On 25th November 2009 i was formally diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. I’ve gone into detail in other posts about what T2 Diabetes is, how i’m combating it, etc., (see links below): this page is intended more as an overview of the various results and data that is being recorded.

there may be trouble ahead

the itty bitty details of diabetes

gaining control

testing

HbA1C

The HbA1C test is like an overview of the glucose in someone’s blood for the previous three months. Its an important marker for a diabetic, as its indicative of how well they’re controlling their diabetes. The ideal reading would be less than 6.5%. The normal range for this lab is 4.1-6.5 (or 20-48 in the IFCC reading.)

25/11/09 – 7.2% (IFCC – 55 mmol/mol*)
7/4/10 – 5.5%
20/7/10 – 5.5%
24/2/11 – 5.6%

[*The HbA1C test is changing to a different reading, which will be the IFCC. In this, the reading needs to be 48 mmol/mol or less.]

Medication

Metformin Hydrochloride SR 500mg 3 times a day

Mebeverine Hydrochloride 135mg 3 times a day

Omeprazole Gastro-Resistant 20mg once a day

Loperamide Hydrochloride 2mg as necessary

Onetouch Ultra test strips

Cholesterol

Cholesterol readings are usually broken down into 5 seperate readings. The total, the HDL, the LDL, Triglycerides and the ratio.

Total Cholesterol

The total cholesterol really needs to be less than 4 mmol/l. Its a very small scale – a reading of 5, i’m told, in someone older, would be put on statins to bring the reading down.

25/11/09 – 5 mmol/l
7/4/10 – 4.5 mmol/l
20/7/10 – 4.3 mmol/l
24/2/11 – 4.3 mmol/l

HDL

High Density Lipoprotein. These are the good fats (the way to remember, its high to heaven!). When you see people banging on about omega 3 and omega 5 and eating oily fish – this is why, they want these numbers up! Ideally the number should be more than 1 mmol/l.

25/11/09 – 0.9 mmol/l
7/4/10 – 1.0 mmol/l
20/7/10 – 1.1 mmol/l
24/2/11 – 1.2 mmol/l

LDL

Low Density Lipoprotein. These are the “bad fats” (“Low to Hell”), and the ones to avoid. this reading needs to be less than 2 mmol/l.

25/11/09 – 2.8 mmol/l
7/4/10 – 2.9 mmol/l
20/7/10 – 2.6 mmol/l
24/2/11 – 2.5 mmol/l

 

Triglycerides

This is the main type of fat in both vegetable oil and animal fats. High levels of triglycerides have been linked to raised risk for heart disease and the associated problems with that. Cathy (Diabetic nurse) didn’t give me a figure that this needs to be under but the American Heart Association says it needs to be below 1.69 mmol/l.

25/11/09 – 2.9mmol/l
7/4/10 – 1.3 mmol/l
20/7/10 – 1.3 mmol/l
24/2/11 – 1.4 mmol/l

Ratio

This is the total cholesterol result weighted for the fact that some is good cholesterol, some is bad – if you have more bad, then it will go up, if you have more good, then it will go down. Ideal is less than 5 mmol/l.

25/11/09 – 5.6 mmol/l
7/4/10 – 4.5 mmol/l
20/7/10 – 3.9 mmol/l
24/2/11 – 3.6 mmol/l

Blood Pressure

Blood Pressure readings measure the pressure within the body’s blood system. High pressure indicates that the arteries are becoming furred – narrowed – and can be a warning of problems like heart disease and strokes. In the UK, people are considered to have a normal reading up to 140/90.

07/01/10 – 106/80
01/02/10 – 108/72
20/7/10 – 100/72
24/2/11 – 110/74

Weight loss

heaviest to date: 07/04/08 – 245 pounds (17 stone 7 pounds)

lightest to date: 01/03/10 – 215 pounds (15 stone 5 pounds)

Weight loss since 04/01/10 – 19 pounds

Weekly tracking

04/01/10 – 234 pounds (16 stone 8 pounds)

11/01/10 – 229 pounds (16 stone 5 pounds)

18/01/10 – 226 pounds (16 stone 2 pounds)

25/01/10 – 224 pounds (16 stone)

01/02/10 – 222 pounds (15 stone 12 pounds)

08/02/10 – 221 pounds (15 stone 11 pounds)

15/02/10 – 219 pounds (15 stone 9 pounds)

22/02/10 – 217 pounds (15 stone 7 pounds)

01/03/10 – 215 pounds (15 stone 5 pounds)

Menstrual cycle tracking

[here i measure on the 2nd day of my period. This measurements eliminates the natural rise and fall that my body has according to my hormonal cycle – a rise of about 3-4 pounds each cycle. By tracking this weight loss, i am sure that any weight loss between the dates is a genuine loss and not due to hormones. Also, because the dates are further apart (about every 22-23 days), they should show a more measured loss.]

16/12/09 – 234 pounds (16 stone 8 pounds)

08/01/10 – 229 pounds (16 stone 5 pounds)

02/02/10 – 221 pounds (15 stone 11 pounds)

23/02/10 – 216 pounds (15 stone 6 pounds)

Surgery weight tracking

The scales at the surgery are calibrated. Our scales, if you even nudge them a centimeter out of place, will vary by as much as 2 pounds! Not good when you’re measuring a weekly weight loss. Cathy (DSN) has therefore agreed to weigh me each time i attend the surgery. Bear in mind that a) this is weighing fully clothed (I weigh myself at home naked) and clothes can weigh as much as 5 pounds and b) by that time i’ve had at least breakfast, and possibly lunch – so this cannot be compared to the scales at home.

28/10/09 – 109 kg (17 st 2 lb – 240 lbs)
01/02/10 – 104.9kg (16 st 7 lbs – 231 lbs)
08/04/10 – 99.4 kg (15 st 9 lbs – 219 lbs)
20/07/10 – 95 kg (14 st 3 lbs – 209 lbs)
6/9/10 – 93kg (14 st 9 lbs)
24/2/11 – 98.5 (15  st 7 lbs)

Waist measurement

This needs to be below 31 inches (or 80cm).

01/02/10 – 114cm (44.9 inches)
20/7/10 – 100cm (39 inches)

Vaccinations

Swine Flu – Pandemrix – 07/01/10 (Lot: A81CA054A)
Pneumonia – 01/02/10

Regular Annual Flu
07/01/10
09/10/10

B12 Jabs

tests show I had Vit B12 deficiency (side effect of metformin) so had to have a series of B12 intramuscular injections, five to begin with with a yearly topup…

6/9/10 … 8/9/10 … 10/9/10 … 14/9/10 … 17/9/10

Fasting Blood Glucose read by NHS

This is identical to the FBC readings i take myself – shows the amount of glucose in the blood after not having eaten for 8-10 hours. (i.e. overnight). a good reading would be less than 7 mmols/l.

4/11/09 – 8.6 mmols/l
25/11/09 – 9.2 mmols/l
20/7/10 – 4.3 mmol/l
24/2/11 – DND

Microalbinminurea

20/7/10 – little high
13/8/10 – normal
24/2/11 – Did not do

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