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Another Type II diabetes thread

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FriendlyLadybird Thu 16-May-13 21:47:48

My husband was diagnosed a couple of weeks ago. He'd convinced himself he had a vitamin B12 deficiency and asked for a blood test. His blood sugar was about 26 and the GP surgery and local hospital went into a panic!
He's been prescribed Metformin, initially twice a day and now three times a day.
He's not overweight. In fact, he's starting to look pretty skinny, despite having a big build.
I'm finding it really difficult to work out what he should be eating. The big problem is that he's had a chronic stomach complaint (for nearly 20 years now), that we'd just had diagnosed and was being managed. However, he still doesn't like eating during the day, and one of the side effects of the metformin seems to be to give him diarrhea -- which was the major symptom of the stomach problem.
He's getting headaches and just seems wiped out. Ironically, before the diagnosis he felt and looked in the best of health!
What should we do? One of those self-testing kits? What diet? He needs to be built up rather than to lose weight.

Footle Thu 16-May-13 22:50:34

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

BerthaTheBogCleaner Sat 18-May-13 11:48:51

DFil got diabetes last year. After faffing about with Metformin and diet for 2 months, they did some more tests and decided it was Type 1. So, do keep an eye on things and hassle the doctors for information/help/changes.

You can buy a blood glucose meter and test strips at Boots.

Initially he will feel bad - the body adjusts to high blood sugars (so the sugar is doing damage but you feel ok). And now you're bringing it back down, it takes a while.

This book was recommended to us when DFil thought he has Type 2.

And this website -

FriendlyLadybird Sat 18-May-13 17:37:11

Thank you very much for your suggestions. We're going to follow up on all of them!

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