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[Diabetes] General Chat and Support Thread

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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 5 here and there


    Can anyone recommend a good book on diabetes? Not a receipe book.


  • Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 23,606 Mod ✭✭✭✭ robinph


    Can anyone recommend a good book on diabetes? Not a receipe book.

    What kind of thing are you looking for?

    Carbs & Cals is a good one to have. Not much of a read though as it's just a lot of pictures of food, so it probably fails on your criteria of "not a recipe book". :)
    Pumping Insulin is one that I got recently after seeing it recommended for new pumpers. Not got very far through it yet though.

    There was a couple of books I got just after diagnosis many years ago, and when the internet wasn't such a good source of information. Can't remember what they were called now and I'm not sure where they have got to so can't give you the names. They were mildly useful to a newly diagnosed person though, they would be fairly out of date by now though even if I could remember their names I expect..


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 15,914 ✭✭✭✭ tbh


    I'd recommend diabetes for dummies - http://www.dummies.com/store/product/Diabetes-For-Dummies-3rd-Edition.productCd-0470270861.html

    What can I say, I love the dummies guides :)


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 5 here and there


    robinph wrote: »
    What kind of thing are you looking for?

    Carbs & Cals is a good one to have. Not much of a read though as it's just a lot of pictures of food, so it probably fails on your criteria of "not a recipe book". :)
    Pumping Insulin is one that I got recently after seeing it recommended for new pumpers. Not got very far through it yet though.

    There was a couple of books I got just after diagnosis many years ago, and when the internet wasn't such a good source of information. Can't remember what they were called now and I'm not sure where they have got to so can't give you the names. They were mildly useful to a newly diagnosed person though, they would be fairly out of date by now though even if I could remember their names I expect..
    tbh wrote: »
    I'd recommend diabetes for dummies - http://www.dummies.com/store/product/Diabetes-For-Dummies-3rd-Edition.productCd-0470270861.html

    What can I say, I love the dummies guides :)
    Thanks!


  • Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 23,606 Mod ✭✭✭✭ robinph


    If getting any books online check if there is a UK edition, there is a UK version of the Dummies book. If you get the American version then the numbers inside are all going to be in the wrong units and that will not help in any way with trying to understand what is going on.


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  • Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 23,606 Mod ✭✭✭✭ robinph


    Very, very, very bored this evening so I decided to have a play with the Android apps creator. Very simple way of creating very simple apps, but was struggling to think of what to do with it...so after getting confused by those US blood glucose reading during a conversation elsewhere on the internet this evening I decided to create a relatively pointless app to convert the number for me.

    Is only for Android and it doesn't really do much:

    https://sites.google.com/site/robinph/BGconverter.apk

    I did get as far as making it change the background colour of the result depending on the numbers you put in the text box.

    I'll maybe try and think of something more useful to waste my time on later.


  • Registered Users Posts: 578 ✭✭✭ Caros


    Seeing an Edicrinologist today for the first time! When the doctor referred me back in january my levels were all over the place but always high so the GP said I'd have to start on insulin. Started weight watchers a few weeks ago and have been folllowing their program, cut down loads on carb intake and as well as losing weight my levels are spot on now so I'm waiting to see what the specialist says today anyway.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 15,914 ✭✭✭✭ tbh


    robinph wrote: »
    Very, very, very bored this evening so I decided to have a play with the Android apps creator. Very simple way of creating very simple apps, but was struggling to think of what to do with it...so after getting confused by those US blood glucose reading during a conversation elsewhere on the internet this evening I decided to create a relatively pointless app to convert the number for me.

    Is only for Android and it doesn't really do much:

    https://sites.google.com/site/robinph/BGconverter.apk

    I did get as far as making it change the background colour of the result depending on the numbers you put in the text box.

    I'll maybe try and think of something more useful to waste my time on later.
    lets crowdsource the perfect app for diabetics


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,395 ✭✭✭ BlackEdelweiss


    Caros wrote: »
    Edicrinologist

    Excuse my ignorance but what is an Edicrinologist? Is he different to the consultant in the diabetes clinic? Should we all see one? Is there one in every hospital?


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 15,914 ✭✭✭✭ tbh


    Excuse my ignorance but what is an Edicrinologist? Is he different to the consultant in the diabetes clinic? Should we all see one? Is there one in every hospital?

    Endocrinologist - specializing in the endocrine system, specifically the secretion of hormones. It's the diabetic specialist, basically - the consultant in the diabetes clinic.


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  • Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 23,606 Mod ✭✭✭✭ robinph


    They have announced a delay to the changeover to new numbering for HbA1c results in the UK:

    http://www.diabetes.co.uk/news/2011/May/delay-announced-for-change-in-diabetes-hba1c-measurement-91345426.html



    I guess I'll go and find the sums I need to do to convert those numbers and appify it then.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 874 ✭✭✭ eilo1


    Ahem so after finishing my exams I have had 2 weeks to enjoy myself before starting 5 weeks of summer placement hell.

    As you can image I have been out drinking quite a lot, unfortunately I cannot get a handle on my sugars! I went out on Sunday night after a long shift in work and had 3 bulmners and 2 glasses of wine, had a filthy burger (as you do) on the way home and awoke in a sweaty hypoing mess about 9 am on Monday.

    So worked 12-9.30 on Monday and then met the girls and had about 4 glasses of wine, reduced my basal by 20% and had a small dinner and woke up at 15.5!!

    I went out twice last week as well and once woke up at 19!!!
    But hypoed the other night. Any one any advice, Im heading in to the clinic tomorrow to get results of my 24 blood glucose monitor but I dont think the nurses have much advice to give on alcohol. (cant image there are that many studies on it to be fair :P)

    FYI 26, diabetic 15 years, Apidra through a pump.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 15,914 ✭✭✭✭ tbh


    this is the official Dafne advice:

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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 874 ✭✭✭ eilo1


    Thanks TBH, Iv done Dafne and am familiar with this. Thats why Im confused because the night I didnt reduce my basal, drank 2 bulmers and ate a burger I hypoed. But the night I reduced my basal, drank only wine and had a small dinner I was high :confused::confused:. I had also worked on both days and my job is somewhat physical as Im on my feet all day.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 15,914 ✭✭✭✭ tbh


    eilo1 wrote: »
    Thanks TBH, Iv done Dafne and am familiar with this. Thats why Im confused because the night I didnt reduce my basal, drank 2 bulmers and ate a burger I hypoed. But the night I reduced my basal, drank only wine and had a small dinner I was high :confused::confused:. I had also worked on both days and my job is somewhat physical as Im on my feet all day.

    ah that's headwrecking!


  • Registered Users Posts: 578 ✭✭✭ Caros


    Excuse my ignorance but what is an Edicrinologist? Is he different to the consultant in the diabetes clinic? Should we all see one? Is there one in every hospital?

    Your GP would refer you to see the Endocrinologist. Mine referred me in January and 4 months on I got the appointment. Just back from seeing mine and he's not put me on insulin but changed my tabs from 2 x 1000mg Glucophage and 3 Diamicron daily to 2 Janumet tabs daily.
    I was like you a few months ago in that my levels were all over the place but mainly high.
    I posted here about it and someone told me to watch what I ate basically, which I had been doing - so I thought. Weight really piled up on me with the diamicron tabs (best part of a stone and I was no lightweight to begin with! so 5 weeks ago I decided to give weightwatchers ago mainly because I needed the discipline of someone weighing me :o, as a result of that I have so far lost 11 1/2 lbs and my levels are spot on, nearly always within the "normal" levels. I am eating loads more fruit/veg and I have cut carbs WAY back, I was a fiend for bread and biscuits, cake, chocolate.
    Definitely cutting the carbs way back has helped my levels.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 874 ✭✭✭ eilo1


    tbh wrote: »
    ah that's headwrecking!
    Tell me about it, oh the joys of diabetes!

    I was thinking that maybe I should organise some diabetic drinking sessions in the name of science and experimentation!!!! :P:P


  • Registered Users Posts: 578 ✭✭✭ Caros


    Oh I did mean to ask has anyone any experience of taking the Janumet tabs?


  • Registered Users Posts: 499 ✭✭ graflynn


    tbh wrote: »
    Endocrinologist - specializing in the endocrine system, specifically the secretion of hormones. It's the diabetic specialist, basically - the consultant in the diabetes clinic.

    The consultant in the Diabetes clinic is not always an Endo. He could be a "Diabetologist" or a general consultant with an interest in diabetes. It's worth finding out just how specialised your specialist is!


  • Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 7,458 Mod ✭✭✭✭ CathyMoran


    As diabetes can go with other things I think that it is better if they do not specialise in diabetes only. The endochrinoligist that I am attendining for the pregnancy is not available to attend otherwise which is futrsating as she is the best one that I have attended in all my years.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,395 ✭✭✭ BlackEdelweiss


    I heard from my doctor that he thinks the new diabetes consultant is an endochrinoligist. Weight has never been a problem with me since I got diagnosed, unless loosing weight is a problem also. I have lost the guts of 4 stone in the 18 months since diagnoses. I have contributed this to cutting back on portion size and quitting chocolate, sweets etc. I think I am at the max for my current tablets, 4 diamicron, 2 glucophage and 1 onglyza so I am not sure if more tablets are possible, I think they have squeezed my pancreas dry now.
    am in the clinic tomorrow morning so we will see what the experts think, up until now they have been baffled by my slow progress.


  • Registered Users Posts: 405 ✭✭ ElBarco


    Has anyone any suggestions recommendations for a carry case? I've two at the minute - one for my meter and one for my pump supplies. Both of them are the ones that came with the devices and are doing the job ok.

    However, I'm wondering if I could get something to combine the two with enough pockets, and compartments to easily organise my bits and pieces. Global warming hasn't become enough of an issue that cool packs are a requirement.


    Any thoughts are welcome!


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 4,438 ✭✭✭ 5live


    tbh wrote: »
    this is the official Dafne advice:

    alcohol.JPG
    So if i understand the table right,
    4 pints of lager+sex=chocolate?:D


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 874 ✭✭✭ eilo1


    5live wrote: »
    So if i understand the table right,
    4 pints of lager+sex=chocolate?:D

    No No No you have it all wrong! 4 glasses of wine and sex = LOADS of chocolate!!!


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,395 ✭✭✭ BlackEdelweiss


    This morning: 16.6
    2 Hours after lunch: 4.1
    Before Evening Meal:18.8

    ??????????????????????????


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 15,914 ✭✭✭✭ tbh


    Type 1 or 2?


  • Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 23,606 Mod ✭✭✭✭ robinph


    eilo1 wrote: »
    No No No you have it all wrong! 4 glasses of wine and sex = LOADS of chocolate!!!

    Surely 4 glasses of wine + chocolate = sex


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 874 ✭✭✭ eilo1


    robinph wrote: »
    Surely 4 glasses of wine + chocolate = sex

    Ha surely your a bit easy Robin!


  • Registered Users Posts: 578 ✭✭✭ Caros


    robinph wrote: »
    Surely 4 glasses of wine + chocolate = sex

    I'd settle for just the chocolate please :p


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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,395 ✭✭✭ BlackEdelweiss


    tbh wrote: »
    Type 1 or 2?

    Slow onset Type 1 I believe it is called, Type 1.5 I have also heard it called. I have never actually been told what type I am but I think from tomorrow on I will be a fully fledged Type 1 diabetic.


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