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Hello, from the tiny little thing on top of Germany called Denmark

Discussion in 'Greetings and Introductions' started by mtc2300, Dec 18, 2018.

  1. mtc2300

    mtc2300 Type 2 · Active Member

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    Hello everyone

    I'm newly diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in October 2018.

    As I read through the forum(s), I can see, that treatment of UK DT2 is very different from Denmark.

    Personally I was told by my own doctor:

    You've got diabetes 2 and will need medication. Your Hba1c is 50 and your weight is 185 kg. Loose 1 kg. a month by eating the same but less, walk for an hour and here's your prescription for Metformin. One 500mg tablet twice a day. See you in two months!

    That was in October 2018. I decided to go for a low carb diet and today my efforts paid of. My Hba1c is down to 38 and my weight is 160 kg.
     
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  2. Guzzler

    Guzzler Type 2 · Master

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    Hello and welcome to the forum.

    Your experience mirrors a lot of people's here. Great work on reducing the A1c, low carbing is proving to be the way forward for many of us.
     
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  3. Daks

    Daks Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Seems as though you already have a head start, you'll find a wealth of good information here for you, good luck.
     
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    Emma_369 Type 2 (in remission!) · Well-Known Member

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    Well done on the great Hba1c result!
     
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    briped Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Hello and welcome to one Great Dane from another :) There are a couple of us in here. Enjoy your stay, and we'll enjoy your progress. Were you not given a glucose meter? It's very helpful and as a T2 on tablets you're entitled to 150 free sticks a year. Not much, but better than nothing. I would ask my GP for one, if I were you.
     
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  6. Guzzler

    Guzzler Type 2 · Master

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    I shall tag in @daisy1 for the fabulous info pack offered to all newcomers. You will find it a great resource.
     
  7. Rachox

    Rachox Type 2 (in remission!) · Moderator
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    Hi mtc2300 and welcome, we’ll done on your great results. What you were told by your doctor is very similar to the NHS official line here in the UK. It’s just that for the most part, we on this forum do it differently. We do what works, low carb, self monitoring and little or no drugs if possible. You’ll fit right in here. Keep up the good work and keep in touch with your progress.
     
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  8. daisy1

    daisy1 Type 2 · Legend
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    Hello mtc2300 and welcome to the Forum :) Here is the Basic Information we give to new members and I hope you will find it interesting and helpful.

    BASIC INFORMATION FOR NEW MEMBERS

    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 well over 235,000 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

    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.

    Over 145,000 people have taken part in the Low Carb Program - a 10 week structured education course that is helping people lose weight and reduce medication dependency by explaining the science behind carbs, insulin and GI.

    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 blood glucose 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.
    Take part in Diabetes.co.uk digital education programs and improve your understanding. Most of these are free.

    • Low Carb Program - it's made front-page news of the New Scientist and The Times. Developed with 20,000 people with type 2 diabetes; 96% of people who take part recommend it... find out why

    • Hypo Program - improve your understanding of hypos. There's a version for people with diabetes, parents/guardians of children with type 1, children with type 1 diabetes, teachers and HCPs.
     
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  9. bchabfan

    bchabfan Type 2 · Member

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    Congrats on the improvement! Metformin bothered me.

    Hello from Canada!
     
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