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Old 06-10-2017, 18:52   #1
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Well yesterday was a bummer. I've gone from decades of being insulin resistant w/old history of passing out from reactive hypoglycemia to now yesterday's A1C of 8.2! First diagnosed w/ T2 last fall, at 6.2. Got Rx for Metformin yesterday and not happy because I 'tried' to control it with diet alone. Obviously did not work, so obviously not eating correctly because I do believe that carbs are the culprit. My fault for not being more careful and committed, and for not planning ahead better. The intro video of a TED talk was exactly what I needed on so many levels. Even my grandkids have asked me how I could be fat when I don't eat much So, I came online to find a forum and here it was. I will not take insulin; I will not become just another part of the Big Experiment and dependent on pharmaceuticals. I will fight rather than sit and cry. Well, usually eh.

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Yes carbs are the enemy, despite all the BS they keep telling us. It is not our fault because something on us doesn't work right anymore, we didn't fail, we just malfunctioned and have to adapt.

Some people can do it on diet alone, others may need to add exercise to that, and others may have to add some meds to that. A little secret, metformin does have other benefits besides helping us indirectly lower out BG. It can also reduce inflammation and aide in prevention of some types of cancer. And insulin should not be lumped in with the other diabetes drugs that are being pedaled by big pharma. It is a needed hormone and if your pancreas can not make enough or cannot make any, you may just need it to live.

I do love your fighting attitude, I would be on your side any day!!!

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Think I've had this since 2003. Told I was Type 2 lean on 2/13/12.
a1c 8.8 (8/2011) 5.2 (07/2019)
TC 183 LDL 102 HDL 65 TG 52 (02/20/2020)
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64 YY Love the LCHF diet. The cheese goes well with my whine

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SNIP A little secret, metformin does have other benefits besides helping us indirectly lower out BG. It can also reduce inflammation and aide in prevention of some types of cancer. SNIP
Interesting about the anti-inflammatory aspect of Metformin; as of this moment I loathe the stuff with its causing diarrhea. Have added 'metamucil-like' supplement and will start back on probiotics tonight. Since I have apparently a massive amount of inflammation, e.g., a laundry list of autoimmune disorders and variety of arthridities, I may give Metformin the benefit of the doubt and try to be objective.

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If you are on the regular metformin, you could ask for the extended release version, it is said to be more "user friendly" if your ill effects from it linger. I'm on regular metformin and have no problems with it....now. I wouldn't say that the first couple of three weeks I started on it. I remember having a bad gut cramp while walking for exercise one evening and almost had to drop trow behind a guardrail.

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Think I've had this since 2003. Told I was Type 2 lean on 2/13/12.
a1c 8.8 (8/2011) 5.2 (07/2019)
TC 183 LDL 102 HDL 65 TG 52 (02/20/2020)
Supplemental vitamins and electrolytes
64 YY Love the LCHF diet. The cheese goes well with my whine

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If you are on the regular metformin, you could ask for the extended release version, it is said to be more "user friendly" if your ill effects from it linger. I'm on regular metformin and have no problems with it....now. I wouldn't say that the first couple of three weeks I started on it. I remember having a bad gut cramp while walking for exercise one evening and almost had to drop trow behind a guardrail.
Thanks; I'll try to be 'patient' and see if this resolves. If not, well...I'll give the ER type a try. I have a life to live and it doesn't include being chained to the throne.

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Thanks; I'll try to be 'patient' and see if this resolves. If not, well...I'll give the ER type a try. I have a life to live and it doesn't include being chained to the throne.
I know this is silly but double check your dosage too. My friend just talked to me yesterday and told me he took 2 pills twice a day because he read the dosage wrong and he should only have been taking 1 pill twice a day...

the result was that he was chained to the bathroom...

I would talk to the doctor. If you are taking the right dosage the doctor has prescribed, then it still might be too much and you might need a lower dosage.

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Blood Sugar 101 - VERY informative and accurate
http://www.diabetesforum.com/diabete...ng-method.html a tried and true testing method
https://www.dietdoctor.com/low-carb lists foods for LCHF

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Hello MM and welcome aboard! You have just joined with a very large group of folks who have walked many of the same roads you are now traveling. We can share our experiences and support you by understanding what it really is like being a diabetic.

I was diagnosed over 10 years ago and went through many of the thoughts you have shared with us. I was going to lick this disease and never, ever take insulin shots.....!

I was successful just taking metformin, although like you it messed me up for maybe 6-8 weeks! Cramps, diarrhea, etc. But it did slowly get better and ended up just giving me gas....which it still does. But I have stayed with it. Now I tried a lot of different diets over the years, South beach, and one other low carb diet, I cannot recall the name....but in time my cravings and down right hunger got to me.....Although my fasting AM blood sugars were pretty good at around 110 -125. This went on for 8 years. Then on one of my regular doctor appointments I found out my A1c was at 9.7? The doctor wanted to put me on insulin and did start me on Januvia! I refused to take insulin and said I can change my diet....actually I was in panic big time! Eventually that year the doctor put me on slow acting insulin. I take it once a day at bedtime...it helped and is not a big deal to me!

Then while searching the internet for something that might help I found this website.

After reading through the website and then doing the recommend reading on line...especially Blood Sugar 101, I decided this was surely worth a try. The first couple of weeks were interesting, my blood sugars came down nicely within3-4 days, and amazingly I started losing weight, lots of weight. Within a couple of weeks I stopped feeling hungry, in fact after eating I felt really full! And my late evening craving for sweets....completely stopped...for the first time in my life I had control of my eating and now my diabetes....

Six months later, at my Doctor appointment, my A1c came in at 5.8! I had dropped 50lbs, going from 320lbs to 270lbs....my blood pressure was 120/75, and Cholesterol was a bit higher, but still within the ok rang for diabetics (I had stopped taking my statin drug and I did eat lots of fats, red meats, cheese, Heavy Whipping Cream, etc. which is important when following low carb high fat eating....! I was still taking insulin, but went from injecting 126u nightly down to 25u nightly....

So this is just my highlights and my A1c is still between 5.8 and 6.2 and my weight is still at 270. I need to start exercising to take my weight to the next level. But.....I have been healthy like this since the spring of 2015 when I started following the LCHF model....I have control of my disease.....

Read up and come on in, the weather is fine!

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I know this is silly but double check your dosage too. My friend just talked to me yesterday and told me he took 2 pills twice a day because he read the dosage wrong and he should only have been taking 1 pill twice a day...

the result was that he was chained to the bathroom...

I would talk to the doctor. If you are taking the right dosage the doctor has prescribed, then it still might be too much and you might need a lower dosage.
Thanks; yes, I'm on the right one: 500 mg 2x a day. (2 tabs). Since I'm also on a 10-day rx of an antibiotic that could also be the culprit, 'time will tell.' Meantime, I just stocked up on some groceries for LCHF and ate meal one of this day. (I somehow fell into the habit of two 'meals' a day with one or two snacks. It works for me; I'm just never hungry for 3x a day -- unless I ate out first meal and ended up 'hungry' for the next 18 hours.) Actually I feel sooooo good about clearing out the carbs. This forum rocks!

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