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My first 3-month Diabetes Review

Discussion in 'Type 2 Diabetes' started by Sheila L, Sep 13, 2019.

  1. Sheila L

    Sheila L Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Thanks very much. Sheila
     
  2. Sheila L

    Sheila L Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Thanks very much. Sheila
     
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    Sheila L Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Robbity Type 2 · Expert

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    That's avery impressive reduction - well done!

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    Listlad Prediabetes · BANNED

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    Great news Shiela.

    I noticed you still take porridge. I don’t blame you as I enjoyed it very much for many years. Porridge with brown sugar, dried fruit, stewed fruit, maple syrup and either milk, fresh cream or carnation milk. :D

    However I have not had porridge since late February.
     
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    Sheila L Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for your encouragement. Sheila
     
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    Sheila L Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I never used to have porridge but my Diabetic Specialist Nurse advised me to change to it. She suggested I have blueberries because grapes, which I used to have with fruit and fibre, contain too much sugar!
     
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    Listlad Prediabetes · BANNED

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    I couldn’t get lower than 40/41 for a few years and importantly my symptoms were becoming more prominent so I ended up following advice from the forum to drop porridge etc, that lead to my more recent levels of HbA1c 35/36 and the reversal of symptoms,
     
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    Sheila L Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    How interesting. Thanks for telling me that. You've done very well to achieve such a result. I'm not sure I could drop my porridge yet - I really love it!!
     
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    Listlad Prediabetes · BANNED

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    Haha. It was a tough decision on my part.
     
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    Sheila L Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I can imagine. Well done for your determination.
     
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    Sheila L Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Thanks very much.
     
  13. Resurgam

    Resurgam Type 2 (in remission!) · Expert

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    The porridge is are going to be at least half carbohydrate by weight, so why a nurse would recommend them rather baffles me. I suppose if you were eating ordinary breakfast cereals they would be even higher in carbs, but many type twos have eggs in various forms - omelettes or bacon and eggs as they are low carb options.
    As I wrote before, I am impressed that you can cope with porridge, but if you have problems lowering your blood glucose that might be a place to start considering reductions.
     
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    Sheila L Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Yes, I appreciate what you say about the amount of carbohydrate in porridge. I don't know why the nurse recommended it. I never had porridge before but now I have got to love it. If I can't get my glucose levels down, I'll have to reconsider. It would be difficult for me to eat eggs or bacon and eggs.
     
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    Well done on these results, keep it up!
    Just had my first 3 month review (started well with the DN asking me what I needed to see her for...) anyway I'd cut my Arc to 44 from 84 with metformin, curcumin and exercise, all other levels normal. With a smile so wide I thought the top of her head would fall off she told me off for buying myself a meter, insisted they would not fund strips and said it was to protect my "peripherals"...
    She also said that I don't need to see her for 6 months or even a year. What sort of care is that with a condition like this?
     
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    Sheila L Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I’m really sorry you’re suffering in such a way. With your condition, as mine, we need all the support we can get. You’ve done very well to reduce your A1c to 44. Keep doing all the right things and you will win in the end.

    I receive excellent care and my GP and Diabetic Specialist nurse are always at the other end of the phone if I need them. I was also told I will only be seen for a Review once a year. I asked the DN if I should buy a meter and she said I didn’t need to with the medication I’m on. I know most on this Forum would advocate buying a meter but I resist doing so because I can’t bear pricking my fingers and drawing blood! As a child, I saw my Granny injecting insulin into her legs and that remains with me.

    I wish you all the best. What I do is keep eating plenty of vegetables, salads and moderate fruit, eggs, chicken and fish such as cod, tuna and salmon. I know mackerel and sardines are also good but I don’t like them. I try to avoid red meat. I keep the carbohydrate low, as this turns to sugar in the blood stream. I seldom eat cake, puddings, biscuits, chocolate, ice cream, flavoured or fruit drinks. I have porridge with blueberries for breakfast but I know this is debatable

    Do keep in touch if I can be of any help or encouragement.
    Kind regards, Sheila
     
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    @Sheila L ,
    Congratulations on your huge reduction in Hba1c.
    That is particularly impressive since you have done it without a Blood Glucose Meter and by following your DSN's advice to eat oats for breakfast.

    Before I was diagnosed as T2, I too was having porridge (sometimes with Blueberries) for breakfast every day - thinking it would keep my Cholesterol in check. What struck me upon diagnosis was that they were advising the same 'Eatwell plate' that they had already persuaded me to adopt over 10yrs ago. - So how was eating the same high crab diet going to suddenly stop hurting my BG and suddenly start helping it? It just didn't add up, so I found these Forums and am doing OK without any difficult sacrifices.

    It is too bad that you say it would be difficult for you to eat eggs for breakfast. If you had a BG meter you would be able to confirm whether Porridge was indeed OK for you or not. For me it was an easy swap once I saw the BG reading 2hrs after porridge. So I now have 2 hard boiled eggs with salt, pepper and a little drizzle of Olive Oil instead of my boiled oats. I do my eggs in batches, boiling 8 (4 days of breakfasts) at a time.
     
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    mtc2300 Type 2 · Active Member

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    Wow! That's fantastic! Keep up the good work and smile all day even as autumn is coming.
     
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    JMK1954 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Congratulations from me too. Just shows it can really be done.
     
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    Sheila L Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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