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Old 12-20-2011, 09:37   #1
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Hi, I've been lurking here for a bit and got some great info, now decided to make it official to join the "exclusive" group. Here is a little background, I was dx with GD with my son and was insulin dependent from 30wks on, took NPH before bedtime, I was induced at 39wks6days, delivery was uneventful and the baby's blood sugar was normal. 2months after the delivery, I was dx with type II for HbA1C of 6.5. After being on LC diet,weight loss and workout, my HbA1C went down to 6.0, FSBG 106, cholestrol 176,other lipid within normal ranges, during that visit, my endo said he will put me on metformin and statin once i'm done breastfeeding. What is the reason to put me on medication when my blood sugar and is being control with diet and workout and my lipids are normal? He told me is the "standard of care". I'm really trying hard to not go on medication for different reasons.

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Hi Gemini - thank you for joining up! It seems to me that you're doing pretty well controlling your levels, they aren't too high, but they aren't too low either. Are you testing postprandial levels?

I would refuse the statins out of hand. Standard of care? Horsefeathers! Statins are too dangerous to be passed around like beer nuts. Just tell him no thanks.

The metformin is an old and very safe drug which helps with insulin resistance if your numbers start to climb - and it can suppress appetite too, if weight loss is an issue. But if you decide metformin is okay, still request the extended release version - don't just take whatever he hands out.

If docs insist on just doing what they've been taught, then we have to stick to our guns & make our own decisions. We know our bodies better than anyone, and if you're testing a lot and recording your readings, you can show him your log & ask why exactly does he think you need met.

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Old 12-20-2011, 11:33   #3
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Sorry for asking this question but isnt statin meant for cholestrol ? If it id lls then are your numbers not fine ?

By the way welcome to the group....

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Old 12-20-2011, 12:38   #4
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My fasting # is 80s-low 100, I'm still learning what i can and cannot eating by testing, but to be honest, i'm only testing PP when i'm eating something new, and 2hrs PP has been running low 100-150. About the statins, the endo said because diabetics are prone for heart disease, that is why he wants me to be on it, I politely declined, i'm not against medication, but if i don't need it, i don't want to be on it.

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I have been taking a statin for many years. My cholesterol was 280+ when I started, now it is 120+. I have not had any side effects from the statin, but some people do.

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2hrs PP has been running low 100-150.
Hi, gemini. Most of us try to keep our bg below 140 if we can. At 140, we can end up with some pretty nasty complications. Other than that, your numbers look good to me.

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Old 12-20-2011, 18:41   #7
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Welcome! I agree that it is important to listen to your Dr. After all they did go to school for a long time, but I also feel it is important to listen to your heart. Good luck

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Welcome!

It looks like you will be fine, diabetes-wise. Hormonal changes can wreak havoc. Once you've weaned the little one, glucose control may get easier or harder -- no way to tell at present. So your doc is wise to hold off on the Metformin for now. Later, you'll likely be the best judge as to whether it's necessary.

The current trend is to prescribe statins for all diabetics, no matter how good or bad their lipid levels are. I don't believe trends necessarily equal good medicine.

Personally, I would refuse statins outright if my lipids were good. And if they are not, I would still do my own research (there are a lot of links and discussion on this Forum, for starters) before adding statins to my regimen.

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Hi, gemini. Before diabetes, my cholesterol was higher and the doc wanted to put me on a statin, but I refused. Now that I have diabetes and have been eating LCHF, my last cholesterol check was 178, but the doc said my other lipids are within balance, so he isn't concerned about it and doesn't think a statin is in order. If you continue to eat the way you have been, your cholesterol should go down on its own.

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Old 12-22-2011, 11:21   #10
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thank you for all the reply. My cholestrol did come down when I'm doing the LC diet. by the way, how does that work, eating more fat and cholestrol will come down on its own? it's a little confusing to me.

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