Hi ladies to cut a long story short my sister has just been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, She's only 24 years old She is overweight, her eating habits have been a bit poor the past few years and my Nan also has this.
Anyway she was diagnosed by her gp yesterday but all he did was say no sugar, gave her some pills and sent her on her way. My question is...is that normally what happens? Should he have given her information on services like diabetes education classes? I know there's a wealth of information out there we can look up ourselves but It's all a bit overwhelming.
Are there any ladies out there willing to share what happened after being diagnosed? Do a lot of diabetics follow more of a low gi diet?
Any help or information would be greatly appreciated
Oh and Sorry if my post is confusing I have a bit of an unsettled baby today
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08-10-2013 15:32 #1
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08-10-2013 15:38 #2
Im no expert but my father in law has type 2 diabetes. He has been given appointments with dieticians, optometrists etc to help manage his diabetes.
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08-10-2013 15:38 #3
And yes my FIL is on a low carb/ low gi diet.
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08-10-2013 15:45 #4
My dad has had type 2 diabetes for years now and is seeing a specialist diabetes nurse as well as his Dr. He recently started on insulin and it was all under instruction and guidance from the nurse. He's in nz so not 100% sure of the process here sorry but I know there are specialist diabetic nurses here so that might be the next step. They usually do more of the education side of things. How scary for your sister, hope she gets some more info soon. The best thing is, that with diet and weight loss it's *potentially* reversible, well compared with type 1 anyway. All the best
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08-10-2013 15:54 #5
Yeah I feel like there should have been a bit more to it than what she got from the gp. She has to completely retrain how and what she eats because of how she has been eating over the last two years. She's obviously fully commited to a complete diet change but she doesn't know where to even start because this is all so new and the opposite of what she knows. I know It takes some common sense but as I said she has had no pointers just that she shouldn't have any sugar.
She also has damage to her liver (completely unrelated to this) so she is quite upset and I'm upset for her
08-10-2013 15:54 #6
Oh and thanks ladies
08-10-2013 16:13 #7
I think it's fairly common to be given a script for metformim, told to clean up the diet, and to be on your way.
Your sis may be able to reverse this through diet. What about you suggest she goes back to the GP and get a referral to a dietician?
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08-10-2013 16:18 #8
Thanks Harvestmoon! I hope a complete diet will be sufficient I was actually thinking I would suggest to her to go back and get a referral to a dietician so that might be the way to go. Thanks
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08-10-2013 16:22 #9
Diabetes Australia has a wealth of information.
Info about Type 2:
The special nurse that has been mentioned is called a "Diabetes Educator" (DE). You can google one, otherwise there are a number of doctors clinics which have them.
I would actually suggest that she see another doctor, as her doctor seems quite blasé. The potential complications of Type 2 are just as serious as Type 1, so proper management and knowledge of the disease is important. A dietician is a must as well.
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09-10-2013 12:35 #10
Thanks so much Witwicky! I have passed on everything to her. She has another doctors appointment on Saturday. I have stressed to her that she needs to speak up and make sure she leaves with more information and a referal to a dietician. If the gp doesn't do this then she knows to see another doctor who isn't as laid back.
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