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Old 11-18-2015, 02:32   #1
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I came across the website by fluke while doing some random diabetes search .I noticed how busy the forum was and figured it was a no brainer to sign up .

I was diagnosed on nov 2 with an ac1 of 12.2 with a dx of type 2 .I had lost 30+ pounds but I was probably 60 pounds overweight so I didnt mind mysteriously shedding pounds while still eating like theres no tommorrow .Little did I know until being diagnosed that my body was trying to tell me something with the unexplained weight loss .Other symptoms were general tiredness and frequent urination .I chalked up the frequent urination to drinking alot of water throughout the day and the tiredness on overall poor eating habits / lack of physical activity .

doc prescribed metformin twice a day (5oo mg).

I've had steady improvement with my BS levels since nov 2 ranging from 10/12 the first few days and for the past week I've been in the 6/9 range .I suspect the doc will likely increase me to 3 pills a day to see if that gets me to under 7 with regularity .

I'm a total newbie to all this so I'm sure theres hundreds of things I need to learn and wrap my head around .I have group meeting tommorrow morning with dietician / nutritionist for more insight into the do's and dont's and a follow up with doc next week .

sorry for rambling --looking forward to getting to know my way around the forum and the wealth of information regarding diabetes its members will share .

Randy

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Old 11-18-2015, 03:26   #2
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Hi Randy, welcome.

Don't expect much from metformin at that low dose. Were you advised to also reduce carbohydrates? The metformin has a better chance of helping and not giving you digestive distress with low carb eating.

Yeah 10 is way too high, anything over 7.8, at any time, is doing damage to your body. I recommend you read up on diabetes at Bloodsugar101, it is packed with good information that is very sensibly presented and backed up with the sources of the information.

Your visit with dietician/nutritionist will probably get you recommendations of eating way too many carbs to get control of your blood glucose. Many of us eat less than 50 grams per day. We know it works, and it works without taking dangerous drugs. Stay with us and we can help you get on track.

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Old 11-24-2015, 10:21   #4
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thanks for the welcoming .

the visit was a somewhat informative with another follow up in 6 weeks for session 2 .I visit family doc on thur and anticipate a bump in metformin to 3 x a day .

I've had good reading the past few days ; mostly in the low 7 range and some 6.

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Randy....Welcome! Most all of us here have been down the roads you are now traveling. I began my journey with diabetes, type 2, over 8 years ago. I am 65 and now retired. I take 2000mgs of metformin and inject slow acting insulin once before bed.

Last fall, for the first time, I saw a change in my ability to 'control' my blood sugars. My A1c had climbed up to 7.9 and even when I tried to 'reduce' my carb intake and control my eating I was only able to reduce my A1c to 7.3, which I knew would destroy my health if I did not get it under control.

Lucky for me I found this site in April of this year. And after doing lots of research and reading Blood Sugar 101 I decided to try this Low Carb High Fat lifestyle. So after getting me a new meter and about 400 test strips, because LCHF is all about Eating to your meter (testing to see what you can eat without driving your Blood Sugar (BS) into dangerous levels). I started following LCHF on 5/1/15!

It was amazing within 2 weeks my BS was stable and staying within 'normal ranges'. At the time I started my A1c was 7.3, I weighed 320lbs, had high blood pressure, High cholesterol, etc. etc. Flip forward to July of this year in my check up with my doctor. My A1c was 5.8! Blood Pressure 125/75! Cholesterol better than when I was 30! and I weighted 285lbs. without dieting or exercise. What's not to like? I have no cravings for food, I feel full all the time and when I do eat It taste so darn good! This LCHF life has saved me from myself and given me control over my diabetes.

By the way I have also been able to reduce my nightly injections from 126units, which is a lot, down to 35u while reducing my overall BS readings. Some here, in time, have actually been able to get off of all medications, just by eating LCHF!

Read and learn what LCHF is all about, and understand what works and why it works....then do your own research....join us, the answer your are looking for is right here to take control of your diabetes...

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Old 11-28-2015, 12:42   #6
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as anticipated , he bumped me up to 500 mg x 2 , twice a day and so far so good .

its only been a few days since starting new dosage so I dont want to get overly excited over the numbers (under 7 for entire days worth of readings).

my workplace is going to be stressful over the next few weeks as we implement an entirely new operating system ; during the holiday season no doubt

I'm confident that I'll continue to do the right things but the stress level could get a bit crazy so I'll have to find a new mantra to keep my sanity

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If you're in the habit of stress eating, then you could have your hands full trying to avoid your usual comfort foods. We'll just keep our fingers crossed for you these next few weeks!

Your metformin works best when combined with the low-carb/high-fat way-of-eating; when you use with higher carb meals, it is more likely to cause gastric distress, and you don't need that. Prof. Schofield outlines a good LCHF plan as long as you ignore his advice about taking a 'whatever' day. For diabetics, it's best to stay on plan 24/7 because diabetes never takes any holidays, so our control can't either. And using LCHF along with a test technique we call Eat-to-Your-Meter will have you in good control in no time. You already have the Blood Sugar 101 link, so you should have all the best tools to take on the diabetes wars.




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na , I've done a complete 36o with my eating habits .I'll reach for celery , cucumber , walnuts , almonds as a snack whether the work stress gets to me or not .

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I cannot recall the exact details but Metformin take a while to be at optimum in your system. I think it is like 3 weeks before you will see the complete impact of changing your dosages.

Also for stress eating....I have a couple of favorites...

Fried Pork Rinds dipped in Salsa.....you get the crunch and a bit of spice...with low carbs...

I buy Walnuts and Pecans in the shell at Nuts.com! Great for a snack as cracking them and picking them helps with stress as well as enjoying the low carb health benefits....

Good Luck

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thanks again everyone for the replies and advice .

I'm having some really good readings this past week .....

mostly 6.5 or under .I know I still have a ways to get to the 4-5 zone but I'd hate to have to take the max dose of metformin (5x)

currently @ 2 pills , twice daily .

not liking the tingling in my feet symptoms either

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