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I always knew.......

Discussion in 'Newly Diagnosed' started by kfluff1976, Mar 4, 2016.

  1. kfluff1976

    kfluff1976 Type 2 · Newbie

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    My paternal grandmother, my aunt, my mother and my uncle have all be diagnosed. Deep down I knew there was a strong chance. I lost 45 pounds 3 years ago, and gained it all back.

    Just a couple days ago I got the news...I was diagnosed with t2....I have started working out but I feel confused. My grandmother passed away due to the complications of diabetes and I see my mom suffer. I started exercising and logging my calories, but I don't know if that,is enough or what to do next...
     
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  2. dawnmc

    dawnmc Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    You were up the wee small hours. Don't worry folk will be up soon to advise you.
     
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  3. Diakat

    Diakat Type 1 · Moderator
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    Hi, you'll need to watch your carb consumption more than calories. @daisy can give you the newbie carb advice. You don't have to end up with complications. Hug
     
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  4. daisy1

    daisy1 Type 2 · Legend
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    @kfluff1976

    Hello and welcome to the forum :) Here is the information we give to new members and I hope you will find it helpful. Try to reduce the carbs in your meals and this will help to control your levels. 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 over 150,000 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

    LOW CARB PROGRAM:
    http://www.diabetes.co.uk/low carb program


    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.
     
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  5. Sirmione

    Sirmione Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Don't Panic ! Daisy1's post contains the vital information, thinking on how to manage diabetes is changing unfortuneatly it will take a while for the official guidelines on diet to change, The message is cut your intake of all carbohydrates not just sugar, together with calorie reduction and reasonable exercise checking the result by home testing you should see a major reduction in blood glucose levels.

    The first step is get yourself a home test blood glucose meter, many of us on the forum use the Codefree SD meter, it is fairly accurate and the test strips are much cheaper than those for the many other meters on the market,
     
  6. kokhongw

    kokhongw I reversed my Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Yes many of us have experience remarkable success with carbs reduction. There is hope for the millions who are still struggling with this.
     
  7. 13lizanne

    13lizanne Type 2 · Expert

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    Hello and welcome, I know things might seem confusing and worrying just now but many people who post on this forum lead active, healthy lives through reducing the carbohydrates in their diet and increasing the amount of exercise they take. You can do it too and not allow the diabetes to define you. Good luck and welcome once more
     
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