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New To This And Fed Up

Discussion in 'Greetings and Introductions' started by stupot196908, Jul 30, 2018.

  1. stupot196908

    stupot196908 Type 2 · Member

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    New to this got diagnosed yesterday so fed up

    got diagnosed yesterday so fed up pricking my finger in and out of doctors every two minutes blood sugar went to 30.2
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    #1 stupot196908, Jul 30, 2018 at 7:23 PM
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  2. Juicyj

    Juicyj Type 1 · Expert
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    Kittycat_7_ Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I know, it will get easier and you will start to feel better.
    Welcome to the forum
    30 is very high, has the dr started you on any meds or discussed about low carb high fat diet?
    What was your HbA1c?
    Take care
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  4. daisy1

    daisy1 Type 2 · Legend

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    Hello Stupot 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 like and someone will be able to 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. 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.
  5. Khushi Nagpal

    Khushi Nagpal Type 1 · Active Member

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    Hi, welcome. However, you need not worry to much, after a while, pricking and checking your blood sugar will come naturally.

    Despite the fact that this is difficult, try to look at diabetes in a positive way. It will ensure that you stay healthy and fit, limiting your intake of carbohydrates and encouraging you to exercise regularly!!

    Good luck.
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  6. Freema

    Freema Type 2 · Expert

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    Hey welcome here Stupot , at first it is all so overhvelming if you stay in this forum you’ll have a lot of support and informations and here you can learn to permanently control your diabetes
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    #6 Freema, Jul 31, 2018 at 10:13 AM
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  7. Pasha

    Pasha Prediabetes · Expert

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    Pricking your fingers is really no big deal at all. Just consider all the horrible things that can eventually happen if you dont control your blood glucose values. Now is the time to stage your fight back by keeping this devil at a distance ,at all times. You will soon get used to whats required and even learn to appreciate your renewed feeling of being as healthy as you can possibly be.I wish you all the very best.
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  8. Geoffno6

    Geoffno6 · Well-Known Member

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    Welcome @stupot196908 The finger pricking seems like a big deal at first, six weeks into this mullarcky I have a problem avoiding pricking my fingers! I want results before during and after meals. It gets easier for sure. Did you get a Hba1c figure?
  9. Cybersight

    Cybersight Type 1.5 · Member

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    Hi @stupot196908,
    It will get easier and you become numb to the finger pricking after a while make sure the Doc/Hospital gave you the thinnest gauge I use TRUEPLUS LANCETS 0.195mm/33 gauge Before this it was the same make but a higher gauge can't remember the gauge but it was painful. Also don't push hard on the finger pricking just lightly, I found I was pushing the device against my finger too hard which made it extra painful..
    Hope this helps you..
  10. Terrytiddy

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

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    Hi @stupot196908 welcome to the group.:) You are in the right place for help, advice and support so any questions just ask away. You will soon get use to taking your bloods.;)
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