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Introducing happycat

Discussion in 'Greetings and Introductions' started by happycat, Oct 22, 2012.

  1. happycat

    happycat · Well-Known Member

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    Hello I was diagnosed at the beginning of September. It was a huge shock as we do not have any diabetes in our family and although I am a little overweight I live a very active lifestyle, do not smoke and rarely drink alcohol. I do not eat cakes biscuits and sweets. I went to the walk in centre as I had a sore back and bingo the nurse pricked my finger and that was it. I went for a blood test and then another one and got a letter saying that I have diabetes. Did not say which type but I guess it is type 2? I am very confused by all the conflicting information out there. My doctor wanted to start me on drugs including statins immediately. I said no, so not very popular with him, who said you need to cooperate. So I am trying to do it on my own with diet and exercise. I am trying a restricted carb diet, made up myself, and have lost 4kg since the beginning of September. The recommendations of the nurse 55% carbohydrates, four piece of fruit including grapes did not make sense to me. I don't know anyone else with diabetes so that is why I have joined the forum. I am doing blood testing and getting lower blood glucose results, so it might be working. I have "grace" until December when I have my next blood test. Sorry I really have rambled on, don't have anyone else to tell. Hello to everone. :)
  2. angieG

    angieG Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Hello Happycat (great name by the way)
    Don't worry about rambling on, we like to hear a bit about any new members, it helps us understand your situation better.
    Have a good read around this forum, there is a wealth of experience on here and everybody is so helpful.
    You are not on your own dealing with this now, welcome.
    Best wishes
  3. rtee

    rtee · Well-Known Member

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    Hi happycat,
    You seem to have started really well and will get lots of help on this forum.

    You have the right attitude to get this thing under control by the looks of your post. There are lots of people on here who are DIYing their management against the NHS advice, which you rightly say is NOT helpful . I too will NOT take statins they're poison IMHO.
    Way to go :clap:

    Look forward to seeing how you get on.
  4. daisy1

    daisy1 Type 2 · Legend

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    Hi happycat and welcome to the forum :)

    Here is some information that should be helpful to you, which we give to new members. Carry on asking questions and someone will answer you. I agree that reducing carbs is the best way to control your levels.


    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 30,000 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 ... rains.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 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.

    Please sign our e-petition for free testing for all type 2's; here's the link:

    Do get your friends and colleagues to sign as well.
  5. Superchip

    Superchip · Well-Known Member

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    Welcome Happycat !

    Good start, if you have had a blood test you are entitled to ask for a copy of it.
    On it should be, amongst other results, your HBA1C, Blood sugar level, cholesterol level etc, although cholesterol level , IMHO , is not important at the moment. Keep track of all your results, get yourself a BG meter from the GP and testing strips, if you can,not all GP's understand the importance of testing, if not try the Codefree meter from Amazon.com. It is cheaper and the strips are much cheaper that others, and accuracy levels are OK, they are only really a guide and good to indicate trends in BG levels ( Blood Glucose )

    Do ask any question you can think of, there are lots of good people on here who actually live with diabetes and consequently have a broad database of knowledge and what works ! Unlike the blind NHS and GP's et al.

    Best regards Superchip
  6. Fraddycat

    Fraddycat · Well-Known Member

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    Hi Happycat, welcome! You've made a really good start and now you've found us. We love a good ramble here, so you've come to the right place. Ask questions and check out the recipes they're yum!
  7. fizzbombaluna

    fizzbombaluna Type 1 · Newbie

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    Hi Happycat
    you may not have been told yet, that it is not only food that affects your blood sugar readings. Stress and illness will make them rise. I'm experiencing this atm as i have a cold and my sugars are very high. So don't ever let the docs make you think that your readings are high because you're not eating the right things. Try not to worry too much, you will get the hang of it and you'll be fine :)
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