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Old 02-25-2017, 17:49   #1
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Thank you if you are reading this. Just to start I am not an English professor so spelling and grammar sucks. I am 45 years old, way over weight female, (at time of diagnoses 297 lbs, 5' 6" ). My fathers mother died from diabetes, her mother, and 2 brothers that I know of have diabetes. I knew it was coming at some point. On October 2nd 2016, I was checking husbands levels (he was having odd spells thought it may be sugar ) bought new meter and thought well I will check it out. 298. Next morning after over 12 hours of fasting still 198. Went to doctor A1C 9.4 . Put on metformin 500 mg one in morning and one at night. Levels came down stay pretty normal. Went from drinking 12 - 14 pespis a day to only water , no sweets, watching carbs and sugar. Everyone said metformin would cause stomach issues, mine was constipation (sever). Went back to doctor end of december A1C 6.4 she added glycolax powder and I was also swelling awful so added hydrochlorothazide 25 mg 1 daily. I had lost 20 lbs. present still having sever issues with constipation , levels on meter are staying 110- 130 range. I am down 51 lbs total as of now . I feel awful, I stay so tired of the evening, I get up at 4:30 a.m. for work. Still no pepsi, no sweets except special occasions like grand daughters birthday small piece of cake. Some people have told me they felt this way and brought themselves of f metformin and they feel so much better , is this safe ?

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Hi, welcome to the forum.

You've been on a rough road. Metformin is a safe drug, for most people, although some do have undesirable side effect.

There may be an increase in BG level when going off the met, but I haven't read that it's not safe to go off. You could reduce to 500mg for a week to ease off it if you feel more confident doing that.

Can I ask when you are testing your BG? Have you made any drastic changes to the amount of carbs you are eating for meals, other than not drinking sweet drinks?

Here's a website that if full of information about diabetes that can be very helpful. Blood Sugar 101 We have learned that we can trust the information on that site. You might want to read the section "How To Lower Your Blood Sugar" - which is a way of testing that most of us here follow in order to make whatever changes in our diet that are necessary to reach our goals.

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Levels came down stay pretty normal. Went from drinking 12 - 14 pespis a day to only water , no sweets, watching carbs ?


Congrats on taking charge! I just wanted to add it's not only the popular conception of 'demon carbs' like soda and sweets that wreak havoc on insulin and blood sugar regulations... even things that are widely perceived as being 'healthy' like whole grains etc can be culprits... once your body breaks them down they behave just as glucose no different than soda...

As to discontinuing metformin, I'm not a doctor and wouldn't weigh in on it from a medical perspective...


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As someone who has dropped metformin for the 3rd and final time less than a week ago, some people simply cannot tolerate it NOT because it causes side effects but because it causes a SINGLE side effect that you simply cannot live with. Chronic constipation is damaging, but can also become life threatening - if stuff like senna (a vegetable stool softener) and similar aren't working for you, then it's time to drop the metformin and ask for insulin since it is an acceptable substitute. This is just my opinion. I also think going on at least a LC diet, whether you want to do LF or not, will also be very helpful. As you lose weight, most people also lose some/all of that insulin resistance, at least for a time. And yes, I know that is hard - I'm struggling just to lose what I gained during the Fall during a family medical crisis. My goal is to switch to LCHF by May - the endo thinks that so long as I don't overdo the protein and keep to 45-55 carbs a day, I can avoid some of the issues I had when I did low carb 4 years ago.

Finally, for insulin, check the forum and ask questions first. It helps to go to an appointment already understanding the choices so that you can make better decisions.

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Thank you if you are reading this. Just to start I am not an English professor so spelling and grammar sucks. I am 45 years old, way over weight female, (at time of diagnoses 297 lbs, 5' 6" ). My fathers mother died from diabetes, her mother, and 2 brothers that I know of have diabetes. I knew it was coming at some point. On October 2nd 2016, I was checking husbands levels (he was having odd spells thought it may be sugar ) bought new meter and thought well I will check it out. 298. Next morning after over 12 hours of fasting still 198. Went to doctor A1C 9.4 . Put on metformin 500 mg one in morning and one at night. Levels came down stay pretty normal. Went from drinking 12 - 14 pespis a day to only water , no sweets, watching carbs and sugar. Everyone said metformin would cause stomach issues, mine was constipation (sever). Went back to doctor end of december A1C 6.4 she added glycolax powder and I was also swelling awful so added hydrochlorothazide 25 mg 1 daily. I had lost 20 lbs. present still having sever issues with constipation , levels on meter are staying 110- 130 range. I am down 51 lbs total as of now . I feel awful, I stay so tired of the evening, I get up at 4:30 a.m. for work. Still no pepsi, no sweets except special occasions like grand daughters birthday small piece of cake. Some people have told me they felt this way and brought themselves of f metformin and they feel so much better , is this safe ?
It would be great if you let us know your food choices. If you are 'dieting' and restricting calories, it could be the amount of calories making you tired. Fat is your friend. things like bacon and cheese and eggs and avocados are great sources of fat that keep you full and give you more energy

let us know what you are eating and maybe there are opportunities to tweak it where you will have more energy and even help constipation issues

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Hi, I am new to the forum myself. When I first started this journey I was put on metformin also and had the same problem with constipation. My doctor switched me to glyBURIDE-metFORMIN 5-500mg which is the generic for GLUCOVANCE. It does contain metformin, but for some reason my constipation went away. I am sure changing my diet helped some also. Just keep working at it and you will find the correct answer for you.

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yes the Metformin (regular)
hurt my stomach (a little)
but the Extended Release seem much better and also helps keep my numbers where I want them

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Welcome aboard, seems like you have been on a bit of a 'bumpy road'! But you are now moving down a very good path, one that most of us on this website have traveled before you. We can share our experiences and advice based on what we have found to our truth....

To start off with it is critical that you gain the knowledge from the website noted above. That is fundamental knowledge that we all have, is necessary if you are to understand why we recommend the things we will be recommending to you! So read over that website....and join us on your journey to taking control of your diabetes.....as we have

As for some immediate comments, I see some similarities to what you have been experiencing to what I have experienced early on. I found this website in April of 2015. At that time I weighted in at 320lbs. at 6'1". I had been that weight for over 15 years. I am now 66 years old. I have been dealing with type 2 diabetes for over 10 years now. My initial A1c when I was diagnosed was 11.0! Yikes

After I joined this website I read the bloodsugar 101 website, noted above and learned a lot from that reading. I later ordered that book from amazon. I decided after the reading to follow the Low Carb High Fat (LCHF) life style including testing more and especially testing my blood sugar (BS) when ever I ate something I was not sure about eating. I tested at one hour, two hours, and even at 3 hours, after my first bight of food. If this food raised my BS over 140, I would never eat that food again.

I quickly learned that I should have a daily target for carb intake. I started at a target of less than 100 carbs per day. That was fairly easy to do once I spent a lot of time developing meal options and recipes. The other, and as I found out, CRITICAL part of this model was to increase my fat intake! This is done to provide my body an energy source to replace all the carbs I had been sucking down....I learned if you do not do this you are doomed to failure, because without an energy source your body will CRAVE CARBS! And in time, even those with the strongest resolve.....will break down and eventually return to our old ways. Once I increased my FAT intake, I had no cravings, none at all! Can you imagine that?! I had tried low carb dieting many times before, but the cravings always wore me down...but not this time.

I started eating eggs and bacon for breakfast with two cups of coffee loaded with heavy whipping cream, now that is a breakfast of champions! Lunch I eat hard cheese, maybe a hard boiled egg, and some cold cuts (ham is my favorite with a touch of mustard) and for dinner....Meat and vegetables, maybe some cheese and a salad, always a salad to keep things moving (helps stop constipation)...I THOUGHT RIGHT OFF "NOW THIS IS A DIET I CAN STAY ON" Does not feel like a diet, if you are hungry eat some cheese, eggs, ham, pecans, almonds, fried pork rinds, etc. etc. You will still lose weight and keep you BS down...!

In six months my A1c was at 5.8% my weight was at 270 (lost 50lbs, without feeling hungry, ever!!! This can happen to you.....too no trick to it....just eat low carb high fat!

When I started on LCHF I too felt really tired especially afternoon, once it was so bad I almost passed out in a store. I got on this website and posted my concerns and I got a clear message for all the 'ole timers' here telling me two things.....when you drop weight you drop lots of water...so increase you water intake, a bunch (that also helps stop constipation)! And when you lose all that water you lose lots of salt in the body, increase your salt intake....I salted everything and within 1 day, the tired feeling was gone....!

For constipation drink more water, eat more leafy vegetables, EAT more FAT! Fat lubricates and prevents piles from developing.....if all else fails by some stool softeners and whenever you go a day, without going, take 1 and wait 2 days.....before taking any more....I don't use these much anymore, but it is a nice trick to have, if you need it. Do not grow dependent on these....work with your medical professional if you cannot get this under control. And by the way, one of the things us older folks worry about is eating fat will increase my cholesterol...again, for me I saw a small increase in the first year....but by the second year it was on target with what my doctor wants me to be and I did that without taking statins....you can read lots about this on this website just do a search on Cholesterol....

Again welcome and good luck....do your reading and jump in as the water really is fine.....

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