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Discussion in 'Greetings and Introductions' started by russo, Feb 23, 2017.

  1. russo

    russo Type 2 · Member

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    Howdy,

    diagnosed 3 days ago. Nearly 50, Metformin and Gliclazide.
    26.2 at diagnosis down to 14 this morning, so some way to go but heading in the right direction.
    Surprised at just how many things have Carbs in them, sugar free mints for instance seem to be mostly Carbs, so now I've cut those out as well I hope to see further improvements ;-)

    Cheers
    Russ
     
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    Daibell LADA · Master

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    Hi and welcome. Be a little careful with the Gliclazide as your weight goes down to avoid hypos.
     
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    wiseowl_123 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Good afternoon @russo and welcome to the forum:)
     
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    Liam1955 Type 2 · Master

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    @russo - Hello and Welcome to the Forum :). Tag @daisy1 for information for new members to the Forum.
     
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    Johnjoe13 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Welcome Russ, yes I bet you were a bit of a surprised to find out about carbohydrates? I know I was. Before I always thought diabetes was all about sugar, In fact at diagnosis I said to the doc that I eat very little sugar. Little did I know then that carbs turn into sugar and these have to be reduced or cut out altogether.

    Looks like they have started you on the right medication to get the blood glucose down, you never know you may end up taking just the metformin with any luck if you drop your numbers with low carbing as well. You'll get some helpful information from Daisy1 and there is a lot information all over this site to help you
     
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    Bluetit1802 Type 2 (in remission!) · Legend

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    Hi and welcome,

    If you are reducing your carbs whilst taking the Gliclazide, you need to self test very frequently to make sure you aren't going too low. Gliclazide stimulates your pancreas to produce extra insulin to cope with the glucose in your blood. Reducing carbs means you have less glucose in your blood. Less glucose requires less insulin. If you end up with too much insulin you may go too low. You can keep an eye on this by self testing.
     
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    Goonergal Type 2 · Moderator
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    KezG Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    @russo Hello and welcome.
     
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    russo Type 2 · Member

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    Thanks, at the moment I'm only on Gliclazide in the morning and my readings are still fairly high. I'm testing 3 - 4 times a day which should be enough until readings drop.
     
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    Prem51 Type 2 · Expert

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    Hi @russo and welcome to the forum. It sounds like you already understand that carbs should be avoided or limited.
    Have a read round the threads and ask anything you want to, the people on here are friendly and supportive.
     
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    Freema Type 2 · Expert

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    daisy1 Type 2 · Legend

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    @russo

    Hello Russ and welcome to the Forum :) Here is the Basic Information we give to new Members and I hope you will find it useful. Ask as many questions as you need to 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 well over 147,000 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 free 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. They're all 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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  13. russo

    russo Type 2 · Member

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    Great information, thank you @daisy1 :)
     
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