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My GP thinks I have diabetes. Type 2.

Further tests for confirmation, and to see how bad it is.

Although it's not impossible that I'm still at the pre-diabetic stage apparently.

Although given what got us to this point was me getting dizzy, weak and having numb legs, possibly not. (Except of course, that I also had a nasty virus).


FWIW, I'm not actually surprised. The passing comment from a path nurse about my urine test did make me wonder.


Also, it's one of those conditions that have clear treatment pathways and a governement scheme to provide all manner of necessary services. Diabetes Australia even have lots of stuff on dealing with the emotional consequences of a nasty chronic illness. So in that regard, I don't feel like I'm on my own with this.


She also reiterated (with more feeling this time) that I should probably be careful about going out into the world at the moment, on account of the fact that the strain of influenza A that is not covered by this year's jab is spreading like wildfire.


My diet's a lot better than it has been in the past, but I guess I'll need to improve it further. It looks like I'll have to start eating more regularly too, instead of my present habit of only really eating at nighttime.

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Jul. 31st, 2017 12:32 pm (UTC)
Manolo is a type 2 diabetic though he teeters on the edge and falls back and forth from one side to the other depending on how well he manages his diet (which is often not too well.) He takes half a low dose of metformin which I personally do not think makes any difference but who knows. It really is manageable with diet and (unfortunately) exercise which is hard for you to do. Meds are effective if it comes to that though hopefully, you may still be pre-diabetic if anything.

There's a strain of influenza not covered in the vaccine? I sure hope they include it in ours here by October which is when we have to get our jabs. The last time they excluded a strain a bit over two years ago, I got so ill and still have ears that won't drain and some hearing loss from the inflammation I had due to that awful illness.

Aug. 2nd, 2017 09:51 am (UTC)
Yes, I had a feeling it was Manolo, I knew someone around here did. Thanks for reminding me, I find it surprisingly comforting. Which is not to say I'm not sorry that he has it!

Someone else I talk to Dreamwidth has had it for years.

And it turns out a friend (who I don't know that well yet, but we have mutual friends) also has type 2, and is many years younger than me. Plus an old family friend who is my age.

Oh and Mr. Parrot is heading this way too, has to keep an eye on things.

So while it sucks that lots of people have this condition, I feel like I'm in good company, and it's nice to know that people can manage it well.

Aug. 1st, 2017 02:17 pm (UTC)
Oh no, that is a bummer. Likely due to the prednisolone?
My dad has type 2 diabetes, and my mum found that the diabetes dietician was not very good at suggesting options which they could both eat (my mum can't have salicylates) - they give diet advice for the diabetes, but didn't take the other dietary factors into consideration.
Aug. 2nd, 2017 09:54 am (UTC)
Probably. The prednisolone itself, the weight around my middle, my sedentary lifestyle.

At least a dietician will only have to worry about *my* issues. Although I'm a bit worried about the low-sodium suggestions - I love salt so much that I think it's a sign of something medical, again probably to do with adrenal glands and cortisol.

My sister has been given the green light to consume as much salt as she likes because of her Addison's Disease. And my endocrinologist says I should be treated *as if* I have Addison's, which means I'd really relaxed about my salt consumption.

Oh well!
Aug. 6th, 2017 08:17 pm (UTC)
I've had it for thirty something years now. It's a pain in the ass, but it's manageable. 'course, when I was diagnosed, I used to look in the fridge and feel like crying at what I couldn't eat, but it's manageable.

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