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7 Warning Signs Of Type 2 Diabetes

1 / 8 What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Diabetes? More than 100 million American adults are living with prediabetes or type 2 diabetes, according to the latest estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). But the number of people who know they have the diseases — which can lead to life-threatening complications, like blindness and heart disease — is far lower. Data from the CDC suggests that of the estimated 30.3 million Americans with type 2 diabetes, 7.2 million, or 1 in 4 adults living with the disease, are not aware of it. And among those people living with prediabetes, only 11.6 percent are aware that they have the disease. Prediabetes is marked by higher than normal blood sugar levels — though not high enough to qualify as diabetes. The CDC notes that this condition often leads to full-blown type 2 diabetes within five years if it's left untreated through diet and lifestyle modifications. Type 2 diabetes, which is often diagnosed when a person has an A1C of at least 7 on two separate occasions, can lead to potentially serious issues, like neuropathy, or nerve damage; vision problems; an increased risk of heart disease; and other diabetes complic Continue reading >>

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  1. Hrw1959

    I was told last Wednesday that I had diabetes. Since last Teusday I have been getting really bad headaches and I feel really sick. Is this normal?

  2. daisy1

    Hi Hrw and welcome to the forum
    This may not have anything to do with diabetes. Are you seeing your GP again soon ? Other members will be along soon to share their experiences with you. In the meantime here is the information we give to new members. Ask any more questions you like and we will do our best to help.
    BASIC INFORMATION FOR NEWLY DIAGNOSED DIABETICS
    Diabetes is the general term to describe people who have blood that is sweeter than normal. A number of different types of diabetes exist.
    A diagnosis of diabetes tends to be a big shock for most of us. It’s far from the end of the world though and on this forum you’ll find well over 30,000 people who are demonstrating this.
    On the forum we have found that with the number of new people being diagnosed with diabetes each day, sometimes the NHS is not being able to give all the advice it would perhaps like to deliver - particularly with regards to people with type 2 diabetes.
    The role of carbohydrate
    Carbohydrates are a factor in diabetes because they ultimately break down into sugar (glucose) within our blood. We then need enough insulin to either convert the blood sugar into energy for our body, or to store the blood sugar as body fat.
    If the amount of carbohydrate we take in is more than our body’s own (or injected) insulin can cope with, then our blood sugar will rise.
    The bad news
    Research indicates that raised blood sugar levels over a period of years can lead to organ damage, commonly referred to as diabetic complications.
    The good news
    People on the forum here have shown that there is plenty of opportunity to keep blood sugar levels from going too high. It’s a daily task but it’s within our reach and it’s well worth the effort.
    Controlling your carbs
    The info below is primarily aimed at people with type 2 diabetes, however, it may also be of benefit for other types of diabetes as well.
    There are two approaches to controlling your carbs:
    Reduce your carbohydrate intake
    Choose ‘better’ carbohydrates
    Reduce your carbohydrates
    A large number of people on this forum have chosen to reduce the amount of carbohydrates they eat as they have found this to be an effective way of improving (lowering) their blood sugar levels.
    The carbohydrates which tend to have the most pronounced effect on blood sugar levels tend to be starchy carbohydrates such as rice, pasta, bread, potatoes and similar root vegetables, flour based products (pastry, cakes, biscuits, battered food etc) and certain fruits.
    Choosing better carbohydrates
    Another option is to replace ‘white carbohydrates’ (such as white bread, white rice, white flour etc) with whole grain varieties. The idea behind having whole grain varieties is that the carbohydrates get broken down slower than the white varieties –and these are said to have a lower glycaemic index.
    http://www.diabetes.co.uk/food/diabetes ... rains.html
    The low glycaemic index diet is often favoured by healthcare professionals but some people with diabetes find that low GI does not help their blood sugar enough and may wish to cut out these foods altogether.
    Read more on carbohydrates and diabetes
    Eating what works for you
    Different people respond differently to different types of food. What works for one person may not work so well for another. The best way to see which foods are working for you is to test your blood sugar with a glucose meter.
    To be able to see what effect a particular type of food or meal has on your blood sugar is to do a test before the meal and then test after the meal. A test 2 hours after the meal gives a good idea of how your body has reacted to the meal.
    The blood sugar ranges recommended by NICE are as follows:
    Blood glucose ranges for type 2 diabetes
    Before meals: 4 to 7 mmol/l
    2 hours after meals: under 8.5 mmol/l
    Blood glucose ranges for type 1 diabetes (adults)
    Before meals: 4 to 7 mmol/l
    2 hours after meals: under 9 mmol/l
    Blood glucose ranges for type 1 diabetes (children)
    Before meals: 4 to 8 mmol/l
    2 hours after meals: under 10 mmol/l However, those that are able to, may wish to keep blood sugar levels below the NICE after meal targets.
    Access to blood glucose test strips
    The NICE guidelines suggest that people newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes should be offered:
    structured education to every person and/or their carer at and around the time of diagnosis, with annual reinforcement and review
    self-monitoring of plasma glucose to a person newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes only as an integral part of his or her self-management education
    Therefore both structured education and self-monitoring of blood glucose should be offered to people with type 2 diabetes. Read more on getting access to blood glucose testing supplies.
    You may also be interested to read questions to ask at a diabetic clinic
    Note: This post has been edited from Sue/Ken's post to include up to date information.
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    Please sign our e-petition for free testing for all type 2's; here's the link:
    http://www.diabetes.co.uk/petition/
    Do get your friends and colleagues to sign as well.

  3. librarising

    Hrw1959 wrote
    I was told last Wednesday that I had diabetes. Since last Teusday I have been getting really bad headaches and I feel really sick. Is this normal? I guess you're asking "are these related ?"
    DIRECTLY, I'd say no.
    For instance, having a headache could be (theoretically) linked to a brain tumor, but to do so would be utterly foolish, without further investigation, and it would be way down the list of the likely causes of a headache.
    Feeling really sick can similarly be put down to any number of causes.
    INDIRECTLY, I'd say possibly.
    If you've been running really high blood sugar levels, and not knowing it, then you may just have noticed feeling really crappy.
    What were your results that led to the diagnosis ?
    Geoff

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