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Oxford Bio Bank Research Into Type 2

Discussion in 'Diabetes Research' started by Rachox, Jun 6, 2018.

  1. Rachox

    Rachox Type 2 (in remission!) · Moderator
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    I have volunteered for the above study into type 2 Diabetes. Tomorrow is the day, so I have to starve from 9pm tonight, water only til after my appointment which is at 7.30 in the morning. I’m not sure what their study entails or if I’ll skew their results from the standard eatwell plate customer! :joyful:
    I’ve been lured in by a free Dexa Scan complete with viewing it and a talk through what they see. However, the phrase in the letter that intrigues me most is “breakfast will be provided after your visit”! Cereals? Toast? Porridge? Or maybe a low carb option? I’m not holding my breath! :joyful:
     
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    Juicyj Type 1 · Expert
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    Hopefully an omelette @Rachox ! Sounds very interesting, let us know how you get on :)
     
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  3. Rachox

    Rachox Type 2 (in remission!) · Moderator
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    Oh yes or a full English maybe?! Ha ha ha ha, who am I kidding!
    Yes I’ll post about it tomorrow.
     
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    hankjam Type 2 (in remission!) · Well-Known Member

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    Be interested in your report back Agent Rachox!
    Good luck.
     
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    Bluetit1802 Type 2 (in remission!) · Legend

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    The dexa scan sounds brill. Worth any hassle methinks. Good luck. :)
     
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    DCUKMod I reversed my Type 2 · Master
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    Good luck with it @Rachox . Perhaps having something suitable as a brekkers in your handbag could be a plan.
     
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    4ratbags Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Can't wait to hear how it goes.
     
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    Rachox Type 2 (in remission!) · Moderator
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    I will take something, however I live very close to the hospital, so may just come home for my usual low carb coconut ‘porridge’ :hungry:
     
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    Rachox Type 2 (in remission!) · Moderator
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    Ok, so this is how it went. Once the nurse had checked I’d read the info I’d been sent she explained what would happen and I signed the consent form. This part of the study is really just to get baseline info for further studies that I may be selected for if I want to take part. She then checked my demographic details and explained how from then on my info would be anonymised. Then a blood test, BP, weight, height (I’m 1.5cm taller than on my GP record!), medical and drug history taken. Next lifestyle questions, that’s when I became all evangelical about my control of my Diabetes and my weight loss by low carbing, she seemed to have a little knowledge about low carbing but was amazed by my weight loss and blood sugar control! Then the exciting bit the Dexa scan :happy:
    So things I have learnt from today:
    1) My white coat syndrome with BP readings is alive and kicking, we’ll just gloss over my BP reading there! :joyful::hilarious:
    2) With my new found accurate height I am no longer ‘obese’, my BMI is now 29.8, which just makes me ‘overweight’ :happy:
    3) My visceral versus subcutaneous fat ratio shown on the scan is nearly perfect, a little more weight loss should sort that out :)
    4) The metal work in my feet shows up very clearly on Dexa scans! :playful:
    Things the nurse has learnt today:
    1) Low carb eating for weight loss and blood sugar control really works and
    2) they need to offer choices other than toast or cereal for breakfast after the tests! :banghead:
    Yes I took a dark chocolate and raspberry low carb snack bar from home in my bag to have with the black coffee that they provided :hungry:
     
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    shelley262 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Sounds like it went really well my white coat syndrome is also alive and kicking my body is normally now 116/73at home but an impressive 175/80 at the drs!
    Good news about the height it’s def in your favour great that you’ve come down to overweight and also good level of visceral fAt welldone you
     
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    hankjam Type 2 (in remission!) · Well-Known Member

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    Good stuff and nice work on the BMI.... posture is everything :)
    Please excuse my lack of ken, what is a Dexa scan?
     
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    Bluetit1802 Type 2 (in remission!) · Legend

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    It all sounds very exciting, and every half centimeter counts when measuring height! :)

    Do you get any scores from the dexa scan, or is that all the information you get? However, nearly perfect ratio is brilliant.
     
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    Well done @Rachox nice to see hard work pay off
     
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    Rachox Type 2 (in remission!) · Moderator
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    Thank you for your kind words. It would have been so interesting to have done all this a year ago to see the differences in the stats now, but I know that they are so much better, so that’s what matters.
     
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    A Dexa Scan is a type of low radiation X-ray from what I can gather, it’s a full body scan which produces two images. One is bone density, she didn’t say much about that except that my head is dense, I mean my skull! :joyful: She noted that my right arm and leg were a little denser because I’m right handed. The other image is of fat distribution both internal and subcutaneous it calculates what percentage of you is fat and where it’s placed, and produces a table of percentages for each area.
     
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    Rachox Type 2 (in remission!) · Moderator
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    She gave me a copy of the images and the tables but it’s a lot of medical mumbo jumbo. Though you’d be interested in the total fat reading compared to my hubby’s Tanita scales. I measure myself on his scales as soon as I got home. Scales said 39.9%, scan said 41.1 so not too different.
     
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    ringi Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    How do people sign up for this?
     
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    Bluetit1802 Type 2 (in remission!) · Legend

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    That is good to know, thank you.
     
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    Rachox Type 2 (in remission!) · Moderator
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    I was told about it at my Diabetes2gether course Oxford’s equivalent of Desmond. I then just rang up but I think it looks like it’s just for people who live in Oxford.
    http://www.oxfordbiobank.org.uk/
     
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