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Discussion in 'Newly Diagnosed' started by scoobysdad, Apr 27, 2019.

  1. scoobysdad

    scoobysdad Type 1 · Newbie

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    Hi all, I'm very new to this, i went to ed with abdominal pain but turned out I had blood sugar count of 26.6,so admitted and had a five day stay, possible Pancreatitis waiting on mri to be looked at by surgeons, so home now with sugars between 10 and 16,levemir morning and night with dose of 10,and novorapid with meals and a dose of 7, its a ll a bit daunting with a lot to take in,
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  2. Guzzler

    Guzzler Type 2 · Master

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    Hello and welcome to the forum. Tagging @daisy1 for the info pack offered to all newcomers.

    I'm sorry to hear that you have been poorly but you have certainly found the right place for advice and support.

    Have a wander around the forum and ask as many questions as you like.
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    Welcome @scoobysdad
    This is a good place to be. There are some very experienced people with diabetes on the forum and an amazing library of diabetes articles at www.diabetes.co.uk.
    I assume with potential pancreatitis and your insulin, you are being treated as someone with type 1 diabetes.
    One thing that will quickly become apparent in the general media and on this forum is 90% of people with diabetes have type 2 which is a different condition sharing the same name. Therefore, a lot of what you read about “diabetes” will be focused on type 2. There is a lot to learn but take care not to be dragged into the type 2 themes. For example, type 1 cannot be put into remission and many people with type 1 continue to eat the same diet as someone without diabetes by taking insulin to manage the carbs rather than cutting them out.

    Read around the site. Ask away with questions ... there is no such thing as a silly question. And do not expect diabetes to be 100% predictable. Then, you’ll be fine!
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  4. Prem51

    Prem51 Type 2 · Expert

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    Welcome gto the forum @scoobysdad. I'm Type 2 so I don't know much about Type 1 diabetes. But there are a lot of T1s on here who can help you with anything you want to know.
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  5. Daibell

    Daibell LADA · Master

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    Hi and welcome. Yes, it's difficult at first. Although T1s can eat carbs (or anything ) freely just bear in mind that if you have too many carbs you may gain weight; all depends on your metabolism and life style. Currently you are taking fixed doses of the mealtime Bolus insulin. This is normal to start with but make sure after the first few weeks that the nurse explains carb counting to you. This is where you adjust the amount of Bolus to take account of the carbs in the meal. Doing this reduces the risk of BS that is too high or too low (hypo).
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  6. daisy1

    daisy1 Type 2 · Legend
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    Hello and welcome to the Forum :) Here is the Basic Information we give to new members and I hope you will find it both interesting and helpful.


    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 600,000 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.
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