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How/why did u get diagnosed?

What symptoms did u had? And for how long?

 

How was it diagnosed? What medication do u take for it?

Were you hospitalise with it when you were diagnosed/started treatment?

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K.heather
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I had gestational with my first born in 2005, also got it in 2006 with my next daughter and it turned into type 2. I had no symptoms at all and I currently take janumet and jardiance together.

 

I have quarterly hbA1c blood tests and my range is 6.8, pretty good for a diabetic.

 

My mother, father and older sister all have it, so it was only a matter of time.

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*Marty*

Diagnosed at 16 wks pg due to family history. Dr said I had probably been diabetic for a long time. Never went away post pg. Am on metformin. Had pretty good control for 15 years now. Only symptom was drinking a lot and always needing to pee. We (Drs and me) are currently playing around with a second med but am having problems with hypos on the second med so just experimenting with different brands.

 

Not hospitalised. Went on insulin straight away during pg and off post pg.

 

I have a chronic care plan which allows me to have a nurse check-up every 3 months - followed by a Dr appoint for script review plus five reduced fee services. I usually use this for podiatrist as foot care is vital. Sometimes I use it to see a dietician, at the moment I am using it to see an exercise physiologist as I have an unrelated injury but thanks to the diabetes it is slower to heal. I recommend you check in with a diabetes nurse specialist, especially in the early days.

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Acidulous Osprey

Mine was picked up on a routine blood test. I had no specific symptoms I was very unwell though. I had gut pain I thought was an ulcer, fatigue but no diabetes associated symptoms.

 

I wasn't hospitalised but I've known people with lower BG than mine who were with my numbers. Nobody in my family is diabetic except me.

 

My hbA1 is 5. I am on a low carb diet and use metformin. I see a dietician as needed, a podiatrist yearly and really should see a physio because I don't exercise anywhere enough.

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*Marty*

My hbA1 is 5. I am on a low carb diet and use metformin.

 

Wow, impressive. Care to share samples of your low carb diet?

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PreachersWife
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I’m fairly recently diagnosed (Dec 2019). Two diabetic pregnancies 2009, 2012 and strong family history. After a non-related health scare last year, blood tests picked it up. No symptoms.

 

I’ve been seeing my endo every three months and a couple of sessions with a nurse/educator. Well controlled with metformin and diet. I’ve initially lost about 10kgs and hoping to lose another 10kg over the next year.

 

Only had one blood test post medication and it was 6.2 which was great, considering I had only been on it for two months!

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trapperjohn
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Marty

Low carb or even Keto will keep your numbers down dramatically. I also use intermittent fasting.

 

I try to stay at under 50 grams of carbs per day. Check out this Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/225462791346177/?ref=share it focuses on reversing diabetes by cutting down on carbs and eating to your meter (testing before eating, testing one hour after your first bite to see how much your bsl spike and testing 2 hours later, where you'd ideally be back to your pre-eating bsl).

 

This will show you what foods will keep your BSL stable.

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Acidulous Osprey

I eat to my meter. I've got a Contour Next and I love it, so easy to sync to my tablet. My median on that is 6.1 to 6.3.

 

A piece of fruit for breakfast (not melon it spikes my BSL), salad with protein for lunch, dinner is veges and protein with a 1/4 cup of pasta or 1/2 cup of brown rice.

 

I'm far from perfect with this though. I do have occasional sourdough bread, I do have 2 squares of dark chocolate a day. I also will be surprised if my level is that low with my next test--covid has not been kind to my will power.

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steppy

Mine was picked up on a routine blood test. I had no specific symptoms I was very unwell though. I had gut pain I thought was an ulcer, fatigue but no diabetes associated symptoms.

 

I wasn't hospitalised but I've known people with lower BG than mine who were with my numbers. Nobody in my family is diabetic except me.

 

My hbA1 is 5. I am on a low carb diet and use metformin. I see a dietician as needed, a podiatrist yearly and really should see a physio because I don't exercise anywhere enough.

 

Why do you use metformin if your hbA1 is the same as someone without diabetes? Does it go up if you don't use it? Lots of people on low carb say it doesn't.

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*Marty*

Thanks A.O. A bit too low carb for me but thanks for sharing.

 

I run around 6.2. I test rarely (1-2 times a week) as I have dermatitis on my hands and testing is quite painful, not to mention the false readings from the creams I use. Every few months I will test regularly for 3-4 days to show the nurse. My endo is ok about my lack of testing.

 

Do you test before eating, 1 hr and 2 hrs post?

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Acidulous Osprey
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Why do you use metformin if your hbA1 is the same as someone without diabetes? Does it go up if you don't use it? Lots of people on low carb say it doesn't.

 

I think they are probably more strict than I am. I don't know if it will go up when I finally decide to trial going lower. with the dose Until covid19 is over I won't do it as my stress is high enough.

 

The few times I've forgotten to take it, my numbers haven't changed.

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Acidulous Osprey

Thanks A.O. A bit too low carb for me but thanks for sharing.

 

I run around 6.2. I test rarely (1-2 times a week) as I have dermatitis on my hands and testing is quite painful, not to mention the false readings from the creams I use. Every few months I will test regularly for 3-4 days to show the nurse. My endo is ok about my lack of testing.

 

Do you test before eating, 1 hr and 2 hrs post?

 

Oh that really sucks about not being able to test because of dermatitis. How is your HBa1?

 

It would be very hard to track blood glucose reactions without using a meter. I test first thing in the morning, occasionally with lunch but that meal is one I am strict on so don't usually bother. Dinner before, 1 hour and 2 hours. New food, I test before and after.

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*Marty*

Oh that really sucks about not being able to test because of dermatitis. How is your HBa1?

 

It would be very hard to track blood glucose reactions without using a meter. I test first thing in the morning, occasionally with lunch but that meal is one I am strict on so don't usually bother. Dinner before, 1 hour and 2 hours. New food, I test before and after.

 

I know my levels and how they respond to food - I am usually pretty accurate. Levels are around 6.2 at the moment - Have lost 10 kgs in the last year and that has made a difference - down from around 6.8. I always run high from fasting - always have but my post breakfast levels are usually quite good so that levels it out. If I stick to around 40g cards for dinner, my levels will be under 8.

 

I am vegetarian so get my protein from carbs unfortunately (lentils, tofu etc).

 

I need to get a new blood prick tester as the one I use is a bit savage....

 

My GP and endo have both said if I have really good numbers after more weight loss, they would still want me to always take metformin as it has so many positive benefits ie lowers cholesterol and reduces the risk of glaucoma.

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blimkybill

I was diagnosed after routine blood testing - being over 40 I was being tested at least yearly. i also have a family history.

 

I just wanted to add that many people with Type 2 diabetes have no symptoms at all. I certainly didn't. You don't need symptoms to get tested and if you are over 40 or have a family history you should be checked on a regular basis.

 

After diagnosis I had some periods of itchy skin which I understand is a symptom sometimes.

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Tinky Winky Woo

I'm diet and exercise controlled, or at least I was pre-COVID, hopefully still will be. I eat low carb, low fat, low sugar, I do try to do 10 000 steps a day plus my job is quite physical.

 

My HB test was 5.6 and I have lost heaps of weight. I was tested because I asked, and with family history and cultural background i was high risk.

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Acidulous Osprey

I know my levels and how they respond to food - I am usually pretty accurate. Levels are around 6.2 at the moment - Have lost 10 kgs in the last year and that has made a difference - down from around 6.8. I always run high from fasting - always have but my post breakfast levels are usually quite good so that levels it out. If I stick to around 40g cards for dinner, my levels will be under 8.

 

I am vegetarian so get my protein from carbs unfortunately (lentils, tofu etc).

 

I need to get a new blood prick tester as the one I use is a bit savage....

 

My GP and endo have both said if I have really good numbers after more weight loss, they would still want me to always take metformin as it has so many positive benefits ie lowers cholesterol and reduces the risk of glaucoma.

 

I am clueless about my levels without testing. I've gained a fair bit with being in social isolation but it hasn't affected my levels.

 

I'm OK with being on metformin. I'd like to drop down but I can't see I'd ever be off it totally. Insulin is the one that concerns me and if I got to that point I'd be looking at diet. It would be more difficult to do low carb while vego, I know people do it but it would not be easy.

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Greatmum

Thanks it’s for close friend she has lost lots of weight has lots of symptoms. Was told a while ago prob had it but wouldn’t go get tested but now feeling so sick has finally gone for tests.

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PrincessPeach

My dad was diagnosed through a general blood test.

 

His is diet & exercise controlled, so as long as he sticts to a strict low GI diet, things are all good.

 

Low carbs for him doesn't work, he ends up with epic lows. But it is something a lot of type 2 diabetics find works for them.

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Greatmum

Thanks she was previously told she had to have that drink to find out and take three hours and wouldn’t go do it. So hopefully if it can just b diagnosed through blood would b good.

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Acidulous Osprey

It absolutely can be diagnosed with a routine blood test. There's no need to do the GTT. I've never done one.

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Jackrabbit

Everyone who tests regularly, how do you get cheap strips? I asked my Dr to renew my diabetic card and she wouldn't do it. Said they don't recommend daily testing anymore and I should do a blood test every 3 months to monitor. I hate not being able to test myself.

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Greatmum

ok great will tell her that if they try to get her to do one again.

 

She should get some results back friday.

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Acidulous Osprey

See another doctor and ask them to prescribe. Everyone I've seen has told me to keep doing daily testing.

 

I don't think the three monthly test is enough for the best management of day to day bloods.

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raspberry sherbert

Everyone who tests regularly, how do you get cheap strips? I asked my Dr to renew my diabetic card and she wouldn't do it. Said they don't recommend daily testing anymore and I should do a blood test every 3 months to monitor. I hate not being able to test myself.

 

I have never had to renew my diabetic card. Was issued in NSW and now live in VIC. You don't need the letter from your doctor to get strips at the moment.

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FiveAus

My husband was diagnosed after he lost the sight in one eye. He did very little about it and consequently went blind in both eyes, which was a bit inconvenient.

He pulled his head in after that, had surgery, laser, eyeball injections and lots and lots of follow ups.

He takes Jardiamet tablets twice a day.

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