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Dusanka
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   Posted 12/2/2016 7:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi...recently diagnosed as Type 2 diabetic. Will be starting insulin injections tomorrow (Novorapid twice a day) Feeling a little overwhelmed..
Any advice..
Thanx in advance...

Lanie G
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   Posted 12/2/2016 8:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Dusanka, welcome! Just diagnosed? Do you know what your blood sugar readings have been?
Lanie
"The Happy Bunny"

diabetes moderator
diabetes type 2 controlled by diet and exercise and
metformin
very low carb way of eating

Dusanka
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   Posted 12/2/2016 8:03 PM (GMT -6)   
I have had them as high as 20.

Dusanka
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   Posted 12/2/2016 8:06 PM (GMT -6)   
I also have autoimmune hep in which I take 100mg of azathioprine and have been on prednisone since April..I am currently starting to wean off the prednisone. should be completely weaned in 3 months. My glucose counts were high before I started taking prednisone

Lanie G
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   Posted 12/2/2016 8:06 PM (GMT -6)   
That's way too high. Are you in Canada or the UK?

Can you give a little more information like what food you normally eat for meals? Do you have any other family members with diabetes?
Lanie
"The Happy Bunny"

diabetes moderator
diabetes type 2 controlled by diet and exercise and
metformin
very low carb way of eating

Lanie G
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   Posted 12/2/2016 8:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Prednisone and other steroids absolutely cause high blood sugar, so doctors always monitor the blood sugar. Sometimes the patient is put on diabetes meds including insulin while they're on steroid therapy. The reason I asked about family background is to try to figure out if this is a double whammy for you (genetics and steroids) causing the diabetes.

In any case, I'm posting a website which has a lot of information about blood sugar: www.phlaunt.com/diabetes/.

I hope the doctor is giving you guidance about food. Your blood sugar will react strongly to carbohydrates and will rise extremely high after eating bread and any products made from flour, potatoes, rice, corn (and most grains) and anything made with sugar or honey. So, cutting back on this kind of food will help keep the blood sugar lower and in turn probably reduce the need for higher dosages of diabetes medication. This is true for both type 1 and type 2.

I am not on insulin so I cannot answer questions about this, but if you have any questions about insulin injections, there are other members who can help with this.
Lanie
"The Happy Bunny"

diabetes moderator
diabetes type 2 controlled by diet and exercise and
metformin
very low carb way of eating

theHTreturns...
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   Posted 12/3/2016 7:03 AM (GMT -6)   
hi, consulting a diabetes educator i highly recommend. lanie will look after ya.
THE HAPPY TURTLE.

A QUOTE FROM THE HAPPY TURTLE THAT REFLECTS ME.

"COMPLEXITY IS MY WAY OF EXPRESSING MY NEEDS IN A MANNER THAT IS NEITHER DESTRUCTIVE, NOR NEGATIVE"
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Dusanka
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   Posted 12/3/2016 5:23 PM (GMT -6)   
I live in Ontario Canada...My mom was a type 2 diabetic, also both of my mother's parents and one of my mom's brothers was a type 1 diabetic..I have prediabetic for the last 8 years, I eat a little of everything...everything seems to have carbs, milk, fruit, vegies, pasta, rice, potatoes and the list goes on...
Today I started my insulin injections for the first time. 2 units to start...Had myself so worked up. Not as bad as I thought it would be. I have been instructed to increase dosage 1 unit every 3rd day until I reach the target of ( 7-10)2 hours after meals. Injecting before lunch and supper...

Lanie G
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   Posted 12/4/2016 3:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi and welcome back. As I wrote before, I cannot advise you on insulin injections. I am only on metformin. Diabetes runs on my mom's side and my brother and sister both have diabetes as well.

The best information I can give to you is that the more carbs you eat, the higher your blood sugar will be so the more insulin you will need.

Yes, it does seem that there are carbs in everything we eat! If you do some changes in your eating plan and cut down on carbs, you will also need to adjust your insulin and this is something you need to talk over with your doctor.

The goal of keeping lower blood sugar is not to eat the heavy carbs (or at least not to rely on them as part of a daily meal plan). Eating all sorts of vegetables and leafy greens, some nuts and seeds, some dairy products and some protein in meat, chicken and fish will give you a very balanced diet and lower blood sugar.

Please read the website I posted above for more information about blood sugar. I also recommend a book by Dr. Richard Bernstein, Diabetes Solution. He is a type 1. His book explain everything about blood sugar, diabetes, different types, medication and food. The book has food lists and recipes, too.
Lanie
"The Happy Bunny"

diabetes moderator
diabetes type 2 controlled by diet and exercise and
metformin
very low carb way of eating

theHTreturns...
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   Posted 12/5/2016 12:02 PM (GMT -6)   
novorapid is very good. i use, plus lantus at night, when i am in the right frame of mind!!! and yes, 1g of metformin x3. metformin boosts ya insulin, in terms of maximizing the dose. hope this helps.
THE HAPPY TURTLE.

A QUOTE FROM THE HAPPY TURTLE THAT REFLECTS ME.

"COMPLEXITY IS MY WAY OF EXPRESSING MY NEEDS IN A MANNER THAT IS NEITHER DESTRUCTIVE, NOR NEGATIVE"
'

Dusanka
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   Posted 12/8/2016 5:14 AM (GMT -6)   
I have autoimmune hep and my liver is in stage 4 (cirrhosis), I cannot take metformin or any other diabetic med that is in pill form. That is why I have been put on insulin. I am on the novorapid and it seems to be helping to lower my counts. thank you Lanie and happy turtle for your info...greatly appreciated

Lanie G
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   Posted 12/8/2016 7:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Members are a great help here, so if you have any questions about food, I will be able to help you. Turtle and others here who use insulin can help you out with that, but remember that our advice and help come from experience because we're not doctors. (You already know that.)

As I wrote, if you start lowering your carbohydrate intake, you'll be using less insulin so make sure you're testing.

I hope your hep is under control.
Lanie
"The Happy Bunny"

diabetes moderator
diabetes type 2 controlled by diet and exercise and
metformin
very low carb way of eating

theHTreturns...
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Date Joined Mar 2009
Total Posts : 19782
   Posted 12/8/2016 9:50 PM (GMT -6)   
yes, the racist rule. if it white, it aint right. potato, starch-breaks down later and spikes ya sugars, pasta, same. rice same. yes learn to increment ya injections. keep same time with injecting, it really does help with regulating ya sugars. peace from the turtle.
THE HAPPY TURTLE.

A QUOTE FROM THE HAPPY TURTLE THAT REFLECTS ME.

"COMPLEXITY IS MY WAY OF EXPRESSING MY NEEDS IN A MANNER THAT IS NEITHER DESTRUCTIVE, NOR NEGATIVE"
'
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