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Old 09-22-2015, 15:05   #1
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Hello, I am new to the Diabetes Forum. I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes in 1988. In 2005, was diagnosed pre-diabetic, and now I am full blown T2 diabetic. I have been on Metformin since 2005, gradually increasing my dosage to 2000 mg a day. It is my understanding 2000 mg is the max, but I do see that some of you take 2500 mg a day. My endo, who I started seeing in July, added Victoza but I had very serious side effects after just one day so I do not take the Victoza. I am scheduled to see my endo in October. Wondering if 2000mg v. 2500 mg of Metformin makes a difference, and if I should ask about another increase. My morning fasting blood sugars seem to be high-around 137-143. My A1C was 6.4 in July.

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Correction: Please see the posts below for the correct dosage of the two versions. My apologies for the mis-information.

Have you modified your way of eating to try to help with this condition? Many forum members find that simply cutting back on the carbohydrate content of their meals and increasing the natural fats has a very significant impact. Have a look in our Diabetes Diet and Nutrition - The Diabetes Forum Support Community For Diabetics Online for a few ideas in this regard.

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I believe the standard (immediate release) version has the higher allowed dosage. Seems counterintuitive.

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I think you split up the regular and can take up to 2550 mg per day and the ER can be all at once up to 2000 mg per day.

I've only had regular version 500 mg twice per day.

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Hi, I was taking 2000mg. metformin for several months. Your BS and AIC are better than mine was. My Dr. increased my dose to 2500mg. However, since I took the 1,000mgER tabs (2) He gave me 500mg. tabs and I took them as needed; when I had high BS. I was recently diagnosed with LADA/type 1.5 and switched to insulin. Best wishes!

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I took them as needed; when I had high BS.
That's puzzling that you are taking metformin "as needed" since it is a drug that works in the liver to reduce it's stores of glycogen (which are converted to glucose and put into the bloodstream). It doesn't have any immediate effect on BG but must build up in the blood for effectiveness.

It would be insulin that one would take to lower high BG.

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Hello Bon

Many of us on this forum are able to control our BG through a change in diet. Since it is carbohydrates that raise BG, it makes sense to limit this type of food.

Another very important way to lower your blood sugar is to test how your meals are effecting your BG. Are you testing anytime other than fasting?

There is a very good website Blood Sugar 101 that not only will give you a good understanding of diabetes, but the section "How To Lower Your Blood Sugar" outlines a testing regimen that we all have found works wonders for us. On this forum we call this way of testing "Eat To Your Meter" - essentially, if a food raises our BG above 140, then we don't eat it.

What we have found is that greatly reducing carbs, and increasing fats, is what keeps our BG low and stable. For an overview of this way of eating check out LCHF for Beginners – the Low Carb, High Fat Diet

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