Re: As promised - results after seeing diabetic nurse
- From: Helen Back <SiriusC-63@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Wed, 26 Sep 2007 05:54:45 -0700
On 26 Sep, 12:12, "krom" <thekromremoverem...@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
A sneaky way to get free strips is sign up for free meters..they usally come
with 25 strips free.
Then you can keep them as spare or donate to homeless shelters..nursing
As far as your nurse saying twice a day is enough..ask her how you are
supposed to find out if a food spikes you?
How can you tell if a food with complex carbs thats slow digesting might
raise you through the roof hours later during a non "twice a day" regimented
However your probably right to seek out a diabetic minded doctor willign to
work with a patient on helping them not just be compliant but successful in
the goal of trying to achieve non diabetic numbers and a healthy lifestyle
with as few complications as possible.
"Helen Back" <SiriusC...@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
On realising there appeared to be a bit of confusion on what my
diabetic nurse told me at my intial consultation with her, here we
Firstly: The *GAD* thingie is LADA - Latent Auto-immune Diabetes in
Adults. The nurse told me that I will having a blood test mid October
for signs of GAD (Glutamic Acid Decarboxylase) and if I have this, I
will be put on a programme with a research team who will be giving me
*better* treatment than her clinic can offer. And should I be put on
Metformin by her, and it turns out I have LADA, then the research team
will take me off Metformin due to extra pressure on the pancreas, as I
will be on insulin.
(For more info on LADA, I found this sitewww.actionlada.org)
Secondly: I asked for a print out of my initial results and she said
she cant print them out for me, but read them out to me:
Cholesterol 5.5 (which is good for someone with a family history!)
Trigs - 5 (which she says is really high) - what should it be, peeps?
"Protective cholesterol" is low (0.6?? I think she said) so is hoping
that as I do more exercise and keep to my diet, this will go up.
I asked her if I could have some more bg test strips as I am
experimenting by doing checks 1 and 2 hours after each meal, and
fasting, etc and she said there is no need to do this every time,
therefore I dont need more strips. Twice a day, two times a week is
She asked me what kind of food I am eating and told me I am not eating
enough carbs and to refer to the Diabetes UK website for proper
She also said that she is only trained up on Type 2, so if I end up on
insulin, she isnt trained enough, so has now referred me to a GP who
is interested (not specialised) in diabetes and would like me to
attend his clinic occasionally to discuss my bg graph that I am
keeping, etc.. And that if I do have LADA, he will be better for me
in relation to ongoing consultations, etc..
She also told me that a bg of 14.1mmol is okay - and I am not to worry
if I get regular spikes (I had to explain that term to her!).
But she did almost smile when I told her that my bg goes down quite a
lot if I go for a brisk, long walk after meals.
I then asked her when I will be referred to an opthamologist to check
for retinopathy and again she said, its nothing to worry about for now
- lets see what the results say about LADA - but again, I shouldnt
worry about these things and to try not to take it too seriously!!!!
I suppose the quality of care I am getting is due to being in the NHS
(National Health Service UK)!! What do fellow brits think?
I dont think I will bother asking her anything again - and in all
likelyhood, if I am going to be seeing this doctor who has a keen
interest in diabetes, he will be the best person to discuss further
btw, does anyone in the UK know where I can obtain a free supply of bg
test strips?? LOL
Cheers everyone! :))))- Hide quoted text -
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Hi there Krom - thanks for input.
I am an assertive person and never afraid to ask questions, but when I
told her one example of a food that spikes through the roof, she
actually looked puzzled - as I had said something wrong. I told her
that I found white basmati rice sends my bg through the roof and she
said, "thats weird, because basmati is one of the lowest sugar carbed
foods you can eat" - so... she is obviously not one to go with an
intelligent diabetic who knows whats harming them and whats not!!!! I
told her I had switched to brown basmati which doesnt spike me and she
said "oh, it must be because the outer shell is left on and is taking
more time to absorb. Oh well...." and went onto to something else.
Perhaps she is used to non-proactives!!! I dont know!!!
I didnt pursue her negation of my insistence to check my bg after
every meal as she seemed dead against it!
I just pray that the doctor is more conducive!! :)))
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