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Offline GT125

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Hello
« on: 11 October 2016, 09:59:15 AM »
Hi everyone, my name is Gary. I am a type 2 diabetic and looking for a supportive forum, having been a member of another one in which I felt unsupported and bullied because I do not control my diabetes a particular way.
My diabetes story probably starts about seven years ago, when I suffered a severe bout of depression and put on some weight. I beat the depression and tried to lose the weight without any success. In about October 2014 I began drinking a lot more (water not alcohol) and paying visits to the bathroom almost hourly some nights and began falling asleep at the drop of hat during the day. Despite recognising the signs, I put off the inevitable until February 2015 and went to my GP and had by now got what turned out to be a sugar based infection. GP confirmed my suspicions were probably going to be realised and sure enough HbA1c came back at 97.
My late father was a type 1 and I aspired to be like him in so many ways but diabetes was obviously not one of them. Having seen him have many complications, including being on dialysis the last two years of his life and having a leg off, he inspired me to take control of my condition. This coupled with the fact about the same time my daughter told me she was expecting my first grandchild, it was another encouragement for me to be around a lot longer for my grandchild than my dad was for his grandchildren. Always had a special relationship with my granddad.
I was put on 2 metformin tablets and statins and quite early on went on an Xpert course, which I found very informative, my thoughts was to wish that sort of thing had been around when my dear dad was alive.
Changes to my lifestyle I made immediately were to do an hour on an exercise bike 3-4 nights a week whilst watching TV, park the car half a mile from my office. Go for a walk each lunchtime come rain or shine, and as my building covers four floors, walk and discuss matters with colleagues rather than telephone or email them.
As an accountant, I set up a spreadsheet and having invested in the carbs and cals book recorded what I ate and this helped me focus and so was averaging about 1500 cals a day. BY next HbA1c had lost two stone and HbA1c was down to 47, so metformin dose was halved.
About this time I began to self monitor and record these results on my spreadsheet and established patterns. I soon realised white bread was a no no but two slices of granary seemed fine, also learnt to judge portion sizes, all smaller than pre diagnosis but could still have small portions of potato. pasta etc. size depend on pre-prandial read and with two exceptions in the last 15 months have never exceed 8.5 post prandial. Not that I aim for 8.5 try to keep below but have learnt what leeway I have, so I would regard myself as following a balanced diet and have learnt what carbs do to me and how much I can tolerate.
By September I had lost four stone and HbA1c down to 42. I came off statins and metformin. December still 42 and come March I was thrilled to be down to 40 and got my first normal level six months into diet only, also had maintained my 4 stone weight loss for a year now. GP and DN called me the practice's star patient and GP said he had never seen a turnaround like it. Initially wanted me to stop self monitoring but he now accepts this is how I control my condition and supports me in that. I also still maintain my exercise regime.
They now only want to see me six monthly, just had my latest at the end of September and HbA1c is still in the normal range.
Whilst I am more knowledgeable than at diagnosis, I still regard myself as on a learning curve, indeed had an issue a few weeks back (now resolved) but could not go to that forum for support as they seem to try to discredit anyone who says a balanced diet works. I have learnt that it seems with type 2 we do seem to be differently affected and to me it does not matter how you control it as long as you do and what works for one might not necessarily work for another. As stress seems to put up levels I decide to walk away from the other place and hopefully I have found a forum that will support me on my journey rather than criticise me because I don't do my control a particular way. It's bad enough having to put up with a couple of colleagues at work who seem to delight in offering me cakes and biscuits knowing full well I will turn them down and tell me "One won't hurt you" without fellow diabetics having a go as well. I'm a great believer in if it ain't broke don't fix it so unless my situation changes, will carry on as I am.
Sorry for the long introduction but thought I should tell my story so far, and may I finish by wishing you all well with your control whatever method works for you.

Offline Venomous

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Re: Hello
« Reply #1 on: 11 October 2016, 10:56:40 AM »
Hi Gary welcome to the site :)

I am sure there are as many different ways of treating diabetes as there are people living with the condition so if it works for you then that's great!

I bet there are a lot of people who are jealous of your success and try to derail it with the offer of cakes and cookies, or undermining you with the well meaning (or not) attempts of others to 'help' you control YOUR diabetes, well done you for finding and sticking with a way that works for you!

Glad to read that your GP has understood how important self monitoring is for you also.
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Offline himtoo

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« Reply #2 on: 11 October 2016, 11:12:35 AM »
Hi GT125
glad to have you here.
that is a great story and you should be very proud of your achievement !!
T1 Dia Aug 1972 -pumping omnipod since 29/09/15  Losartan 100mg , simvastatin 40mg,Furosemide 40mg, Omeprazole 80mg , Doxazosin 8mg
Hba1c - 06/2013 6.1 02/2014 43(6.1) 07/14 42(6.0) 08/14 40( 5.8 ) 12/14 39 (5.7) 08/15 41 ( 5.9) 10/15 44 ( 6.2 ) 03/16 49 (6.6)
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Offline Quantum Learning

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« Reply #3 on: 11 October 2016, 11:27:43 AM »
Hi Gary & welcome  :)

Well done to you for sticking to what you believe in, i.e. YOU.

We have a saying on this forum, YMMV which stands for Your Mileage May Vary, in other words we and our D (diabetes) are all different.  ;)
Type 2 dx Nov 2012 with fasting BG 14%/129.5
HbA1c Jan 2013 79/9.3%
April 2013 50/6.7%
July 2013 39/5.7%
Oct 2013 39/5.7% Chol 5.9
July 2014 45/6.3% Chol 5.5
Aug 2015 61/7.7% Chol 5.9
May 2016 84/9.7% Chol 6.9
Oct 2016 53/7%  Chol 6.3
Dec 2016 41/5.9% Chol 6.0
June 2017 51/6.8% Chol 6.1
Oct 2017 52/6.9% Chol
Metformin SR 2000mg, Doxazosin 1mg, Omeprazole 20mg, Fexofenadine 180mg Co-Codamol 30/500g when needed. Amitriptyline 20mg
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Offline everydayupsanddowns

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« Reply #4 on: 11 October 2016, 12:56:36 PM »
Hello Gary

A warm welcome to the forum, and huge congratulations on your achievements so far. Your results look great! Sounds like you are very much 'eating to your meter' which is the bedrock of the approach of many members here. Diabetes is certainly NOT a one-size-fits-all condition, and your careful and measured approach to your own health is a really good pattern for anyone starting out.

Whatever you are doing... keep doing it!

Mike
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Offline sedge

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« Reply #5 on: 11 October 2016, 05:13:15 PM »
Hi there Gary - I echo what everyone else has said.  Welcome!

My old DSN, when human errors were blatantly evident in my results, would ask 'What happened there, then?'  I'd be 100% honest and tell her whatever it was.  She used to smile and merely say 'Well - that doesn't seem to have been the best plan, does it?' - and then enquire whether what had occurred to make me act that way (ie. daft) that day, was now sorted out and remembered, so as to try and avoid it again.  Never said 'Don't do that' - always 'Do you think if you tried doing whatever ... ir might help?' - and both of those are the kind of approaches which most of us suggest to others - unless you really are being ridiculous! LOL

Cos - that's what this is all about, isn't it? - learning whether from our mistakes or our successes.  And indeed, it's what you decided to do and what you ARE doing.  How on earth can you be criticised for that?

As V says - we are all different - so as long as it's working, carry on doing it!  If it starts not working so well - try something different BUT don't struggle, come on here and ask for suggestions.  Most of them should be sensible!
Jenny

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HbA1c - 7/07 8.7, 1/08 7.8, 9/08 8.4, 3/09 7.3, 7/09 7.2, 12/09 7.3, 11/10 8.1, 2/11 8.6, 9/11 6.5 2/12 6.4  5/12 50/6.7  11/12 52/6.9  01/13 46/6.4  06/16 46/6.4  12/16 45/6.4

Offline Pattidevans

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« Reply #6 on: 11 October 2016, 05:32:33 PM »
Hi and welcome from me too Gary.


Sorry I'm a bit late to the welcome party, been out all day.  Great story and you seem to be doing awfully well.  I don't see why anyone should criticise such a success story.  Great that you're keeping the weight off and keeping up the exercise, it all helps.  Many people say that a year down the line they are healthier than they were at diagnosis. :) :)


Look forward to chatting some more and we always say that no question is a silly question!
Patti


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Offline Liam

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« Reply #7 on: 11 October 2016, 05:51:32 PM »
Just a welcome and congratulations from me GT125.

DX Type I 1994.    Novorapid Animas Vibe pump
HbA1c 3/10 10.2%, 7/10 8.1%, 12/10 7.5%.
2/11 7.8%, 8/11 8.6% 9/11 8.3%.
3/12 62 (7.8%). 10/12 67 (8.3%)
4/13 63 (7.9%) 6/13 59 (7.5%)
1/14 71 (8.6%) 7/14 59 (7.5%) 11/14 (6.7%)
3/15 56 (7.3%) 12/15 49 (6.6%)
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Offline GT125

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« Reply #8 on: 11 October 2016, 07:21:45 PM »
Wow, what can I say, except thank you all for your warm welcome messages and your kind words of encouragement. I've clearly come to the right place.

Some things are meant to be it would seem, as like a lot of people was annoyed at the recent Panorama programme, but thanks to the BBC website I have discovered this forum, and I feel at home here already. It is nice to know that I will be able to ask questions, without being ridiculed if I say what sort of diet I am on, regardless of if whether or not it is working for me, when I need help or advice.

I certainly do eat and also live to my meter, as I have found a brisk walk can help if my levels are higher than I would like, e.g. one recent Sunday morning I had a lay in and so was up two hours later than normal and whilst I am normally in the 5s fasting with an occasional low 6, this particular morning was 8.9, not a disaster but I do try to keep in range, assume my liver decided I needed a boost, so had my breakfast and went for a brisk walk for about an hour and tested again and 6.3.

I seem to be mostly in the 4s come my evening meal these days but on occasions when I am not adjust my portions accordingly. Certainly feel I have got to know myself quite well and how things will pan out, but as I am all too well aware I am really only a short way into my journey and so will always welcome advice. The problem I had that I mentioned seemed to stress me a bit and this had an impact on my readings for a couple of weeks but that is behind me now, onwards and upwards as they say.

So my thanks once again
Best wishes
Gary

Offline Lucy

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« Reply #9 on: 11 October 2016, 09:25:28 PM »
Just a welcome and congratulations on your proress so far from me. Enjoyed reading your story, personally i've had a bit of "low carb way or go away" type response elsewhere before and it just doesnt work for me. I recognise it works well for others but it just disagrees with my stomach and isnt sustainable for me. I get on much better with eating all foods, there's nothing i wouldnt eat unless i dont like it, and i'm also working on the weight loss too.
Type: Lucy. A1C 44 / 6.0% Jan17.
Lantus, Victoza and Apidra. Metformin XR, Bisoprolol (for SVT). Dexcom G4 with xdrip and nightscout.

Offline sedge

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« Reply #10 on: 11 October 2016, 09:44:19 PM »
Well exactly Lucy - no good embarking on any eating ('diet' or not) of stuff that does you no good.  It's like telling coeliacs they absolutely MUST eat gluten now they are diabetic too!
Jenny

T1 DX 1972, pumping Novorapid 24/05/11

HbA1c - 7/07 8.7, 1/08 7.8, 9/08 8.4, 3/09 7.3, 7/09 7.2, 12/09 7.3, 11/10 8.1, 2/11 8.6, 9/11 6.5 2/12 6.4  5/12 50/6.7  11/12 52/6.9  01/13 46/6.4  06/16 46/6.4  12/16 45/6.4

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« Reply #11 on: 12 October 2016, 08:30:30 AM »
Hi, welcome to the forum. You've done well

Also, congratulations on winning the longest introduction award!

Well done.

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Seriously though, carry on. ;)
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Offline Agincourt

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« Reply #12 on: 12 October 2016, 09:34:35 AM »
Hi Gary, well done. In some respects your story is similar to that of others, just some aspects and how you decided to go about sorting it out. The sad fact is that there are more people out there who could do what you have done and do nothing. A lot also half your age. A good example for the younger generation well done indeed and welcome.
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Offline Paulines7

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« Reply #13 on: 12 October 2016, 11:48:18 AM »
Hello and welcome, Gary.  You are obviously doing all the right things.  Well done on your HbA1c reductions. 
Diabetes Type2 diagnosed March 2014.  Treated by diet only.  HbA1c 60 on diagnosis, 52 in June 2014, 50 October 2014, 44 December 2014, 48 May 2015, 50 Sep 2015, 53 Jan 2016, 50 Oct 2016, 56 Feb 2017, 50 Jun 2017. 50 Aug 2017.  Pacemaker fitted 2008.

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                      "What a sweet little old lady"........
                             I want 'em saying
                    "Oh Crap! Whats she up to now ?"

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« Reply #14 on: 12 October 2016, 01:44:54 PM »
I certainly do eat and also live to my meter, as I have found a brisk walk can help if my levels are higher than I would like, e.g. one recent Sunday morning I had a lay in and so was up two hours later than normal and whilst I am normally in the 5s fasting with an occasional low 6, this particular morning was 8.9, not a disaster but I do try to keep in range, assume my liver decided I needed a boost, so had my breakfast and went for a brisk walk for about an hour and tested again and 6.3.

I was wondering when reading this if you had ever heard of dawn phenomenon? Basically your liver outputs energy in the early hours preparing to wake you. Many have found eating shuts this off, pretty much any food seems to work. I'm not trying to put you off doing the walking which is working! Just thought you might like to know that eating breakfast might well have helped too :)
DX Type I 1994.    Novorapid Animas Vibe pump
HbA1c 3/10 10.2%, 7/10 8.1%, 12/10 7.5%.
2/11 7.8%, 8/11 8.6% 9/11 8.3%.
3/12 62 (7.8%). 10/12 67 (8.3%)
4/13 63 (7.9%) 6/13 59 (7.5%)
1/14 71 (8.6%) 7/14 59 (7.5%) 11/14 (6.7%)
3/15 56 (7.3%) 12/15 49 (6.6%)
Ramipril: 10mg Quetiapine: 550mg Metformin: 2000mg