Type 2 Diabetes

I have had it for 25 years, about 5 years after leaving the Army

Seldom have alcohol, no ready meals, no take aways no chips no burgers

All fresh vegs - nearly always steamed - fish, small portions of meat

no desserts usually fresh fruit (avoid melons, bananas, grapes, mango)

Breakfast poached / scrambled eggs

Reduce carbohydrates

look for reduced sugar and salt items (HP and Brown sauce etc) items (beware some times means more fat or carbs)

If I feel like a bar of chocolate - I just go out and do a 10 miler to work off the sugar

I have the longer terms effects of diabetes including eye damage and have mostly maintained a good control of my blood sugar levels

Archie
 
I asked them for one when I wad diagnosed and was told to wait until I started on insulin :eek:
I would query that, maybe your doctors practise is trying to save money at your expense

Some years ago my doctors surgery tried to cut down the amount of test strips I could order, told me to test weekly

I wrote a letter to the Doctors telling him to FO and up the amount of test strips back to the original volume


Archie
 

endure

GCM
I would query that, maybe your doctors practise is trying to save money at your expense

Some years ago my doctors surgery tried to cut down the amount of test strips I could order, told me to test weekly

I wrote a letter to the Doctors telling him to FO and up the amount of test strips back to the original volume


Archie
I get the impression it's standard practice eith type 2s nowadays
 
My insurance quotes went down after being diagnosed as diabetic, I think they assume you will be a safer driver
 
I have two things going for me, the wife is a retired district nurse and I am regularly called into the diabetic clinic at my doctors surgery, this is led by a brilliant specialist diabetic nurse (who has a diabetic son).
I have three things going against me, the wife has the bedside manner of Doc Martin, the specialist nurse is a friend of hers and at 72 is going to retire this year :(
 
I have always preferred diet pop and the like to the full fat alternatives , which I find too syrupy. I also take sucralose sweeteners in a brew. Have done for years.

I now hear that there is a clinical school of thought that says that these are little better than taking in sugar or glucose, because you effectively 'fool' your body into believing that there has been a glucose hit and your insulin receptors act in the same way. (I think I've got that right.)

You can't do right for doing wrong.
 
I just replaced carbs with more veges, a roast dinner would have been a plate full of steamed carrots and broccoli with a chicken breast and gravy, followed by a fruit salad with plain yogurt.

Eating that amount of vegetables gives you perfect stools, really a wonder to behold , competition quality.
 

ugly

LE
Moderator
Ive read that Type 2 diabetes would be better understood if it was referred to as Carbohydrate Intolerance.
Essentially this, I can recommend the Diabetes code by Dr Fung, its a good read and has helped me no end. You can recover from Type 2, it takes work and determination.
 

endure

GCM
Diabetes is a numbers game. HbA1C every 3 months from your GP is not as good as BG readings from your own meter once or twice a day.
 

ugly

LE
Moderator
If your doc hasn't given you a meter buy one and some sticks from ebay - much cheaper than buying them from a chemist.
Unless your GP provides one then you don't really need one. I lost 6 and a half stone last year, my GP is confident I will be diabetes free next year.
Put simply the GP will tell you if you are dangerous and get you on the daily meter. I have had one six month check up and one annual foot check (stand fast Dingerr we know you is excused!) The GP and Diabetes nurse wont spare your blushes but if you can control it without drugs you can cone out the other side in a better state.
My wife and eldest son had it for years. They are struggling because they went on the meds. Admittedly our local trust gives type 2 meds for free. This means that any meds you need are free too. Sadly because I opted not to go straight onto meds I cant get free pain killers for my fecked up neck.
Its very tempting to accept a single script, get the exemption cert and never take the meds ever but also a bit wrong!
Interestingly I have found that a few of the young and healthy looking bods at work have it.
I just essentially eat crackers instead of bread or as much as I can and have days where I fast and use coffee as a suppressant. Scotch is also used as an anaesthetic during the fast day but not at work!
 

ugly

LE
Moderator
Diabetes is a numbers game. HbA1C every 3 months from your GP is not as good as BG readings from your own meter once or twice a day.
Agreed but if you haven't been issued the meter (my wife and son have) then you aren't at risk of dropping from it!
 

ugly

LE
Moderator
Surprising things you can have in your diet - double cream, pork scratchings - fat is not the enemy.
Indeed, a diabetes diet freaks out the healthy freaks.
 

ugly

LE
Moderator
I have always preferred diet pop and the like to the full fat alternatives , which I find too syrupy. I also take sucralose sweeteners in a brew. Have done for years.

I now hear that there is a clinical school of thought that says that these are little better than taking in sugar or glucose, because you effectively 'fool' your body into believing that there has been a glucose hit and your insulin receptors act in the same way. (I think I've got that right.)

You can't do right for doing wrong.
Essentially all sweetners are bad big time. I haven't had sugar in a brew since leaving the army 33 years ago.
Now after a day on diet I may fancy a choccy bar but to be honest I have adapted now and I cant abide chocolate cake. The odd small treat (a toffee etc) but essentially salt and pepper crackers and black coffee take away the urge to pig out on sweet stuff, oatmeal thins are very good and for a couple of years I have been making my own porridge flap jacks with water, no syrup, just a few spices and some nuts but no dried fruit.
I miss fruit cake so on shoot days if a slice if offered I will have it knowing it will be burnt off before the day is out!
 
I have had it for 25 years, about 5 years after leaving the Army

Seldom have alcohol, no ready meals, no take aways no chips no burgers

All fresh vegs - nearly always steamed - fish, small portions of meat

no desserts usually fresh fruit (avoid melons, bananas, grapes, mango)

Breakfast poached / scrambled eggs

Reduce carbohydrates

look for reduced sugar and salt items (HP and Brown sauce etc) items (beware some times means more fat or carbs)

If I feel like a bar of chocolate - I just go out and do a 10 miler to work off the sugar

I have the longer terms effects of diabetes including eye damage and have mostly maintained a good control of my blood sugar levels

Archie
This ^^^^I have been type 2 for 8 years , I could not believe it , not overweight by much. I have great support from my nurse and GP.
What works for someone else may not work for you. When I was first diagnosed the rest of the family had to play along they ate what I could eat. Shopping for food , I became a label reader after a year or so I came to the conclusion any processed food was out of bounds, more than3 ingredients, forget it.
Thats not to say you're on a starvation diet. Remember your a "machine" take enough to fuel to keep you on a maintenance regime , eat too much burn off the excess with exercise ( I went to Glenshee ski centre yesterday , although downhill it was energetic for me , forget cross country running though.) Before I went to the slopes I had bowl of porridge with sweetener and..... cream , lasted me all day.
The occasional treat is nice , not silly things like confectionery , cake, although the portions may be small it can keep the moral up.
Keeping things up, action now will slow or prevent some of the nasty side effects, erectile dysfunction in my case , like you we can rule out leg ulcers ! at least the pills are free , even if you don't use them they can finance the test strips for your FREE meter , yes free och aye. go on a site as diabetes .uk at some time an ad Will pop up offering a free meter, aply, just tick youre type one, they never check they just want you to have their meter so you can buy their test strips ( remember the blue pills ;) )

You need your family to help, dont cheat ,don't try to loose weight, eat a proper varied diet and be aware of the hidden sugars. The weight will come off if you've got it right
Know whats good for you. 2 poached eggs on a slice of toast ( no spread) for tea for me

Keep yer pecker up
 
That got my eye. Why please?
I use Candarel daily?
See my post about 'some' medical opinion regarding artificial sweeteners, which says that artificial sweeteners are no better than sugar. It seems, though, that opinion is divided on the matter.
 

ugly

LE
Moderator
That got my eye. Why please?
I use Candarel daily?
Apart from the fact that most are just as bad by using a sweetener your palate won’t get used to no sugar!
Within a few weeks of giving up sugar in tea I found that I couldn’t take it even if accidentally!
I have one exception when camping out I use three in one sachets and that one sugar really gives me a morning lift!
Many artificial sweeteners are worse than sugar but for different reasons so it’s better to burn your bridges with it!
Baking in our place can be bland but we try different things and go savoury over sweet if it’s an option
 

ugly

LE
Moderator
See my post about 'some' medical opinion regarding artificial sweeteners, which says that artificial sweeteners are no better than sugar. It seems, though, that opinion is divided on the matter.
Agreed, don’t know about caderel but tartrazine is poisonous
 
Dingerr, I have been diabetic for over 20 years now and I've never suffered from a hypo/hyperglycemic episode. In the early days I had a meter and religiously took readings ever day until I figured out what worked for me and what didn't.

Your surgery should examine you regularly, in my early days of diabetes I was checked every three months - bloods (hbA1c, etc), weight and general demeanor. This is now done once a year.

I have yearly eye tests at the local hospital where they take a photo of the nerves at the back of the eyes.

As others have said, reduce bread, white rice and processed meals.

Best of luck living with this complaint (!) and remember ARSSE is here for you.

dave
 

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