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Old 03-30-2012, 17:29   #1
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I just got my A1C results back.
When I was first diagnosed it was 12.5
Today it came back 7.6.
The only thing the doctor wanted me to do was take Questor at night because my cholesterol was borderline. But if I start having any muscle cramping to discontinue.
So, I guess my diabetes treatment is working.
However, I keep asking about insulin but they keep telling me that they don't want to put me on it just yet. Well, for me I want to go on it so I can...
A.) Gain some weight (I want to get back to my IDEAL body weight that I was before. Right now)...
B.) Eventually I will need it anyway (I am positive for the antibodies), so why not start now?
C.) I hate Metformin. It works but it makes me feel nauseated.

I want to go to an endocrinologist (I've not been referred to one yet) because maybe they will give me better advice about regaining my weight other than, "Drink low carb protein shakes and lift some weights."
Otherwise, I was happy with my doctor visit today. I just feel better weighing 150 than 141.

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Old 03-30-2012, 17:45   #2
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Congratulations on the A1c! Wow, that's quite an improvement. Glad that you gained some weight and are feeling better. I don't know much about LADA, but it seems like there's not a lot of downside to starting insulin now if you're eventually going to have to be on it anyway. Maybe someone with LADA can chime in here on the advantages and disadvantages of insulin at this stage.

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It's hard to see what good your doc is actually doing for you. I freely admit that I don't know jack about LADA or using insulin, but you know you have antibodies, you know you have side effects from metformin, and you know insulin is in your future. Your A1c is a great improvement, and it needs to improve a great deal more. So why is this doc putting on the brakes?! Has he also refused to refer you to the endo? Besides which - he's already pushing STATINS! grrrrr!

If I were you, I would do whatever it takes to get to the endo. Seems like it usually takes weeks/months to get in to see them, so it would be good if a referral - if one is required - were forthcoming SOON.

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Congrats, that's great work!

I'd keep pushing for the insulin, or go to a different doc. Especially if you have the antibodies and want to gain weight!

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Since you are a Type 1, you will eventually need insulin. I don't understand holding off on it, either. The antibodies in your blood will eventually destroy your beta cells making bg control harder. Metformin works in the liver not the pancreas. So it doesn't help protect your beta cells. I think your doctor would want to protect as many beta cells as possible. As far as the Crestor, I would advise you to do your own research before taking it. Many of us have had terrible reactions to all statins and there is no proof it will protect you from heart problems. Lowereing your HbA1c into the 5's or 6's will protect you from heart complications.

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To be honest...
I actually took my A1C earlier than three months. I suspect my original score was factored into the equation. I predict it will actually be lower the next time I take it.
Be that as it may I am probably going on ANOTHER doctor hunt because this is really pissing me off. I've already noticed that my numbers are beginning to fluctuate (not into dangerous levels, but still fluctuating nevertheless).
I am also extremely ambivalent about taking Questor because I take a daily aspirin. And I don't want that to cause any side effects.
Why is it whenever I get supposedly good news I always feel WORSE?
I don't get these doctors!!!!!!!

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I have a feeling that your current doc is of the old mindset that only kids get T1. If that's the case then his pushing metformin rather than insulin makes sense. I know it doesn't help but at least it sort of explains his thought process. Further his adherence to ADA levels is another hindrance.

I was put on insulin while still in the hospital and even though my doc talked about taking me off and putting me on met, I disagreed and he listened. Bonus for him for now.

My readings still fluctuate even with insulin. A food I eat yesterday that was perfectly fine today may not be and sends me sky high. It's just something to deal with.

Keep a close watch on them and what you've eaten to cause it so you can try and control this until you get the help you needz

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I am also extremely ambivalent about taking Questor because I take a daily aspirin. And I don't want that to cause any side effects.
Before taking any statin, do read The Cholesterol delusion by Ernest N. Curtis, a cardiologist who has examined closely the original cholesterol/heart disease premise and pulled it apart piece by piece. Your local library might have a copy, but even if they don't it's cheap, a short read, and available from Amazon.

I was on Crestor and it caused serious skeletal muscle damage that I don't feel has ever been completely reversed. I now take no anti-cholesterol medications, although my last lipid tests were impressively 'improved'.


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Before taking any statin, do read The Cholesterol delusion by Ernest N. Curtis, a cardiologist who has examined closely the original cholesterol/heart disease premise and pulled it apart piece by piece. Your local library might have a copy, but it's cheap, a short read, and available from Amazon.
It won't even take up much room on your bookshelves . . . he gets it all said in a nice thin hardback book!




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Thanks for the advice.
Also, I was just going over my cholesterol scores on my A1C...
HDL: 85
Triglycerides: 147
LDL: 97
I just took an online quiz and it says I have good cholesterol.
So I want to know why in the heck do I need to take Crestor when my diet is managing my levels for me? And I think it actually went down from the last A1C.
For the record my actual doctor was not in the office today and the doctor that came in just started changing my prescriptions left and right.
She came in and said...
"Oh, your A1C says that you're at 7. We need to start getting that down because it can lead to organ damage" and et al.
So I basically told her that was way better than me being at 12.5 two months ago (and thankfully none of my organs were damaged then)!
That and retrospectively I think I took my A1C too early (my other doc wanted it done in mid April.).
Anyway...
I don't think I want to take Crestor. I am reading about the side effects and I don't know if I can deal with that in conjunction with Metformin.
Also, she switched me to another drug that was a combo of Metformin AND a low dose blood pressure drug. I don't have high blood pressure (my pressure was 100 over 70 when taken this morning).
This particular doctor I spoke with today was an intern. I don't think I like her too much.

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