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Discussion in 'Greetings and Introductions' started by Princenaz, Nov 25, 2017.
It doesn't have to be a graph. A list of the figures and times will do, along with the food eaten.
Hello and welcome to the Forum Here is the Basic Information we give to new members and I hope you will find it useful. 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 well over 276,000 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.
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Hi. If you go that low when not on meds then Reactive Hypoglycemia comes to mind as others have said. You must see the GP to get your diabetes diagnosed as it's not a standard T2. Do mention Reactive Hypoglycemia if he/she is a bit lost and ask to be referred to the diabetes clinic if you think the GP doesn't understand your situation.
Welcome to the forum.
First of all, you are not alone, you need answers and this is the right place to get it regardless of what condition you have.
I too was misdiagnosed as first prediabetic then T2.
I cannot advise you too much because of a lack of information but do have a read of the Reactive Hypoglycaemia forum. The symptoms are very similar to T2 and only a proper diagnosis from a consultant endocrinologist specialist in metabolic conditions will be only the one to get you those tests.
One thing you could until Monday is chill and refrain from eating too many starchy carbs, just eat regularly enough to stop the lows. When first diagnosed with any metabolic condition you will need to eat every three hours to maintain higher than normal blood glucose levels before you go to low.
Let's see what Monday brings, insist on a referral.
Find out what your blood tests are. In numbers we can understand.
Once you get yourself some sort of diagnosis, we can then be more help on how to control whatever it is you have.
It took over ten years for me to get a true diagnosis, so don't think this will be done next week.
Just because you haven't got a diagnosis doesn't mean you can't do nothing about it, you can, and from what I've read, it will need dietary control in how you get through this.
A food diary is so important with any condition similar to mine, it will help your medical team and will help so much in the future. That is once you've got your glucometer.
I do get anxious that it might happen again but the what the he'll I got some glucose tablets now on me and I'm gonna keep hydrated so hopefully that should keep me going its the anxiety and anxiousness I could do with out to be fair that makes it worth I get a little scared it might happen again but thanks gooding to hold out till I go back to the Drs on Monday
Of course this is supposition but anxiety is a big part of having too much insulin in your blood. I don't want to confuse you any more than I have to.
So if you do feel the low coming on, just eat a couple of biscuits, that will help, rather than introducing glucose straight away, only if you really feel awful take the glucose. Too much glucose can rebound later.
In layman's terms, If you have too much glucose you will go high, then the low will follow later.
Just a thought!
welcome here Princenaz
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