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Just been diagnosed with Diabetes type 2

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Evie64 Fri 03-Jul-20 20:47:43

Hi all, I've just been diagnosed with Diabetes type 2. The nurse has said with a blood sugar reading of 52, that I should try and bring it down with diet and exercise. I've downloaded an app called My Fitness Pal which is brilliant for recording everything you eat and drink and how many calories you have left for the day and I've already lost a few pounds. However, what I'd really like is a diabetic diet sheet, but according to the nurse, they no longer exist? She said that everyone is different and what makes one diabetics sugar levels rise makes another diabetics stable? I'm trying to cut out carbs but would really benefit for some solid advice about I "can't" eat. Can any of you help please?

avitorl Fri 03-Jul-20 21:26:56

Sorry to hear that. I've recently been told I'm Pre Diabetic and have gone low Carbohydrate.
Advice I have read on Diabetes Uk site is forget focussing on sugar and focus on Carbs which convert to Glucose in our bodies.Of course that doesn't mean stuff ourselves with obvious sugar items cakes etc.
I've just bought a book,Pocket Book to Carbs and Calories to help me through this time.
I would definitely advise you to look at the Diabetes site for lot's of help and advice.

Grandmafrench Fri 03-Jul-20 21:43:25

A huge amount of interest shown now in reversing Type 2 diabetes on a very low calorie diet for 8 weeks. Professor Roy Taylor discovered with some of his hospital patients that when awaiting surgery, "nil by mouth" made spectacular changes to their blood sugar readings. Look up details on him and the Newcastle Diet. There's an interesting article on the BBC2 website concerning the Hairy Bikers "How to Love Food and Lose Weight". Dr Michael Mosley and his 8 Week Blood Sugar Diet has been very successful in completely reversing Type 2 diabetes in 8 weeks on a low carb diet (800 calories). A lot of GP surgeries and clinics are now using the same approach to improve the health of their diabetic patients.

Susan56 Fri 03-Jul-20 21:45:42

I have been type 2 diabetic for about 20 years now.The nurse is right in that different things cause sugar spikes for different people.I have attached a picture of a book which I still find useful.Feel free to pm me if you have any questions.

Furret Fri 03-Jul-20 21:49:28

You don’t really want a diet sheet. What you need to do is educate yourself about carbohydrates and how they affect your blood sugar levels.

Grandmafrench has highlighted some books you should read and research you should look at. Also there is a low carb thread on GN somewhere which is full of great ideas.

Well done on your weight loss so far.

NfkDumpling Fri 03-Jul-20 22:03:52

Diabetics UK have loads of on line advise and information. DH was diagnosed type 2 but cut down on carbs and lost over a stone and is now pre-diabetic. If he went for a strict diet he probably could do even better but his cheese addiction gets in the way!

lemongrove Fri 03-Jul-20 22:20:12

Join the club Evie 😀however you can do your best to eat low carb and it helps.If you need medication as well, your GP will tell you.
The book that susan sent a pic of is great, so easy to work out both low carb and calorie.It costs about £12 on Amazon.
This one is slightly more up to date.

Susan56 Fri 03-Jul-20 23:15:13

Would you recommend I buy the more updated book lemongrove or are they pretty similar?

BBbevan Sat 04-Jul-20 06:07:31

The Diet Doctor, web site also has loads of help plus low carb recipes. Good luck , it is all very possible. Just lower those carbs.

Whitewavemark2 Sat 04-Jul-20 06:51:49

Yes DH was diagnosed about 4 years ago. We went on a very low carb diet and within 3 months he was showing normal.

Managing it with low carbs ever since. Becomes a way of life, not that I lose any weight☹️

growstuff Sat 04-Jul-20 06:57:03

I agree. Lower the carbs. That might mean cutting down on fruit. Don't drink fruit juices or smoothies, even if they say no added sugar. Eat whole foods if possible. Watch your saturated fat because it's not good for your heart.

BTW A blood sugar reading of 52 isn't that high, but certainly needs watching.

Whitewavemark2 Sat 04-Jul-20 07:00:21

Tropical fruits are a no no, best to stick to apples and pears and fruits grown with less sun.

Whitewavemark2 Sat 04-Jul-20 07:04:38

An example is yesterday for dinner we had
Carrots, red pepper, mange tout cut into matchsticks.
Haddock fillet marinated in soy, rice vinegar and Mirim then grilled
The veg was stir fried in sesame oil, then marinade added at the end.

Filling and tasty.

Gajahgran Sat 04-Jul-20 08:07:44

I was told 2 years ago that I was pre diabetic because the sugar levels in my blood were too high. I was was referred to the Glycemic Index by my gym instructor. Various formats are available if you do an Internet search. It was brilliant I got my sugars down and have varied my eating pattern permanently. I also lost a stone in weight. Lot's of recipes now are stated as being low GI.

It was surprising which foods have high sugars for instance watermelon is very high.
I try to use cauliflower rice where possible. We also have ratatouille with fish and no potatoes it's filling and delicious. I make a lot of curries too. So delicious you don't notice the lack of carbs. I hope this helps.

seacliff Sat 04-Jul-20 08:37:50

This forum is very helpful for what to eat on a low carb diet. Recipes and information from those that have managed to reverse diabetes by diet.

TwiceAsNice Sat 04-Jul-20 09:51:49

I was type 2 for around 5 years but have followed a low carb diet for nearly 2 years and have reversed my diabetes I am now at pre diabetic levels.

I did put on some weight again over lockdown as I got a bit complacent and did a bit of comfort eating and a bit more wine than usual but I am trying to be back on track and it is slowly coming back off.

I have missed my usual check because of lockdown but hope to arrange it soon. I have been following Michael Moseley and try to do 800 calories at least once a week . Also have stopped breakfast , a long fast between your evening meal and the following days lunch has been shown to have a food effect on your blood sugar rate

TwiceAsNice Sat 04-Jul-20 09:53:29

White carbs are worse than sugar . I don’t eat any rice or pasta and only bread and boiled potatoes occasionally . Mashed and baked potatoes are very bad too

TwiceAsNice Sat 04-Jul-20 09:54:34

I’ve lost nearly 2 stone in weight so well done losing weight really helps

Ohmother Sat 04-Jul-20 10:06:12

Get your numbers down as quick as you can because having to go for many regular checkups and appointments is a pain in the arris. If it’s not to see the specialist nurse it’s the eye tests.

No ones mentioned checking your bloods with a shop bought monitor ( or even better, one supplied by your GP) as individual reactions to certain foods are the norm. It’s a postcode lottery to be supplied with one but I’m sure it would save the NHS thousands if all newly diagnosed were supplied with one and told how to use it properly.

Exercise perhaps trying the C25K app. It allows you to pace yourself from faster walking to running if you feel you can.

I’m crossing my fingers for your future good health. 💐

Izabella Sat 04-Jul-20 10:18:20

Susan I reversed mine completely. As an RN I was confident in my approach. Bought a blood glucose monitor and strips via Ama* and tested before meals and 2 hours after EACH meal to see what spiked my levels. You will come across health professionals who say this is not necessary, but if you do not know the enemy, how do you confront it? I now follow a basically carb free diet. I also fast after 6pm until 8am.

Taking control decisively is of paramount importance. I wish you well. PM me if you need further help flowers

EllanVannin Sat 04-Jul-20 10:53:39

I had a GTT some years ago ( horrible ) and failed miserably. In fact the result was borderline. Re-tested a while after that and things were back to normal. No specific dieting, it just seemed as though a change was going on in my body somehow as after my very first A/fib attack and a urine test, it was full of sugar ?

At the same time the blood was also borderline for polycythaemia, however after further tests, everything returned to normal. I don't think anyone could fathom out this event. I just said that I wasn't " made right " grin

Years later there's no sign and last years annual test was 70 something mg/dl so that'll do me.

I only eat when I'm hungry and not because it's lunchtime or dinner time, eat at odd times but never after 6pm. Haven't wanted many sweet treats for quite a while. In fact as I've got older my body seems to have gained control rather than the mouth grin

BlueSky Sat 04-Jul-20 11:46:19

When I had my annual blood test done because I'm on bp medication, the nurse said I was borderline diabetic. When it was retested not long after there was no mention of this, same with my last one. I don't eat sweet stuff but I do rely on carbs as I'm a strict vegetarian. I do feel rather sleepy after meals so wonder whether this has something to do with it or is it just an 'age' thing?

Susan56 Sat 04-Jul-20 15:10:07

Thank you for your post Izabella.My GP told me years ago that my diabetes is genetic and not much I can do about it.

I do test my sugars every day and my weight and BMI are in the correct range for my height.I also walk minimum of 10,000 steps a day.I try to fast 12 hours out of every 24 hours.

I am going to follow your advice about testing before and after meals.At the moment I only test in the morning.

Thank you for your advice.I have to say my diabetes is really getting me down at the moment and I didn’t know what more I could do but hopefully if I test more and keep a food diary I may see some patterns relating to sugar levels and certain foods.I have probably been letting the diabetes control me rather than the other way round.Time for me to take back control💪🏼

Thank you again💐

lemongrove Sat 04-Jul-20 15:14:25

Susan No, you don’t need to update your carbs and cals book, just for anyone wanting to buy one as it’s the newest one, if they haven’t already got it.

Cabbie21 Sat 04-Jul-20 15:24:14

DH has type 2 diabetes and has managed to lose weight very successfully, And get his levels down, but although we eat more or less the same, I haven’t lost weight. I am more active than he is, and I don’t eat a biscuit with every cuppa as he does. I have been told I am almost borderline and need to be careful.
He is good at testing his levels. He can eat potatoes but not pasta. We both eat lots of veg and fish, some meat, love cheese. We eat a rather boring traditional British diet.
My snacks are fruit and nuts, occasionally two squares of dark chocolate.