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Old 01-07-2019, 19:55   #1
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I've been diagnosed with diabetes, and recent before meals blood tests have me in the 140's. I've made changes in my diet and am taking Metformin. I know everyone is different, but I was wondering how quickly might someone see a dropping in the numbers? Weeks, months, years?

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I hate to say it but ... it depends

changes in your diet.... 2 hamburgers instead of 4?

1 pound of pasta instead of 2?

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vegan?

too many variables to make that assessment

but I believe 'in general' if you are eating much better and you are taking metformin, I believe you should see improvement within a week or 2. The metformin should be helping move the glucose into the cells so the number should decrease

but there are lots of variables

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I hate to say it but ... it depends

changes in your diet.... 2 hamburgers instead of 4?

1 pound of pasta instead of 2?

all Keto...

vegan?

too many variables to make that assessment

but I believe 'in general' if you are eating much better and you are taking metformin, I believe you should see improvement within a week or 2. The metformin should be helping move the glucose into the cells so the number should decrease

but there are lots of variables
Thanks, that answers it for me. Gives me a timeline to check for improvement. And if not, make additional changes.

My diet was never bad, just too much, and too many carbs. But now all added sugar is gone, (Like in coffee) as are carbs. Mostly fish, veggies, and a little chicken.

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Mostly fish, veggies, and a little chicken.
Good for you!

But pay a little attention to the veggies -- carbs is carbs and your body will turn root vegetables, corn, peas, winter squash, and even large quantities of tomatoes and onions into glucose just as well as it does the sugar in your coffee.

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Kaiso....welcome to the forum.

You have surrounded yourself and a very large group of fellow diabetics. We will share our experiences and give you our thoughts regarding what you ask. Most of us are not medical professionals, but many of us have been dealing with this disease for many years, including doing tons of reading and research on this subject and related issues. Knowledge is key to success in taking control of diabetes.

You seem to be off to a great start as you are aware that changes in carb intake is critical to taking control of this disease. Since diabetes is a progressive disease, anytime your blood sugar rises over 140 your sugar levels actually begin to damage cells. Over time, this damage will manifest in any of several forms of diabetic complications. Therefore, most of us on here work hard at limiting our daily carb intake and then monitoring our blood sugars regularly.

For us dropping carb intake must be offset by increasing fat intake. Otherwise, in time the cravings and feeling of hunger will wear you down. If you increase your fat intake, these craving will go away and you will feel full. Below are two websites you should check out to get a better understanding. The information provided is a foundation that most of us on hear discuss. Therefore, we all have the same base of information. Check it out!

http://www.bloodsugar101.com/

http://www.dietdoctor.com/lchf


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Your off to a good start. Really depends on individual and many factors, If I remember took me approx 2 years. 1st year was the most difficult, educating myself, pushing away meals I loved and mentally motivating myself to exercise and remembering to check levels. Gosh, giving up the soda was a nightmare !!!!!!! I was drinking 2-4 liters per day for years ! Once I made decision to get proactive about diabetes, and help/support of forum, I haven't looked back since. Good luck.

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For myself, I was diagnosed in May 2018 and changed my diet to Low Carb, Atkins. I take 2 meds and a few supplements. I don't exercise very much. I was able to lower my A1c from 13 to 6.9 in 6 months time. I was impatient but people kept telling me that it takes time. They were right.

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I've been diagnosed with diabetes, and recent before meals blood tests have me in the 140's. I've made changes in my diet and am taking Metformin. I know everyone is different, but I was wondering how quickly might someone see a dropping in the numbers? Weeks, months, years?
When I went through it, it took metformin ( and other lifestyle and diet changes) about 4 weeks to lower and stabilize my blood glucose numbers.

I believe it will be different for you, there are just too many factors to consider. With that said, I hope it gives you a better sense of what to expect.

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I've been diagnosed with diabetes, and recent before meals blood tests have me in the 140's. I've made changes in my diet and am taking Metformin. I know everyone is different, but I was wondering how quickly might someone see a dropping in the numbers? Weeks, months, years?
Welcome Kaiso! I was diagnosed with T2 in May 2017. My A1C was 10.5! A year later, my A1C was 5.6.

I cut out as much carbs as I could...bread, pasta, rice, corn, potatoes, beans, most fruits, etc. Doc prescribed 1000mg Metformin per day.

I asked a lot of questions, and everyone on this forum is very helpful. With their support and guidance, I was able to lower my A1C drastically.

My A1C probably lowered a lot sooner than year. It's just that I was in between doctors at the time, so I didn't do labs until a whole year after my initial lab work.

Good luck to you. You can do it!

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