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Old 07-29-2013, 22:20   #1
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I started on metformin about a month ago and LC. My numbers are down but still 130-170. An occasional 120 and even a 190. Is it time to ask my dr to increase my metformin dose?

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That's a question for you and your doctor! What are you taking now? The maximum for most people is 2000 mg although I've seen some take more.

This is kind of the opposite focus you should have. You don't want to take more medication rather less. If your numbers aren't coming down, don't throw drugs at the problem, start trimming more carbs from your diet! I try to stay below 30 g carbs per day. If you're at 60 grams, drop to 50 or 40, checking your numbers while you do so. I believe you'll find an improvement in your numbers (gradually) without additional drugs. Remember improvement takes time, nothing is going to happen overnight! We're talking months in some cases like mine! Be patient and stick to your low carb diet... it will work!

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What's your dose and are you on the regular or extended release? The maximum dose is different depending on the type you're taking.

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My personal choice was to throw meds at my blood sugar at the same time I was drastically changing my diet. This meant maximum metformin and for a month another oral med that I knew nothing about at the time, but with what I know now I probably wouldn't have taken that one.

I was doing everything I could dietwise, and figured once I stabilized at a normal blood sugar, I could back off the metformin and that's what I did - gradually.

So, there are differing philosophies, and it comes down to personal choice. Whatever you decide, with your determination you'll get there, whichever road you choose.

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I am on regular metformin. 1000 mg a day. 500 in a and 500 in pm. I am eating low carb. As low as I can. The only carbs I eat are from cheese and vegetables and stuff like that. I gave up the bread and pasta and all that on July 8. I did call my dr. I was just looking for other opinions.

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Changes to diet are FAR more potent in addressing this condition than Metformin. So, whether you decide to take more Met, less or none you'll get a lot more bang for you buck if you focus on what you eat.

When I was diagnosed, a son-in-law of mine was in medical school and just happened to be in the unit on diabetes. My A1C was 10.7. He was taught that Metformin is the first-line medication and should always be prescribed to new T2s. But, he was also taught that the best-case hope when using Metformin was a 1.0 point drop in A1C OVER THE FIRST YEAR.

Hmm, so I thought I could take this pill, maybe have constant runs and stomach problems and after a full year, I could hope for an A1C of "only" 9.7"!?

Into the trash it went. I started reading places like this and it didn't take long at all to have completely normal A1C and BG readings med-free.
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I am doing the diet part. I think pretty well unless Ian missing something. For breakfast I ate some left over turkey and a piece of cheese. For lunch I had a salad and two eggs. For dinner I made tacos for my family but I had them with lettuce instead of tortillas. I made my own taco seasoning so I know there was no sugar. I think I am honestly trying to change what I eat.

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Do you put tomatoes in your salad? I was eating salad every day for lunch and found when I stopped the tomatoes I didnt spike after. Watch your dressing too.

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I just read about a study that showed metformin extends life in mice. Mice on a low dose of metformin benefited, but not those on a high dose. I read about the study on asweetlife.org Why Isn and it was published here: http://www.nature.com/ncomms/2013/13...comms3192.html

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I just read about a study that showed metformin extends life in mice.
Shoot. If only I was a mouse, a male mouse at that!

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