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Just had my first type 2 review

Discussion in 'Type 2 Diabetes' started by Carole Hill, Mar 28, 2013.

  1. Carole Hill

    Carole Hill Type 2 · Member

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    I have just been told officially that I am type2 but should be able to control it with diet, well at least thats what I am going to try first before taking meds. It's all so depressing, complicated and overwhelming to someone who loves chocolate and baking.
    As I write I have an AWT diabetes weight loss book open and one of his cakes in the oven and will be setting out to a slimming club in 1/2 hr. I have also recently had skin cancer of the nasty type, surgery, and now this! Sorry to sound so negative, how do people adjust? I also take steroids and I am convinced thats caused it...I will blame anything other than my being overweight but will eventually have to take responsibility and accept it is my fault for being an eater! :crazy:
     
  2. daisy1

    daisy1 Type 2 · Legend

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    Hi Carole and welcome to the forum :)

    Other members will be along soon to share their experiences but for my part it was a shock at first but I quickly got used to it. You have the forum to back you up too and answer all your questions. Here is the information we give to new members and I hope you will find it helpful.


    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 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.
     
  3. dawnmc

    dawnmc Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi Carole, well the good news is you can discover more baking with almond flour etc. I make almond muffins, and they are different but not bad. You can also melt 70% chocolate over them.
    Good luck.
     
  4. Sharon68

    Sharon68 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi Carole and welcome to the forum. Firstly stop blaming yourself. Obviously we know weight does play a part (that, I believe is the reason I am here) but instead of beating yourself up over it use that energy to control your BG instead.

    There is a wealth of info on this forum, lots of lovely recipes to try (I am eating far better now then I have ever done) and lots and lots of support for those days when you just feel like screaming.

    I am controlling mine with diet only and had my first check up a week ago (I was diagnosed 2nd Jan this year) and the Doc was very pleased with how its going (although I am a bit of an anomaly as although I am very overweight my BP and cholesterol are both spot on :thumbup:)

    If I were you I would grab a coffee and take some time to have a read through here, you'll find some great info :D
     
  5. Carole Hill

    Carole Hill Type 2 · Member

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    Thank you the forum is a great source of information.

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  6. Carole Hill

    Carole Hill Type 2 · Member

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    Sounds great I will give it ago. I feel more positive now and quite determinded to lose weight and had a good day today.

    Sent from the Diabetes Forum App
     
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    timholl · Member

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    Hi Carole. I was diagnosed last November. It has been an emotional roller coaster since! On the good days I'm enjoying being much lighter and slimmer and having less of the horrid symptoms I had with excess sugar levels. On the bad days I really miss certain foods and I don't like having a chronic condition for life. I've not got any words of wisdom just a lot of empathy for the changes you are having to make. Tim
     
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