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    Quote Originally Posted by highlander33 View Post
    Recently been diagnosed with Diabetes myself

    To be honest i was relieved in a way because i lost 10 + KG in weight in a matter of weeks, so i thought i might be rolling a 7

    With hindsight i had some obvious symptoms like really dry mouth and struggling to produce saliva, as well as the weight loss.

    My OH kept on nagging me to see GP, but i put it off because my dear old mom recently passed, and i didnt want anything else to worry about till after the funeral..

    Again with 20-20 hindsight i was stupid, as by time i saw GP my blood sugar was at 30.

    Had to go hospital twice for insulin shots, and i am on tabs, and changing my diet. Since Friday i have about halved the blood sugar reading, but obviously it is still too high.

    Seeing the Diabetes expert at my local medical centre tomorrow, so hopefully will come out knowing a lot more about my condition.

    Probably be on tabs for rest of life now which is a nuisance, but could have been so much worse..
    Hi Highlander,
    I'm sorry to hear of your loss. Have they put you on Metformin? My Dad has found his levels stay around 6-7 consistently on them even though he doesn't always avoid the sweet things etc that he should. Good luck with the Diabetes people.

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    Thank-you Art

    Yes , i am starting Metformin from tomorrow, just one a day at first and if i have no side effects, building up to 4 a day - I still have to take my existing meds as well ( Glicazide) for time being. My blood sugar is around 12-14 now which is obviously still too high.
    Away from the numbers

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    Sorry to hear about your diagnosis. It is a bit of a shock.

    As per my previous post, despite being diagnosed as pre diabetic about 6 years ago and told that it would progress to full blown diabetes, my annual blood test still gets a totally non diabetic hba1c. This is a test of your blood sugar levels over the last 3 months, you can't cheat the test by eating nothing the day before!

    I have achieved this by low carbing. My advice would be to get a machine to test the sugar levels in your blood, you should be prescribed this by your gp, and the strips which are the expensive bit. You may need to argue a bit for them stating you wish to see what you can eat without increasing your blood sugar. Then it is the case of testing your blood sugar before then two hours afterwards, you can then see what effect different food has on your blood sugar. I expect you will be surprised at the results, do record them so you know what you can eat healthily. I find low carb works for me, even a bowl of porridge with no sugar which is toted as super healthy sends my blood sugar far too high.
    Good luck, if you want some links to websites that I have found useful please give me a shout.

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    Hi Jen, cheers for feedback.

    I do have one of the little blood testing machines, and when i saw specialist yesterday, she did me prescriptions for the testing strips, lancets, also ketone test strips, glucose in case of hypos, as well as all my tabs etc.
    I am testing my blood 4 times a day, before breakfast, lunch and dinner + last thing at night.

    Good news is i dont have to pay for prescriptions now as obviously have an ongoing condition.

    Specialist recommended a book called Carbs & Cals - havnt checked it out yet..

    Funny you should mention porridge, have had that for brekkie a few times this week !!

    Low carbs slightly worries me, as i did that Atkins Diet a few years back and ended up feeling really ill, having to run into KFC and wolf down some chicken and orange juice !

    Thanks again.

    <<EDIT>> had lowest reading so far today - 10
    Away from the numbers

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    Quote Originally Posted by highlander33 View Post
    Thank-you Art

    Yes , i am starting Metformin from tomorrow, just one a day at first and if i have no side effects, building up to 4 a day - I still have to take my existing meds as well ( Glicazide) for time being. My blood sugar is around 12-14 now which is obviously still too high.
    I take 3 Metformin a day, I do get side effects if I miss a few doses but otherwise it's ok. Be prepared for some possible noisy tummy rumbling at first. Everyone I know who takes it complains of this (but of all the side effects you could have I guess that's not too bad!)

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