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.