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Hi, I am a 29 year old Type 1.5 female from Trenton, Ontario. I was diagnosed 4 years ago and it has been a rough road. I had gestational diabetes 7 years ago with my second son. I was diagnosed as Type 1.5 because I am not the typical type 2. I was 120 pounds, no family history, 25 years old. I had a C-peptide test done and it showed that I had a lot of insulin but my endocrinologist still did not believe that I was type 2. I was put on insulin right away. I now live in a different city and have new doctors. I am currently being tried on Metformin to see if I can come off of insulin. The metformin does not seem to make a very big difference and my insulin has since been increased. Just wondering if there is anyone out there that has a similar story as mine that maybe we could talk and discuss different issues.
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Hi Jackie, welcome aboard! It seems that your body may produce too little insulin for the Metformin alone to be effective. Therefore you probably need to inject insulin. You may also have insulin resistance, like a type 2 diabetic, so you would need a medicine like Metformin to help with that.

I am a type 1, which means my pancreas dos not produce any insulin, I have used insulin for 64 years. I was diagnosed in 1945, when I was 6. In the 1990s I gained weight and became insulin resistant. I was a type 1 with that type 2 characteristic. That is called double diabetes. I started taking a type 2 med in 1999, along with my insulin.

You may need as much as a month for your Metformin to be effective. If it does take effect then it would reduce the insulin resistance, and that would lower your insulin dosages. My insulin dosages had increased 40% until I started taking the type 2 med, then the dosages returned to normal.

Research double diabetes on your computer. Do you see an endocrinologist (diabetes specialist)? If not, your doctor may not be aware of double diabetes. An endocrinologist is the best kind of doctor for giving the correct diagnosis and treatment of your diabetes.

Good luck in the months ahead!

Richard
 

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Hi, I am a 29 year old Type 1.5 female from Trenton, Ontario. I was diagnosed 4 years ago and it has been a rough road. I had gestational diabetes 7 years ago with my second son. I was diagnosed as Type 1.5 because I am not the typical type 2. I was 120 pounds, no family history, 25 years old. I had a C-peptide test done and it showed that I had a lot of insulin but my endocrinologist still did not believe that I was type 2. I was put on insulin right away. I now live in a different city and have new doctors. I am currently being tried on Metformin to see if I can come off of insulin. The metformin does not seem to make a very big difference and my insulin has since been increased. Just wondering if there is anyone out there that has a similar story as mine that maybe we could talk and discuss different issues.
Thanks for reading this!!!
I am also not the "typical Type 2". I was only 16 when I was diagnosed. There was a pretty strong family history though. In the beginning I was producing a low normal amount of insulin and very quickly progressed to the point of needing pancreas stimulating drugs. My resistance starting climbing (as almost always happens with T2's) and started Metformin as well. Finally progressed to the point of being maxed out on all the oral drugs I could take. I take insulin now, and metformin as I am still insulin resistant also. My last C-peptide test showed that my beta cell function is practically nil. I am in really good control now especially since I went on a pump. How much metformin are you currently taking?
 

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I am on 2000mg of Metformin per day and 21 units of Lantus at bedtime and 10 units of Lantus in the morning. I do not have an endocrinologist as I just recently move to this city. Up until I moved here my diabetes was poorly controlled. I will definately need to increase my morning dose. When I started taking the metformin, they tried 1000mg per day and it made no difference. Even the 2000mg makes very little change.
 

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I am on 2000mg of Metformin per day and 21 units of Lantus at bedtime and 10 units of Lantus in the morning. I do not have an endocrinologist as I just recently move to this city. Up until I moved here my diabetes was poorly controlled. I will definately need to increase my morning dose. When I started taking the metformin, they tried 1000mg per day and it made no difference. Even the 2000mg makes very little change.
I also take 2000mg of metformin a day. When I started taking insulin I was also on Lantus only. I got up to 40u in the morning and 40u at night and still my blood sugars were averaging 200-250 at that point. Still high, but better than the 350-400 I was averaging :( They added Humalog to bolus for meals and *finally* I started gaining control. I was able to reduce my Lantus doses after that. I only take Humalog now because I switched over to pumping and that has been the trick for me. The better my control has been for awhile now I have noticed that my resistance has greatly improved. I am now very well controlled on about 60% of the total amount of insulin I was taking even 2 months ago. If increasing your Lantus doesnt help, I would ask about fast acting insulin to bolus for meals and snacks.
 

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Hi Jackie . . . just hollaring in to welcome you. I'm not on insulin yet, so I don't have a lot to add to the discussion, but want you to know I'm glad you're here and I hope you'll come around often.

Thank you for joining us! :cool:
 
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