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aviator

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At risk of diabetes
Hello,can't think of much to say except a recent Blood test showed that I'm Pre Diabetic and has shocked me into doing all that I can to prevent it developing further.Hoping being here will be the first step I can take to keep healthy.
 

HenryBennett

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Relationship to Diabetes
Type 2
Hi aviator. Yes you’re in the right place. Unlearn everything you hear about sugar and learn everything you need to know about carbohydrates.

Welcome.
 

ColinUK

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Type 2
Hi @aviator and welcome to our little corner of the interweb. Pull up a chair and make yourself comfortable.

I know the shock of being told you’re prediabetic is huge so kudos to you for letting that news guide you here rather than to struggle alone. We’re a good bunch and everyone is truly on this together.

What else did the GP say and can you give us a bit more info about you as it will help us answer any questions you may have?

And there are no stupid questions so ask away
 

Toucan

Forum Host
Relationship to Diabetes
Type 2
Hello @aviator and welcome to the forum.
It is very good that you are now aware that you are pre-diabetic and although as you say, initial diagnosis is a big shock, it is good to have the opportunity to find ways to stop progression.

It can take some time for things to sink in and to change your eating habits. i would advice not to look for quick fixes. Look for lifestyle changes which will result in an overall healthier eating pattern, that fits with you. Reviewing exercise and seeing if there is a way to increase this is also worth doing.

There is no 'one-size-fits-all' and it is helpful if you spend some time reading around, to find what may work for you.
The Diabetes UK web site has some information on pre-diabetes https://www.diabetes.org.uk/preventing-type-2-diabetes/can-diabetes-be-prevented
There are several relevant links on useful-links-for-people-new-to-diabetes and more links on the book reviews section, and on the 'Learning Zone' link on the tab at the top of this page.

It is easy though to get into information overload, but as you can see from the replies you already have, there is plenty of help available here, so please ask any questions and keep posting, and it will be good to hear how it all goes for you.
 

aviator

Member
Relationship to Diabetes
At risk of diabetes
Thank you for your kind welcomes . I am HypoThyroid and really went for Thyroid Blood Test check.Dr also asked for other tests to be done at the same time as I was feeling unusually tired.Vitamin,Iron levels etc all ok ,as was Thyroid checks but Dr rang to say I am slightly Pre Diabetic. No advice other than try to eat more Protein and have follow up Blood check in 6 months.I haven't had face to face meeting with Dr because of Covid 19 situation.
I'm Pescatarian which makes upping protein a bit more difficult but I have ordered some Tofu,arriving tonight. I haven't tried it for years so need to get more creative with my cooking to make it part of my diet.I am at least 1 Stone overweight so do need to lose weight and get more active too.
 

KARNAK

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Relationship to Diabetes
Type 1
Hello @aviator welcome to the forum.:)

Thankyou for joining our community, troll the forum and learn what you can
in your own time. I see you have reposted and taking positive steps to learn,
you are to be commended for that.

Please keep us posted on your journey? we are your virtual family if you so wish?
 

trophywench

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Type 1
Yep, reducing your carbohydrate intake will help enormously and being pescatarian shouldn't prevent you doing so! Do you eat all of em, the oily sort as well as the white? And do you like a good selection of fruit & veg?
 

aviator

Member
Relationship to Diabetes
At risk of diabetes
I eat mostly salmon and some tuna and can't think of any fruit and veg I don't like although I am still to try JackFruit which is also being delivered tonight. Some experiments ahead for me!
This makes me sound like a Paragon of Virtue but I also like Cake,chips,ice cream etc,hence being overweight.
 

zuludog

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Relationship to Diabetes
Type 2
Hello AVIATOR and welcome to the Forum!

You will have to make some changes to your diet and the way you live, but don't worry too much as these won't be too drastic or terrifying

It helps if you have an understanding of diabetes, even at a simple or basic level
Put simply, diabetes is the inability of the body to deal with carbohydrates properly

When we eat carbohydrates they are broken down into the smaller glucose molecules in the gut, which then pass through the gut wall and into the bloodstream
Then the blood carries the glucose around the body and it passes into the cells and organs to be used
The hormone insulin enables the glucose to pass from the blood, across the cell walls, and into the cells

When we don't make enough insulin for this to happen, the glucose accumulates in the bloodstream, and it is this accumulation that causes the problems we call Diabetes

That is why diabetics take tablets to increase their production of insulin, or sometimes inject with insulin as their levels are still too low
But if you are pre - diabetic you can improve things by making some changes

Diet - if you reduce the amount of carbohydrate you eat you will reduce the amount of glucose floating around in your blood
Note that as all carbs are broken down into glucose this reduction includes starchy things like cereals, potatoes, pasta, rice & bread, as well as the obviously sweet things like cakes & biscuits

Yes, eat a reasonable amount of protein, but the main aspect of your new diet should be to reduce carbs
Don't be afraid of fat! Latest ideas are that it is not as bad as we used to think, as long as it's good fat like olive oil and oily fish
Consider a Mediterranean diet. Yes, it can include meat, but not so much, and there is more emphasis on veg & fish
And vegetarian of course, but for any new recipes you will need to consider the carb levels. Fortunately there is plenty of advice & info.

For more advice and information -
Go to the Home Page and click on 'Living With Diabetes', then follow the subsections. There is advice, meal plans, recipes, and so on
Look through previous Threads in the Newcomers and Food & Carbs sections
A low carb diet is also known as a ketogenic diet, or keto for short. Search YouTube accordingly, there are loads of videos, in fact it can be a bit overwhelming
I've just Searched 'keto for pescatarians' on YT and there are several videos.
Just play around with the Search box and see what turns up - keto/vegetarian/mediterranean/fish/diabetic

You may well find that as you change your diet and get a bit of exercise you will lose weight, and your blood sugar, blood pressure, & cholesterol levels go down
In fact many people take the opportunity of a diagnosis to change things like weight, booze, smoking, and all the rest of it
 
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SB2015

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Relationship to Diabetes
Type 1
Welcome to the forum @aviator , glad that you have found us.

You have been given loads of useful advice, so I will just encourage you to ask any questions that you have. Diabetes is a manageable condition. You have come to good place to tap into practical advice on this.
 

Ditto

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Relationship to Diabetes
Type 2
Hello and welcome to the forum @aviator :)
 

LucyDUK

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Hi @aviator
Welcome to the forum. Hopefully some of the info you've been given already will help you get started, but do ask any questions as they pop up or just come by for bit of moral support if you need it. Everyone here is very supportive and lots have been where you are now and are happy to share experiences. Keep us posted with how you get on :)
 
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