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Old 02-14-2019, 04:09   #1
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Good evening. Finding it difficult to write an introduction. Donít really know what to say; I guess, other than Iím glad I found this forum. Iíve got so many concerns and such little knowledge as I begin this new chapter in my life. For 3-4 years I was (self diagnosed) with hypoglycemia. Even to the point where I experienced bouts of syncope on 5 different occasions over the course of a couple years. The Doctors would never or maybe could not confirm what I self diagnosed. All I knew was I could tell when my glucose was slipping south of...say 70. So for the past couple of years I monitored my blood sugar almost daily and always kept a pack of skittles close by. Itís only been two months now after seeing the Dr. about my high blood pressure, well...ĒtheyĒ say itís high (145/95) so they put me on a dietetic water pill and sure enough my blood pressure has went down nicely BUT my blood sugar jumped 20-30 points. So now, Iíve begun the Metformin ďtreatmentĒ. I know thereís another term for it, also starts with a ďtĒ but I canít remember what itís called at the moment. 1 pill for a week, then 2 for 2 weeks, then 4 from then on. Crazy if you ask me, but weíll see how things go. I told the Dr. Iíll try it and see. Week 2 begins Saturday. So in a nutshell, thatís my introduction. I go by Robb otherwise, retired from the Army in 1991, retired as a civilian in 2015. Married 19 years this April, 8 wonderful grandkids. Love riding my Harley when the snowís not here but living in Northern Minnesota, thatís only 5 months out of the year. What else??? I donít know...guess weíll hit the submit button and turn out the night light for now. Looking forward to much wisdom and sage advice.

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Old 02-14-2019, 04:13   #2
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Welcome, Robb, from the capital of our great state! Nice to have you aboard!

What are your goals in joining the forum? Are you particularly interested in treatment options, dietary considerations, support for managing your blood glucose?

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Old 02-14-2019, 04:25   #3
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Hey Steve. Goals? I donít know. I guess to be around like minded folks sharing a common experience. To gain knowledge and learn the inís and outís of living and managing life with diebetes. Thanks for your speedy response.

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Old 02-14-2019, 04:35   #4
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Hi Rob, glad you found us, sorry you had to though.

I am guessing the doctor did diagnose pre-diabetes with the prescription for metformin. Would that "T" word be titrate? That is usually the best way to start metformin, slowly at first and increasing it over time. Metformin has been know to cause some digestive system "discomfort" for some when first starting to take it. If you have those problems and they should go away soon. Is the metformin that you are taking the extended release version? If not, and the regular metformin gives you issues, you might want to get your doctor to switch you over to the extended release, it is said to be more user friendly.

Suggest you spend some time reading some info about diabetes and how to best manage it at Bloodsugar101. It is loaded with information about diabetes, with links to where the author's information came from. It is straight up. and tells a lot in an easy to understand way. You will get a lot of questions answered there, but if it brings up some new questions or does't explain something to your satisfaction, someone here can probably help. There is a wealth of knowledge about diabetes and personal experiences, good and bad, that the members here don't mind sharing.

Looking forward to your future posts.

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Old 02-14-2019, 04:43   #5
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Titrate...thatís it. Donít know if my Metformin is extended release. The Dr. prescribed Metformin SA. Said the SA is easier to adjust to. Iíll check out the Bloodsuga101; thanks.

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Extended release (ER, XR), sustained release (SR), sustained action (SA) and several others are the same thing.

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Welcome to the forum.

You'll find, as you read the threads, that the common goal for most of us is to gain good control of our diabetes. To that end, most have also reduced the type of food that causes blood glucose (BG) to rise in the first place - carbohydrates. Some need meds, some need insulin, but all of us want to see lower BG numbers when we test.

I also had hypoglycemia for several years. I treated it with a low-carb way of eating (at the time, Atkins was the most prominent). It worked very well to keep my BG stable - at that time I wasn't testing (didn't even know about glucose meters). Eventually I stopped going hypo and went back to eating a lot of carbs. Several years later, about 10 years now, my BG became high enough so that I received a diabetes dx. I went back to Atkins and brought my BG down considerably. I've stayed on this way of eating, with some minor adjustments, ever since.

I joined a diabetes forum right away after dx. and have learned so much about diabetes in general, and about my personal diabetes. I liked the information on www.bloodsugar101.com so much that I bought the book (and loan it out often). It is about the best diabetes resource there is.

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Hi Rob...welcome aboard! I am a male, 68 years old and have had type 2 diabetes for over 14 years. I am retired and my wife and I will celebrate our 50th later this year. I have six Grandchildren, aren't they the best!


I found this website in 2015. At that time my overall health was beginning to slip including my A1c (a test giving an average blood sugar for the last 90 days). Doctor use this figure to determine how we have been doing on controlling our blood sugar. Anyway, mine was getting dangerously high almost up to 7 when I wanted to keep it as close to 6 as possible. I was taking 4 metformin pills a day (2000 mg) and injecting slow acting insulin before bed.


When I read 'Blood Sugar 101' I learned a ton of information. Most importantly, I learned that a major way for me to control my blood sugar was to reduce my daily intake of carbohydrates. Now I already knew this, but every time I tried that I got hungry and craved 'carb' food(e.g. potatoes, crackers, sweets, pasta, etc. etc.) What was unique and different about this Blood Sugar 101 is they said to offset your lack of carbs, you must increase you fat intake...giving you body another source of energy. This is not a diet, I eat as much as I want, have snacks whenever, etc. It is a change in what we eat, not how much....I thought to myself..."Self, you can do this!"


I tried it and guess what it actually worked! Within six months my A1c was 5.8! My blood pressure normalized, my weight began dropping, now down over 70lbs. My energy level is up and my overall health has dramatically improved.....AND I never craved or got hungry!


This website and the information it provided saved my life and improved my life very quickly...my doctor calls me his "Poster Child for older male diabetics"...
come on in the water really is fine...

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Hello, and welcome to the forum. I hope we can all be of some help and encouragement to you. This is a great forum full of wonderful folks.

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You've joined a group of very supportive, knowledgeable, and supportive people. I'm glad you found us and hope you stick around!

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