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Old 06-04-2012, 15:27   #1
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I mentioned in my introduction that I tested out at 104 on my blood test. I have done some reading on this ever since the (taking daily meds came up). Seems to me I should be able to lose the extra pounds and change my eating habits to get under the 99 mark regarding when medication should start. Also read that once the medication starts your body starts to stop or slow down producing insulin and our stuck with the meds the rest of your lift. Need some direction on this because I have started to work out (again) and have already changed my diet and dropped some weight.

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I was diagnosed with 180 fasting and A1C of 10.7. I threw al meds in the trash on day 3 and have never regretted. Synopsis in my signature. However, it will take a lot of reading, research and discipline. With the mildness of your condition, there is little doubt that you can do just fine without medications should you choose that route.

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Old 06-04-2012, 16:46   #3
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Thanks for the information, I know I have to do my research and drop the pounds and watch my diet real close. Here's a funny side note, my Dr.'s nurse called me regarding the meds that were going to be forwarded to my Pharmacy, but it never happend. She must have forgot or got busy but it gave me more time to research Diabetes and rethink this whole meds thing.

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Steve I think everyone is different. Before diabetes I ate a pretty healthy vegetarian diet and exercised a ton. Even switching to very low carb didn't lower my bgs enough. So I asked for metformin. Metformin doesn't work in the pancreas to increas insulin like other drugs. It works in the liver to lessen glycogen conversion to glucose. It also makes you more sensitive to your own insulin that you make naturally, which is a good thing. Since I was normal weight losing weight did not help me cure my diabetes. I did lose 30 pounds with 30 carbs a day but now I am on the thin side of normal, but still diabetic.

Lots of people take meds or even insulin in the beginning but may be able to decrease or even get off of the meds or insulin as bgs come down.

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I can't say whether you'll need medication. Some do, some don't. I would just point out that you shouldn't judge whether you do or don't need medication based on your fasting blood sugar alone. I don't think fasting at 104 is a big deal as long as your after-meal blood sugar isn't high. You could be fasting at 80 and having spikes after meals as high as 200. Think of it this way: you fast for a long time really once a day, which is before breakfast. You eat a lot more than that. Most people have around 3 meals and several snacks, so the majority of waking hours will be spent going up and coming back down. How well your blood sugar copes with food will be a much better indicator of your overall control and whether you'll need to start medication.

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Thanks to all for taking the time. This site has been very very helpful to me and the groups willingness to help is more than I expected. Your all right on the meds issue of course. The medication I was supposed to take is metformin. I was not aware it worked in the lever. I have called my Dr. in regards to a possible delay on the meds until the end of summer. This time period will give me a real picture on my sugar issues. He has agreed at this point but if the diet and workouts fail then I'm going forward on the metformin.

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Hey steve519, the good thing is that you found this out early. At 104 there is much you can do at this point. Just cutting out most of the white will make a huge difference if you haven't done so already. (white bread, rice, chips, etc, etc.)

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You haven't mentioned anything about testing your bg at home, but a prediabetic must test just as a diabetic does, or there is no way to know whether or not you have control of it. Test fasting bg, then 1 and 2 hrs. after eating. If your bg goes above 140 (7.8) after a meal, cut out more carbs. Keeping bg at and below 120 (6.7) is even better.

Many doctors don't agree that prediabetics should test, but it is a must.

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Steve,

Welcome. Obviously a lot of reading (on your part) is called for at this stage as Salim has suggested. I am higher than 104 with my fasting reading 9 days out of 10. The FBG is a number that starts to go up around 5.00 am and is usually measured by about 7.30 am. It's what you do with your BG for the rest of the day that counts. The FBG is something every one of us struggles to control. Do a search for "dawn Phenomenon" threads on the forum.

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