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Posted by @chesterc, Dec 12, 2017

I live in the UK and have recently been diagnosed type 2 diabetic. I have yet to start testing but have made an attempt at diet.
What are the chances of my being able to control my levels with diet alone?
The Mayo Clinic Connect was my pick as I enjoyed my visit at Rochester in 1959.

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Hi, my understanding is if you are diagnosed as at risk there might be a chance with diet, if you have been diagnosed with diabetes then diet won’t help. I will give u my e mail because I have read about some other things u can try. Don’t worry, I won’t b asking for your credit card number .

@vanin11

Hi, my understanding is if you are diagnosed as at risk there might be a chance with diet, if you have been diagnosed with diabetes then diet won’t help. I will give u my e mail because I have read about some other things u can try. Don’t worry, I won’t b asking for your credit card number .

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Hello, @vanin11 — thank you so much for your support of @chesterc. For your personal safely, as this is a public forum, I’ve removed your personal email from your post. What we’d recommend is that you click on the username of the member you wish to contact. This will take you to the member’s profile. On their profile, near the top, you will note there is an option to send a private message. Then you can send the member your email privately that way.

@chesterc, you can also private message me.

Hello, @chesterc — welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. How neat that you went to Mayo Clinic in ’59. Not sure if you’ve gotten back here since that time, but I suspect you’d find much has changed — lot of growth at the clinic and in the city.

I think it’s very common for newly-diagnosed diabetics to have lots of questions, or so we’ve seen in this community. I’d love for you to meet here on this thread some others who’ve talked about diabetes: @vdouglas, @motiger, @johnbishop, @chromebottle50, @rickys and @msgail. I’m thinking some of them may have some insight on your question about control via diet alone and perhaps some other tips as you begin this journey.

What changes in your diet have you made thus far?

@lisalucier

Hello, @chesterc — welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. How neat that you went to Mayo Clinic in ’59. Not sure if you’ve gotten back here since that time, but I suspect you’d find much has changed — lot of growth at the clinic and in the city.

I think it’s very common for newly-diagnosed diabetics to have lots of questions, or so we’ve seen in this community. I’d love for you to meet here on this thread some others who’ve talked about diabetes: @vdouglas, @motiger, @johnbishop, @chromebottle50, @rickys and @msgail. I’m thinking some of them may have some insight on your question about control via diet alone and perhaps some other tips as you begin this journey.

What changes in your diet have you made thus far?

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Thanks for the reply, we have a good diet but it can be improved, I have cut out cakes and cookies except on special occasions and alcohol is down to 15 units per week. I am not much over weight and walk ten miles every weekend. There is always room for improvement but I will need to start testing to see how things are going. I think that I am on the number that triggers my as diabetic but I think our numbers are different over here in the UK, I have a conversion somewhere.

Hi, the number that really gets them going is the fasting one, essentially overnight number if that is the one that is high for u, for me it is and like u I can control inputs during day but the overnight fasting is creeping up so it may b a good idea to start checking yours because the long term effect of high numbers are troubling.You can do some googling about alternate treatments or click on my name and e mail me direct, I am currently trying them because I always try and avoid pills.

@vanin11

@chesterc, you can also private message me.

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Hi, @vanin11 — thanks so much for your helpfulness to @chesterc. We removed your personal email for your privacy. The private messaging function (see “Send Private Message” near the top of any member’s profile page, accessible by clicking on their username anywhere on the site) would be an ideal place to have a more private conversation.

@vanin11

@chesterc, you can also private message me.

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Hi yes, my apologies, I looked at my first response and thought I forgot to include my address so I posted again and then received your email. Thanks again, sorry for being a pain.I appreciate you looking after me.

Hi @chesterc, I would like to add my welcome to Connect along with @lisalucier and others that have posted here. I started working on my diet 4 or 5 years ago because I was looking to improve my health some. I have been told I’m pre-diabetic but that’s been for years and I’ve never crossed into the full blown diabetes. I was also looking for answers for my small fiber peripheral neuropathy when I found Dr Terry Wahls book “The Wahls Protocol”. She has an interesting story that she used diet to reduce and get rid of most of her MS symptoms – https://terrywahls.com/about/about-terry-wahls/. Her book started me looking into changing my lifestyle from live to eat to eat to live (as much as possible anyway).

There is a lot of information out there on what to eat and what not to eat but I’m finding out the real key is to reduce or eliminate sugar, eliminating processed foods as much as possible, eating/buying organic food as much as possible, and zero fast foods – hamburgers and french fries were my nemesis. That’s what I strive for but I will be the first to admit I start the day with good intentions and a cookie will find it’s way into my hands and it’s gone. When I do fall a little, I try to get back on the wagon so to speak.

I found this study (it links to a PDF) on Google Scholar (https://scholar.google.com/) which is a great place to search for health information and studies. It is from the JAMA Network (The Journal of the American Medical Association):

Controlling Diabetes with Diet:
https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamainternalmedicine/article-abstract/579572

John

@vanin11

@chesterc, you can also private message me.

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No worries, @vanin11. I figured our communications got crossed in the etherspace!

Hi @chesterc . I’m afraid that the answer to your question is “it depends.” It depends on a lot of things – how far progressed your illness is, how high your sugars are, and how much your pancreas is still functioning. If your doctor hasn’t already suggested it, you might ask for a referral to a dietician who specializes in diabetes. (In the U.S. we call them a “diabetes educator”). They can be really helpful at helping you figure out how to eat in this new way and balance what you eat with your blood sugar test results. They can also help you identify which foods impact your blood sugar the most and therefore need to be eaten less frequently. Some type II diabetics can manage their blood sugar with diet alone, some with diet and exercise, and others need medication.

In my case, I had to be on medication for several years. Right now I am able to manage with diet only. That probably won’t last forever, but I’m enjoying it while it lasts. 🙂

Best of luck to you.

@coloradogirl

Hi @chesterc . I’m afraid that the answer to your question is “it depends.” It depends on a lot of things – how far progressed your illness is, how high your sugars are, and how much your pancreas is still functioning. If your doctor hasn’t already suggested it, you might ask for a referral to a dietician who specializes in diabetes. (In the U.S. we call them a “diabetes educator”). They can be really helpful at helping you figure out how to eat in this new way and balance what you eat with your blood sugar test results. They can also help you identify which foods impact your blood sugar the most and therefore need to be eaten less frequently. Some type II diabetics can manage their blood sugar with diet alone, some with diet and exercise, and others need medication.

In my case, I had to be on medication for several years. Right now I am able to manage with diet only. That probably won’t last forever, but I’m enjoying it while it lasts. 🙂

Best of luck to you.

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Hi, interesting, what event happened or what did u do to be able to get off meds?

@coloradogirl

Hi @chesterc . I’m afraid that the answer to your question is “it depends.” It depends on a lot of things – how far progressed your illness is, how high your sugars are, and how much your pancreas is still functioning. If your doctor hasn’t already suggested it, you might ask for a referral to a dietician who specializes in diabetes. (In the U.S. we call them a “diabetes educator”). They can be really helpful at helping you figure out how to eat in this new way and balance what you eat with your blood sugar test results. They can also help you identify which foods impact your blood sugar the most and therefore need to be eaten less frequently. Some type II diabetics can manage their blood sugar with diet alone, some with diet and exercise, and others need medication.

In my case, I had to be on medication for several years. Right now I am able to manage with diet only. That probably won’t last forever, but I’m enjoying it while it lasts. 🙂

Best of luck to you.

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My sugars were not super high to begin with (but high enough to qualify as diabetic). I eat a very low carb diet. Also, for some reason, going through menopause seemed to stabilize the highs and lows that I was having, so while I still had to work at keeping my blood sugars down, I didn’t need the medication to help stabilize my sugars. I also was running several times a week, although I’m not doing that now so it may be a matter of time before I need to take metformin again.

Same as mine, I can control day time sugars but it’s the fasting that’s high, they still classify it as diabetes. I also walk 3-4 miles 4 times a week.Im male so that’s different, I think I’m going tru mental pause though especially after the diagnosis.im on metformin and a sugar eliminator pill.Its trying on the mind.

@chesterc I was diagnosed in the early 2000s. Initially the doctor I was seeing put me on insulin just to make sure it was controlled. Then I was on metformin for a little while but my numbers are good so I am not on anything now, have not been for a number of years. My A1C is always below 6, has even been below 5, and that is just with diet. When I was post surgery and taking prednisone my numbers skyrocket and I had to use insulin until they reduced the prednisone. I am still taking a small dose of prednisone daily but my numbers are fine now. Unless your diabetes is severe, diet alone may be able to control it.
JK

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