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Diabetes

Discussion in 'Health and wellbeing' started by Bonnie23, Jul 9, 2019.

  1. Bonnie23

    Bonnie23 Occasional commenter

    Hi,

    I've just been told I have type 2 diabetes. I think I've known it for a while but I am really worried. I'm hoping I can manage it with diet and exercise.

    I'm basically wondering if anyone had any good websites, help, links, books etc so I can really get into research and find out what is best for myself. I have a doctors appointment to get everything sorted out but it just feels like a massive mountain to climb right now.

    Thank you
     
  2. SammyBear2016

    SammyBear2016 Occasional commenter

    My Dad was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes around 10 years ago now. He has controlled it completely with diet. Diabetes UK have a useful web-site with advice and recipes.

    Some of the things my dad has done include:
    • Increase exercise helping him to lose weight
    • Cut out all sweet foods initially until his blood sugar was under control and now he does allow himself the odd treat (usually once a week)
    • Cooking with a sugar substitute such as Splenda (some of the others really don't taste very nice but you need a lot less of it in your cooking)
    • Reduced his carb intake, so has more vegetables and meat with meals, and most days does not have any carbs in the evening.
     
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  3. bonxie

    bonxie Senior commenter

    My Dad has also managed to control his type 2 diabetes by adjusting his diet. Diabetes UK is very helpful.

    If you're advised to count your carbohydrates, you'll soon get used to it. This book is very useful as it has pictures of food items so you don't have to weigh everything. This is especially if you're having a take away or eating out.
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Carbs-Cals-Carb-Calorie-Counter/dp/1908261153/ref=dp_ob_title_bk
    There's an app version of it too:
    https://www.carbsandcals.com/app/app
     
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  4. lindenlea

    lindenlea Star commenter

    My b-I-l has also been very successful through diet and is no longer considered to be diabetic. A friend panicked so much that he restricted his diet a lot and almost made himself ill that way - so don't go mad! Listen to the advice and you can always start a thread on here. I bet there are other diabetics here and there are certainly people who work on keeping to a healthy diet.

    https://community.tes.com/threads/2019-is-the-year-to-diet.784962/

    You could go on the Cookery forum and start a Low Sugar Diet - I'm Sweet Enough thread
     
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  5. bonxie

    bonxie Senior commenter

    Being diagnosed with diabetes is scary to begin with but controlling your diet will soon become second nature. You'll still be able to eat birthday cake, ice cream, chocolate etc but will have to avoid eating large portions of high carb foods.

    You'll need to keep track of your consumption of carbs in general (potatoes, pasta, rice, bread, sweetcorn, milk etc) not just sweet things. Eating an appropriate amount of the right types of carb at the right times will be key to succeeding. Your GP will probably get you an appointment with a dietician who will be able to discuss the types of foods you like to eat and how to make your diet more diabetes-friendly but also tailored to you personally as far as likes and dislikes go. You won't have to give up everything you like eating! You'll need to have smaller portions of high carb foods and eat them less frequently (or save eating them for if your blood sugar is very low!). Don't try cutting out carbs completely as that'll quickly mess up your blood sugar.

    Don't worry if your doctor suggests going for a diabetic eye screening test to check for signs of diabetes affecting your sight. This is standard practice and any problems can be dealt with if they are caught early enough. Your eyes will probably need to be checked every year so that any changes can be spotted quickly.
     
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  6. maggie m

    maggie m Senior commenter

    Mr M has type 2 diabetes. He did manage to control it with diet until a couple of years ago but now takes metformin. Potatoes, white rice and white bread are the worst for raising his sugar levels . Eating lots of salads and veg helps a lot, his least favourite foods! He has never seen a dietician despite asking GP. The diabetic nurse specialist advised diabetic foods such as jams, biscuits are a waste if money, just have the usual stuff but as an occasional treat. He is allowed small amounts of very dark chocolate . He has annual eye screening which doesn't take much longer than a regular eyetest
     

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