New at this

By cazgb Latest Reply 2014-04-11 01:33:50 -0500
Started 2014-04-09 05:40:29 -0500

I'm new at this. I'm on 2 met a day. Bloods have come down as of last month bloods.
I have not been given a day tester kit. Is that normal?
I'm not so good at cutting out carbs. Have cut nearly all sugar out. So at least a small step in the right direction.
Yet I'm always still so dry in the mouth. I have sugar free squash. I must drink about 4 pints a day of the stuff. I'm also a closet tea drinker ( with a very small amount of sugar granules in about 15 grains in each cup.)
Any advise from any of you.
As I've not seen any dietician or specialists only the GP. I've been on met since October 2013.

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7 replies

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2014-04-11 01:33:50 -0500 Report

I also must add that a glucometer is a necessity for helping you to learn what spikes your blood sugar. IMHO I thought it was standard for a doctor to either give or prescribe you a meter when they diagnose you. How else will you be able to work on a meal, and exercise plan that will work for you? Of course I don't know what standard practice is in England but I think you should ask your doctor for a meter and prescriptions for test strips and lancets too. I agree with the other people who have posted suggestions and comments here. I hope you get a meter, if all else fails check on line, there are a lot of companies that want you to use their meters. I got one free, I only had to get my doctor to write me a prescription for a meter and test strips. Of course I have to buy the test strips and lancets but my insurance pays most of the cost for them.

valentine lady
valentine lady 2014-04-10 15:18:22 -0500 Report

HI cazgb: WELCOME TO DC!!! Sure glad to have you with us. This is one place you can get good advice and answers to questions you might have, such as the one you posted as a discussion. Let me explain something to you though. Tea, which I love also, is a diuretic. The more you drink the more you go and it's real hard on the kidneys. It promotes dry mouth, not to mention your still using sugar to sweeten it. YOU MUST LEARN SUGAR FROM NOW ON IS A BIG NO-NO!!! You might want to cut back on the "squash" and opt for water. Water should help cut back on those high BG you are worried about. The whole point now is to eat healthy and drink healthy as well. The side effects from diabetes are enough to keep me on my eating plan. Good luck to you, learn as much as you can about diabetes, it will help. Hugs from Lubbock, Texas, U.S.A.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-04-09 19:11:17 -0500 Report

Hello and welcome to our club. The minute I read that you have sugar free squash, I knew you were in England. It is good that you cut down on sugar. Carbs are sugar and you have to cut those down. You may want to stop using sugar in your Tea.

If your doctor did not give you a testing kit, you can buy one on your own and have a pharmacist teach you how to use it. Testing is important as it can help you know what foods cause your blood sugar to rise and how well you are doing each day. Another good thing to do is to add exercise to your daily routine. Weight loss and exercise helps with managing and controlling diabetes. Good luck to you.

cazgb 2014-04-09 17:50:12 -0500 Report

Thank you guys. Yes I'm from London England. And the squash is what the USA would call cordial. Here in not so sunny England we call squash.
I will ask my GP for a referral. And about the kit.
Thank you once again for the links.

jayabee52 2014-04-09 17:38:33 -0500 Report

Howdy Cazgb
WELCOME to Diabetic connect. Sorry you qualify for this shindig but since you do I'm glad you've come here.

Since you are on Met, IMHO you should have been given a glucometer (aka "Meter" or as you say "tester kit")

It is normal for MDs to do this according to many other newly Dx'd who post on this site. It iseems to be normal, but shouldn't be.

I consider such behavior on the part of MDs "borderline malpractice" since one should be given the means to test onself if they are on a glucose lowering medication. Kinda like driving a car with the speedometer unhooked and having the sunscreen still in the windshield. Of course the ins cos are loving the no meter status quo since that means they don't have to pay for testing strips. (which I see as penny wise and pound foolish since the worse the control for new Persons with Diabetes {PWDs} the more problems they will have when older PWDs)

The way you use your language leads me to wonder where in the world you are.
I would guess somewhere in the UK.

There is NO problem with you being from wherever, (more of a curiosity for me) but sometimes our common language can divide us as terms and even the way we speak and the words we use sometimes can lead us to scratch our heads.
I am not shy about asking about meanings of words should I feel the need.

The reference to sf "squash" puzzled me for a bit. We have here in the USA a drink called "Squirt" which is yellow and supposed to taste like grapefruit. It comes in SF too.

One of the sad truths about Drs is they get little training in nutrition in Med school. So it would be good if you could get a referral to a Registered Dietician who specializes in diabetes ("RD" - as opposed to someone who took a few nutrition classes and hung out a shingle as a "nutritionist")

Also perhaps you could get a referral to a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) and/or a Diabetes Education class.

Then keep coming back here and ask questions. I feel here on DC that the only question which is foolish or stupid is an HONEST question which is NOT ASKED! Ask questions of those folks who have been managing our diabetes for quite some time.

Praying God's best for you and yours

James Baker
Las Vegas, NV, USA

haoleboy 2014-04-09 20:26:57 -0500 Report

"borderline malpractice"
Really James? I think you are being much too kind … your car analogy totally works for me. I feel it is the patients right (responsibility even) to be armed with all the information available. Along those lines I always ask to be sent a copy of my lab work, it arrives a couple days after the tests and allows me to intelligently discuss ALL the results with my doctor at the follow up appointment.
Ultimately it is my responsibility to ensure I am getting the care I need and making progress in the treatment of my health issues.


haoleboy 2014-04-09 17:24:07 -0500 Report

The cutting out sugar is a good thing but you should really start addressing the carb issue. Sugars are carbohydrates … your body converts carbs in to glucose for fuel. We all need carbs, but as diabetics (and for general health purposes) we need to make a concerted effort to make sure the carbs we do eat are 'complex' as opposed to 'simple' (here is some info on that
You should absolutely be monitoring your blood glucose levels … your doctor could/should have prescribed you the supplies, but you could certainly buy your own and start testing (your local Walmart would be my suggestion). Here is another link to get you started
Welcome to the club. We are all in this together so please stop by regularly with questions, your experiences and progress reports.


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