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Discussion in 'Greetings and Introductions' started by Ladydove56, Feb 2, 2015.

  1. Ladydove56

    Ladydove56 Type 2 · Newbie

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    Hi ppl feeling very low today anyone else get low moods
  2. Pipp

    Pipp Type 2 · Moderator
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    Sorry you are feeling low.

    I notice you are a new member. Welcome.

    @daisy1 will be posting info for new members. Have a read, ask questions.

    Hope you feel brighter soon.

    In answer to your question, yes, lots of people get low moods.
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  3. ally1

    ally1 Type 2 · Expert

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    hello and welcome
  4. daisy1

    daisy1 Type 2 · Legend

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    Hello @Ladydove56 and welcome to the forum :)

    Sorry you are feeling low. I hope the people here on the forum who all wish you well will cheer you up a bit. Since it looks as though you are a new member and I'm guessing, newly diagnosed, here is the information we give to new members. Ask all the questions you like and someone will help you.


    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 130,000 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.

    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 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.
  5. urbanracer

    urbanracer Type 1 · Expert
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    Are you asking about low moods because of diabetes and medication? Or because it's dark when you go to work, dark when you come home, you've given your credit card a spanking over Christmas, it's cold, it's damp, the gas and electricity bills have just arrived, nobody listens to a word you say, and you can't even console yourself with a hot sweet mug of tea and chocolate digestive because of the poxy diabetes?

    No, don't know what you're talking about!

    .........and welcome by the way.
    #5 urbanracer, Feb 2, 2015 at 5:59 PM
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  6. Phlogiston

    Phlogiston Gestational · Well-Known Member

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    Welcome to the forum. I am finding the initial diagnosis of diabetes less than exciting, and the prospect of limiting amount and range of food is not exactly cheerful.
    Yesterday Mrs P came home with a lovely box of chocolates from one of her piano pupils. At the moment, I am still working on developing mental discipline, so I can't have "even one". I'll get over it. I'm already a bit lighter, I seem to have a bit more energy from the exercise.
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  7. Pipp

    Pipp Type 2 · Moderator
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    Try to see it not so much as limiting choices of foods, but an opportunity to discover and try new food that you may never have bothered with before.
  8. Patricia21

    Patricia21 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Hello and welcome.
    Its a time of year for feeling low.the lighter nights are comming.
    Perhaps you are not feeling well?
    We all have our moments,stick with us,ask any questions,people will help.
  9. Tracieo

    Tracieo Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi Pet, it is horrible feeling so low isn't it. I am at my lowest ever at the morment and finding things really difficult, coulld happily cry all day (and do). any good suppliments out there as I am already on the maximum prozac 60mg daily. Type 2 for about 7 years on insulin and eating what every I want - spent about £5 this morning on cakes,sweets and rubbish, it has all gone now.
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