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Telling off for self testing

Discussion in 'Diabetes Discussions' started by Atad heavy, Feb 4, 2019.

  1. Newbie 2 LADA

    Newbie 2 LADA LADA · Member

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    You are 100% right!! When I was diagnosed with type 2 I started to test and keep a food diary but was told by my GP that there was no need to do either of these things...the Metformin and HBA1C test would keep it on track, I listened and wish I hadn't!! Every time I went for a check up for the next 18 months I was told that I wasn't doing the right things (and felt 'scolded') despite losing weight and cutting out sugar, as my HBA1C kept rising. Had I kept a closer check myself I would have been able to see my blood sugars were rising daily despite my efforts. Had I kept checking and keeping a closer, more regular check myself I would have seen there was something wrong. So 2 years after my initial diagnosis the doctors admitted there had been a misdiagnosis and I was actually 'LADA' . Keep checking!! Be in control of your own heath and destiny....good luck x
     
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  2. Atad heavy

    Atad heavy Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    HbA1c was 46 January
    Before Christmas it was 46
    September it was 48 (diagnosed type 2 October)
    Full results to follow & they have said annual tests from now on
     
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  3. Atad heavy

    Atad heavy Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Thankyou I will
     
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  4. Atad heavy

    Atad heavy Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I know just how you felt, it’s just awful when you are treated like that. When the diabetic nurse told me that I was type 2 & that I should lose weight & exercise I felt really bad.
     
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  5. treble5040

    treble5040 Don't have diabetes · Newbie

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    My husband has been type 2 for a long time. When he was diagnosed my response was to research it. I then suggested as we both needed to lose weight why not try carb lowering as it apparently helped diab yes. He adamantly told me that, although he needed to lose weight, what he ate would not make any difference to the diabetes as they’d told him it was a progressive condition to be managed with increasing doses and changes of meds until the day when he’d eventually need insulin. He was also angry because my results were normal and it seemed unfair when I too was heavy and didn’t eat terribly healthily, but used this also as evidence diet made no difference. He also then told me the dietary advice said he needed plenty of starch carbs, around 50% of each meal.

    His numbers rose. His meds rose. He eventually agreed to diet and was astonished when the numbers dropped a bit. He agreed to try reducing carbs, but started to get light headed and grumpy (result of lower blood sugar than his system expected). He mentioned it in the surgery and a progressive nurse suggested testing, so he did for a while. He refuses to do it regularly as he is a foodie. It’s been a long road, but he’s lost several stones. He came back off of Victoza and lowered the gliclazide. Sadly he still eats too much of the wrong things, but mostly not too bad. He has ups and downs. If life is stressful, he eats. At Christmas he eats, etc etc. He’s given an annual HBA1C and eye screening. He STILL isn’t self testing most of the time. He gets his annual result .. if it’s risen his meds go up. He then has a rebound diet splurge and tests for a while. He brings the levels back under better control but goes off the rails again long before then next check.

    In my view self testing should be promoted and medics should ask people to record at the very least a monthly sample of data before collecting repeat meds. That would keep people like my hubby more focused and start to shift the control onto the individual.
     
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  6. bulkbiker

    bulkbiker Type 2 · Oracle

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    Get him to join up here?
     
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  7. Member496333

    Member496333 · Guest

    I think it’s reasonable to say that your husband is probably in a majority in how he manages his diabetes. Sometimes it’s easy to forget that this community is a minority.
     
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  8. Julia99

    Julia99 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Quoff I believe is how they get money for these sorts of things
     
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  9. Julia99

    Julia99 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Quoff I believe is how they get money for these sorts of things
     
  10. Atad heavy

    Atad heavy Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Atad heavy Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Whoops try again
    Cholesterol 6.8
    Trig 1.6
    Serum HDL 1.15
    Serum LDL 4.92
    Serum cholesterol/HDL ratio 5.9
    Serum non high density lipoprotein cholesterol level 5.65
    Hba1c 46
    Liver function much improved - does LCHF help rejuvenate a non alcoholic fatty liver please
     
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  12. HSSS

    HSSS Type 2 · Expert

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    Yes it does improve nafl . And given time usually helps with cholesterol (although can temporarily put them up a bit as you lose weight)
     
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    Atad heavy Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Thankyou that’s good to know
     
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    Atad heavy Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Can anyone tell me if my results look ok please as I am desperate to a avoid an argument about not going back on statins
     
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    HSSS Type 2 · Expert

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  16. Flora123

    Flora123 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I’m no expert but there is this calculator.
    http://www.hughcalc.org/chol-si.php
     
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  17. Bluetit1802

    Bluetit1802 Type 2 (in remission!) · Legend

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    These are the standard ranges according to my lab.

    Trigs 0 to 1.9
    HDL 1.2 to 3.5
    LDL 0 to 3
    Cholesterol/HDL ratio under 5
    Non-HDL under 4

    The important ratio is the trigs/HDL which isn't shown. This should ideally be under 0.87. Yours is 1.39.
     
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    Atad heavy Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    These are non fasting results
     
  19. Bluetit1802

    Bluetit1802 Type 2 (in remission!) · Legend

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    Non-fasting only affects the triglycerides. It doesn't normally affect the other lipids. Your trigs were OK but would have been better had you fasted.
     
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  20. bulkbiker

    bulkbiker Type 2 · Oracle

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    Hi
    Firstly the usual questions..
    Had you fasted 10-14 hours before the blood taken for the test? Only water nothing else?

    And yes LCHF can indeed help with NAFLD.

    Edit to add please read the whole thread before answering!
     
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