on breakfast also helps, just a couple of coffees with cream instead seems to work for me. Actually enjoying the new lifestyle, plenty of exercise and finding new recipes to try. It's like my body decided to force me to start taking better care of myself. Ive lost 2 stone so far and so had to spend a small fortune on new clothes and getting my wedding ring adjusted! I just want to say to people struggling when first diagnosed to try not to panic. Take your time, find ways to make changes that work for you. I still enjoy a drink (red & dry white wine seem to be fine) but only in moderation. Saturday & Sunday early morning bike rides are now the highlight of my week.

    Thanks to everyone in this forum for their input. I still log in and read the posts every now and then. Its good to share how we can all make changes that really do make a big difference and which aren't actually the end of life as we know it.
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