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Old 11-18-2013, 12:23   #1
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Is there a metformin 101 or should I just starting posting newbie questions?

i.e. must metformin be taken daily over long periods or can it be used on occasion when my glucose level is likely to spike?

Or perhaps I'm supposed to buy and read Blood Sugar 101?

I'm new to the forum and posted in the Intro and Symptoms groups.

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Metformin isn't at all useful for dealing with fast acting spikes. It's aimed at helping maintain the basal level. It takes a while to build up in the system before it delivers it full impact, so yes, it should be taken regularly on a daily basis.

Like a lot of issues with this condition, there are wrinkles. For instance, how you split the dose over the day seems to depend quite heavily on the individual. Some find it helpful to split the dose others feel it works better in one lump. Some take it before meals, others, after...

Please don't think that asking questions reflects on you as a "newbie". We've all been there and asking questions is what this forum is all about. On Jenny Ruhl's book, I would say that you can get all of its content on line on her site but I wouldn't put you off spending a few dollars for your own copy that you can browse at leisure . (but it's by no means essential)

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Yes, it takes 3 - 4 WEEKS for the effects of metformin to kick in. And they are subtle, and best accompanied by eating lower-carb ...

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My understanding is that metformin takes time to build up in your body. It takes a while to begin taking affect. Also it takes a while to lose affect. Sporadically taking may do nothing noticeable for you, as well as missing a dose or 2 may go unnoticed.

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Hi Don,

I don't know if you've seen my response to you in your introduction thread. I said that we might be closer to you getting anything you need ( I suppose Gauteng/Johannesburg in actual fact is closer than CT of course), but I would be happy to direct you to good prices and a shop you could buy from online. eg Clicks and Dischem for the BS machine R299 and strips R250 approx. I'm on Glucophage/Metformin 850mg 1xmorning and 1x at night.
I take this regularly and have no side-effects from it and find that it works well and helps me keep it controlled. There are many here who control it by diet and exercise alone, no meds. I often forget to take mine when I'm out, but its not a train-smash for me. We are all different and you must just fire away with the questions, there will be many people here who will happily help and support your progress. Welcome again.
Just let me know if, you are unable to get anything you need up at your end, I would gladly assist where I can.

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Thanks much fellas (I believe it's fellas). I am starting to test post-meal BS (one hour after). Today was the first - lunch of beans, brown rice, cooked African greens, and bitter gourd. 5.5. So far so good. I need to do a bunch more. A friend is coming from Australia and will bring me a BS test kit. Until then I'll use the university clinic, but won't be able to get my dinner scores because they close at 6PM. Dinner is when I tend to indulge more, so I will get those when I have my own test kit.
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Don,

Look hard at the Beans and Brown rice. They are not that helpful if your blood sugar control is suspect.

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Look hard at the Beans and Brown rice. They are not that helpful if your blood sugar control is suspect.
Wow. What do you eat if not beans and brown rice? I'm not sure I'm ready for this.

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Quite a lot! Mainly from the brassica family. Over the years since my diagnosis my BH and I make it a rule to eat only those carbohydrates that bring something other than blood sugar spikes to the mix.

So, modest quantities of fruit - particularly berry fruit is still there. Green veggies and salad items (not tomatoes which I happen to detest) but potatoes, rice, bread and pasta have all vanished. And I don't miss them.

It does work and doesn't take long to get used to the change. But the thing to bear in mind is that this works for me. What works for you may be different. The name of the game becomes "eat to the meter". As described here http://www.phlaunt.com/diabetes/14045524.php (and that site sure does get a workout from here :-)

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Quite a lot! Mainly from the brassica family. Over the years since my diagnosis my BH and I make it a rule to eat only those carbohydrates that bring something other than blood sugar spikes to the mix.

So, modest quantities of fruit - particularly berry fruit is still there. Green veggies and salad items (not tomatoes which I happen to detest) but potatoes, rice, bread and pasta have all vanished. And I don't miss them.

It does work and doesn't take long to get used to the change. But the thing to bear in mind is that this works for me. What works for you may be different. The name of the game becomes "eat to the meter". As described here How to Lower Your Blood Sugar (and that site sure does get a workout from here :-)
Ok. Thanks!

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