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I have recently been diagnosed with Diabetes II. I am still coming to terms with it and learning how to control my diet and glucose levels. Hoping that I can avoid going on meds at least in the short term. The diet is hard but I have managed to stick to it with it. The bonus is that my weight is now 5kg less and I am back within the normal range for my height. Trying so hard to give up smoking - have managed to cut down by more than half but cant seem to get the whole way as yet. Being used to being in front of the computer all day does not help - I am finding it hard to raise the motivation to get the exercise I need!

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Hang in there Sue! With the smoking you should try the audio tape of "Allen Carr's - Easy Way". My husband downloaded it to his iPod over 6 months a go and hasn't been tempted since. If you don't have an iPod, I would buy one, it's worth it. He "loved" smoking and had smoked for years and years and was the last person I would have thought would give up. He is so happy now, and can't believe he didn't stop earlier. Now he is riding his bike instead - AMAZING! Anything is worth a go hey! (I have smoked myself so I know how hard it is to give up).
goodluck xx
I forgot about Allen Carr -he was recommended to me by someone who gave up after reading his books. Thanks for the reminder :-)
Hi Sue. The weight loss is a great achievement and I'm sure will help with managing your levels. I have always struggled to get my weight down or to keep it off. I was also recently diagnosed with T2. For me it provided the best motivation to start taking responsibility for my health. I've been very fortunate health-wise but diabetes made me realise just how much I've taken it for granted and how close I was to serious illness. Finding the motivation to start wasn't too hard but keeping it going is the big challenge. There are days I struggle to find the enthuiasm to hit the treadmill or am tempted by food I know I shouldn't eat. The two best resources I've found so far are the podcasts at and the support and encouragement from sites such as this. The DiabetesPowerShow podcasts provided me with a wealth of information and experiences I could relate to. I would listen to 20 or 30 mins a day while on the treadmill and actually got to the point of looking forward to the next session to finish off the rest of the podcast. It was uncanny how questions and thoughts I had about my diabetes would be answered in the next few podcasts I listened to. Although I've only recently joined I'm finding it also a great source of information and support. My experience here so far has been great - very friendly and encouraging people. My advice is to post a message when you're in need of some extra motivation and use the site as a support team to share your successes with and encourage you through the hard times.
I have spent a lot of time looking for foods that I like and can eat and have made sure I am stocked up on those so that I am not tempted by other food.

I bought "the low GI shoppers guide to GI values 2009 Australia and New Zealand" from the health food store yesterday and that is great because it gives lists of foods with their brand names and their GI and GL values. I am going to look out for the "Diabetes and Pre Diabetes Handbook" in the same series.

Listening to the podcasts while exercising is an excellent idea which I am going to take up. Thanks
Hi Bec - I have just been following a low GI, low saturated fat, low sugar diet and the weight has just been disappearing without me having to try. I have been trying to make sure I eat regularly as I would often go until mid afternoon before eating anything before. I have not been eating as much for my evening meal as I have cut out potatoes (sigh) and rice replacing them with pasta or a peice of grain bread.
Hi Sue, sounds like your doing great guns, you just have to give up thoes butts. I gave up when I was diagnosed back in the early 90s, my motivation was exercise. If you go through the pain of a little exercise your mind thinks not to blow that hard work and pain on a ciggy or the effort was a wast of time. give it a try.

Good luck
Hi sue,

good work by the sounds of it sue. nicotine patches are good i hear. although they don't do much for some people. exercise is great to stabilise blood sugar. its effects are good for 24 hrs or so. about sitting in front of a computer all day , well if you tend to "stress" that puts your sugars up, so careful about being in front of a computer all day: even more of a reason to "make an appointment" with yourself and go exercise.
i saw the effects of diabetes on the organs of the body first hand during my pathology studies (heart, kidneys, blood vessels etc). let me tell you, for people who nothing, or take little care, the effects can be/will be 'devasting'.
i was going to put up a website on the biotech industry (organisations, activities etc), but put my energies into a project in putting up a diabetes website instead (with things I've collected over the last few years). My mum is a type ii on shots, meds for more than 20 years and i've seen her go through the learning curve of diabetes management.
my site is
Sounds to me like you are on the right track!! You are doing great, you should be proud.




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