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Newly diagnosed at 26...

Discussion in 'Type 2 Diabetes' started by Jhawkins94, May 26, 2021.

  1. Jhawkins94

    Jhawkins94 · Newbie

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    Hi Everyone,

    I have been recently diagnosed type 2 at 26 and have been really struggling mentally with coming to terms with it all. I have been prescribed metformin and gliclazide which I take daily, I am not great with foods, I have a big sweet tooth (which I am trying to cut out) and was a big fizzy drink lover (I only drink zero sugar drinks now). I am hoping to get advice on how to deal with things mentally? Also is there any good food planners people use? I work in the city long hours in a really stressful job and I find myself really struggling to find the time to make any healthy dinners which often relates to me then ordering a takeaway or just making something quick and unhealthy.

    I have been reflecting a lot on how my life on how this changes things, I am not particularly overweight and it runs through my family type 2.

    Appreciate any help.

    Thanks
    J
     
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  2. JoKalsbeek

    JoKalsbeek I reversed my Type 2 · Expert

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    Hello @Jhawkins94 ,

    Sorry about the diagnosis. It is a kick in the head, and it leaves you reeling for a bit. I know I cried a lot in the first weeks after diagnosis, and felt like I had one foot in the grave. I wish I'd found this place sooner, but alas. All in all there is hope, you're going to be fine, but yeah... You're going to have to change up a few things. Take it from a recovering sugar addict though... It can be done. I used to have 5 scoops of sugar in my espresso. Spoon just about stood upright in that! (Now I'm drinking sparkling water with apple cider vinegar and enjoying it. Crazy, I know! It's nice with a squirt of lemon juice instead too. No sweetener!)

    Okay, so, here's the thing. Practically all carbs turn to glucose once ingested. So you cut the carbs, bring your blood sugars down, and go from there. Now, there's a catch here: you're on gliclazide, and combining that with a low carb diet can cause hypo's. So you want to be careful. I'm a very big advocate for testing, but with glic in the mix, you really can't do without a meter. I was told T2's don't get hypo's. Oooh yes, they do, when they're low carbing while on certain medication. (You'd think an endo'd know better!). So if you're going to try anything we suggest on here, make sure you have a meter and sufficient test strips, so you know what's happening. Don't go in blind, whatever you do! (And have a blood glucose of at least 5 if you're going to drive. Lower and your insurance'll possibly not pay up if you get into an accident).

    https://www.diabetes.co.uk/forum/blog-entry/the-nutritional-thingy.2330/ might help little with the basics on food and testing. Just remember you don't have to get everything 100% right in one go. It's a learning process and you'll have to find out what works for you. Dietdoctor.com can help with meals (they have some quick 'n' simple ones on there), but I tend to keep it simple too. Meat, fish, poultry, dairy and eggs are my staples, and you can add in some above-ground veggies for instance. This morning I had scrambled egg with cheese, pepper and salt. Done. Lunch just now was two chunks of salmon with mayo, pepper, salt... This evening I'm tossing chicken into the airfryer, because I can't seem to get them well done without cremating them in a pan. Find out what it workable for you.

    You mention working long hours in a stressful job. Stress up blood sugars, did you know that? As do sleepless nights, a cold etc. So try and take good care of your mental well-being. Take a walk in your lunch hour after eating (which will also drop your blood sugars), practice some mindfulness maybe? If you have take away, try Five Guys or something. They do a burger without the bun, wrapped in lettuce, or you can just have a bunch of the trimmings piled on a patty or two (bacon, mushrooms etc) on a plate. As long as you leave the bread off and don't have fries, it's fine. Gyros, shoarma, kebabs, that sort of thing's still on the menu, just be moderate with the sauce. Careful with fish, nothing with batter on, as that'll put your numbers up too. Without batter though, have at it! Basically, you want to build your meals around things that are no to low carb and expand from there.

    Couple more things:
    • High-ish blood sugars affect our mental health. Feelings of depression or panic/anxiety can be caused or magnified by them. So the way you're feeling now will get better as your blood sugars control improves, more likely than not.
    • Diet drinks often contain artificial sugars. Those tend to be toxic to gut bacteria and can create a whole slew of problems when they die off. So careful, don't over-do it. (You don't want to know how bloody and painful things can get...). Stevia, xylitol and erythritol are usually fine, but aspertame and others are not going to do your guts any favours. Keep in mind that if you use xylitol as a sweetener for coffee and such, it is toxic to pets.
    Anyway... How to deal with it mentally... By doing what you're doing now: Gathering information, deciding on a plan de campagne, and going with it. For me it helped to experiment with food and see what they did to my blood sugars, and that I was beating this thing. It's very empowering to see results, as well as quite motivating to stick with it. I took control back of my life, and that alone kept any feelings of desperation at bay. I can do this. It's the easiest condition I have, actually! I wish they all were this easy to manage. So if I can do it.... No reason why you wouldn't be able to do the same.

    You're going to be okay.
    Jo
     
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  3. DCB 2

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

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    I agree with what @JoKalsbeek has already said. I would add that you keep a daily Journal of your blood sugar reading so you can see trends. I remember the best advice someone gave me when I first diagnosed was that in the beginning that I was going make some mistakes, that was expected I was learning, just learn from them. It might be a good idea have a bag of candy around just in case if you go hypo. When I was on the meds I was taking Glpizide and when I went hypo is was always late in the evening having the hard candy around made it easy to fix it. I understand about working a stressful job, I try to keeps things in perspective and use swimming to work off any stress. Psychologically it gives me the feeling that I am controlling the diabetes instead of it controlling me. Finally I taking things a day at a time .........

    I will leave you with an open invitation and you send me message anytime ..........

    Oh yes diabetes runs in my family as well
     
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  4. VashtiB

    VashtiB Type 2 · Moderator
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    Hello and welcome,

    As someone very young and not overweight have they done the tests to rule out that you have type 1 diabetes? If so that's okay but just wanting to make sure.

    You have had some good advice from @JoKalsbeek so that's a good place to start.

    Read around the forum - and yes as a fellow sweet tooth it does take a while to get used to the idea and not feel like your life is over (okay fellow seed tooth and maybe a tough overdramatic). Like others it was a while before I wasn't crying everyday- at least 2 weeks. Even now I sometimes feel a bit upset about it but those days are less and less frequent.

    You have found an awesome resource in this site and you will meet some amazing people- so stick around and post when you have questions or just want to vent.
    Welcome.
     
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  5. PenguinMum

    PenguinMum Type 2 · Expert

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    I Always recommend M&S del range 3 items for £7 which includes Rollitos (cigar shaped cheese wrapped in han, 3 varieties), mini peppers stuffed with goats cheese, seasoned cook calamari, (without batter), cooked chicken thighs and even 3 cooked chicken breasts, lots more. Look at “Just Add” also 3 for £7, single portions of salmon, prawns, chicken etc. Ideal for a fast LC lunch with a tub of salad. You soon realise that you dont need bread to fill you up, these protein hits do the job. I have convinced my OH who isnt D and he often has a pack of Rollitos as a filling breakfast before golf. Quick dinners make a three egg omelette added to quick fried chorizo cubes & diced red pepper/mushrooms/ add grated cheddar, takes about 5 - 10 mins. Panfry a nice steak accompany with salad again minutes. Buy a pack of mixed stir fry veg which is quick in the pan, add protein, avoid the sticky sauces I just add a dash of Kikkoman Teriyaki sauce from a bottle. If I have Indian t/a I have Tandoori chicken or King Prawns (the dry one and cauli bhajee ditch the bread and rice. Thai a nice chicken stir fry accompanied by steamed pak choi or tenderstem broccoli. Make that a treat so you really appreciate it. you can do this with a bit of planning, keep a record of effect of meals from first bite to two hours after and you will soon build up a nice library of good meals. Forget bread, rice, potatoes, pasta, pastry and commercial pizza. Ask questions about food on here and take a look at “what have you eaten” threads. I will leave you with.one thought: themost interesting bit of a sandwich is the filling. Very best wishes to you. xx
     
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    PenguinMum Type 2 · Expert

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    Should have added there are LC options for cake and biscuits (The Deliciously Guilt Free Company is one) but in the beginning I would urge you to get the meals sorted out first and avoid snacking. Two squares of above 70% chocolate shouldnt do too much damage in the meantime.
     
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