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Some help please

I suffer from various ailments, hypertension, Afib, under active thyroid.

I have pins and needles in my hands and feet so today I had a fasting blood test at the pharmacy to rule out diabetes. My measure was 5.6 and the pharmacist said everything was fine. However, when checking on line I see 5.6 can be classed as prediabetic! Now what?

Di

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Hi hylda

Was it figure prick test, if so it only shows how your body is using the foods you have recently eaten. You really need a Hb1ac blood test to rule out diabetes. Hb1a3 measures your blood over 3 months.

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Thank you so much for replying. Yes, it was just a finger prick test that Lloyd’s do for free.

Di

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How old u r

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I’m nearly 75.

Di

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EE's age main aisee problems Hona koee bare baat nahee.

These problems are not a big issue in this age. Bcz old age is also a big disease.

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Too right

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An A1c test can be preformed as a finger stick as well. 5.6 either way (if you are fasting) is a little higher than normal. Yes, “pre” diabetic. You should start eating meat eggs fish and poultry as your main foods. Vegetables that grow above ground. Cut back on anything grain related and fruits. Eliminate all sugars. This will not only help blood sugar but many other symptoms. It can make a big difference very quickly but takes a bit of dedication. My best to you.

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Many thanks. Am already gluten free and low sugar for the last 6 months. Eat a very healthy diet with plenty of fruit, salad, brown rice etc.

Am to have another blood glucose test at the Drs and an A1c test.

Di

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Fruit and brown rice raise your blood sugar. So do almost all gluten free products. All carbs raise your blood sugar even those in healthy food. You must learn to eat the healthiest food with the least amount of carbs. This isn’t like an average weight loss diet. High fat meat and dairy are actually NOT bad for your blood sugar while fruit IS. Please read more.

I have lost 50 lbs and brought all of my numbers to normal using no medication.

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Wow, is there a book I can read? xx

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phlaunt.com/diabetes/

Also any book by Dr. Richard K. Bernstein although he can get a little scientific. Cookbooks and info by Maria Emmerich are good.

There is tons of information about LCHF (low carb high fat) but truly, you want to start simple eating only meat and vegetables.

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The Facebook group

“Type 2 Diabetes Rebels” has soooooo much information.

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Unfortunately am not on Facebook. Really don’t want to know what my grandchildren get up too! xx

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Started to read the link, have had neuropathy in my feet for years, ignored by several doctors. I also have vagus nerve Afib. Guess I have a lot of learning to do. Thank you so much.

Di

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If you reply here when you are ready, I will try to add more links. I am passionate about this! In my opinion they don’t give you enough information about the disease until there are problems. And since it’s very hard to treat neuropathy and they have few medications to sell for prediabetes, they don’t go there. There are people who have reversed their neuropathy with this diet, but it can take a long time since nerves grow slowly.

I wish you the best!

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Perhaps I can pm you. Just looked at the book. Diabetes, No Thanks. Would you recommend it? I weigh now exactly what I did when my daughter was born! Dreadful

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I hadn’t heard of that book but just read the introduction and it looks really good! I’m going to buy it for myself! Yes, you can pm me whenever you like. I am “overweight” now and would like to lose 30 more pounds, but that is far better than where I was and I am so thankful for my health markers being better!

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Whilst authorities argue over the threshold for prediabetes, people such as yourself suffer. The ailments you endure are all symptomatic of insulin resistance. You need to reduce your carbohydrate intake by appreciating how much sugar the foods you eat break down to in the body phcuk.org.uk/sugar , and if you need the energy get it from monounsaturates.

preventing-diabetes.co.uk/s...

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Many thanks for your help. Have been looking at Diabetes and Statins, Thyroid, Afib etc. Why has nobody thought of it when I complain of the pins and needles in my feet and hands?

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Because the money is in medication, not self-help?

Before you make any changes, if you can get confirmation from your GP of a fasting blood glucose over 5.5 you will be eligible for the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme in the link at the bottom of my reply above, and it will be of immense value to you.

All the best!

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We came out at 5.6 yesterday but the pharmacist said great you are doing everything right keep going. It’s only when I looked on Diabetes UK I wondered. Even the Dr who ordered the tests said she is happy with anything under 6!!

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Yes, technically under 6 is normal. However, in reality the high fives are an indication that you are already starting to lose control of your blood glucose, and this is the wheels coming off; your hormones will have been battling to try and maintain the blood glucose within a tight range for years. Now the glucose is showing signs of abnormality, but your hormones will have been too high unbeknown to you, contributing to ailments such as heart disease, osteopenia/osteoporosis, PCOS, arthritis, AF, thyroid problems, and so on.

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Trouble is we hope to go off to France in our Motorhome in two weeks so it is all a rush.

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Well the results from the Drs fasting blood tests are blood glucose 5.6 again and Hb1ac is 37 so they tell me all ok.

Di

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If you look at the link preventing-diabetes.co.uk/s... , you meet the eligibility with your fasting reading. Maybe a fantastic opportunity to address those metabolic issues now.

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Tried logging in but have to be between 42-47.

Di

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It's an either/or. Your fasting plasma glucose (FPG) reading of 5.6 is sufficient.

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Ok will go back and try with 5.6

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Managed it, but as we are hopefully soon going away in our morning for several months I don’t hold out a lot of hope

Di

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Good luck Di! Maybe they can provide a different time/venue.

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Thanks.

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Motorhome not morning

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Autocompletes eh?

Eligibility is for 12 months; the benefits could include a long, healthy life.

Please keep us informed of the outcome.

Enjoy your travels ;-) !

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They said someone would ring but nothing to date, so will try again after my holiday

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As far as I was concerned we had a very healthy lifestyle. Brown rice, plenty of berries, natural yoghurt, one square of dark chocolate a day, season ticket on broccoli. Just don’t know where to start now.

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The ICS Health - NDPP will alleviate your confusion if you can get on it.

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Sorry what’s that? Di

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The NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme; the web-link at the end of my first reply above.

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Looked at it and will log in as soon as I get my results

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Well, managed to get a fasting blood test at 8am this month. On the one hand I hope something shows up which will make me seriously address my weight and other issues. On the other, it would be just something else to add to my list of problems.

Di

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