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I’m scared, please help me

Discussion in 'Newly Diagnosed' started by Chaseylayne76, May 23, 2018.

  1. Glitter 2

    Glitter 2 Type 2 · Member

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    Ooh I feel your pain! I was diagnosed type 2 back in April. Im not massively overweight (73kg) but have still been told to lose weight. I have changed my diet as much as I can bear. It has made a difference to my blood glucose levels and they are mostly normal now. I agree that you cannot manage diabetes with out a blood glucose meter or you are just working blind and plus it frightens you into not eating what you can see puts your blood glucose up lol! You will get into the swing of it, just find tbe way that works for you, by testing 2 hours after meals. Good luck
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  2. Rachox

    Rachox Type 2 (in remission!) · Moderator
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    You need to think about the cost of the strips here’s some info. I paid for an SD Code Free as the strips are cheaper if you use the discount codes for bulk purchases.

    Here are some meters that are popular on the forum:

    Taken from a post by @Bluetit1802 as she wrote it so nicely:

    The most popular meters for self funding T2's are the Codefree and the Tee2 because the strips are much cheaper than other meters, and you need a lot of strips. You can't buy them in pharmacies.

    Try here for the Codefree meter


    and here for the extra strips


    There are discount codes if you buy in bulk.

    5 packs 264086

    10 packs 975833

    The Tee2 is here and the meter is free.


    Don’t forget to check the box that you have diabetes so you can buy VAT free. (for either meter)

    Edited to add strips are specific to each meter.
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  3. Chaseylayne76

    Chaseylayne76 · Member

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    Bit the bullet and have ordered everything I need to test my blood. Thank you all for your advice and for not thinking I’m a big baby about this all lol and thank you @Bluetit1802 for the links, that was hugely helpful
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  4. Freema

    Freema Type 2 · Expert

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    Welcome here
  5. snowmonkey

    snowmonkey Type 2 · Active Member

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    chasey, you should be optimistic. because with some will power and changes, you may well be able to manage your blood sugar. personally. i would take the meds of offered ( probably metformin) cos it suppresses appetite. and for many t2s, we need to stop eating too much...esp carbs.

    good luck. and welcome.
  6. Danny61

    Danny61 · Member

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    Wow. This could be me. I wanted to write this but couldn't find the words. Are you sure you aren't me? I shall be watching this with interest. Thank you. I feel so depressed about this, but my wife reckons I just need a kick up the arse and deal with things :(
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  7. Bluetit1802

    Bluetit1802 Type 2 (in remission!) · Legend

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    You haven't yet completed your profile details, so a little more information would be helpful, such as your HbA1c at diagnosis, your Type of diabetes, and any meds you have been given.

    I am a Type 2 and was diagnosed over 4 years ago. Of course I was scared, we all are when first diagnosed, but the fear went very quickly and it soon became obvious that is was the kick up the bum I needed to get my health in order and lose some weight - so in a way your wife could be right. ;) The kick up the bum worked. I lost all my excess weight and normalised my blood sugars, and have maintained this now for nearly 4 years.

    Read all round the forum, see how others manage matters, and ask as many questions as you like.
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  8. kazd63

    kazd63 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi what is the brand of jelly you use, I have made a mousse with Hartley's sugar free jelly and mascarpone. Just wondering if there is a better jelly out there. Thanks
  9. Brendon.Dean

    Brendon.Dean Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Get myfitnesspal, it's an app you can download on your phone. Use this to figure out how many calories you should have a day in order to loose weight. If you for example need to eat 2,000 calories a day to loose 1lb a week that's how you determine how many carbohydrates, fats and proteins to have.

    1 gram of protein = 4 calories
    1 gram of carbohydrates = 4 calories
    1 gram of fat = 9 calories

    Once you figure out your ratios, figure out what foods you are going to eat. If you refuse to eat vegetables, you'd best be supplementing vitamins and add minerals into your diet as well; it only benefits your health.

    Staple carbohydrate foods as a diabetic would be lentils, sweet potatoes, blueberries and brown rice. Imho get rid of the pasta, it's not a clean carb and you will fight with your sugars eating that stuff.

    You will also need a scale to weigh your food for accuracy.

    What you are asking is absolutely achievable, it just takes some discipline and learning a few things. You 100% need to incorporate HIIT exercises into your daily routine as well which is just as important as your diet change. Your diet and exercise are extremely powerful together, but alone wont have a huge impact.

    Feel free to ask me anything you'd like.
  10. Terrytiddy

    Terrytiddy Type 2 (in remission!) · Well-Known Member

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    Hi @Chaseylayne76 welcome to the forum. You will be fine with all the help, advice and support you will get from the members on here. Don't forget we have all been where you are so we understand your emotions. Any questions just ask away. Good luck. :)
  11. pollensa

    pollensa · Guest

    Hello, oh dear, reading your contact, re the negative unfortunately you cant eat vegie or salads yes, that is a hurdle, but always a solution for everything is my motto of the day, ways to get around this.

    May I ask if you had a veggie green beans, or caulifour or cabbage or zuchinnie for example, and were dressed with a nice creamy cheesy sauce, black pepper and lemon juice, would you be able to eat some veggies then? or, salads for example, would you be able to eat in a bowl with some crispy chicken breasts in small pieces, or tuna, or some feta cheese, with some walnuts, almonds, sunflower seeds with dressing olive oil /vinegar little mustard, or if you prefer a DOB OF Helmans Mayonaise? would you be able to eat salad this way?

    Just couple of suggestion boxes.

    You are quite right, to eat brown rice instead of white is one step in the right direction, but ultimately as you say its Carbs! such a pity for this such a pity you cannot eat veggies, as I grate cauliflour and pan fry it, few seconds, and it makes wonderful alternative for rice for example, and this kind of changing of foods, would help YOU so much regards controlling and getting down your numbers with Diabetes 2.

    Look, some guidance, whether of interest or not, why dont you look at www.dietdoctor.com, yes, many of the recipes have veggies, dont worry, take a peep, there are many without veggies, I feel sure there is something you can choose to eat to help give yourself a little weekly plan to get you on the way to control, choosing the foods that suit and you are able to eat, its such a great website, lots of valuable info overall, and the keto low carb way of eating is great certainly has turned my numbers around to non diabetes range, lost 24 kilos and 23cm off the waist in between, in less than one year..... so off you go, if of any help take a peep at dietdoctor.com

    Try your veggies if you can with creamy tasty sauces that may help the phobia??

    Have a nice day, hope within assists or guides you in the right direction someway.
  12. SueJB

    SueJB Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    @Chaseylayne76 , big hug. I love low carb and am getting a bit obsessive about what I eat. I love carrots but have got rid of them because of the higher carb but love the greens and cauli is my most go to veg. I use konjac instead of noodles and they're brilliant. Likewise, all oily fish is yuk, I like them, they don't like me but I do eat loads of white fish now. Bread is something I crave and really just treat myself to one slice of Sainsburys HiLo bread very very occasionally (5g carb). I bought a spiraliser and love courgetti and mooli. Onwards and downwards, you can do it.
  13. Ann1982

    Ann1982 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    No doubt you have even all the useful posts already but I just thought I would add to that. I’ve had type 2 since I was 37 and now nearly 30 years later I am still fine no neuropathy or eye problems etc. I didn’t discover about the low carbs till about 18 months ago so don’t panic. Take it slowly and you will find there is light at the end of the tunnel and it is not a “freight train coming your way”!
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