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New to type 2 Diabetes

Discussion in 'Greetings and Introductions' started by baldy101, Oct 18, 2020.

  1. baldy101

    baldy101 · Newbie

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    Hi all, I have just been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Trying to get my head around it all with the "do's" and "don'ts"
    If anyone can offer any advise, tips, recipes, the "do's" and "don'ts" would be appreciated. Thank you
     
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    bulkbiker Type 2 · Oracle

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    Hi and welcome
    Do you know what your HbA1c was that was used for diagnosis?
    The mains don'ts are ... don't eat many carbs
    Eat lots of fat and protein instead.
     
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  3. baldy101

    baldy101 · Newbie

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    Hi thanks for your reply. I was told that it should be around 42 mine was 107
     
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    bulkbiker Type 2 · Oracle

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    OK that's pretty high.. for example mine was 87 mmol/m on diagnosis.
    On any medication?
    Definitely reduce your carbohydrate consumption a lot.
    Do you have any excess weight to lose? Low carb helps with that too.
     
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    baldy101 · Newbie

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    Yea I'm at 16 stone 8 pounds at the moment so need to lose a fair bit. As for meds I'm on two lots at the moment. I'm on Lipitor 1 a day and Metformin 4 a day.
     
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    bulkbiker Type 2 · Oracle

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    Well the statin likely won't do much for reducing your blood sugar and you need to change what you eat rather than medicate.

    Have a read of this it could help a lot
    https://www.diabetes.co.uk/forum/blog-entry/the-nutritional-thingy.2330/
     
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    Haddo16 Type 2 · Member

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    You can do it with the right mind set and family support I went from 16st 10 in June to 13st 9 in 3 months Ha1c of 78 to 38,
    Eat health cutout carbs like whitebread, find what food works for you and exercise. It’s not an exact science trial and error a lot of the time. Good luck hope it goes as well for you.
     
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    Goonergal Type 2 · Moderator
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    Hi @baldy101 and welcome

    I had a similar HbA1c to you at diagnosis - 108 - and have managed to get down to non-diabetic numbers (and stay there) using diet and exercise.

    I’d recommend having a good look at dietdoctor.com and also have a read of the What Have You Eaten Today thread in the low carb section of the forum. Lots of meal ideas and friendly support.
     
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    RFSMarch Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Echo what has been said above - reduce your carbs, exercise, and if you can try and monitor the effects on your blood when you eat. Quite a few people have invested in a Libre Freestyle Sensor to help them monitor. I found it really helps.

    I think this is the link I was sent when I first joined the forum - includes how you can get hold of test strips

    https://www.diabetes.co.uk/forum/threads/basic-information-for-newly-diagnosed-diabetics.17088/
     
    #9 RFSMarch, Oct 21, 2020 at 7:04 AM
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