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Old 09-03-2018, 19:57   #1
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Currently taking 2x750 ER morning and my a1c is 5.1. I been with stomach issues all week due to taking sertraline/Zoloft so have not taken any met for two days. I eat low carb with an occasional slip up of a goodie now and then. I’ve been in keto since mid June but would rather do low carb so I can enjoy a few carbs here and there. What will happen if I go off met? I am borderline diabetic. Will my blood sugar go all crazy?!

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what is borderline diabetic? did the doctor tell you you were prediabetic and give you metformin?

you have 2 options..

go to your doctor and tell them you want to gradually get off the medicine
slowly go off yourself making sure you eat to your meter a lot until you know what raises your BS and what doesnt

if you go off on your own, I would reduce the dosage in half and then take a reading before each meal and then 1 hour and 2 hours after. this will tell you if your body is doing ok with the reduced medicine.

if after 2 weeks you have no bad spikes at all, then maybe stop taking it and continue to take your readings before you eat and 1 hour and 2 hours after.

if after a few weeks you know what you can eat and what you cant and your readings are always steady... maybe you can make the decision to remove the medication

a doctor should always be involved in this decision but I know sometimes doctors dont always do whats right for us so there are times to do it ourselves.

this decision needs to be carefully decided and monitored

Here are some good starting points to read

Blood Sugar 101 - VERY informative and accurate a tried and true testing method lists foods for LCHF

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if you are only taking metformin, then am I correct to say that you have never experienced low blood sugars? I guessing that your liver and pancreas are pretty much doing what they are supposed to. if so, you might do very well on a low carb diet. there is no need to stop metformin, I would get a pill cutter and reduce your dose as as necessary.

in my opinion, you dont want to be known as the person who stop his meds to go on a diet

, it is better to say that you are managing your diabetes through diet and don't currently require meds.

subtle difference but an important one. if you ever fall away from a healthy diet, you musnt not take your meds for several years.

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Don't cut your Medformin if they are time release.

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