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Type 2 Diabetes

Here is the answer to all your problems.

It doesn't matter who you read or what you think.
Diabetes is just a war of numbers.
Obey the numbers and you'll win.
Read the multitude of contrary bollocks and there's a good chance you'll go blind or lose a limb.
Buy a f*cking meter

I feel like I.ve just walked past a burning bush and an ethereal spirit has handed me a gift from the Gods . So I've jusy ordered this and got an email saying it's arriving on Wednesday


And here's me ready to tell everyone if you eat green unripened bananas they're good for diabetics because I read this on a website for diabetics . I was going to join one of those Desmond help groups for diabetics but because of covid the group has been cancelled until further notice
 
.....................and another thing, those sugar free sweeties make you fart and shit like I don't know what, as I found out after over indulging with some really nice tasting ones. It did clear the system though, as the 'normal' diabetic diet tends to give you turds like concrete.
 

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I feel like I.ve just walked past a burning bush and an ethereal spirit has handed me a gift from the Gods . So I've jusy ordered this and got an email saying it's arriving on Wednesday


And here's me ready to tell everyone if you eat green unripened bananas they're good for diabetics because I read this on a website for diabetics . I was going to join one of those Desmond help groups for diabetics but because of covid the group has been cancelled until further notice
While you're waiting for your meter to arrive go to Amazon and buy this book. It will explain everything you need to know.

www.amazon.co.uk/Blood-Sugar-101-About-Diabetes/dp/0964711664/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=blood+sugar+101&qid=1606392367&s=books&sr=1-1
 
I was going to join one of those Desmond help groups for diabetics but because of covid the group has been cancelled until further notice

The meter I use is a TruePlus thing, which connects to the Tidepool software, which allows you to download to an Excel spreadsheet and give you a picture of your evil habits:

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That graph shows the shock I received on the day of diagnosis and 90 days thereafter. It's useful more for confirming the general level of syrup in your veins over a period, and also showing that the occasional unexplained blip isn't worth getting upset about. I only take one reading a day now, if that.

'Help groups' probably have some utility, but try not to listen to all the whining - and the frequent fanatically extreme Solutions to the problem. Of use are the lists of foods and their carbohydrate content. As noted above, The Little Pine site is good.
 

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GCM
If you want to join a self help group join the forums on www.diabetes.co.uk/forum/. It's full of people who acttually have diabetes and there's lots of good advice and knowledge on there.

Avoid diabetes.org.uk. It's the 'official' website and parrots the party line. When I was diagnosed they were telling us that carbs were good for us even when my meter told me differently.
 
If you want to join a self help group join the forums on www.diabetes.co.uk/forum/. It's full of people who acttually have diabetes and there's lots of good advice and knowledge on there.

Avoid diabetes.org.uk. It's the 'official' website and parrots the party line. When I was diagnosed they were telling us that carbs were good for us even when my meter told me differently.
Totally agree with your assessment. I also found the 'Desmond' course of no real use after doing much research.
 
Interesting comments on the self help groups and their politics . I tend to be very cynical about therapy anyway and constantly hear that Alcoholics Anon is usually the military wing of the local church group and all they do is constantly sing Lena Martell's One Day At A Time

But as everyone is saying there's so much contradiction going on
 
A letter is sent, certainly in my NHS trust area, directly to you from the Eye Screening people after the event.

It will say whether or not any cause for concern has been observed.
Same in my area , but nurse will give a general indication of the eye condition . Not been done this year
due to the pox epidemic .

She got me one year, I got up and thought I could make the door even though my eyes hadnt recovered from the blinding flash, " MIND THE DOG !! " she shouted ,I stopped pronto and was looking round for the canine that wasnt there. Thereafter I sit and wait until the sight recovers .
 
Thanks for the advice to buying a meter that takes readings for blood sugar levels . Now all I need is to find the courage to stab myself a couple of times a day.

While I'm here what do you guys recommend as the best supermarket for buying keto/low carb/no carb alternatives to pasta /rice etc ? I'm just back from Sainsbury and I was very disappointed as to what was on offer . Got myself some cauliflower rice but I was really looking forward to trying something called "courgetti" but the supermarket didn't have it


and the shelf filler I enquired to seemed puzzled what I was on about. Looking at the reviews it seems it's got a problem keeping so I guess it's quietly been deleted. Ironically enough the supermarket had an absolutely massive range of gluten and lactose free products
 

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GCM
Thanks for the advice to buying a meter that takes readings for blood sugar levels . Now all I need is to find the courage to stab myself a couple of times a day.

While I'm here what do you guys recommend as the best supermarket for buying keto/low carb/no carb alternatives to pasta /rice etc ? I'm just back from Sainsbury and I was very disappointed as to what was on offer . Got myself some cauliflower rice but I was really looking forward to trying something called "courgetti" but the supermarket didn't have it


and the shelf filler I enquired to seemed puzzled what I was on about. Looking at the reviews it seems it's got a problem keeping so I guess it's quietly been deleted. Ironically enough the supermarket had an absolutely massive range of gluten and lactose free products
There are no real low carb alternatives to pasta/rice/spuds/bread.

There is an alternative noodle called Oomi - it's made from fishy bits. Sounds horrid but it's quite tasty and a good replacement for the real thing. Problem is that it's very hard to find.

I just avoid pasty/rice/spuds/bread. Sounds difficult at first but you get used to it.

As far as finger pricking is concerned by far the best is the Fastclix from Accu-Check. Fifteen quid from Boots but worth it. Far better than the usual one you get with a meter.

BTW you don't need to use a new needle every time you do a test. I make one last for months.

 
There are no real low carb alternatives to pasta/rice/spuds/bread.

There is an alternative noodle called Oomi - it's made from fishy bits. Sounds horrid but it's quite tasty and a good replacement for the real thing. Problem is that it's very hard to find.

I just avoid pasty/rice/spuds/bread. Sounds difficult at first but you get used to it.

As far as finger pricking is concerned by far the best is the Fastclix from Accu-Check. Fifteen quid from Boots but worth it. Far better than the usual one you get with a meter.

BTW you don't need to use a new needle every time you do a test. I make one last for months.

I use the code free meter, the pack comes with a lancet very similar to the one you show. Whole pack is £12.99, meter, lancet and strips.
Amazon product
 
Generally, sugars and starches are used to replace the removed fat in things like low fat yogurt etc. You may well find that (some) full fat dairy products have less sugar than the brand’s low fat equiv.

Something I read said that a typical 125g of low fat Greek had five teaspoons of sugars added to replace the fat taken from it.
We make our own yoghurt, we know exactly what goes into it, if avoiding fat you can use the appropriate milk, we tend to use long life whole milk. The lower the fat the longer you leave it in the machine. For Greek it comes with a strainer and depending how thick you like it determine how long you strain it.

A bit of experimentation with fruit, honey etc produces something much nicer than any shop purchased yoghurt.
 
Thanks for the advice to buying a meter that takes readings for blood sugar levels . Now all I need is to find the courage to stab myself a couple of times a day.

While I'm here what do you guys recommend as the best supermarket for buying keto/low carb/no carb alternatives to pasta /rice etc ? I'm just back from Sainsbury and I was very disappointed as to what was on offer . Got myself some cauliflower rice but I was really looking forward to trying something called "courgetti" but the supermarket didn't have it


and the shelf filler I enquired to seemed puzzled what I was on about. Looking at the reviews it seems it's got a problem keeping so I guess it's quietly been deleted. Ironically enough the supermarket had an absolutely massive range of gluten and lactose free products
Better to finger prick a couple of times a day, rather than inject insulin 4 times per day....... I have been type 2 diabetic for 30 years now, and gradually the condition has worsened to the point where I have to use insulin every meal and a basal dose in the evening. No I wasn't a fat bastard when this occured I was 5ft 8 and 8 stone when diagnosed type two. I was 10 stone when placed on insulin 14 years ago, but since then the insulin has piled weight on. After a change in medication (I was on same prescription for 20 years) I am finally getting back into control, and have reduced my insulin intake by 33% along with completely removing carbs from the diet.

Just beware, GP's dont know too much about Diabetes apart from the basics, I am under a specialist clinic at Addenbrookes and they have changed my prescription and insulin regime for the better.
 
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