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Hi everyone, Just been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes,

After a bit of advice.

Do I need to monitor my blood sugar myself as the doctor hasn't told me.

Thank you in advance

Hayley x

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Hi Hayley. I'm type 2 as well & have been for quite a few years now. I test myself every morning & evening, some do it more some less. I find that's enough. You can get the monitor online from Amazon or anywhere else you fancy. The test strips I get on prescription for nothing ( I'm over 60 but if not then being biabetic you get your prescription for nothing anyway) I hope this helps you. Good luck.

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Thank you x

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If it where me I would. If you had a week of test results you can tell what is happening, example if you had a big Sunday lunch & then sat down that afternoon, you would see what's going on. Prob high BG. If you ran a marathon it would prob be low BG. If on a Monday you where at work it might settle down but getting a test meter is good for learning. Good luck .

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To be honest I don't even know what the levels are supposed to be.I didn't get any information from my doctor x

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I don't no what mine is ment to be either was told very little about it and don't have a testing kit

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I have bought a kit, but haven't used it yet as I don't know what I am looking for number wise if you know what I mean. x

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Yes I no what u mean all I remember being told is it's ment to be under 6.5 all very confusing x

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Hayley are you in the UK?

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Yes Wales x

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well just checked mine and its 15.8 but don't know if its good or bad. x

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That's far too high. Normal fasting BS in the morning is 4.5. For diabetics should be under 6. Most diabetics have high insulin resistance which is why it is very important to reduce carbs which need insulin as much as possible. I have developed a whole programme of 6 workshop sessions with manuals to balance BS and to reverse diabetes. It has been very popular and successful.

Btw in addition to carbs, it can also be high cortisol (stress, overactive mind, lack of deep sleep ..,) and low adrenal and low thyroid function which contribute to diabetes 2. Let me know if you want more help.

You can find more information on my website. Www.unleashourhealth.com and search for the Diabetes button

Hope this helps

Anna Betz

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Thank you so much, really appreciate the information x

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I am told that blood sugar should be between 5 and 7 but apparently because I take gliclazide and sitaglyptin I should test myself before driving and if I am below 5 I should eat and wait 45 minutes before driving. I was diagnosed in 2001. And only just told this. I didn't used to bother testing. I as never a big eater and was confused at being diabetic and obese. No one believes that you don't eat much if you are obese so don't bother trying but there are other contributing factors to diabetes all of which affected me. Stress, lack of sleep, lack of exercise and lack of daylight. Well my last 13 years in my stressful job were spent working in a windowless room, little more than a cupboard. My sugar has dropped since my retirement. Less stress, more sleep, more exercise and much more light. Sitaglyptin, gliclazide and statins all cause weight gain which contributes to diabetes. I was unable to make time for exercise but that is most important. I had been really active and too thin in the past. I hope my experiences can help you to control your diabetes without getting stuck in the circle of fattening medications. Pharmacies are businesses.

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Jorock

Try lchf. Probably you would need less drugs and would feel much better. With low carbs and liberal use of good fats ( 60% and more of your caloric requirement ) you will not need statins, lose weight and your lipid profile also would improve. Just 10-12 weeks time. Try it and let's know the progress.

Gud luk.

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Thank you for the information x

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Thank you I will try it.

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