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Recently acquired one of these watches that also measures your steps per day, heart rate and how well or badly you sleep. Not sure how accurate this thing is but my heart rate has been measured as low as 44.... that's not normal is it?!? Fortunately my sleep patterns are good, good ratio of light sleep, deep sleep and REM sleep... how something on your wrist knows this is beyond me!
 

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Coincidentally....I have started in the last few months to get this sudden burning pain at the underneath of my forefoot in between the wee toe and the toe beside.....lasts for about 10 seconds then goes.....but can appear at anytime.

I was putting it down to the sciatica I have as I feel a pain down from my bum right down to outside of my leg.

Could this be go

Don't wanna be obnoxious Steve....but are you a fat bastid ? 31lbs !!!!
I have enjoyed a certain relaxed muscularity.
 

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Attended 1st diabetic review yesterday afternoon. Frustratingly, I have relatively little to offer to support the original thrust of this thread. My condition is under control, with blood glucose well into 'normal'. In other words, with these numbers coming off the street, I wouldn't be talking to the nurse.

So, onward we go. Incidentally, the NHS is a beaut. As well as the regular tests and reviews, I'm now going for retinal scanning, foot exams by nubile pod-nurses, free prescriptions, and a pneumonia jab. I was hoping for a blue parking pass, but I might have to depend on the ankle for that one. In time, dear friends. In time.
 

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Attended 1st diabetic review yesterday afternoon. Frustratingly, I have relatively little to offer to support the original thrust of this thread. My condition is under control, with blood glucose well into 'normal'. In other words, with these numbers coming off the street, I wouldn't be talking to the nurse.

So, onward we go. Incidentally, the NHS is a beaut. As well as the regular tests and reviews, I'm now going for retinal scanning, foot exams by nubile pod-nurses, free prescriptions, and a pneumonia jab. I was hoping for a blue parking pass, but I might have to depend on the ankle for that one. In time, dear friends. In time.
Was it a 12hr fasted test again? Good news its back to normal. The body is great at sorting itself out once you correct the fuel inbalance from bad diet. Did they stop your Metformin?
 

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Was it a 12hr fasted test again? Good news its back to normal. The body is great at sorting itself out once you correct the fuel inbalance from bad diet. Did they stop your Metformin?
Yes - fasted test again. I have another in April, because they test a fair bit in the early stages after diagnosis.

They are maintaining Metformin now, but will review in April. Could reduce then - but they recommend that maybe going to 1 pill a day still has cardio vascular benefits that are worth hanging onto. No side effects for me, so why not?
 

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Yes - fasted test again. I have another in April, because they test a fair bit in the early stages after diagnosis.

They are maintaining Metformin now, but will review in April. Could reduce then - but they recommend that maybe going to 1 pill a day still has cardio vascular benefits that are worth hanging onto. No side effects for me, so why not?
Are they testing your blood for vitamin levels as well as blood glucose? I think its B12 which Metformin knocks your ability to absorb, and its quite an important one so make sure you're getting plenty / supplementing if necessary.

Metformin is a strange one - bodybuilders have been adding it to their stacks for years too, so it must do some good. In some people it seems statins can have negative effects on muscle mass, testosterone levels, metabolic rate but Metformin seems to do the opposite. But my feeling generally with meds (and this might be ungrounded) is that if you don't need them it is best to be off them.

Assuming your April test is all good, periodic monitoring of fasted blood glucose levels is about as much depth as the NHS goes to, but the next level if you're into it is to buy a blood glucose test kit & strips from Amazon and test blood sugar following eating. You would eat a defined/measured/repeatable meal, then test blood glucose after 1 hour, and again 1 hour later, again 1 hour later etc until you are back at baseline, graph the data and then repeat regularly. What you want to be testing for is to see how high your blood sugar spikes after eating and then how long it takes for it to become normal again. Keep doing the same test over a period of time and hopefully you might see a trend forming of lower spikes and quicker reversions to normality. This is a good proxy for measuring actual insulin levels, which is much harder to do. If you do this, you will know if you are continuing to improve your metabolic function or not - moving further away from the diabetes end of the scale and back towards completely normal function. The NHS just want to make sure you're out of the dangerzone and that you stay out, which you are now, but beyond that I don't think they will do further testing. The closer to normal you can get the better, because ageing inevitably drags us all in the wrong direction. Luckily all this kit is readily available and cheap as chips.
 

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I have a doctor review next month for my ongoing Omeprazole medication. Probably about time, I've been taking it for several years since I was first prescribed.

I'd really like to stop taking it, as I don't really like the idea of long term medication. But I have independently tried on a couple of occasions to stop taking it - and both times the issue I have returned pretty quickly.

That issue is some sort of muscular spasm in my throat which makes it close up completely when eating. Apparently it's caused by reflux - even though it is only very rarely accompanied by heartburn.
 

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I have a doctor review next month for my ongoing Omeprazole medication. Probably about time, I've been taking it for several years since I was first prescribed.

I'd really like to stop taking it, as I don't really like the idea of long term medication. But I have independently tried on a couple of occasions to stop taking it - and both times the issue I have returned pretty quickly.

That issue is some sort of muscular spasm in my throat which makes it close up completely when eating. Apparently it's caused by reflux - even though it is only very rarely accompanied by heartburn.
Any actual stats associated with this Bazza?

Asking for a friend.....
 

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I racking my brain, since it was a long time ago that all the diagnosis stuff was done - but I can't think of anything stats based really.

Number of times the throat clenching up issue has been bad enough to cause me to vomit = 1.
Number of times my daughter has since talked about that with panic in her eyes = 3,000.

Number of times I had to swallow some sort of chalky, mildly radioactive liquid for a scan = 1.
Number of times the toilet had to be flushed to get rid of the weird, white, apparently extremely heavy poo that resulted from it = 25.

They're not really what you were after, are they?
 

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On Friday I go to have a retinal scan - it will involve eye drops and an afternoon off driving and using a PC monitor. Bliss. It'll probably be torture.

Otherwise, I've had a holiday, and done a bit of walking. I've lost 4 inches off my waist, and have had to buy new trousers. Total weight lost = 2 stone 10 lbs.

I can now see 'little stevie' when I'm washing him as fast as I like, in the shower
 

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That last line just cost you a like. :p
 

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On Friday I go to have a retinal scan - it will involve eye drops and an afternoon off driving and using a PC monitor. Bliss. It'll probably be torture.

Otherwise, I've had a holiday, and done a bit of walking. I've lost 4 inches off my waist, and have had to buy new trousers. Total weight lost = 2 stone 10 lbs.

I can now see 'little stevie' when I'm washing him as fast as I like, in the shower
:LOL: Excellent progress, have you decided on a target you're aiming for?

I seem to have hit a plateau, been absolutely bang on 13st 7lb for the last 3 weeks. 7lbs to go and I am no longer overweight for my height according to NHS guidelines, but I imagine I am now trying to shift fat that has been with me since my early teens. Feel absolutely great right now though, daily intake approx 1600-1800 calories total, tends to be either one big meal and a snack a couple of hours before, or an early breakfast and a late tea. 140-160g protein, 100-120g fat, 20g carbs.
 

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I have a daily intake of <1900 - but rarely get to that level. I can have plenty of nice things, you just can't have lots of them all the time. I'm not bearing down on the carbs as much, as I like a porridge sometimes. Bread went out the window at first, but it's there every now and then now. Beer has vanished. Wine is nice as a treat.

My right hand is strangely calloused.
 

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On Friday I go to have a retinal scan - it will involve eye drops and an afternoon off driving and using a PC monitor. Bliss. It'll probably be torture.
Don't worry - it can be a bit uncomfortable and your vision will be pretty bad for an hour or two but in my experience it is way less debilitating than a vitrectomy and subsequent cataract operation.

I went for a scan two years ago, had laser surgery on the spot in my left eye and drove back home after a one-and-a-half hour recovery period.
My right eye required a full vitrectomy and that was less pleasant as it left my eye filled with oil for over half a year without being allowed to drive and requiring a follow-up operation to get the oil out and a new lens implanted.

Just trying to scare you shitless :love:
 

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I have a daily intake of <1900 - but rarely get to that level. I can have plenty of nice things, you just can't have lots of them all the time. I'm not bearing down on the carbs as much, as I like a porridge sometimes. Bread went out the window at first, but it's there every now and then now. Beer has vanished. Wine is nice as a treat.

My right hand is strangely calloused.
I do miss beer. Its my birthday soon, me and a couple of mates are going to Glasgow for a night out so I'll be sure to sink a few then. Looking forward to it, as long as we don't all come down with coronavirus first.
 

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Well folks...

... today saw me have an endoscopy (possibly the most awful non-invasive procedure ever). I have 2 gastric ulcers and a hiatus hernia, and biopsies have been taken. On the plus side, my BP was below 150 on multiple occasions, so I'm happy with that.

Other than that, I'm OK....apart from the back pain that I get after a bad job a few weeks ago.

Not even 50 and I'm ready for the glue factory!

It almost makes me wonder why I embarked on the Champix journey :p
 
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