Diagnosed type 2 yesterday

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I was diagnosed with type 2 yesterday so feeling a tad overwhelmed and teary atm sad I've just turned 40..my 1st fasting was 7.6 then 4 days later was 6.2 so was told pre diabetic and sent for a gtt ...the results were 7.2 then 8.6 hour after .

.anyway my question is after being told I was pre diabetic I stopped eating chocolate crisps etc etc ,I'm 5.4 and was about 8 St .4 . ..coming off the chocolate was the worst ever sweat was pouring off Me for about 30 mind. .I assumes it was all the crap coming out my system but felt fine after about 30 mind  ..I am not on any meds as yet 1st appointment 8th Oct. .my question is I'm losing weight I'm now just over 7 and a half stone ? Even my parents are noticing..I have never really been below 8 St. It's making me panic and I'm tempted to eat stuff I shouldn't to help gain weight ...This has only been happening since I stopped the crap ,now eating fruit ,veg etc ... I haven't even told anyone yet and feel to depressed and anxious  to exercise..any help would be greatly appreciated feeling very alone thanks in advance😐 Dx

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    Hi Danielle, I'm sorry to hear of your predicament, but try not to worry too much, at least you have been diagnosed so your gp is aware, and starting you on medication shortly will help. I can't speak from experience as it's my husband who is diabetic and has been for the past 33 years but because of this, I do have a little knowledge about it. Please don't be tempted to go back to eating rubbish again, it will only play havoc with your blood sugar, and make you feel bad. The idea is to keep your sugar levels as stable as possible, so regular meals plus snacks when your medication has been worked out are the key to keeping things as normal as possible. I'm sure your weight will stabilise when you get meds sorted as well. It might seem like the end of the world, and it will probably take a little time for things to settle down, but you will probably feel better for it once it's sorted. It doesn't mean you can never eat chocolate again either. My husband, although he doesn't eat a lot of chocolate, does keep chocolate bars everywhere as he finds that when he needs sugar, it's one of the few things that will get sugar into his system quickly. Having said that, he injects insulin 4 times a day, and I would imagine yours will probably be controlled mainly by diet and tablets.

    Don't get too down about it, it's fairly easily manageable these days,

     Good luck, K

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    Hi Danielle, it isn't th end of the world and once you get stabilised it can be managed without too much stress and difficulty. One major benefit that you have is that you are aware that you have the problem and have the opportunity to manage it. I have been type 2 for about 4 years now, take my meds daily and eat sensibly most days but lapse once in a while without causing any disruption. I don't test and have an annual diabetic clinic appointment just once a year. I am 20 years older than you, not overwieght but lack in the exercise department but still maintain decent results without missing out on goodies/ treats/ whatever. You will find the right foods for your system through trial and error and given your tender age, have the possibilty of reversing or limiting the problem with lifestyle changes. It is an unfair and non-discrimitory disease and once your emotions and system have stabilised, you will be able to master it.
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      You don't test? That's another worry of mine ..I do know since I've stopped the chocolate etc the sweatiness has gone and feeling a bit more human ..this have been peeing quite a bit in the day, my urine was tested and was ok..but it's soo annoying ..did the meds make you feel a whole lot better once your body got used to them ,can't remember what "normal "feels like... I'm sure I've had this for about a year thank goodness for routine blood tests ! I hope I can follow in your footsteps smile
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      Wjhen I was first diagnosed, I went out and bought all of the kit and drove myself mad with eating, testing and testing again. I spoke with my Doc and he said that I should stop testing and leave it to them . They check me over once a year and, touch wood, everything is ok so I just make anothe appointment and see them 12 months later. They do bloods, eyes, feet, weight etc at the diabetic clinic and if all is ok, I then get a 12 month prescription for my meds and carry on - it is no longer a big deal because all is stable. If my readings were out, they would look at me more frequently and adjust my meds accordingly. One side benefit is that you have an anual checkup and they stay on top of any changes.
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    Rest assured that as has been said you can reverse it, or at least make things alot better. My sister is 45 and she has, her medication is now half what is was at diagnosis. Won't speak from own view as type 1.

    As you may know weight loss is a symptom so once diabetes stable it should be too. If want to put on then get advice from GP or specialist as to best way for you.

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      Thank you for all your replies ...@Tazchurch yes that's what's confusing me as I know weight loss is a sign of diabetes ,but I've been 8 .4/ 8.6 for like ever ...its only since I stopped all the crap realising I wasn't invincible that the weight has gone  down ? I've lost half a st eating "propley" ...? I haven't been out since I got told yesterday rolleyes  don't want to tell any1 my parents are great and  don't live far but I know this will worry them and as I live alone ( just split from a relationship ) plus I keep reading on here that it's not a good idea to love alone ??(lots of people around me though )lAre my readings bad like high ?? As mentioned earlier my 1st was 7.6 4 days later of no sugar 6.2? Then 7.2 day of gtt? I'm scared about being ill on the meds..I used to get incredibly sweaty and that detached feeling etc so I knew something wasn't quite  right ..also I've had floaters since I can remember like 15 and I'm terrified the eye doctor as I'm sure I'll see one will say I've got to have later treatment or something ..oh Lord worry worry I didn't even sleep. Last  night just kept thinking about my diagnosis thanks for reading ,glad I found you all ,think I'm being a tad irrational I know ,I'm trying to such it up but haven't really got out of bed today I'm still coming to terms with it Xx
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      Excuse the spelling errors ! Hooe you made heads and tails of that ..that meant to read I've had floaters since I was about 15 yo..haven't been a problem until now cause I know eyes is one of the main problems with this.Thank. you X
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      Hi again - panicing will not help and doesn't get rid of the health issue. Type 2 is manageable and the meds that I take is simply one combination pill with breakfast and one with my eveing meal. Blood circulation is one of the potential side effects which is why Type2's have their feet and eyes regularly tested. I was 14.6 when diagnosed and am now well within current guidelines. It is a controlable disease and given how common it now appears to be, medicines will only improve as research is carried out. With your age, weight and lowish readings, I would be suprised if a lifestyle change would be he best remedy for you. Once you are over the initial shock, you will get to grips with it. Good luck.
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      Thank.you james, needed to hear that 👍 I know I've got to get used to it and it's not the end of the world ..did you mean life style change seems the best bet for Me? Definitely agree but I think my doctor is going to put me on meds when.i see him ..before I was doing NO exercise apart from "sometimes " walking to the station and living on shxx..I also used to get puns and needles in my hands but since I stopped the crap that also has gone ..its like I get really anxious and then remember the diabetes and we'll goes from there ..am I over reacting about the living alone apart ? Sorry to go on and on ......and thank you so much😊
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      Can any of you recommend any  exercise I can do at home while I'm coming to terms with this , hoping I will feel more comfortable tomorrow and go on a walk or something 
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      Does not apppear overly high, have you looked at the Diabetes.co.uk forum lots of great info there?

      Don't worry about floaters, they are common in everyone and are more of an annoyance than anything else, had them myself since i was about 7 and am 49 now, keep trying to swat a pesky fly that goes across my vision than realise it is one of those blessed things smile

      Diet wise all it could be is adjustment and it will stop when junk out and proper diet set up. Keep a note, if you can, of about how many calories a day you are having. For an average woman to maintain the weight she is that figure is around 2000 a day.

      Don't worry about living alone many do, just learn what you need to be aware of. Your GP and the DCUK forum will help, as will any specialist you have. Never be afraid to express your fears, we all have them and they are so often made worse when we are alone, thank God for the internet

      If you have an iPhone is diabetes forum (DCUK) free app for that and think is one now for android smatphone as well.

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      Just listen to your Doctor and for guidance - they are vastly more experienced than individuals who have Type 2, It affects people differently. As for exercise, I am not the best to ask - a bit of walking and gardening for me !

       

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      Danielle, you have only been told you have pre-diabetes and I have to say, your sugar levels aren't that high.    I'm 68 and have had type 2 for 19 years and when I was first diagnosed my sugar level was 22.  My only symptom, so I thought, was a raging thirst for about three days but I realised that my eyesight had been affected because when my levels got back to normal I went from needing glasses for distance to needing them for reading. 

      I remember feeling that my life had ended as I knew it, I had diabetes and everything would change and it did, for the better.  I was careful about what I ate but I soon settled down and certainly don't "suffer" from diabetes as many people describe.  I have it, yes, but it doesn't stop me eating chocolate or the odd cake when I feel like it.   I suppose it helps, if that is the word, that I take several tablets a day as well as four insulin injections, three injections of a quick acting insulin and one long acting one at night.  I didn't want to start on injections even though the hospital wanted to put me onto them as soon as I was diagnosed and I managed to go for eight years before I started on insulin.  I have to say that I have far better control with insulin than with tablets alone and injections are certainly nothing to be frightened of.  My needles are a quarter of an inch long and I can't even feel them when they go in.  

      I don't go to a gym, never have, being of the opinion that my body is like a washing machine, the more I use it the quicker it will wear out!!  My only exercise is when I park a long way from the door of the supermarket as that doesn't actually feel like "exercise" whereas if I was told to walk a mile a day it would be a bit daunting.  I got a pedometer and it was surprising how much I walked every day so I was actually doing the mile or so without even realising.

      Don't worry about having diabetes and the complications you MAY get because it can be well controlled.  You have been told that you have pre-diabetes which just means your sugar levels are slightly raised.  There's a test that is done and I believe the level where they say you actually have diabetes is about 11.   I think that so many people are being told they are pre-diabetic is because of two things, one is the fact that the sugar level that was deemed "normal" was between 4 and 7 but several years ago someone decided to lower it so that something like 6.7 was the maximum figure, hence the reason why so many more people are being told they are pre-diabetic.  The other reason may be just a cynical way by the NHS or Government to make people lose weight so that they're healthier but probably more because larger people cost the NHS more money to treat.  Your sugar levels are not high compared with some peoples and you haven't actually been told that you've got diabetes so if you eat sensibly you may never get it.  You also have to think, we're all pre-senile or even pre-death but we'd all go mad if we worried about it too much!  Hope this helps.

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      james04405,  I beg to differ...Doctors and nurses ...even diabetic nurses do not know much about Diabetes ...They only know what's been taught to them in books which are like 40 years old ...out of date and contain a lot of incorrect information.
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      It sounds like you have worked really hard to resolve your health issues and I congratulate you for this. It is a bit dangerous to suggest that the medical system lack any quality information about the condition - they have access to more information than we could ever colate, and as you suggest in your other replies, different people react differently to foods etc. We can all help ourselves to manage the problem but I think it unwise to go against or ignore what your doc suggests as treatment.
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      From my own personal experience I have come across many doctors and nurses who repeat the same mantra again and again..I have read extensively about Diabetes and tried different methods to reduce my own blood sugar levels and have achieved it by reducing my carbohydrate intake and increasing my proteins...The medics tell you to eat ''complex'' carbs but in my experience it makes no difference the sugar levels will go up. I do not doubt the ability of medics in other matters but when it comes to diabetes they know very little and are too ready to give out medication when in reality there are other options, particularly diet and exercise...

       

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      I also suggest that people with any interest in Diabetes look at www.lowcarbdiabetic.co.uk

      Its run by Diabetics on a non profit basis and has a wealth of information.

      I would caution people to do whatever they choose bit by bit and they will see the results for sure.

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      I really can't disagree with anything that you have said but for a newly diagnosed sufferer, I think it wiser to follow medical practice until the controls are in place and the patient has the opportunity to research for themselves, especially as there does not appear to be a one fix for all in terms of diet etc., and balancing medication with other medication that they may or may not take. Lifestyle choices does have a significant impact on this disease. 
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      You sound a lot like me  i dont  exercise a lot  either  bit i  have what is  called  a  Thereband at home  its  like  a long  bit of rubber that stretches and i do some  exercises  with that  its  idea  until you feel like walking  again outside i have been told by my gp that my sugar level  is 9.5 not sure  if i  am  type  2  yet  or pre diabetic next blood test  will tell in  10 days  Try and  think posisitve the sooner  its found the better to deal with t its hard not  to be scared i know because i am scared  too i have a chest condition which means i can  exercise  lot  but  the theraband  is amazing  for upper  boddy  exercise  so its  better than nothng  your  docot should be  able to  get one for you
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      It really does james ,as soon as I learnt to "suck it up" if you like and made myself take long walks everyday either on lunch breaks or after work no matter how sh*tty I felt the met seemed to get stronger and stronger ...like now I took one at midnight ( before I got my results this am) was taking 2 a day 😲 and I can still feel it working so from 2 a day to 0 I've given myself a much deserved pat on the back ..so as  you say lifestyle is key ..I've not been. So strict on myself today still ate healthy thou ! Will start again tomorrow ..iI can now enjoy a nice coffee or t again which the met stopped me from doing made me feel proper weird for some reason and it was decaff? I'm off for a coffee !!! Love all round xx
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      Thanks for your reply ,I had trouble getting back onto this site and leaving a comment..They actually diagnosed me as diabetic 2 months ago but today as you can probly see from my other postd i have been taken off all meds was on 2 met a day ..so over the moon ,was shout from the rooftops ,as my doctor said I've reversed it not cured it ..but sooo glad off metformin I hated it can still feel last night's in my body ..back in 3 months smile I hope your dojng well my friend xx
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