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Newly Diagnosed T1!

Discussion in 'Newly Diagnosed' started by T1_shane, Sep 20, 2016.

  1. T1_shane

    T1_shane Type 1 · Member

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    Howdy!

    I'm a newly diagnosed T1 (since end of June!) 28 year old bloke living in London!

    Any tips?

    I'm struggling to record my bloods all the time, I have a busy job and finding the time to write them down is becoming a problem.

    Also, has anyone else out on weight since starting on insulin - I have out on over a stone since June!

    Look forward to your replies !
     
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  2. GrantGam

    GrantGam Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi Shane and welcome:)

    @daisy1 will help you out with some basic advice to those new.

    There are a lot of clever people on here with loads of useful advice! You may find it easier to search for specific things in the "search bar" rather than to seek generic tips. If there's anything you can't find after a search, feel free to throw up a new independent thread with a title that outlines the basis of what you're needing to know.

    For your BG recording - Your meter will store the results, so you can write them down into your log book at the end of the working day/night (or anytime you get a chance). There are lots of handy (and free) apps where you can input your BG into your smartphone; instead of writing them down - if that's better suited.

    As for the weight, you may have lost a good bit pre-diagnosis? And if you did, a lot of this would have been water and fat. Your body is probably just putting back on what's it had lost. Insulin can cause weight gain, but given you're a new T1D - and probably on a low-ish dose of insulin - it would be unlikley.

    Hope all is well:)

    Grant
     
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  3. urbanracer

    urbanracer Type 1 · Expert
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    Welcome to the forums @T1_shane ,

    Did you suffer the classic weight prior to diagnosis? It is normal to put this weight back on (or at least some of it). Maybe you are eating more to stop yourself going hypo???

    Most meters have a memory, so you can always go back and write them down at the end of the day if you need to.

    I will ask @daisy1 to give you the new members info pack. But have a look around and ask any questions you may have.

    Catch you later.
     
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  4. T1_shane

    T1_shane Type 1 · Member

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    Hi Grant! Thanks! Forgot my meter recorded the data!

    Thanks for the tips! Yes, I lost a lot of weight pre June! Just annoying my clothes are not fitting haha
     
    #4 T1_shane, Sep 20, 2016 at 11:14 PM
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  5. T1_shane

    T1_shane Type 1 · Member

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    Hi @urbanracer

    Thanks for the welcome! Lots to take on board !! :)
     
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  6. JoeCo

    JoeCo Type 1 · Member

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    Hi Shane, I also live in London and was diagnosed in early August. Regarding weight gain, for me I lost loads of weight before diagnosis, it was pretty scary. I still need to gain some weight back. So I'd imagine your body is still recouping the lost weight? If you're worried check your BMI to see where you stand and then speak to the dietician about it.

    For your blood levels it's really worth taking the time to sit down and record them each night instead of letting it pile up. It only takes me about 5 minutes at the end of the day. It's worth it to see where you stand and help keep control.
     
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  7. therower

    therower Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi @T1_shane. Welcome to the forum. I think your questions have been answered, but I'm sure they'll be more to come, and the forum is the place to get answers.
    Good luck and keep busy :):)
     
  8. T1_shane

    T1_shane Type 1 · Member

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    @JoeCo thanks for the tip! Good to hear another Londoner ! How old are you? You look about my age in your photo. I haven't met that many younger people with T1 yet!
     
  9. daisy1

    daisy1 Type 2 · Legend

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    @T1_shane

    Hello Shane and welcome to the forum :) Here is the information we give to new members and I hope you will find it useful in addition to your other replies. Ask more questions when you need to and someone will be able to help.


    BASIC INFORMATION FOR NEW MEMBERS

    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 210,000 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 free 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.
     
  10. wiserkurtious

    wiserkurtious Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    welcome bud,you will put the weight back on thats for sure and its important for you to try and keep track of were your sugars so do try to keep on track especially with you been on insulin and the risk of hypo's :) all the best for the future bud
     
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