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Hello folks,

I am a 69 yr old gran and my lovely brother died from complications of Type 2 some years ago- Heart bypass ,MRSA,amputations etc.
I decided to get tested and got straight onto a tight control diet. Lost weight and was pleased to be coping and not feeling hungry but somewhere along the line I lost it and my weight has gone up to over 12 stones - am 5'6" . Had a stroke 3 years ago and have totally recovered -and now have been prescribed Metaformin.Always had a sweet tooth and absolutely hate fish despite trying to eat same.Have joined this forum in order to reactivate my motivation !
 

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Hi and welcome to the forum. I also hate fish and very rarely eat it. I am on the maximum amount of metformin and it seems to work pretty well to keep bgs under 120 most of the day. I also try to eat a fairly low carb diet with high protein and high fat. It has helped me take a lot of weight off and keep it off. Hopefully it will help me avoid any complciations later on.
 

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Welcome aboard, Fransmoi. Happy to meet you & happy you found us . . . I hope we can help you jump start your resolve! :D
 
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Welcome Fransmoi. I hope metformin works well for you. I'm one of the people that couldn't tolerate it depsite being kept on it for 5 odd years. My docs kept changing the dosage on me everytime I said I was having side effects. Also the metformin wasn't working to control my BGL's anymore either. Eventually it had me so sick my doc had no choice but to take me off it... I was put on plenty of other drugs which didn't work on me at all. But don't worry as most people I believe can tolerate it... I've only heard of a few that can't (I've met some pre-diabetic people who've told me that). With Type 2 just make sure you get your endo to do GAD tests on you every now and then. With me they didn't do GAD test for 10 years or so... and when they did my pancreas needed attention... so now I'm on full time insulin as I don't produce enough of my own anymore. I wish they had listened to me a lot earlier as they always claim to know best... but the whole time I was right about oral meds not working on me (they did for a couple of years only).
 

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Welcome Fransmoi. I hope metformin works well for you. I'm one of the people that couldn't tolerate it depsite being kept on it for 5 odd years. My docs kept changing the dosage on me everytime I said I was having side effects. Also the metformin wasn't working to control my BGL's anymore either. Eventually it had me so sick my doc had no choice but to take me off it... I was put on plenty of other drugs which didn't work on me at all. But don't worry as most people I believe can tolerate it... I've only heard of a few that can't (I've met some pre-diabetic people who've told me that). With Type 2 just make sure you get your endo to do GAD tests on you every now and then. With me they didn't do GAD test for 10 years or so... and when they did my pancreas needed attention... so now I'm on full time insulin as I don't produce enough of my own anymore. I wish they had listened to me a lot earlier as they always claim to know best... but the whole time I was right about oral meds not working on me (they did for a couple of years only).
Thank you both for such quick responses. I am called in to the surgery every 6 months for blood tests etc. and told all is well but not to worry as it is a progressive thing. I see from yours I need to ask for all their results in order to take control of my diabetes Type2.
I have already learned from this forum and was reading until 2.30a.m. !
Cheers all,
Fransmoi.
 

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...was reading until 2.30a.m. !
Cheers all,
Fransmoi.
Oh my! :D :D :D Got your new year off to a fine start!

Yep, we have to hold our docs accountable . . . they believe a lotta foolishness they've learned in books, and they're apt to think we don't know much at all. Silly doctors! ;)
 

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Hello folks,

I am a 69 yr old gran and my lovely brother died from complications of Type 2 some years ago- Heart bypass ,MRSA,amputations etc.
I decided to get tested and got straight onto a tight control diet. Lost weight and was pleased to be coping and not feeling hungry but somewhere along the line I lost it and my weight has gone up to over 12 stones - am 5'6" . Had a stroke 3 years ago and have totally recovered -and now have been prescribed Metaformin.Always had a sweet tooth and absolutely hate fish despite trying to eat same.Have joined this forum in order to reactivate my motivation !
Hello and welcome to the forum! There is a wealth of information to be read on here. And also ask all the questions that you want. Hope that you have time to visit often. Take care! P.S. I hate fish too!
 

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Welcome from another fish hater. :) Canned tuna or fish and chips is all I can handle.
 

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Yes, diabetes is progressive but there is a lot we can do to take control of this disease. The ADA recomends keeping HbA1c around 7%. Many here and on other diabetes formum feel the closer to normal ( in the 5's) the less complications you will have. It may require a change in diet and extra medication and exercise. But it can be done. Experiment with different foods and see which ones give you the lowest numbers. The best meal for me is Bacon and eggs and veggies.
 

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...but not to worry as it is a progressive thing. ..Fransmoi.
Hello and welcome from an ex-patriot Scotman living in the middle of France.

From what I've read in the last six months (yes, I'm a very new boy..) this disease is progressive - if you let it become so. It takes work and attention to detail but I don't entirely accept that it needs to be a slow death sentence.

Do have a look at my favourite diabetic web site (excepting of course this forum :)). Blood Sugar 101

John
 

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I too did so well in the first year and lost 2 dress sizes but have slid back. However, all the encouragement from the good folks on this site have had the desired effect and am back on track.
Very cold here in the Highlands and more snow on the way.You may be a lot warmer - envy envy.
Frasmoi
 
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