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Hi all,

I am a newbie here and only found out last week that I was diabetic (type 11). Was not sick, had no idea - went for a regular check up with my gp and found out.
I received my accuvue glucose checker yesterday.
Just wanted to introduce myself and say hello
 

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just looking at everyone's posts and it seems its a mostly american site - I am Irish - I think the blood sugars are different here. So much to learn. My blood sugar was 16 - but I am reading people's who were in the 100's. I am guessing its just a different way of measuring.
 

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Welcome Galgal
I am an american, but we have quite a bit of international participation here.

You are correct that a lot of the numbers you see here are a different scale that you use, but you will see mmol/l readings like you use as well.
We measure in mg/dl. your reading of 16mmol/l would equal our reading of 288mg/dl
The meters we use can spit out the numbers in either nomenclature, so i presume you guys use the same meters.

Whether you are type 1 or type 2, you have started a journey that will require attention on your part to stay healthy, but with that attention you can be very healthy.

Welcome to the forum. Ask any question you have and tell us a little about yourself
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Hi and welcome to the forum. The conversion factor is 18. So just multiply your bgs by 18 to get US numbers. When I was dx'd 4 years ago, I didn't have a clue, either. I was not overweight, I exercised all the time and I thought I was eating a healthy vegetarian, low fat diet. My diabetes was picked up during a vision test when they dilated my eyes and saw something strange and sent me to a speicialist. The first thing the specialist said was Are you diabetic because this is what I normally see in diabetics. After some blood tests, I was very much diabetic. A lot of things have changed, including my diet. I have now learned what is healthy for "normal " people is not always healthy for diabetics. I have lowered all my bgs to normal but controlling the carbs in my diet. I eat fantastic meals they are just low carb.
 

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Thanks Lads - that's good to know.

I'm sure I will be living on this forum for the next few weeks, until I get used to everything diabetic. It's a little overwhelming a the moment but I'm sure I will get the hang of it pretty quickly.
 

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Thanks Lads - that's good to know.

I'm sure I will be living on this forum for the next few weeks, until I get used to everything diabetic. It's a little overwhelming a the moment but I'm sure I will get the hang of it pretty quickly.
Good to know you'll be coming around often, galgal! Our forum homeplace is a lot closer to you than it is to me . . . it is in London UK, and reaches around the world.

Our journeys are much easier when we have one another for support, so we accept all questions & comments - ranting & raving too if the need arises! ;)

Do take care & hurry back!
 

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Hi!

I'm English so use the smaller numbers like you. Just x your number by 18 or divide an American by 18 to compare. I was 19 on my first test but it's reduced now. I found out about 4 week ago in a similar way to you. The site has helped me a lot. The Internet is full of info. I'm still waiting to officially be told what type but nurse thinks type 1 like you.

Anyway welcome!!!
 

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Hi all,

I am a newbie here and only found out last week that I was diabetic (type 11). Was not sick, had no idea - went for a regular check up with my gp and found out.
I received my accuvue glucose checker yesterday.
Just wanted to introduce myself and say hello
Hello and :welcome: to the forum. There is a lot of information to be found on here. Read what interests you and if you can't find something, do a search by going to the forum page and use the white box. I am happy that you found us. I hope you can visit often and take care.
 
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welcome Galgal :) there's people from all over the world on this forum... I'm Australian. I use the same measurement as you do. I'm type 2 on full time insulin. I was diagnosed back in 1998. Diabetes is certainly a journey just like anything else in life, it has it's ups and downs. This is a great place for support and info. I'm sure you'll learn lots. The important thing is to find out what works for you by using your glucometer as we're all different in what we can tolerate. Keep us posted on how you're doing.
 

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I think everyone is overwhelmed at first when they are dx'd. I remember I left the doctor's office with my head spinning. Of course every question I wanted to ask I forgot. Online forums have helped me so much. A really good website that someone led me to was Blood Sugar 101 She gives you tons of information about Diabetes and how you are not to blame and the best way to get your bgs down.
 

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thanks so much again - already I feel so much better after reading all your positive and welcoming posts. I feel a lot better about all of this now that I have had time to digest it all. Thank you again.
 
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