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Old 04-22-2014, 00:14   #1
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Hi All, I've been eating low carb with some variation (i.e., sometimes more & sometimes less) for probably over 30 years after a diagnosis of hypoglycemia. I was formally diagnosed with diabetes about 5-6 years ago. I'm taking 500 mg metformin ER once a day with dinner but have had uncomfortable GI issues with it. I also take berberine (500 mg) twice a day, morning and evening. Berberine is reported to have metformin-like effects without the side effects. My problem now is that after a trip to Mexico my fasting BG is usually over 150, and it doesn't come down much until late afternoon. I know about the dawn phenomenon but don't know what to do about it. I thought maybe it was because I usually wait to eat breakfast for an hour or two, but this morning when I woke up at 4:30 am (NOT typical!) it was 154. I've read Jenny Ruhl's work & LCHF for Beginners. Any other ideas would be welcome.

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Old 04-22-2014, 00:31   #2
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Welcome, and sorry at the same time. How low are you talking when you say "low carb," and are you sure you didn't pick up any kind of infection? Any time I get those unexpected rises, especially my 2-hr PP (which usually drops me below my starting point) I start checking for rashes or other sneaky signs of an infection. Sorry to hear you have problems on the Metformin, as that has been working very well for me.

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Old 04-22-2014, 01:24   #3
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Are you tracking what you eat? If not It's likely your ratios of fat/protein/carb are off from where they need to be to keep your numbers down.

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Old 04-22-2014, 11:50   #4
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I find anything that stresses my body (like airplane rides or unusual eating patterns - even if the food does not spike my BG) tends to be a 'gift that keeps on giving' for weeks after life returns to normal.

However, did you get run down or ill? And how many carbs do you eat with eat meal/snack? Maybe we can help find an underlying cause.

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DXd myself with PP BG over 270
DX 12/13 with A1C 5.9
8/26/14 HbA1c 5.5
avg BG: 90 - 95 before meals, 100 - 110 one hour PP, 95 2 hours PP
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Old 04-22-2014, 14:55   #5
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Old 04-22-2014, 17:29   #6
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Welcome! Will be curious about your results if you do 3 weeks straight on 100% LCHF.

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Old 04-23-2014, 08:20   #8
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Hi, Jean. I had never heard of berberine, so I looked it up on the web. One of the side effects can be stomach problems. Perhaps that is what is causing yours as most people don't seem to have a problem taking the ER version of Metformin.

I'm one of the nosy ones here. Would you mind sharing your last A1c test result with us?

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