Newly Diagnosed Type 2 Diabetes
Have you been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes?
A diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes might have come as a shock, maybe found at a routine health check, or it may be a relief to finally find out why you have been feeling so tired and unwell, unable to pin down what was wrong.
An unexpected diagnosis can lead to you feeling angry and disbelieving when you told you are “unwell” when you don’t feel so. But with any diagnosis there can be feelings of uncertainty about what care to expect and what the best lifestyle changes to make are.
The COVID-19 pandemic has made this an even more stressful time. Routine appointments may have been postponed, and you may feel you don’t want to bother your doctor with questions about diet and lifestyle when they are so busy*. You may also be worried about headlines showing the increased risk from COVID-19 for those with diabetes.
Stress around diabetes can be helped by focusing on the things that you can control, such as diet and lifestyle. But it is easy to feel overwhelmed by trying to navigate the amount of information and opinions out there. On one hand the media tell us that it is a lifestyle disease and easily fixed if you just do the right thing. But on the other they tell us that health professionals keep changing their minds about what the right thing to do actually is.
Diabetes Specialist Dietitians are trained to look at all the evidence available and translate it into straight forward, practical advice about what works. But they also understand that everyone is an individual, and what works for one person might not work for another. We consider factors such as your lifestyle, medications, likes and dislikes and help you to find out what works for you.
In your first consultation we will discuss what Type 2 diabetes is, what care you should expect, and how to make changes that will really make a difference to your health.
In follow up consultations we will discuss carbohydrates foods and how they affect your blood glucose in more detail, or a more detailed session about what dietary approaches have evidence for improving health and reducing the long term complications of diabetes.
If you have had your diabetes longer term there is the option of discussion your medication and how this affects your blood glucose in combination with your diet. More details on what I offer for people who have had their diabetes for some time here.
Note on Video Consultations: Some people feel concerned about video consultations as a means of communication, but it has a number of advantages. It is completely Covid safe and allows you to speak to an experienced dietitian from the comfort of your own home, without travel, at a time to suit you. If you have not used this method before I can allow a little extra time for the first consultation to talk you through the process, and I have found that anyone with access to a computer or tablet quickly gets the hang of it. Download a quick guide to video consultations here or feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
* Please note that this service is complementary to your normal NHS diabetes care. If you are feeling unwell, you should contact your GP surgery or NHS 111 for advice.
** As I dietitian I am well qualified and experienced to discuss how your medication works with your food and lifestyle. However any changes to your oral medications or insulin doses need to be made in consultation with the health professional who has prescribed this medication, usually a doctor or prescribing specialist nurse.