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Old 09-04-2012, 20:37   #21
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Diabetes. Sorry but I don't think there is any doubt that you are entitled to full membership of the forum. The idea of "pre diabetic" is meaningless. Rather akin to being "just a little pregnant".

So, managing your blood glucose is now the task you need to take on board since your pancreas is no longer doing it automatically for you. Another couple of sections of Blood Sugar 101 that you want to look at is What is a Normal Blood Sugar? and How to Lower Your Blood Sugar .

Over the next few months your best friend should be your glucose meter. Think hard about the level of carbohydrates you eat. Test yourself before you eat, then one hour afterwards and ideally again at two hours. You are looking for numbers less than 100, then less than 140 and finally less than 120.

A good doctor is worth having and Metformin is an inexpensive first line drug to help manage your numbers. But it won't do a lot without your attention to diet. Some of the other drugs are "faster acting" but have a baggage of side effects that make metformin's "gastric distress" trivial.

The good news? If that 6.5 is your HbA1c number, then you are a lot better off than many of the others on the forum. I started at 8.2% two years ago. I don't now use any medication - just diet and exercise and my fasting average is 84. So it can be done ! Good luck.

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Thanks so much I'm going to start reading....

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Welcome, I was diagnosed a few months ago and put on metformin as well, twice a day. I agree with what everyone else says about it.. my doctor told me they actually prescribe it for things other than diabetes and it's safe. (this was her response when I said WHY?? when she said she would start me off at once a day and "see how it goes", I think she mean the stomach discomfort that can and did happen at first).

Your numbers are already better than mine, I am averaging around 140 most mornings but I am still working on it.

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Welcome Lopez82! Sorry you had to join our little club! But take heart you can do a lot to bring your numbers down and live a long and complication free life!

I was diagnosed in Feb of this year with a fasting bg of 243 and an A1c of 9.5%. My last A1c in June was 5.7% and my fasting average for the last 4 weeks is 75.9. That in just 7 months!

Diet is important and is one of the best way to start those numbers coming down. Many of us here eat a low carb/high fat diet. It sounds totally against everything we have been taught but it does work!! Here is a good place to read about it.
I eat a very low carb/high fat ketogenic diet, but you can get similar results w/out being in ketosis. You just have to eliminate all the foods that make your bg go up above about 140. Its not easy at first, you need to log your food so you can see which ones are OK and which ones aren't. Your motto for a while is going to be test, test, test, and adjust according to your results.

Exercise can also help. As little as walking or as hard as you want to go or are used to doing. Test your numbers before exercise and after too. You may see a rise at first right after, but over the long haul, it will help bring your numbers down.

It is sort of overwhelming at first and most likely a pretty big lifestyle change, but soon you will be doing it second nature and probably will feel better than you have in a long while. Stick around and ask any questions you have, someone will come along with an answer.

Glad you found us!

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Old 09-07-2012, 06:01   #25
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Youre getting alot of good info from others. I just want to add this. Dont worry about the label. Knowing youre either diabetic or pre diabetic is to your advantage so you can work on gaining good consistent control which only benefits you. And diabetic or pre diabetic are the same thing.....just different spots on the timeline of your life. Everyone has issues of one kind or another and no one ever dies perfectly healthy. The more good control you learn to maintain the longer youll live a healthier life.

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About 2 years ago when I was dx, I was on metformin + Januvia and do tested before meal and 2 hrs after meal. Numbers are good but somehow my A1C kept soaring at 8-9. I thought, uhm,.. well,... as long as my 2hrs after meal are at 140, I'm fine, because my pancreas is working

My fasting always stayed at 110 - 120 and I said, uhmmm... OK,... no need to worry. I'll start worrying when it up to 150.

Now I know I was wrong. I should do the 1 hrs after test which most of the carbs attacked me. And I should've do whatever it necessary to keep my fasting below 100.

I hate to tell you that you are diabetic and the faster you accept your condition, the longer you will live. I'm sorry if I'm de-motivating you but I think I have a moral obligation to tell you the truth.

There's only 1 cure for diabetic. ACCEPT IT.

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Yeah I def got that from this forum. I'm glad I joined.

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Diabetes. Sorry but I don't think there is any doubt that you are entitled to full membership of the forum. The idea of "pre diabetic" is meaningless. Rather akin to being "just a little pregnant".

So, managing your blood glucose is now the task you need to take on board since your pancreas is no longer doing it automatically for you. Another couple of sections of Blood Sugar 101 that you want to look at is What is a Normal Blood Sugar? and How to Lower Your Blood Sugar .

Over the next few months your best friend should be your glucose meter. Think hard about the level of carbohydrates you eat. Test yourself before you eat, then one hour afterwards and ideally again at two hours. You are looking for numbers less than 100, then less than 140 and finally less than 120.

A good doctor is worth having and Metformin is an inexpensive first line drug to help manage your numbers. But it won't do a lot without your attention to diet. Some of the other drugs are "faster acting" but have a baggage of side effects that make metformin's "gastric distress" trivial.

The good news? If that 6.5 is your HbA1c number, then you are a lot better off than many of the others on the forum. I started at 8.2% two years ago. I don't now use any medication - just diet and exercise and my fasting average is 84. So it can be done ! Good luck.
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