New to this ... Need help

I was diagnosed with Type 2 in the last 3 months and I have only just felt comfortable to brave posting here. I have been given a load of leaflets and websites. Things to read and think about and I feel a little lost as I am not sure where to start.

I found out entirely by accident after having a blood test for tiredness and forgetting things, so it came a quite a shock and my initial was to to be very upset and embarrassed about the situation. I have only told my mum, brother and partner as I still feel I that people will see it as self inflicted and judge me ( even if it is !!). So I have been trying to navigate through all the information to decide how best to handle everything.

I was prescribed Metformin which did not agree with me at all so I was changed onto Canagliflozin, though I feel reluctant to take them as I don't really want to be taking medication if I can help it.

So I am looking for some advice and tips about where to start and what to tackle first. I am trying to break it into small bite size chucks. Any help will be gratefully received :) S x x

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  • Welcome. If I where you I would walk as much as I could. Cut down strongly on foods with lots of carbs. I have two of my good friends who were T2 & now OFF all meds for T2. One of who was on insulin. I have been T2 for more than 50yrs & still picking up tips on how to control it. Good Luck & ask if not sure.

  • The best thing is exercise that fits in with your life. I love walking and especially in green places. Cut down or cut out white carbs. I use oatcakes and only occasionally whoemeal bread. Instead of rice pasta or potatoes I eat every kind of veg piled up with fish eggs or meat. I enjoy nuts and seeds and berries and apples too. I love 85% dark chocolate. It's not cheap but two squares after lunch and dinner keep sweet cravings at bay. BUT this has taken me a good while to research and get used to and everyone is different. I tested a lot at first to see what foods did to MY blood sugar. I like avocados and nuts for good fats and do eat butter and cheese. I am 70 and not on any meds and my hbaic is 6.1 you will get times when you get fed up, and feel deprived and sorry for yourself but persevere. You are worth it! and be honest with people - lots of skinny people get type 2 and I have a massive friend who has not got it. All the best and you will feel so much better. (Do this one change at a time)


  • S--P

    Please post your age height weight diet and lifestyle.

    Also lab reports.

    Don't get upset. You just need to adjust your lifestyle and diet.

  • It can be confusing and lowering carb intake (not eliminating it) is a good place to start. Try and see if you can go onto the slow release metforming, the general one upset my stomach but I'm on the SR one now for nearly 6 years and it is fine. I have reduced my levels over the years back into nearly normal range. GP won't take me off metformin though because it also helps protect against some cancers and heart disease and I'm happy to stay on it.

    Try and get on the 6 week course, its a half day once a week for 6 weeks. I found it really helpful and have done two refresher courses since then which were also excellent.

    Have a look on the Diabetes UK website, they have lots of information and educational modules that will help you. Most of all, don't panic! A few tweaks to your diet, exercise and understanding what diabetes is all about will help you get to grips with it. I've gone added sugar free in the last 3 months and feel so much better for it, no processed foods (except occasionally) and 1-2 pieces of fruit a day with lots of veg and protein.

  • Thank you all for your responses - gives me food for thought from people who know which is a little more reassuring :)

    In answer to some of the questions asked. I am 29 and I would say I am 5'5 and weigh approx 96 kg I have lost 4 kg in recent weeks.

    I have a very busy lifestyle and I work very early in the mornings, so I often miss breakfast and then for want of a better word binge at lunch and eat lots :/. Then, I have tea later on sometimes very late as I have 2 children and try and get them sorted before I sit down for the evening. I usually have something like steak chips and salad, mince and little lettuce leaves or takeaway. It's usually Chinese or a kebab lamb sheesh with salad and no sauce. That was typical up until my diagnosis and sometimes it's the easiest and that wins out unfortunately. I am trying to change my diet currently and don't drink fizzy drinks anymore.

    In terms of labs, I only just bought a testing kit recently so I don't have much info in that regard but when I was tested the day I was told of my diagnosis, my blood sugar level was 23.

    Thanks again :)

  • S--P,

    Please check your PMs. I had sent you a quick message recently. It's okay.

  • Well done for losing some weight. sending some encouragement to you to keep going.

  • What type of exercise have you been doing, S--P? I do lots of walking during my busy work and weekend days.

  • I don't do any exercise really in he dedicated sense. I walk around a lot at work roughly 10,000 steps ish daily and i run around with the kids.

  • I do the same at work and here at the house when I babysit. I walk all the time when I have work at the Senior Center Monday-Friday. When I get home, I follow my Nephew up and down the steps and in the hallways. Get tons of walking in that way. My Nephew calls the walking "dancing"!

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