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Old 08-30-2012, 00:37   #1
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Hi everyone. My name is Tracey. I am 38 years old, live in Ohio and 10 days ago was diagnosed with diabetes. It has been a rollercoaster 10 days.

Have a ? for everyone. So last Monday night (08/20), the day of my diagnosis, I tested my blood sugar before bed for the first time and my reading was 330. Last night, 08/28, it was 197. My doctor started me on 500mg of metformin for 1 week, and then it increased to 1000mg of metformin. Should I be discouraged that it is not coming down faster? Will it drop more?? I have done a COMPLETE diet change. The only carbs I get are from veggies and no sugar other than what comes in food. No sweet, no bread, no chips, etc.

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Hi Tracy- Welcome! I'm Type 1 on a pump so don't know much about Metformin. Others will be along to help out soon.

I am a BUCKEYE though!! From the west central part of the state.

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Very cool! I am right in the middle of the state, little place called Marion.

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I am from Sidney. About 50 miles north of Dayton and 50 south of Lima We have a few other Buckeyes on here too. Can't wait for football to start Saturday

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Old 08-30-2012, 02:06   #5
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Me too.

Ok, just tested my bedtime sugar, and it was 208. I was SO good today. I feel like I am really ready to quit. I am so discouraged.

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Tracy, with respect, you need to wrap your head around patience. You are just 10 days into your diagnosis, and this is a marathon, not a sprint.

Your numbers have come down since dx, and they will fluctuate, maddeningly so, as we learn what our bodies will tolerate and what they won't. You cannot bring down a high bg overnight, unless you are on an insulin drip. Metformin will not bring those numbers down on their own, and along with diet it will be a gradual process.

How do I know? Look at my sig. Those are the numbers I was dealing with. It took maybe a week to get out of the 200's, and then with the help of an additional med which I took for a couple of weeks or so (not recommended). But as I stuck with it, my numbers did fall.

Hang in there! Take your metformin, keep your carbs to an absolute minimum, test your bg regularly, and it will happen. Really

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Thanks moon. I am just really impatient and want this done. So my dr said I need 3 meals and 3 snacks. Here is what I ate today.

Breakfast - slimfast 2carb shake
Snack - 2 boiled eggs
Lunch - some grilled chicken and pork cutlet and green beans and a sugar free jellow.
Snack - Raw cauliflower
Dinner - turkey taco salad (ground turkey with taco seasoning, lettuce, sour cream, salsa and cheese)

Does anything jump out as bad?? The only carbs were from veggies/condiments and it had to be less than 10 - 20 carbs today.

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Just my personal opinion but:

Don't be too quick to bring your blood sugar down fast.

Your brain has desensitized itself to glucose because of the higher levels that you have been at. If you bring your blood glucose down too fast your brain will not have the glucose it needs and you can feel very bad and get very fatigued. This is common among over enthusiastic new diabetics.

Also Metformin can take up to 6 weeks to obtain it's full effect.

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Hi everyone. My name is Tracey. I am 38 years old, live in Ohio and 10 days ago was diagnosed with diabetes. It has been a rollercoaster 10 days.

Have a ? for everyone. So last Monday night (08/20), the day of my diagnosis, I tested my blood sugar before bed for the first time and my reading was 330. Last night, 08/28, it was 197. My doctor started me on 500mg of metformin for 1 week, and then it increased to 1000mg of metformin. Should I be discouraged that it is not coming down faster? Will it drop more?? I have done a COMPLETE diet change. The only carbs I get are from veggies and no sugar other than what comes in food. No sweet, no bread, no chips, etc.

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Welcome, tracey! Met does take time most people say, so do your part and it will kick in and do its part in time. Don't give up right now just as you are getting your train on the track. Stay the course! It is not easy at first, but very obtainable...

Good luck and check out Blood Sugar 101 and other sites to gain knowledge. Then ask away...we stand here to answer. Just lean on us...

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Thanks moon. I am just really impatient and want this done. So my dr said I need 3 meals and 3 snacks. Here is what I ate today.

Breakfast - slimfast 2carb shake
Snack - 2 boiled eggs
Lunch - some grilled chicken and pork cutlet and green beans and a sugar free jellow.
Snack - Raw cauliflower
Dinner - turkey taco salad (ground turkey with taco seasoning, lettuce, sour cream, salsa and cheese)

Does anything jump out as bad?? The only carbs were from veggies/condiments and it had to be less than 10 - 20 carbs today.
If you've dropped te carbs "overnight" from a high carb diet, you may need to up the salt intake a bit. This may help with the "carb flu" or "Atkins flu" as iis also called.

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