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    Diabetes support and advice.

    Seeing as we have a handful of sugar intolerant members thought it might be an idea to have a thread to cover the issue. There are a large number of people walking around who are totally unaware they have the illness so firstly my advice would be to see your GP if you have a family history of diabetes, you have had gestational diabetes, you’re 40 or over, overweight, or have any of the following symptoms...

    Needing to pee more frequently
    Drinking more than usual
    Numbness/pins and needles in feet or hands
    Sudden weight loss
    Itchy dry skin
    Increased appetite
    Blurred vision

    Also some medication can increase your risk of developing the illness, Mirtazipine being one of them. All it takes is a simple blood test to find out.
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    Regular blood glucose testing isn’t always necessary however it doesn’t do any harm to monitor levels to know you’re on the right track. Medication isn’t always needed if a good healthy diet is in place. In fact a healthy diet is the most essential tool for everyone. A guideline on what you should be eating can be found here http://www.diabetes.co.uk/diet/nhs-diet-advice.html

    Also recommended is www.mapmydiabetes.co.uk. You need to be signed up by a healthcare assistant so speak with your GP or diabetes nurse/consultant about registering.
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    Thanks for this, lovely
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    Brilliant thread.
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    Thanks for this. I have been told I am just nearing Diabeties based on my blood tests. I also have really dry itchy skin on below my knees on both legs and have done for months. I am also on Mirtazapine 45mg and your post is the first time I have heard there is a risk factor. I will raise this with my GP. What worries me is that my eating habits are bad as for many days I dont eat through anxiety and then will binge on crap food. The depression almost makes me feel like I really dont care if I get diabeties as compared to my depression it is irrelavent, but I know that is stupid as if I do end up with diabies it will not help things. In lucid moments I realise it will make things much harder

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    I am using a blood glucose monitor at the moment. It stores all the results so I will be able to discuss with my GP. I am thin but I am on mirtazapine and lithium.

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