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Introduce yourself / Re: New member - first post
« Last post by Paulines7 on Yesterday at 10:52:41 PM »
Hello Jibber and welcome to the forum. 

Your HbA1c readings have been very high this past year so I hope you see an improvement soon. 

I thought you might be interested in seeing the post that I wrote to Victoria today.  It covers how low carb dieting has helped me to control my diabetes.  By following this diet, I have not had to take any medication for my type2 diabetes since my diagnosis 4 years ago.  I also recommend some very helpful books that I have read.

The link to this post is here:
http://diabetes-support.org.uk/diabetes_forum/index.php/topic,7357.15.html
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Insulin and medication / Re: is 6 mmols rise after meals ok
« Last post by Paulines7 on Yesterday at 10:34:36 PM »
Victoria, I missed seeing your post last month but thought I might be able to give you some helpful advice.  I regret I know nothing about insulin and the other medication that you take as I rely on diet alone to control my diabetes.  What I would advise though is that you go on a low carb diet and read a lot about its benefits.  I used to have porridge for breakfast but when I found it was putting my meter readings up too much, I stopped having it.  I now have avocado pear and cottage cheese for breakfast, but I know it is not to every-ones taste.  I try to avoid anything that puts my meter readings above 10.

Fortunately, I came across this support forum two days after I was diagnosed and everyone on here was so helpful. I have been following a low carb diet for 4 years now and my GP is really pleased with how well I have done in keeping down my HbA1c readings.  My other ailments such as kidney and heart failure have also improved since I have taken control of my blood sugar levels through my diet.  In fact last Friday I had a diabetic review with my GP and she said that my kidney levels were now almost back to normal.  I was discharged from the heart failure clinic about a year ago as I am no longer becoming breathless.  With these vital organs showing so much improvement, I must be doing something right.

You are probably aware that in recent years many medical experts are now saying that the advice given by the NHS to diabetics, especially in relation to the "Eatwell Plate", is completely wrong.  After reading a lot on forums and the web about low carb diets, I have read several books on the subject. 

A book I really recommend is:  "The Real Meal Revolution: The Radical, Sustainable Approach to Healthy Eating" by Professor Tim Noakes and Jonno Proudfoot.  It can be found here:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Real-Meal-Revolution-Sustainable-Approach/dp/1472135695/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1518992913&sr=8-1&keywords=noakes+meal+revolution

The Real Meal Revolution also has updated information about cholesterol, which you could well find interesting.

I have just purchased another book which arrived two days ago so I have only had time to read the first two chapters.  It is very informative too and extremely interesting.

"Low Carb, High Fat Food Revolution" by Andreas Eenfeldt
https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/1510713875/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Alan Shanley, who replied to you on 23rd of January has also written an excellent book called "What on Earth can I eat?".  if you follow the "Breakfasts" link that he gave you, it will lead you to his book. 

Victoria, Your bg levels have certainly been high and I do think you would find the books I have mentioned helpful.  I am sorry that I am unable to help you on insulin matters.
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Introduce yourself / Re: New member - first post
« Last post by himtoo on Yesterday at 08:47:16 PM »
a warm welcome to the forum Jibber !!!!!!!!
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Other / Re: Flour and icing sugar alternative for low carb cooking
« Last post by Quantum Learning on Yesterday at 05:07:00 PM »
Hi Pauline, I was wondering how you got on with the powdered Erythritol in your icing/buttercream? I have found an unopened bag of Erythritol crystals in my cupboard but it's roughly the same consistency as granulated sugar so assume it would be too grainy for icing but maybe ok for buttercream? I'm reluctant to get the powdered as well unless you had success with it?

Also, did your scones improve with the newer baking powder? I read somewhere once that you should throw away baking powder after a few months or it won't work, ok if you use it a lot but wasteful if not. Although if it doesn't rise there's no point is there  ;)      I did make scones once which were ok so if yours still don't work we could compare recipes? Might take me a while to find it though, I have bits of paper strewn everywhere with various recipes on, some are low carb, some are low fat/MCT oil for OH and it takes me ages to find the one I'm looking for, must get a better system, (or any system  :P )
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Insulin pumping / Re: Diasend
« Last post by plumb on Yesterday at 11:57:52 AM »
Thank you all for your input but I think I will not bother. As it means more bits such as a smart pic and silly me thinking it could be just plug and play. I will go back to using the back of cereal box😃
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Off topic / Re: What a turn up for the books!
« Last post by Pattidevans on Yesterday at 10:07:55 AM »
I would be a bit worried about Pete after this length of time.  Julian had a similar chest infection over the summer, his cough was terrible and the infection went on and on.  In the end he had to have 2 lots of ABs and I insisted he get a chest X-ray.  It was OK but despite the ABs it took ages to clear up and I don’t think it would have without the ABs.
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Introduce yourself / Re: New member - first post
« Last post by Pattidevans on Yesterday at 10:03:22 AM »
Hi Jibber and welcome to the forum.


Have the medics given you any advice on diet?  I ask because some do and some don’t and some give very outdated advice that doesn’t help.
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Introduce yourself / Re: New member - first post
« Last post by sedge on Yesterday at 09:36:51 AM »
Glad you like it Jibber - welcome!

Are you still on other diabetes medications - and how are you doing keeping to the lower carb diet?
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Introduce yourself / New member - first post
« Last post by Jibber on Yesterday at 04:55:23 AM »
Hello everyone.
I have been a T2DM for a couple of years, brought in by prolonged use of Prednisolone for Polymyalgia. 6 weeks ago I started using Insulin, Humulin i once a day. No problems so far and having a revision HbA1c in a few weeks. My HbA1c was 8.1 and 8.9 over the last year. Target to get below 7.5.
Great forum, cheers Jibber
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Off topic / Re: What a turn up for the books!
« Last post by sedge on 16 February 2018, 12:59:12 PM »
I am feeling better, but there again once I'd stopped 'dripping' I haven't actually felt bad at all - just a few times day and night when either my throat or nasal passages are completely bunged causing coughing/lack of sleep/difficulty and/or racket breathing ie just the norm with any cold I've ever had after the first few days.

I used to say my colds lasted between October to March inclusive and it wasn't that much of an exaggeration - however - Pete's cold has.  I daresay he's been having a chest infection really but it's such a faff getting a Drs apt these days and he hasn't actually felt that bad anyway .......
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