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Old 03-01-2011, 18:18   #1
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Is anyone else here trying to do that? I am trying but not succeeding very well, or succeeding for only brief periods of time.

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Most people start out doing that...I know I did. Worked for awhile. If you are having problems and have already cut your carbs very low and are still having high blood sugars, it might be time for medication also.

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I did for a number of years then 'graduated' to oral meds when my A1C started rising

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I tried it for about 3 months and couldn't seem to get bgs below 130 so I asked for medication. Never consider it a failure to use medication or insulin. Sometimes our pancreas and liver just can't do it on their own even if we eat low carb, exercise and lose weight.

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im giving it a go. been off the Met since 12/16/10 after having taken it for most of last year

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Great responses! Thanks for the replies. Meds may be in my future, but right now I'll keep on trying. Glucose scores are more "borderline" than really high in the diabetes range.

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I'll be trying to lower my dosage and hopefully get off Met once my BG's are controlled better, but I have huge insulin resistance issues which I'm hoping are helped by losing another 40-50lbs of fat...

Until I lose the weight, I think I need the Met for my BG's...

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One question that I ponder - do meds obscure what diet and exercise alone can do? I suspect that is the case.

So many questions! So few answers!!!

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Is anyone else here trying to do that? I am trying but not succeeding very well, or succeeding for only brief periods of time.
Well I started on Lantus 18u, Novorapid 3x 18u at diagnosis in April 08. Weaned off to 40mg Gliclazide (patient led not doc led).as I'm on minimum DB meds and have to carb up to keep BG above 5.5 (~99 US speak) due to UK driving rules, should I push to go Med-free?

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One question that I ponder - do meds obscure what diet and exercise alone can do? I suspect that is the case.

So many questions! So few answers!!!
I credit metformin with curbing my appetite & helping with the weight loss, but other than that, I don't see it camouflaging my progress . . . it's the low-carb way of eating that's the clincher. Met is the only one I have any experience with and it works primarily for insulin resistance, so there's no collateral damage to the pancreas being forced to produce beyond its reduced capacity.




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