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Insulin and medication / Re: is 6 mmols rise after meals ok
« Last post by Alan on Today at 09:06:10 PM »
Hi folk
Sorry for delay in responding but getting over the flu
Am thanks to this forum carb counting and have been for a few years now
I now split my levemir which has helped but using the abbott sensors has really changed things and bgs are very very good although i still have apx 4-5 mmols rise after breakfast but am really happy with how thing are so many thanks to all ;D

What was on the breakfast menu this morning?

I just finished mine: a rasher of crisp bacon, one egg fried gently in butter, brewed coffee with a few teaspoons of real cream :)
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Introduce yourself / Re: New member - first post
« Last post by Alan on Today at 09:00:37 PM »
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

G'day Jibber and welcome to the forum.

I'm sorry to see  you are Prednisolone-induced. Would you mind answering some questions to help us help you? Only answer if you are comfortable doing so but the answers set the baseline so we know where you are coming from.

  • Are you still taking Prednisolone? If so, what is your regimen?
  • Are you taking other meds?
  • What is your humulin dosage? is it fixed or do you vary it according to tests?
  • When do you test related to your meals and what numbers do you see?
  • What dietary advice in terms of carbohydrates, fat and protein did you follow prior to starting insulin? Has that changed?
  • What was on the menu over the past 24 hours?
Noting the healthy discussion in previous posts I sympathise with Steven's difficult position but I must admit I tend to agree with those recommending carbohydrate reduction. I have seen it work very well for most type 2s including several who were Prednisolone-induced.

This will help you understand why I asked all those questions: Getting Started
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Insulin and medication / Re: is 6 mmols rise after meals ok
« Last post by Victoria on Today at 07:47:39 PM »
Hi folk
Sorry for delay in responding but getting over the flu
Am thanks to this forum carb counting and have been for a few years now
I now split my levemir which has helped but using the abbott sensors has really changed things and bgs are very very good although i still have apx 4-5 mmols rise after breakfast but am really happy with how thing are so many thanks to all ;D
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General discussion / Re: Admin Problems Continue
« Last post by Pattidevans on Today at 02:29:40 PM »
Goodness!

Glad my surgery is better than that!
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General discussion / Re: My Heart Operation
« Last post by Pattidevans on Today at 02:28:42 PM »
Good luck
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General discussion / Re: My Heart Operation
« Last post by Dr DeEath on Today at 01:27:13 PM »
Normally the pre-op is done a week or two before surgery so it's a good sign you have been given your pre-op appointment date !

Yes, its Monday 12th. No idea how long it is valid for if everything is OK. Once I needed a second minor op four months after the first and they said there was no need for another pre-op. Another hospital delayed an op for a couple of months (again not major) and I had to do the whole pro-op again! So who knows - I suspect it can be down to individual hospitals/departments and staff. Sometimes I think it is redone to buy time!
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General discussion / Admin Problems Continue
« Last post by Dr DeEath on Today at 01:21:20 PM »
Like many I have had issues with repeat prescriptions and getting appointments (both GP and and hospital). Now I have a new one -  multiple blood test forms from the GP practice. If go along with all four I would have 3 HbA1c tests, 2 iron levels, etc. Fortunately I can get every test done with two of the forms with no repeat tests. Some days I feel like a project manager again!   ;D
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Introduce yourself / Re: New member - first post
« Last post by sedge on Yesterday at 09:16:36 PM »
Meanwhile back at the ranch - how ARE you, Jibber ? - be assured that what is right for one of us is not always the only way of tackling something - and thought lots of the time we agree entirely - other times we agree to differ - and try very hard not to fall out with each other, since at heart - all we're trying to do is help each other!
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Insulin and medication / Re: is 6 mmols rise after meals ok
« Last post by himtoo on Yesterday at 08:27:08 PM »
Hi Victoria -- I am hoping I have this right -- you are on levemir as your long acting and take it at night, but are worried about DP ( dawn phenomenon ) and your breakfast

have you thought about splitting the levemir dose ( for example 50% at 9pm and 50% at 7am )
just a thought...............
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Introduce yourself / Re: New member - first post
« Last post by Paulines7 on Yesterday at 06:41:56 PM »
Steven, looking at the figures at the bottom of your posts, you HbA1c figures are excellent up to and including Dec 2014.   I am sorry to hear that it has got so much worse now. 

It sounds as though you are really addicted to carbs, Steven and that is probably why you struggle with your mental health.  At the end of the day, it can only be up to you what you eat.

Did you read the link to the post that I wrote to Victoria? 
http://diabetes-support.org.uk/diabetes_forum/index.php/topic,7357.15.html

If so, you will know that I too had kidney failure.  In fact a year or so ago, one of the GP's at the Health Centre was talking to me about dialysis and saying that at some future date I may well have to have it.  It really frightened me!  Twelve months ago my HbA1c went up to 56 and my own GP said she would not give me Metformin because of my kidneys. 

I agreed to be a bit stricter with my diet as I had begun to stray from it at times.  I was eating a lot of milk chocolate flake bars and ice cream, though I had already cut out the starchy things from my diet. I replaced bread with protein rolls from Lidl and eat cauliflower rice fried in coconut oil with with Pilau Rice seasoning.  Instead of pasta, I have courgette either spiralised or cut into rounds and fried.  A good curry with it or some lovely bolognese and I am more than happy.  I still have my little treats in the form of a Mini Magnum and some dark chocolate just before bed.

Last Friday at my review, my GP showed me my kidney results for the past 2 years and they had improved every time I was tested and they are now almost back to normal.

I too would like to apologise for hijacking Jibber's post but what it does prove is that we are all different and all have our different ways of treating our diabetes.

Patti, I did understand what you were saying but maybe my reply was not quite what I meant to say. Sorry! 
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