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Hello, I am Helen newly diagnosed T2D

Discussion in 'Greetings and Introductions' started by Helen444, Apr 3, 2016.

  1. Helen444

    Helen444 Type 2 · Member

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    Hi,

    Received a call from my GP surgery a few days ago to advice me I am diabetic. I had not had any symptoms so bit of a surprise! Had been send for blood tests as I am on steroid inhalers for asthma and apparently these can cause diabetes (had never been told this before).. Anyway, my HbAc1 was 57.

    Was already aware of this site as I had done some research last year about LCHF diet for my brother who is also diabetic, so knew where to come for support.

    Started eliminating grains and sugars yesterday. Feels like bad timing as I am away on holiday next week but I guess I better just get used to the idea that this is for life.

    Have also ordered a Codefree monitor.
     
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  2. urbanracer

    urbanracer Type 1 · Moderator
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    Hi @Helen444 ?

    I guess that's a great example of 'picking up the ball and running with it' , so well done on that front.

    I too was diagnosed a week before my holiday. Ran round like a nutter trying to get my insulin and test strips sorted out before the flight.

    Welcome to the forums - need any help, just ask.
     
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  3. Liam1955

    Liam1955 Type 2 · Master

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    @Helen444 - Hello and Welcome to the Forum:) I also have Asthma and have 2 inhalers (1 is Steroid) hmmm - will have to check up on this claim! That's great news you already have a meter and know something about Diabetes.:)
     
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    Hiitsme Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi and welcome @Helen444
    I will tag @daisy1 who will post a helpful guide for newcomers.
    You've made a good start with ordering a meter. That should help you find out how different foods affect you. Do ask questions and people will try and help.
     
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    david1968 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Welcome aboard Helen. I hope you still manage to enjoy your holiday.
     
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  6. daisy1

    daisy1 Type 2 · Legend
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    @Helen444

    Hello Helen and welcome back to the forum :) Here as a reminder, as you probably saw it when researching the forum before, is the information we give to new members. It contains a new link to the Low Carb Program which you won't have seen yet. Ask as many questions as you want and someone will be able to help.

    BASIC INFORMATION FOR NEWLY DIAGNOSED DIABETICS

    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 over 150,000 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

    Another option is to replace ‘white carbohydrates’ (such as white bread, white rice, white flour etc) with whole grain varieties. The idea behind having whole grain varieties is that the carbohydrates get broken down slower than the white varieties –and these are said to have a lower glycaemic index.
    http://www.diabetes.co.uk/food/diabetes-and-whole-grains.html

    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

    LOW CARB PROGRAM:
    http://www.diabetes.co.uk/low carb program


    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 bloodglucose 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.
     
  7. Brunneria

    Brunneria Other · Moderator
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    Hi and welcome!

    And congratulations for hitting the ground running.
    It takes a while to get your head round it, because even with a family history, we always believe we might escape, don't we?
    Enjoy your holiday, and take the time to chill and adjust.
    :)
     
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    Lindy1706 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi Helen and welcome,

    Congratulations on hitting the ground running from me as well.

    Enjoy your holiday, headspace after diagnosis was the one thing that I craved to be able to think and plan and read and absorb.

    if you want some web based reading to have a browse through whilst you are away have a look at dietdoctor.com and google Zoe Harcombe and Jason Fung.
     
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    muzza3 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi & Welcome. Fantastic that you have ordered a meter. It will enable you to control your diabetes and help in making dietary decisions etc.
    This has been a great site for me so please ask any questions as they come up
     
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  10. Helen444

    Helen444 Type 2 · Member

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    Thank you for the warm welcome. I have had a look at Dietdoctor.com, lots of information to digest and some good recipe ideas, thanks for the links @Lindy1706.

    I have decided to treat my week away as a relaxing health 'spa'. Lots of swimming, walks along the beach and hopefully some healthy food to choose from (it is half board, so hoping it is buffet style).

    Just one question (I am sure there will be many over the next few months) .... are there any low carb alcoholic drink so that I, can have the odd tipple in the evening.
     
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