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Discussion in 'Greetings and Introductions' started by Caractacus, Nov 14, 2014.

  1. Caractacus

    Caractacus Type 2 · Member

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    Age 54, diagnosed a couple of weeks ago. Actually don't know for sure yet because I was too taken aback to ask the Doc, but I assume it's type 2 unless I find out otherwise.

    Will ask when I have my 'diabetes for dummies' RN session next week. I've found the 'what to ask the diabetic nurse' checklist on this site and I'm sure that'll be really useful.

    I was already on a calorie-counted deficit and exercising before diagnosis, and I'm getting good pretty progress with that but I'm now in the process of re-jigging it to focus less on lifting weights and more on a balance of general fitness. I'm still a bit heavy at 113.5kg for running and pull-ups to be either pleasant or in the latter case, even possible yet.

    I'm finding this forum tremendously useful already though. It's helped me be prepared for a fight to get access to blood glucose monitoring on prescription and that kind of stuff.

    So basically ... hi !
     
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  2. Tracieo

    Tracieo Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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  3. noblehead

    noblehead Type 1 · Guru
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    Welcome Caractacus, pleased you found the forum useful :)
     
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    Nuthead Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    zand Type 2 · Master

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    Hi, welcome from me too :)
     
  6. Kat100

    Kat100 · Guest

    Hi nice to meet you ...
     
  7. sanguine

    sanguine Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi Caractacus, welcome.

    Good luck with trying to get a monitor and strips on prescription, most T2s don't. Either way it is an essential piece of kit because it's the only way to test what different meals and foods do you your blood sugars as a diabetic. Cutting down on carbs as well as obvious sugars is the key, and another fight you might want to be prepared for is when the DN says to have carbs with every meal. Carbs metabolise to sugar quickly in the bloodstream, some a little slower than others, so to recommend them in general as 'healthy' to diabetics is crackers, especially if you want to minimise drugs.

    If you don't get a meter on prescription, many use the SD Codefree because the strips are cheapest at around £7 for 50. Some GPs and DNs also advise not to test. Ignore them.

    There's a lot to take in, so relax, read around and ask any questions.
     
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    kimbo1962 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Hello and welcome !! Hope you get to have a good read around here, there's lots of information, advice and support from all of us that are in the same boat!! I'm sure you will find like I did it is the best thing you could do being here!!
     
  9. Patricia21

    Patricia21 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    hello and welcome.
     
  10. daisy1

    daisy1 Type 2 · Legend

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    Hello Caractacus and welcome to the forum :)

    Here is the information we give to new members and I hope you will find it useful. Ask as many questions as you need 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 100,000 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

    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.
     
  11. Caractacus

    Caractacus Type 2 · Member

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    Thanks for the warm welcome everyone :)
     
  12. ceejayy

    ceejayy Type 1 · Member

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    Hi Caractacus, I was diagnosed three weeks ago with Type 1 after i was taken to hospital, pretty poorly. I have to say this forum has been amazing. I have learned so much. Reading the posts of people of who have lived with this for a while has been both a comfort and an inspiration for me. It is a shock but you realise your not alone
     
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