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Discussion in 'Greetings and Introductions' started by Viking01, Oct 18, 2018.

  1. Viking01

    Viking01 Type 1 · Member

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    Hi everyone, having nosed around the forum for about a year I finally decided to join. Been T1 for 14 years though I was doing well and quite knowledgable but started reading how others are doing now realise I have a lot more to learn
     
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    porl69 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Hello @Viking01 and welcome to the forum. I have been type 1 for 47 years and didn't realize how little I knew until I joined this forum. There are a lot of very knowledgeable people on here who will try and assist in any way they can.
     
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    Muneeb Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Hello @Viking01, similar here. I've been diabetic for 17 years with variable control over the first years struggling through teenage years, but is well controlled atm. I also joined recently to try and help others from experience and gain more knowledge to improve further.
     
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    Diakat Type 1 · Expert
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    RAPS_od Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi, @Viking01 and @Muneeb! I'm a brittle T1 celebrating (haha) my 50th year of the disease.
    I'm glad you found your way here. It's such a relief to talk to people who actually know what you're going through! For me, it's relieved me of that 'I'm in this by myself' feeling.
    I hope it does the same for you!
     
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    ickihun Type 2 · Master

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    Welcome @Viking01. I will tag @daisy1 for some new member info.
    Enjoy posting. :)
     
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    [email protected] Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Welcome!

    Yes - it is never too late, to learn something new. I also started to get some new working ideas, after reading this forum for ,say, ½ a year...
    And shortly after that I also signed up to this forum...

    But this is about you, so I say welcome, once again :)
     
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    Muneeb Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi @Diakat @RAPS_od , thanks for the welcome. It definitely is good to see how others are getting on and learn from others experience and knowledge. Great to see how so many people have not let diabetes affect their lives, which is always good to see.
     
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    daisy1 Type 2 · Legend

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    @Viking01 @Muneeb
    Hello and welcome to the Forum :) Here is the Basic Information we give to new members and I hope you will find it useful. Ask questions if you need to and someone will be able to help.

    BASIC INFORMATION FOR NEW MEMBERS

    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 235,000 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

    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.

    Over 145,000 people have taken part in the Low Carb Program - a 10 week structured education course that is helping people lose weight and reduce medication dependency by explaining the science behind carbs, insulin and GI.

    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.
    Take part in Diabetes.co.uk digital education programs and improve your understanding. Most of these are free.

    • Low Carb Program - it's made front-page news of the New Scientist and The Times. Developed with 20,000 people with type 2 diabetes; 96% of people who take part recommend it... find out why

    • Hypo Program - improve your understanding of hypos. There's a version for people with diabetes, parents/guardians of children with type 1, children with type 1 diabetes, teachers and HCPs.
     
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