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POssible diabetes diagnosis

Postby miracle19 » Mon Aug 19, 2013 7:46 pm

Hi I know there are lots of topics on here related to diabetes etc...but I wasn't sure where to look.
Basically having been diagnosed with PCOS since 2001 and having had my daughter in 2006 I have since been trying for no.2 for another 6 years almost.
Every year I have had my blood tested for diabetes...and usually it is normal.
THis year I have felt unwell a lot, v.tired, thirsty and have had thrush twice in the last 6 weeks. Which I rarely have. ANyway got call from doctor this morning saying my levels were 17.2 which is really high and I have an appointment with diabetic nurse tomorrow.

basically I am just asking if anyone has any advice before my appointment or in general what can I do, will this affect my TTC2 chances...really feeling down about it...been trying so hard to lose weight and every battle I seem to hit a hurdle.

Thank you for anyone who has any advice. xxx
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Ovarian Drilling DONE 17th May 2012....
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5 natural cycles since then...
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Re: POssible diabetes diagnosis

Postby miracle19 » Tue Aug 20, 2013 6:58 pm

Well definitely been confirmed as Diabetes now. Had appointment with diabetic nurse and have been given all the kit to test my levels at home etc. Lots of pamphlets more blood test stuff etc. etc.
Still feeling pretty overwhelmed but the nurse was fantastic and supportive and hubby came too so hopefully we will be able to sort this.
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Ovarian Drilling DONE 17th May 2012....
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5 natural cycles since then...
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NEVER GIVE UP HOPE!
BABY BOY JOSHUA STEPHEN BORN 25.9.14 WEIGHING 8lb 1oz


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Re: POssible diabetes diagnosis

Postby Hols969 » Sun Aug 25, 2013 7:52 pm

I think it helps now as you know and know how to get it under control,, there is more of a risk getting pregnant and not knowing!!! Is it drugs or injections or do you just have to do readings for a week to monitor it?
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Re: POssible diabetes diagnosis

Postby miracle19 » Sun Aug 25, 2013 8:08 pm

Hi, I am already on metformin so increasing dosage and monitoring blood tests several times a day at different times during the day until I see the nurse again in a month. Also watching the sugars etc I eat so I am recorded what I eat on Myfitnesspal.com which is useful. Finding it all a bit of a headache (metaphorically - although in the first few days I did get headaches but I think that was prob sugar withdrawals...) I am unsure of what I should, shouldn't eat and find myself panicking about what I can /cannot have. Which can't help stress levels. Makes me feel quite down really. Hoping I won't have to go as far as insulin as at the moment I am finding things confusing enough.
Just some advice about how I am control this and continuing enjoying my food would be helpful. The internet has different websites and it is so confusing.

On a different note after 5 months of no AF I thought I would have to ask Dr for some more provera/noristherone to induce but it arrived naturally on Thursday night...how ironic.

Just feeling overwhelmed and a bit scared /confused about it all. I know I have to put getting pregnant again to the back of my mind which in itself is upsetting. Do you think I need to call TTC a day cos it feels like life and the universe is telling me that.

Thanks for replying though nice to feel like there is some one to talk to about all this.
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10 cycles of Clomid DIDN'T WORK.
Ovarian Drilling DONE 17th May 2012....
Diagnosed Type 2 Diabetes Aug 2013
5 natural cycles since then...
27.1.14 BFP!!!!!!! oh my god! DUE DATE 3.10.14 IT'S A BOY!!
NEVER GIVE UP HOPE!
BABY BOY JOSHUA STEPHEN BORN 25.9.14 WEIGHING 8lb 1oz


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Re: POssible diabetes diagnosis

Postby Hols969 » Sun Aug 25, 2013 10:20 pm

My mum has had diabetes for 20 odd years so I'm quite clued up on it if it happens to me luckily. Low gi is a good basis to follow, unfortunately everything has sugar in it so you do need to read the labels, lots of different names for sugar as well which doesn't help. Don't be scared, just take one day at a time. I know for me it takes about 3 weeks for the sugar / carb cravings to go and actually it's then fine and you can have the occasional treat but it doesn't start the craving again. It may all feel a bit overwhelming at the mo but you will quickly pick it up. Write down everything you are not sure about so you can ask at your next appointment, don't ever feel daft asking stuff either as often some things are a bit unclear or confusing !!

Let us know how things go.
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Re: POssible diabetes diagnosis

Postby Chicken » Wed Aug 28, 2013 12:10 am

I'm diabetic, I had gestational diabetes and although it looked like it went after I gave birth it developed into type 2 diabetes a few months later. When I was tested in June my blood sugar was really high and we were just thinking about TTC#2.

I was put on insulin right away and have been eating healthily the last three months to bring my hba1c (blood sugar reading that measures over three months) down.

Before you TTC you do need to get this to a level of 48 or under. Otherwise there is an increased risk of complications, including miscarriage. But it isn't hard to do this and in fact we've been given the go ahead to start trying. My reading was the same as a non diabetic and my hba1c dropped by 20 in less than three months.

Healthy eating is necessary, but it doesn't have to be extreme. I do have the odd treat and sweet thing. Low GI works best, and for me, low carb increased protein. Watch for sugars in fruit or fruit juice. Swap to whomeal or unrefined carbs. Cereal in the morning was problematic for me so I try and have scrambled eggs or yoghurt. If I need a biscuit I'll have a rich tea instead of a chocolate one.

Exercise is also fantastic for controlling and bringing down your blood sugars. I really recommend the couch to 5k programme. I really think that increasing exercise is key for blood sugar control.

It's fine, it really is! In fact it makes me a lot more concious about what I eat and the choices I make so I'm probably much healthier as a diabetic than I was a non-diabetic a few years ago.
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Re: POssible diabetes diagnosis

Postby Chicken » Wed Aug 28, 2013 12:11 am

I though I would add there is nothing you can't eat (well unless you are dieting too), it's all about moderation and portion control.

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Re: POssible diabetes diagnosis

Postby miracle19 » Wed Aug 28, 2013 12:57 pm

Thank you ladies.
Got my hbac1 next month but in the mean time I have been testing my blood sugar levels daily (at different times) a week ago it was 24.4 and today it measure 10.9 and have lost 3 pounds as well so hoping I am making a difference. For time being I have cut out cakes, biscuits, crisps etc.
got letter through about the diabetics course thing - on waiting list will be about 3 months ebfore I get on one - which seems ridiculous when the first thing they are going to talk about is testing blood sugar and tablets? which I would have been doing for 3 months?
ANyway coming to terms with it all and hoping this will be the start of good things. After 4 days of cutting back on sugar and waiting 5 months AF arrived so it must be making a difference.
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TTC baby number 2 since 2007
10 cycles of Clomid DIDN'T WORK.
Ovarian Drilling DONE 17th May 2012....
Diagnosed Type 2 Diabetes Aug 2013
5 natural cycles since then...
27.1.14 BFP!!!!!!! oh my god! DUE DATE 3.10.14 IT'S A BOY!!
NEVER GIVE UP HOPE!
BABY BOY JOSHUA STEPHEN BORN 25.9.14 WEIGHING 8lb 1oz


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Re: POssible diabetes diagnosis

Postby miracle19 » Fri Aug 30, 2013 8:36 pm

feeling proud of myself as I have definitely been managing my blood sugar levels.
Took it today after lunch and it was 7.2 and then after dinner it went up to 10.2 but so much better than the 24.4 I had a week and a half ago.
TTC baby number 2 since 2007
10 cycles of Clomid DIDN'T WORK.
Ovarian Drilling DONE 17th May 2012....
Diagnosed Type 2 Diabetes Aug 2013
5 natural cycles since then...
27.1.14 BFP!!!!!!! oh my god! DUE DATE 3.10.14 IT'S A BOY!!
NEVER GIVE UP HOPE!
BABY BOY JOSHUA STEPHEN BORN 25.9.14 WEIGHING 8lb 1oz


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Re: POssible diabetes diagnosis

Postby Platinum » Tue Sep 03, 2013 8:28 pm

I don't have much to add as I had gestational diabetes but have not yet developed type 2. I just wanted to say well done for getting it much more under control, and I wish you well with TTC in the near future!
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Re: POssible diabetes diagnosis

Postby miracle19 » Tue Sep 03, 2013 9:57 pm

Thank you.
It is so strange..been taking blood sugar lots of different times and adter different meals just to see what I can and can't take.
I am now up to 3 metformin tablets a day again...but my blood sugar is still pretty erratic.

Baked beans seems to be a bit of a no-no.
Just trial and error and experiments I suppose as to what I can eat carefully.

Sometimes I feel upbeat about it all and then other times I just feel like crap...thinking I wish my body was normal and didn't do this to me.
TTC baby number 2 since 2007
10 cycles of Clomid DIDN'T WORK.
Ovarian Drilling DONE 17th May 2012....
Diagnosed Type 2 Diabetes Aug 2013
5 natural cycles since then...
27.1.14 BFP!!!!!!! oh my god! DUE DATE 3.10.14 IT'S A BOY!!
NEVER GIVE UP HOPE!
BABY BOY JOSHUA STEPHEN BORN 25.9.14 WEIGHING 8lb 1oz


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Re: POssible diabetes diagnosis

Postby miracle19 » Wed Sep 04, 2013 8:57 pm

Working hard to get sugar levels under control...but I feel all over the place. I have been quite tearful today - which actually isn't that unusual for me.

Just feel like every step of the way another hurdle is placed in front of me..............feeling very sorry for myself today.

Back to work tomorrow. (well was in work last week and Monday_ but back with kids tomorrow) worried about how to keep sugars under control when I don't get time to eat. So much work to do so stress levels been rising all day in preparation.
TTC baby number 2 since 2007
10 cycles of Clomid DIDN'T WORK.
Ovarian Drilling DONE 17th May 2012....
Diagnosed Type 2 Diabetes Aug 2013
5 natural cycles since then...
27.1.14 BFP!!!!!!! oh my god! DUE DATE 3.10.14 IT'S A BOY!!
NEVER GIVE UP HOPE!
BABY BOY JOSHUA STEPHEN BORN 25.9.14 WEIGHING 8lb 1oz


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Re: POssible diabetes diagnosis

Postby Chicken » Thu Sep 05, 2013 4:46 pm

It can feel like a real burden sometimes and sometimes it can be easy to feel a bit sorry for yourself, as it is a pain to check your blood sugars and be careful what you eat but it does become second nature after a while (although I've had a break from worrying about it while on holiday and paying a bit for it now with higher levels and a couple of extra pounds - oops!).

When I'm working I often don't stop but it just makes my levels quite low as long as I stay away from biscuits. As long as you aren't injecting insulin then not eating shouldn't cause too much trouble although of course you should be able to have a break / lunch break. I do have to plan a bit more what I am going to have as I find bread is quite bad for me. I try and have nibbles of raw veg as part of my diet though.

Baked beans are great for my blood sugars by the way, try adding a bit of grated cheese which brings the overall GI of the meal down and makes it less likely to cause a blood sugar spike. I've spoken to a specialist dietician several times (and she is part of my "pre-conception team" too) and she said that adding a bit of fat can make it more balanced, but obviously be careful about adding too many calories.

Good lunches for me include:
- baked beans, cheese, 1 slice wholemeal toast
- open tuna salad sandwich (so one slice of bread piled with tuna, rocket, cucumber, sweetcorn and grated carrot)
- mackerel salad
- chicken salad in pita bread
- omelette with mushroom, pepper, spring onions
- soup (either home made or something that is reasonably low calorie, chicken and sweetcorn from Sainsburys is a good one)
- pasta salad (lots of rocket with a small quantity of wholemeal pasta in a tomato sauce with a few black olives)

I can have all the above without my blood sugar going above 6.5 and don't need to take any insulin

I find a yoghurt makes a good snack I can grab at my desk, the Muller Light ones seem to hardly cause any rise in blood sugar.

I think once you know what you can eat and what you can't it does make it much easier. Everyone said porridge was good for diabetics but it sent my levels crazy high, as do most cereals.

Are you exercising? That has a huge impact in bringing my blood sugars down. At the weekend I do a 5k ParkRun and can eat pretty much anything afterwards (I try not to but I have had a grilled bacon sandwich, washed down with a coffee and couple of biscuits and within an hour after eating my blood sugar was less than 6). It's nice to know that I can occasionally treat myself without worrying, I just need to put in the exercise to compensate!
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Re: POssible diabetes diagnosis

Postby miracle19 » Thu Sep 05, 2013 8:26 pm

thank you Chicken...that is a great help. It is all very new to me and takes a bit of getting used to and organising. xxx
TTC baby number 2 since 2007
10 cycles of Clomid DIDN'T WORK.
Ovarian Drilling DONE 17th May 2012....
Diagnosed Type 2 Diabetes Aug 2013
5 natural cycles since then...
27.1.14 BFP!!!!!!! oh my god! DUE DATE 3.10.14 IT'S A BOY!!
NEVER GIVE UP HOPE!
BABY BOY JOSHUA STEPHEN BORN 25.9.14 WEIGHING 8lb 1oz


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Re: POssible diabetes diagnosis

Postby miracle19 » Tue Sep 17, 2013 9:02 am

been trying really hard to get levels under control, losing weight steadily but still people feel the need to make judgements and comments.
Walking to have blood test at hospital family friend (man, 72) and I stopped to chat. He asked me about going to hospital said about diabetes and his response was to pat me on the tummy, and say well you know what to do don't know exercise and eat less....mmm! well for your info I have PCOS as well and I don't actually eat that much and as you can see I have walked 2 miles up the hill to the hospital..but said nothing was in shock. What gives him the right to tap my tummy.
TTC baby number 2 since 2007
10 cycles of Clomid DIDN'T WORK.
Ovarian Drilling DONE 17th May 2012....
Diagnosed Type 2 Diabetes Aug 2013
5 natural cycles since then...
27.1.14 BFP!!!!!!! oh my god! DUE DATE 3.10.14 IT'S A BOY!!
NEVER GIVE UP HOPE!
BABY BOY JOSHUA STEPHEN BORN 25.9.14 WEIGHING 8lb 1oz


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