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Old 04-24-2016, 11:04   #1
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My name is Chris from Sydney, New South Wales, Australia aged 50 years. 10 weeks ago I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes which came as a massive surprise & disappointment at the same time.
I am male & not very tall 165cm and was a overweight 85kgs but reasonable healthy as I exercised quite a bit so this was all surprising as I had no family history of this that I was aware of.
My sugar levels are terrible hovering between 6 & 18 but mostly in the mid teens. I've had a number of hypo's in the middle of the night, I take a few glucose tablets and the next morning my sugar levels are at 15??? I don't understand this at all.
I am insuling twice a day approx 14 on the needle setting followed by tablet morning & night and night of Janumet XR.
I have lost weight through a strict training regime approx 5 kg in this space of time but I know I will find this hard to maintain in the future whether it be weather of enthusiasm. Dieting is much better but it is very hard for my wife to make me different meals compared to her and our 3 teenage children.
The other problem I have is the constant need to go to do No 1's quite often. In fact I wake up 3 times during bed time to go to the bathroom
I feel a bit depressed about all this as I don't know anyone that I can talk to about this even though there is more than likely people I know who have this disease but remain silent for obvious reasons.
I look forward to using this web site to listen to like minded people and see what subjects come up that help me to get through this.

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Welcome Chris

You've come to a great place for help and support in your new life with diabetes. The collective knowledge of the members here is awesome. And we are a determined bunch in that we have taken control of our diabetes and been successful in getting and maintaining low and stable blood sugar levels.

Knowledge is power. There is an excellent website you might want to read through www.bloodsugar101 This will fill in any gaps in your understanding of this disease, and, more importantly, will tell you what you can do about it to get your blood sugar down - read the article "How To Lower Your Blood Sugar" for a testing protocol that will give you success.

You'll find as you read through this forum that the members here have drastically changed the way they eat, from lots of carbs and low-fat - to low-carbs/high-fat (LCHF). Since it is carbohydrates that raise blood sugar in the first place, then it is logical to greatly reduce that type of food. Doing this, and testing your blood sugar to see what your meals are doing to your blood sugar, will help you a lot in seeing those meter readings at a much better level.

Visit here often, and ask any questions you have. We're here for you and want you to be successful, too.

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I am in a similar situation, Just diagnosed a couple of weeks ago, started the LCHF. Eating this way will be easier for your wife I cook "regular" meals for hubby and my Daughter, but I just forgo the starchy stuff, and add extra of the veggies. It does take self control in the beginning but after 2-3 days you find you no longer really want or miss them, and BIG plus you don't get hungry Good luck and nice to "meet" you

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I am insuling twice a day approx 14 on the needle setting followed by tablet morning & night and night of Janumet XR.
You mentioned that you are having big blood sugar swings, and the culprit is that as a new diabetic, you and your doc are still in the process of determining correct dosing - at least I hope you are.

How much are you testing during the day? It's a good idea, esp at first, to keep a record of what you are eating, and what those meals do to your blood sugar. As you reduce carbs, you will also have a need to reduce your medication. See, there's good news in here!

Take heart; you can do this. I went from a bg of around 35 to <5.5 in a couple months, and while medication was helpful in the beginning, the primary factor was stopping all the carbs (grains, potatoes, bread, oatmeal, fruit, etc). The higher your blood sugar is, the more insulin you take, the bigger the swings, which is why you are having nighttime lows.

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The other problem I have is the constant need to go to do No 1's quite often. In fact I wake up 3 times during bed time to go to the bathroom
This is because your body is trying to rid itself of excess glucose. I remember clearly once my my blood sugar stayed down after dx, thinking: 'wow! you mean a roll of toilet paper lasts more than 1-2 days?!' How thrifty!

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Old 04-27-2016, 16:54   #8
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Hi Chris and welcome. You have now surrounded yourself with a very large group of fellow diabetics many of whom have already walked the road your are not traveling. I hope we can help you on your journey and bring some good health to you....the posts above offer a great starting point. Getting good knowledge on how we deal with our diabetes is where you must begin!

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