Yet another Newbie

Gasman1975

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Type 1
Hi All,

I am a type 1 diabetic (diagnosed at 26!) and having moved rapidly through diet, tablet and onto injections I am now on a pump.

Look forward to chatting with you.:D

Andy
 

Corrine

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Type 2
Hi Andy and welcome. You are quite close to me - I am in Camberley!
 

Gasman1975

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Type 1
Hi Corrine,

It's a small world! How long have you been diabetic and how do you find it?
 

Corrine

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Type 2
Not long - diagnosed Sept last year and currently trying to control with diet and exercise. Half of me knows that it's the proverbial kick that I needed to get fit and healthy (I'm a stereotype type 2 I think - over weight, over 40 with a family history of type 2), but the other half still thinks why me? I've got my first big blood test next week after diagnosis so it will be interesting to see results.
 

Gasman1975

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Type 1
I know what you mean about the kick, there is a family history of type 2 in my family but they have always got it in their late 50's so I was very shocked to be diagnosed 7 years ago! Unfortunately I am fairly weak willed where food is concerned and although I try to be good with regard to exercise and food I find that when it is cold I don't want to go out and I also like to nibble when I am nbored in the evenings!!

The hardest part with the blood test that I find is the starving for the 14 hours but we have already covered that. I remember on my first blood test my doctor hadn't told me that I could have water to drink which made it worse!! Hope yours goes well and the result is good

Are you under Frimley Park?
 

Corrine

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Type 2
I understand where you are coming from. I also used to be weak willed as far as wine is concerend but I have had to cut that right back! I'm under Robin Hood health clinic in Sutton at the moment (boyfriend in Camberley - where I spend most of my time - but I have place in Sutton so thought it easier to stay where they know me) and luckily they have a diabetic clinic at the surgery. They have been OK so far compared to some of the stories I have heard on here.

I like to nibble on seeds (Munchy seeds are tasty) if I am a bit peckish - or Walkers baked crisps?

Thank you for your good wishes for my test.
 

Gasman1975

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Type 1
If you find a doctor or centre that you trust it is worth sticking to as the level of service and diagnosis can vary greatly. I started off under a doctor in Woking and St. Peters Hospital where they decided that as I was 26 I was type 2 and treated me for that. They could never get my diabetes under control although lots of different methods were tried. After being type 2 for 3 years I moved to Farnborough and signed up to a new surgery and to Frimley Park. They looked at my blood results and told me that I was obviously type 1 and changed my dosage etc to fit their new diagnosis! Give them their due I am still not the greatest diabetic but 3 years under them has seen me improve considerably! All I need to do now is give up the nibbling (Doritos & dip are the current favourite!) and I might be even better but that would also mean losing a lot of stress so can't see it happening!!!

Have a good weekend and take care
 

Corrine

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Type 2
You have a good one too Gasman.
 

Daisy

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Relationship to Diabetes
Type 1
Hi Andy - Welcome to the board...you lucky thing on a pump - I am still campaigning to get one! As far as I was aware on a pump you can eat what you want and adjust acordingly - I know I enjoy dorrito's and dips on basal and bolus - the only thing is they are bad for your waistline more than your diabetes control!!!
 

Gasman1975

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Type 1
Hi Daisy, nice to hear from you. You are right about the pump, you can prety much eat whatever you want as long as you count the carbs and then tell the pump which will work out the amount of insulin you need. The biggest advantage for me was the reduction of injections - I hated having to inject myself and was having to do it 5 - 7 times a day! How do you find doing yours? I know what you mean about the dips etc being bad for your waist line but I struggle to be good! Whats your favourite nibble?
 
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