I am very confused. I have been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes eleven months ago.

Since then, I have heard a lot of conflicting advice.

Lots of carbs vs. no carbs at all.

Plenty of exercise vs. lots and lots of green tea ( to lose weight) & minimal exercise. Now, i just read a man was saying : no fruits!

i don't eat a iot of what I love the most ( chocolate, nuts, chantilly cream etc...)

simply because I know that if I start a bar or a jar of those, I will eat it all. I have no limits.

The same way, if I eat one avocado, I will be tempted to eat 2 or 3. So, i buy none.

I have very little will power/control & have always had a big appetite.

I recently saw my dietitian & she showed me in her fists the amounts I was supposed to eat & no more. Then, she made me buy measuring cups. I did it to please her but I do know that I'm not the type of person who weighs what she eats. It takes the pleasure right out of eating.

I am young, 65, (66 in january) with many years ahead of me.

My mother is 96.

Am I supposed to live another 31 years this way?

What's the difference between being a diabetic & being a nun in a monastery??

and lastly, is the Newcastle diet any good?

Lastly, I am on Metformin (2 a day but i increased to 3 a day) at the suggestion of my Pharmacist who seems to know more than my GP.

Could you provide me with some answers?


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  • Welcome aboard:

    Diabetics have a problem handling carbs.

    I have been on 100 grams carbs a day max and into sixth year medication free with non diabetic numbers. Pl check of the following can help:


  • Hi christinehennequin I too am type 2 since March last year and am also confused by what more learned friends on here post about their numbers and test readings.

    My original diagnosis HbA1c reading was 51 and I was put on 4 x Metformin 500mg per day and after six months the reading was down to 40 and the Metformin (at my request) was reduced to two daily. Subsequent readings were Feb 2016 = 43, and August 2016 = 44

    I was sent on four two hour courses with a diabetes nurse, a physio, a dietitian and podiatrist but as it was in a classroom situation with 12 to 15 others all at different stages of the disease and with my deafness and age (75) against me I was unable to "keep up" with the class and most of it went over my head.

    I too used to have a sweet tooth and loved chocolate but now I use sweeteners (ugh) and eat no sugary things at all. I managed to persuade my GP to send me to a "one on one" appointment with a dietitian who requested I listed every item I ate or drank during a day which (as my diet is virtually the same every day) I did and I was told that it was fine.

    I have a slight retinopathy in my left eye but as I've had Pernicious Anaemia for 45 years it may have been caused by that rather than the "modern" diabetes.

    Sometimes I feel a bit low on sugar but am told I can't have a hypo because I'm on Metformin so I can't explain that.

    I don't think I would be allowed to become a nun and anyway i don't suppose they are allowed chocolate.... :)

    I hope you get some answers to your questions on here and wish you well.

  • Welcome, I started as Type 2 then became Type 1 do have other medical condition epilepsy which has me on many med's or the seizures may have effected my Type doctors do not have an answer.

    I do hold to a low carb diet. There are some some very creative ways of cooking- mashed cauliflower rather than pot's, zucchini or squash noodles, mashed cauliflower and squash casserole. I could go on with veggie idea's increase protein from meat and fish- salmon is a great source. Very high quality dark chocolate if you must and we do for treats. pack in small packages individual for yourself. Like you said by in limited number of avocado's are rich in many good nutrients. Many people stay within 20-30 carb's per day the body requires carb's,.

    Keep a log of all foods you eat and carb value, weighting is helpful and you are not fond of that. Measuring cups will help you eyeball and also get and idea of what spikes your blood sugars. Each person is very different, each day can be different.

    You will have all the support you need hear and often you will, feel free to ask questions. Best wishes.

  • diabetics have problems processing sugars properly.

    Sugars aren't just the refined sugar - carbohydrates are more complex forms of sugar.

    refined sugars are bad because they get into the blood almost immediately. other carbohydrates take longer to be broken down but there does tend to be a hierarchy with those that have been refined getting broken down quicker and finding their way into the blood much quicker than unrefined 'sugars'.

    Basically, when you hear the word sugar you should be thinking 'carbohydrate'.

    That doesn't mean cut them out all together as we do need a certain amount of carbohydrate.

    Suggest that you look for foods that have a low glycemic index - this is a measure of how quickly the sugars they contain will affect the levels of sugar in your blood.

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