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New arrival! Type 2

Discussion in 'Newly Diagnosed' started by Tam21, Jul 2, 2015.

  1. Tam21

    Tam21 Type 2 · Newbie

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    Just a wee hello from me, I've just been diagnosed as type 2, a 3rd generation one, no meds for first 3 months to see how I get along. I'm just getting to grips with it all and having a bad day today due to not getting lunch at work.
    I've found some good advice and information on here so far but will probably have 101 questions in the weeks to come.
     
  2. Bluetit1802

    Bluetit1802 Type 2 (in remission!) · Guru

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    Hello and welcome!

    Only 101 questions? :eek::)

    Best way to go is read a lot and start asking those questions! Good luck.
     
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  3. TyTy

    TyTy Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    hi @Tam21 welcome to the forum

    ask questions , do not worry how stupid they may sound that what this forum is about , learning and getting the answers you want
     
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    catinahat Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Hello Tam21, welcome
     
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    brettsza Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi Tam and welcome
    @daisy1 will send you more info on newly diagnosed.
     
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  6. daisy1

    daisy1 Type 2 · Legend
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    @Tam21

    Hello Tam and welcome to the forum :)

    I hope this information which we give to new members will help answer some of your questions. Ask away 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

    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.
     
  7. Mazzer

    Mazzer Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi Tam, welcome to the Forum, there is a lot to read and get your head round to begin with, but just take it slowly you will be amazed how much you will learn from this forum. Ask as many questions as you like there are a lot of knowledgeable people on here to help you.

    Take care

    Marilyn
     
  8. Tam21

    Tam21 Type 2 · Newbie

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    Thanks everyone and thank you Daisy, that's great info.
     
  9. SueB743

    SueB743 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi and welcome, ask as many questions as you like
     
  10. Daibell

    Daibell LADA · Master

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    WeeFergus Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    A very warm welcome to you. Does the "wee hello" indicate that you're from North of the border?
     
  12. 4ratbags

    4ratbags Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi and welcome to the forum. It takes a bit of time to get your head around everything but you are in the right place
     
  13. Tam21

    Tam21 Type 2 · Newbie

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    Aye it does WeeFergus I'm very North
     
  14. PatsyB

    PatsyB Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Hello and Welcome to the forum :)
     
  15. Tam21

    Tam21 Type 2 · Newbie

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    Thank you all for the welcomes.
     
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    Croc Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi Tam.

    Loads of good info round here.
     
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    Croc Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi Tam.

    Loads of good info round here.
     
  18. DeanLJ

    DeanLJ Type 2 · Active Member

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    Welcome Tam. I'm new here too.

    lots of friendly people and a HUGE amount of good info. I'm slowly making my way through a ton of reading and it's starting to make sense.

    Dean
     
  19. Merrylizard1314

    Merrylizard1314 · Well-Known Member

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    Glad to see your post @Tam21.
    This forum can help you in ways you cannot even imagine yet.
    All you have to do is ask your questions.
    Good luck to you
     
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