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Discussion in 'Greetings and Introductions' started by NathanDiabetic, Oct 15, 2016.

  1. NathanDiabetic

    NathanDiabetic Type 1 · Member

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    Hello to all. I am a new user who uses the Freestyle Libre as my daily blood glucose monitoring system. I am NathanDiabetic. If you saw posts before this one, that guy is this guy. I am the person who created those posts. I hope you reply because I don't like to be a nobody.
     
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  2. Liam1955

    Liam1955 Type 2 · Master

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    @NathanDiabetic - Hello and Welcome to the Forum :). I will tag @daisy1 who will provide you with some basic information that all new members receive. Have a read of the information and ask any questions.
     
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    Squire Fulwood Type 2 · Expert

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    Welcome Nathan. I have replied and I am sure others will also. You are not a nobody.
     
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    azure Type 1 · Expert

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    himtoo Type 1 · Well-Known Member
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    daisy1 Type 2 · Legend
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    @NathanDiabetic

    Hello Nathan and welcome to the forum :) Here is the information we give to new members and I hope you will find it useful. Ask more questions when you need to and someone will help.


    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 210,000 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 free 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.
     
  7. totsy

    totsy Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi and a warm welcome:)
     
  8. redtree92

    redtree92 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    hello !!

    I am ordering my freestyle Libre next month ! I'm so excited, how do you find it? If you don't mind me asking :) And welcome !! x
     
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  9. mist

    mist · Guest

    Nobody likes to be a nobody, wait..

    No one likes to be a nobody..

    I'm confused..:wtf:
     
  10. vagabanjo

    vagabanjo Type 1 · Newbie

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    I also have a Libre, its very good, scan whenever and however many times you want, even scans through a thick leather motorbike jacket. I only use it now if I go on holidays or motorbike tours, the only downside is the cost, about £50 for 14 days use, becomes expensive as a permanent option. It is interesting seeing the trend as it takes a test itself about every minute and shows on a graph each time you scan.
     
  11. callyandy

    callyandy Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Hello, golly, this looks like it's gonna be a fun forum.
     
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    Robinredbreast Type 1 · Oracle

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