1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.
  2. Get the Diabetes Forum App for your phone - available on iOS and Android.
    Dismiss Notice
  3. Guest, we'd love to know what you think about the forum! Take the Diabetes Forum Survey 2019 »
    Dismiss Notice
  4. Diabetes Forum should not be used in an emergency and does not replace your healthcare professional relationship. Posts can be seen by the public.
    Dismiss Notice
Dismiss Notice
Find support, ask questions and share your experiences. Join the community »

Hi another newbie here

Discussion in 'Newly Diagnosed' started by Paul-j, Oct 6, 2016.

  1. Paul-j

    Paul-j Type 2 · Member

    Messages:
    6
    Likes Received:
    7
    Trophy Points:
    63
    Diagnosed two weeks ago with a Hba1c of 8.3 bg was 15.8 prescribed metformin GP said I've probably been diabetic for a long time
    I'm Paul 50 not really shocked at diagnosis my weight has been up a down all my life just annoyed with myself For Getting to 19 stone and doing nothing about it the last three years I've been on pregabalin morphine and paracetamol for back pain and sciatica I'm having yet another MRI and have been referred to neurosurgery
    So moving forward I've given up
    Smoking ,bread,sugar in fact most carbs my BG is 5-7ish had to get my own monitor and strips and my BP has come down

    Thanks for this resource have been busy reading and hope to get off the meds by following it's advice
    Paul
     
    • Like Like x 2
    • Friendly Friendly x 1
  2. Freema

    Freema Type 2 · Expert

    Messages:
    7,150
    Likes Received:
    16,863
    Trophy Points:
    178
    welcome here Paul-j :)

    the lchf-diet seems to be the easiest way to loose weight and also to keep it of... good luck with all your conditions and neurosurgery
     
    • Like Like x 1
    • Friendly Friendly x 1
  3. Paul-j

    Paul-j Type 2 · Member

    Messages:
    6
    Likes Received:
    7
    Trophy Points:
    63
  4. 4ratbags

    4ratbags Type 2 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    3,334
    Likes Received:
    9,553
    Trophy Points:
    178
    Hi and welcome to the forum :)
     
    • Friendly Friendly x 1
  5. Catlady19

    Catlady19 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    586
    Likes Received:
    735
    Trophy Points:
    133
    Hi, welcome to the forum. You seem to be doing very well so far - keep it up. Don't be afraid to ask questions. I am sure @daisy1 will be along shortly to give you some basics. :)
     
    • Friendly Friendly x 1
  6. Prem51

    Prem51 Type 2 · Expert

    Messages:
    6,226
    Likes Received:
    17,615
    Trophy Points:
    198
    Hi @Paul-j and welcome to the forum. Well done for giving up the smoking, and reducing your sugar and carb intake. You should find that your weight will reduce as well as your bs levels on lower carbs.
    You will find a lot of useful advice and support on here, ask any questions you want to.
     
    • Friendly Friendly x 1
  7. Paul-j

    Paul-j Type 2 · Member

    Messages:
    6
    Likes Received:
    7
    Trophy Points:
    63
    Thanks I think giving up bread is harder than the cigarettes
    My wife is a nurse so I've got the best care possible
    Don't think she agrees with the LCHF diet but I hope she will see the same improvements in my numbers in time
    Cheers everyone
     
    • Like Like x 2
  8. daisy1

    daisy1 Type 2 · Legend
    Retired Moderator

    Messages:
    26,459
    Likes Received:
    4,871
    Trophy Points:
    248
    @Paul-j

    Hi Paul 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 to 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 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.
     
  9. Liam1955

    Liam1955 Type 2 · Master

    Messages:
    10,964
    Likes Received:
    33,388
    Trophy Points:
    298
    @Paul-j - Hello and Welcome to the Forum :). I know what pain you go through with the Sciatica, I too suffer with it and have 2 Herniated Disc's in my Lower Spine and take Pragabalin and Tramadol for the pain. On the days when the pain is bad my Blood sugars go up, so bear this in mind.
     
  10. totsy

    totsy Type 1 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    3,041
    Likes Received:
    364
    Trophy Points:
    123
    Hya Paul and welcome:)
     
  • Meet the Community

    Find support, connect with others, ask questions and share your experiences with people with diabetes, their carers and family.

    Did you know: 7 out of 10 people improve their understanding of diabetes within 6 months of being a Diabetes Forum member. Get the Diabetes Forum App and stay connected on iOS and Android

    Grab the app!
  • Tweet with us

  • Like us on Facebook