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Discussion in 'Greetings and Introductions' started by Tracym879, Jun 28, 2016.

  1. Tracym879

    Tracym879 Type 2 · Newbie

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    Hi folks I was diagnosed in January 2016 with type 2 diabetes. I'm 44 year old and have various health issues one is the fear of going out. I am on medication just to try and keep me calm and on the straight and narrow lol. At the beginning of the year I was under a lot of stress and my hba1c (if that's correct) was 53 it is now down to 48 (recently checked may) I am having a lot of problems trying to lose weight. Calories are down to 1300 per day which I think is leading to headaches. I've also pushed myself to start yoga, aqua fit, swimming and walking . Things that are taking me out my comfort zone. But still not losing weight. Heard people talking about low carbon high fat diet but due to a TIA (mini stroke) suffered have been advised not to do this.... have been to nurse, doctor and diabetic clinic and am even more confused but I have found out that pasta bread etc not very good with someone with type 2? I'm getting to hung up, depressed and confused...Sorry feel as if I'm rattling on and other people will have it worse than me. Any advice help would be appreciated. Thank you in advance
     
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  2. Daibell

    Daibell LADA · Master

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    Hi and welcome. Your blood sugar figures are pretty good so don't worry. Yes, you need to keep the carbs down and many of us suggest having enough proteins and fats to keep you feeling full. Do get hold of glucose meter so you can find out which foods affect you most. Don't think calories a they don't really mean much; you need to think carbs and keep those down to lose weight and maintain good blood sugar levels. Now, may of us will say that fats are not bad for us but good as much of the news of the bad effect on the circulatory system can be challenged. It's up to you on how your react to the advice to avoid fat due to your TIA. You could discuss increasing the so-called 'healthier' fats with your doctors. This means unsaturated fats high in omega-3 oils.
     
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    Liam1955 Type 2 · Master

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    @Tracym879 - Hello and Welcome to the Forum :). @daisy1 will provide you with some basic information that all new members receive. Have a read around the threads and ask as many questions as you want.
     
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    daisy1 Type 2 · Legend
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    @Tracym879

    Hello Tracy and welcome to the forum :) Here is the information we give to new members and I hope you will find it useful. It gives a lot of advice about carbs and a link to the Low Carb Program. Ask as many questions as you want 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 over 150,000 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

    Another option is to replace ‘white carbohydrates’ (such as white bread, white rice, white flour etc) with whole grain varieties. The idea behind having whole grain varieties is that the carbohydrates get broken down slower than the white varieties –and these are said to have a lower glycaemic index.
    http://www.diabetes.co.uk/food/diabetes-and-whole-grains.html

    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

    LOW CARB PROGRAM:
    http://www.diabetes.co.uk/low carb program


    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 bloodglucose 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.
     
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    Tracym879 Type 2 · Newbie

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    Hi Liam thank you for your reply much appreciated I will have a read and hopefully not get any more confused
     
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    Pinkorchid Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    As you have other health issues we really can't say here what would be the best way for you to eat so you really need to discuss it with your medical team before you change your diet to much Yes many here do low carb and higher fat but for others who have various medical conditions it is not always suitable
     
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    TooSweetForMe Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Thank you for the link to the low-carb program. I am going to look at it later today.
     
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    magsiesss Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi Tracy - and welcome. Glad you found the forum where there is loads of great advce and chat available.
     
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