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Lukeyoung1992

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Hello there, my name us luke, im 28 and have been diagnosed with type 2 for about a year now

If im completely i havent taken my diagnosis very serious up until about 2 weeks ago, when my diabetes nurse gave me some very hard home truths, and recommended this website
Im currently taking metformin, novorapid before meals and a once a day injections

My biggest struggle is gonna be a whole lifestyle change, no idea where to start
 

Inka

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Welcome @Lukeyoung1992 :) How did your diagnosis come about? Can I ask if you’re overweight? If so, then losing weight will help as will exercise, even walking.

What’s your diet like at the moment?
 

SB2015

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Welcome to the forum @Lukeyoung1992 . Glad that you have found us.

You have done the first step joining this forum, and there is plenty of experience to draw on from others living with D on here.

In the simplest terms with T2 Diabetes you are not able to produce/use enough insulin to match the amount of carbohydrates that you are eating. A good first step would be to know how many carbohydrates you are eating at one meal. I found that breakfast was the easiest meal to sort out first as I tend to be fairly consistent in what I eat in the morning. Carbohydrates come from things like cereal, potatoes, pasta, ... Packaging has a lot of information about total carbs (ignore the info about sugar, that is irrelevant). Once you know how many carbs you are eating you can reduce it, by swapping to lower carb options or smaller portions. A very low carb option is a favourite with me, scrambled egg, bacon and a slice of low carb bread.

Set yourself small targets to deal with one at a time. Ask questions on here, read around the topic. This is a manageable condition and there is help available.
 

Lukeyoung1992

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@Inka Hello, i ended up in hospital last year for a week, i had a pancreatitis, and came out the hospital with type2, my weight at the moment is 107kg and a bmi of 33!

My diet isnt great at the minute but have been slowly making adjustments over the last 2 weeks, my nurse said to check this site because they have some good meal plans and to look at the 1800 calorie a day plan
 

SB2015

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My diet isnt great at the minute but have been slowly making adjustments over the last 2 weeks, my nurse said to check this site because they have some good meal plans and to look at the 1800 calorie a day plan
Hi Luke

Within those calories it will be important to look at all the carbs as well, as it is these that impact on your glucose levels. Keep in touch and let us know how you get on.
 

Lukeyoung1992

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Hi Luke

Within those calories it will be important to look at all the carbs as well, as it is these that impact on your glucose levels. Keep in touch and let us know how you get on.
Yeah that is gonna be my biggest struggle, i do like my carbs!
 

Ralph-YK

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Welcome to the forum Luke, from a fellow T2.
Although this forum has Diabetes UK branding, it's us diabetics who you'll find posting info. As opposed to DUK staff, who create the website. It's kind of separate
 

SB2015

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Yeah that is gonna be my biggest struggle, i do like my carbs!
There are lower carb swaps for some, or if you can’t do without them just reduce the portion.
Easier to write than it is to do, but well worth it.
 

Inka

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Yeah that is gonna be my biggest struggle, i do like my carbs!

Because you’re on insulin, you’ll need to gradually reduce your carbs and then your insulin dose can be adjusted as you go. A good starting place is to make a list of an average day’s food and then look at where you can make changes.
 

everydayupsanddowns

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Welcome to the forum @Lukeyoung1992

Sorry about your pancreatitis and your T2 diagnosis.

Hopefully learning to balance your meds and insulin with a slightly reduced carb intake will see your BG gently come a little more into range. If your BGs start going too low you may need to speak to your GP or nurse about either reducing meds or increasing carbs... but it’s best to take things gradually and one step at a time rather than making any big sudden changes.

Let us know how you are getting on!
 
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