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Type 2 Symptoms coming back

Discussion in 'Ask A Question' started by redjones, Nov 3, 2015.

  1. redjones

    redjones Type 2 · Member

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    Hi
    Diagnosed type 2 3 months ago on metformin 500 mg 3 times a day+ 1 atorvastatin.All going ok blurred vision stopped no thirst issues,But this week getting blurred vision and terrible thirst again.Has anyone had this happen while on metformin and did you end up on different medication or insulin?
     
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    Bewildered Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi, I haven't had this but I wonder if you have been testing and if you have changed your diet at all?
     
  3. Bluetit1802

    Bluetit1802 Type 2 (in remission!) · Legend

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    Hello and welcome,

    Are you relying on the Metformin to keep your blood sugar levels down? I ask this because it won't. It doesn't work that way. Maybe you haven't tweaked your diet enough? Carbohydrate consumption will keep your blood sugar levels raised, so it is essential you really cut back on these, particularly bread, potatoes, rice, pasta, cereals and flour. Diet is the key.

    Have you got your own glucose meter? If so, do check your levels before and after food. If not, I strongly urge you to buy one. They are the best tool we type 2s have to help us control our levels.

    I'll tag @daisy1 who will arrive with some good information for new members. Meanwhile, have a good read round the forums and a think about how you can improve your diet.
     
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  4. redjones

    redjones Type 2 · Member

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    I've lost over 2 1/2 st in 3 months and could really do with putting weight on.Anyone got any good suggestions for weight gain would the protein shakes be ok?
     
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    redjones Type 2 · Member

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    Really struggling with what to eat,As I've lost so much weight need to put some on but not sure as what to eat with symptoms coming back.feeling very frustrated and starting to get me down.
     
  6. Bluetit1802

    Bluetit1802 Type 2 (in remission!) · Legend

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    I suggest you visit your doctor about both the sudden weight loss and the return of your high blood sugar symptoms. You say you are a type 1.5 on your profile, and only on Metformin. I'm not a doctor, and nor are any of us on here. You need to see him as soon as possible.
     
  7. daisy1

    daisy1 Type 2 · Legend
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    @redjones

    Hello and welcome to the forum :) As suggested above, here is the information we give new members and I hope you will find it useful especially with respect to diet. Ask more questions 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

    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.
     
  8. redjones

    redjones Type 2 · Member

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    Sorry didn't realise it had 1.5 on my profile. actually diagnosed as type 2 seeing the diabetic nurse again next week,So hopefully get some answers then.
     
  9. redjones

    redjones Type 2 · Member

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    Thank you for all the information.
     
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