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After repeated incidents of thrush and doing some research, I recommended my husband to get tested for diabetes. Today our Dr told him that not only is his blood glucose very high 20.9 but his iron levels are also very high. He has referred us to an Endocrinologist who we are hoping to see next week. I am really scared and afraid as to what this all means and holds for the future. The weird thing is that apart from the thrush, my husband is slim, fit, healthy and eats a well balanced diet. If anyone has any experience or advise for me I would be so very grateful.
 

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Hi Lauren. The idea that diabetes is a fat disease is an untrue misconception. Not all fat people are diabetic, and not all diabetics are fat. And there are many misconceptions of "healthy and well balanced" diets.

Primarily, reduction in or lack of insulin production causes BG to go high. Insulin is release from the pancreas to deal with the blood glucose. The blood glucose mainly comes from the carbohydrates we eat, even those in a healthy balanced diet. Until you see the endo, cut the carbs. NO potatoes, rice, wheat products, bread, pasta, fruits, cereal grains, etc. Get a blood glucose meter and test before eating, one hour after first bite, two hours after first bite to see how the food is affecting his BG. If it goes above 7.8 mmol/L (140 mg/dL US) see what carbs were in the meal and cut them out for now. When at the end's, ask for c peptide and GAD antibodies testing, there are a lot of people diagnosed with type 1 and 1.5 diabetes now days.

When you cut out the carbs, you are also cutting calories, so something has to be added to get those calories back up. That means adding protein and/or fats. Since too much protein eaten can turn into glucose, you need to look at adding fats to his diet - butter, heavy cream, fatty meats, coconut oil, olive oil, nuts etc. - and no, fats are not going to cause him to have heart problems, that is another untrue misconception. Just stay away hydrogenated oils and most polyunsaturated fats, stick with the saturated fats. Search for bloodsugar101 and diet doctor.com.

Don't worry too much and listen to the advice given on this forum.
 

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I agree - start cutting carbs now. Sub with low carb meals starting today. Use meat, fish, poultry, dairy, etc. so that the blood sugar starts to come down. Also, when you see the endo, insist on type testing. The fact that your husband is 'fit and healthy' leaves a question regarding type 1 or even type 1.5. The doctor can run a simple blood test to determine the type of diabetes. Also, I would insist that the doctor look for a cause as to the high iron levels.

If you need quick meal ideas, head over to our recipes forum. Also, our nutrition forum has ideas for each meal plus snacks, all low in carbs. Please feel free to ask whatever questions you have. :welcome:
 

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I am really scared and afraid as to what this all means and holds for the future.
Fear of the unknown is very scary. But please be reassured that diabetes is very much controllable and people with diabetes can live full and healthy lives - as long as they keep their blood sugar low.

The best way, and quickest way, is to drastically reduce the consumption of carbohydrates. And that's something that can be done without a prescription.

Ditto to what has already been posted. I'll add that the combined knowledge and experience of the people on this forum is priceless. Ask any question you need to. We can support and encourage you (and your husband) through the first steps on the journey to diabetes health
 

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I will sleep peacefully tonight

Thank you so much for your replies. Today has been very difficult for me to process all this information and hearing from other experienced people has put my mind at ease. I will sleep better tonight knowing that tomorrow will bring a new day with a positive attitude to face this challenge. I will update on my thread when we've seen the Endo and then know more about what we are facing. I can see that this forum and advice given to selflessly is going to be such a great help!
 

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And let me emphasize, Lauren, that he needs to be tested for GAD-autoimmune antibodies and c-peptide. This is paramount because he could very well be type 1 or type 1.5 (LADA).

The 'well balanced diet' works okay for non-diabetics, but when people develop a metabolic malfunction in processing carbohydrates, the official propaganda of 'balanced' is what causes serious damage to diabetics. You & your husband will have to revisit your way-of-eating. As already mentioned, removing carbs from his meals will make all the difference, and replacing those carbs with good natural fats will ensure that he still has abundant fuel for energy.
 
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