Patients Diabetes (Type 2)
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Hello, I'm Elizabeth, and I've just been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. I'm shocked and scared and a little depressed, so I need some help from other diabetic patients who have already got used to the condition...
how do you cope with it? How do you know what to eat and what not to eat? How does it affect you, your everyday life, your family life..Is it hereditary? I have 2 young children. Must I take better care of what they eat?
I would apreciate any advice and I'd like to hear how one can be living with this disease, to reassure myself. Thank you,
Hi Elizabeth, just try to eat as healthily as possible, fresh is best but the occasional treat is also ok. Try to keep at a healthy weight for you and regular exercise, which if you have 2 small children will be easy to do. Is your diabetes diet controlled or medication?
good luck with it and try not to worry x
50% of diabetes 2 patients are thin and is usually age related. The new problems of overweight Briton's is a relatively recent for the population. There is much rubbish written on diets and food types which has little to do with the facts. Reducing your sugar in take is essential and choosing food of less than 5% sugar is a good rule. Usually lower priced budget brands don't contain lots of sugar as it is an expensive ingredient. Most reduced sugar premium products are a total rip off and still contain lots of the stuff. There are plenty of drinks zero rated and fruit for the most part is a no, no, as it is simply full of sugar.
If you are obese reducing your weight will help and short sharp shock diets work well to reducing weight related diabetes. I have used it many times to control my diabetes but extremes of operations to reduce stomach size have their own problems. Tomatoes and scrambled egg diet is not that great while your stomach settles. In the end it is about losing weight and such ops don't always work. I lost 6 stone in six weeks on a cancer diet but the treatment life changing. But I was taking insulin before and reduced myself to diet controlled, which was the only bonus.
If you ignore your diabetes you may end up losing toes, even the foot or leg etc. so controlling your disease is important. My younger brother has lost toes and sense of feeling in his legs, now his hands are getting to be a problem. Your internal organs and eyes can suffer if you don't control your diabetes. My brother is a little liberal and does not stay on top of diabetes, he has now moved on to serious problems caused by the disease. So it is really up to you and accept you have the disease which you will have for the rest of your life. Look after yourself and take all the regular tests offered, a long normal life is quite the norm, good luck!
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I was diagnosed 12 years ago. I had to see a dietician once a month for three months. She said you MUST NOT eat this and you can eat AS MUCH as you like of this, but you must be CAREFUL with that because......
On my last visit she said,' well Richard I've told you what you can and can't, or shouldn't eat or drink. I hope that it has sunk in?? '
She said 'IN ACTUAL FACT YOU CAN EAT WHAT EVER YOU LIKE.....BUT IN MODERATION'.
I have stuck to that philosophy and my Hba1c has come down from 85 to 44, my blood/sugar readings are averaging between 5 and 8. All in all everything is well on track.
You'll get used to altering your FAST ACTIN INSULIN to suit your diet. If you have a sandwich or a cream cake? You know that a little more insulin is needed. On the other hand. If you have alot of salads etc then you will need less insulin. In other words. If your B/S reading is high? Then more insulin. If the reading is low. Then less insulin.
Dont Panic!!! Gal You'll get used to it.
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Thank you all very much for your kind messages. I am on metformin. What about you @Janice23 ?
Hiya I hope you are well? I have been taking Metformin for about 12 year's now. Apart from the increased gaseous expulsions l'm fine.
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I was also scared when first diagnosed, but my dr was of great help! Her husband is diabetic as well so she gave me loads of advice.
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