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Do I have Type 2 Diabetes?

daisyd profile image
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Thank you for letting me join your group.

Just a couple of questions, please.

I had a blood test: HbA1c last week and again this week. Seeing the result from the first one that was done, I guess I have Diabetes. The result was 8.8. I'm waiting to hear back from the doctor re 2nd test.

Could you please recommend a good diet and exercise plan, as I think I have some muscle loss, as well?

What a shame there isn’t a home testing kit with urinalysis sticks like they do for Bowel cancer. I have so many other health problems I didn’t think it was possible to get anymore.

Thank you.

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Gambit62 profile image

This link provides an explanation of the HbA1c test and

I think your result is the %-age which would indicate that you do have type 2 diabetes, but it should be confirmed with a fasting blood sugar test.

HbA1c gives a good idea of how well your blood sugars are being controlled over a long period of time and it looks like your body is struggling to regulate blood sugar levels.

In terms of diet and exercise - cut out refined sugars, cut down on more complex carbohydrates (potato, pasta, rice). Bulk out food with fibre (eg lots of fruit and veg). A lot of places to cauliflower substitutes to pasta and rice if you struggle with bulk in your food.

This article explains more

Taking exercise can also help. If you have co-morbidities I would recommend seeing a suitably qualified physiotherapist rather than just trawling the internet for possible regimes though there are some good ones out there - just that a physio should be able to point you to the right exercises much quicker.

If you are diagnosed then your doctor or a nurse should provide you with some dietary advice.

I watched a talk on Friday on the use in the UK of a crash diet system - several weeks of really low calorie intake - that seemed to be very effective in achieving weight loss - post diet gain was still there but it was a bit slower and was starting from a much lower point than a normal diet. This seemed to be very effective in reversing type 2 diabetes. However, it is a medical intervention and definitely something you should discuss with your doctor - particularly if you have other co-morbidities.

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daisyd in reply to Gambit62

Thank you, hopefully I will get a phone call from my Doctor tomorrow, i have seen a nhs physio for knee pain for years, the problem is that the muscle around my knee must have been damaged as I have been doing all the exercises he has given me with no improvement.

I didn’t realise about potato’s rice etc, will follow diet advice from Gp as well

Thanks again

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Gambit62 in reply to daisyd

in dietary terms sugars are carbohydrates but when people think of sugar they think of a packet of sugar.sorry about the knee - don't know how long you have been doing the exercises but it could be that things are improving but you haven't started to notice it yet - hope that the appointment goes well.

daisyd profile image

Apparently I haven’t got diabetes thank goodness, I am going to the muscular skeletal clinic, to get a diagnosis, fingers crossed it will be ok

StillConcerned profile image

God be with you daisyd . A health professional would have to confirm you have diabetes, but with your reading you are heading that way unless you start to limit the amount of carbohydrate you eat in a day to less than 130g.

If you need the calories, get them from healthy, natural fats instead such as olives, avocado, low-carb nuts, seeds, meat fats, and to a lesser extent whole-fat dairy or coconut.

janeytrace profile image

Superdrug seem to have expanded their range of home test kits. Last week im fairky sure they had a blood sugar testing kit maybe can check for this on superdrug website

daisyd profile image

Thank you apparently my second blood test came back normal, not sure how that happened. But it was a big shock thinking I might be a diabetic, it does run in our family, I am going to be a lot more careful now

Thanks everyone

Jstbcuz profile image

Hi, oh my gosh you sound like me. My A1C was 7.5 this time. It is usually 6-6.7. I didn't gain weight in a year bit I think stress has made it higher. I'm looking for a diet plan as well. Keep in touch and let me know what you find. Thanks

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Activity2004Administrator in reply to Jstbcuz

Have you been eating a low carb. high fat or low carb. high protein diet? Did your doctor suggest either diet and to count carbs. for each meal/snack?

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