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Discussion in 'Prediabetes' started by Debby1610, Nov 10, 2017.

  1. Debby1610

    Debby1610 Prediabetes · Member

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    Hi my name is Debby was diagnosed with pre diabetes on Thursday this week my level was 42 put me on a diet my dad started on diet wen he was diagnosed years ago but ended on insulin he's no longer with us so can't ask his advice so asked my mum I have to have a third blood test tomorrow and see gp shortly I suffer with headaches blurred vision and other symptoms what can I do so it won't go further thx Debby
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  2. Prem51

    Prem51 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi @Debby1610 and welcome to the forum. Many of us on here who became Type 2 diabetic have found that adopting a Low Carbohydrate High Fat (LCHF) approach to eating had lowered our blood sugars, and HbA1c test results.
    Apart from obviously cutting out sweet sugary food and drinks, we cut out or lower starchy carbohydrate foods, especially bread, potatoes, rice and pasta, as these quickly turn to sugar in our bodies. The High Fat bit is more contentious, but eating healthy high fat foods like oily fish, dairy products, avocados, nuts, and olive oil replaces the energy that we would have got from carbs.

    Have a read round the threads to see how it works and ask any questions you want to, the people on here are friendly and supportive and you will get a lot of good advice.

    Your pre-diabetic figure of 42 is only just in the pre-diabetic range of 42-47, and you should be able to get it down into the non-diabetic range fairly easily. It is the same as mine at my last HbA1c test, but my figure was 49 when I was diagnosed 2 years ago.
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  3. Guzzler

    Guzzler Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    With a level of 42 which is only just on the pre diabetic range, there is plenty you can do to improve your chances of a great outcome. Look at the LCHF option of reducing carbs in your diet. This will aid weight loss (if you are carrying extra weight, some people are diagnosed with pre diabetes while being slim) and improve your general health. Diet is key, excercise helps. Good luck.
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  4. Grateful

    Grateful Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Welcome. You will find lots of information and support here.
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  5. Resurgam

    Resurgam Type 2 (in remission!) · Well-Known Member

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    You are such a tiny bit above normal that small changes to your diet should reverse it - though if you are eating a lot of sugary things then for your general good health it might be best to cut right down on those.
    If your diet is fairly healthy then halving the amounts of the heavy carbs you eat each day might be all that is needed, swap a chicken leg for a sandwich, have cauliflower to replace potato, make a lettuce wrap to munch with a cup of tea rather than having a biscuit if that is a habit I have normal readings as far as I can tell - my next Hba1c test is sometime next year. Blood Glucose tests show normal though.
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  6. Alison Campbell

    Alison Campbell Prediabetes · Well-Known Member

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    Welcome to the forum, have you seen @daisy1 's post, lot of helpful info many find useful.

    You are just on the border between normal and prediabetes so hopefully you get prevent or delay type 2.

    Sorry to learn about your Dad's difficulties.We are so lucky that it can now be caught early and so much has changed even in the last few years.

    Let us know how you get on at the doctors.
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  7. daisy1

    daisy1 Type 2 · Legend
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    Hello Debby and welcome to the Forum :) Here is the Basic Information we give to new members and I hope you will find it helpful. Ask questions when you need to and someone will help.


    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.
    • 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.
    #7 daisy1, Nov 11, 2017 at 8:50 AM
    Last edited: Nov 11, 2017
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