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Was diagnosed type 2 December 2009, and after reading Blood Sugar 101 and Dr. Bernstein's book I've tried to keep carbs under 75 a day. Lost 38 pounds since Dx and morning glucose now usually under 110. 2 hr PP usually under 150. Taking Metformin 500 2Xday. A1c was 7.1 in December and now is 6.4.

But I should lose another 50 pounds. My weight loss has stopped 4 weeks ago and I've gained back 8 pounds. Medically unable to exercise much, need cane to move from one room to another. Also have mild diabetic peripheral neuropathy. All other blood test normal.

Doctor wants me to start Byeta but I've read (Blood Sugar 101) that it helps about 5 percent re glucose, maybe more for weight loss, BUT has some very bad side effects. After going through GI problems with Metformin I don't want more problems with Byeta. I guess I am afraid to start it. And what happens when I stop Byeta when insurance stops paying for it? Can't afford it on my own. Won't weight come back on rather easily?

Does anyone have a reason why doc (a family-type practice) won't prescribe more Metformin now that my GI troubles with it have receded? Any other ideas or suggestions?

Very much appreciated. Quiet1
 

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Metformin has sure helped me lose weight - it definitely curbs my appetite. If your gastric symptoms have subsided, there shouldn't be a big problem with increasing your dosage little by little. My prescription is for 500mg 3x a day, but lately I've been taking two tablets at bedtime, which makes four doses or 2000mg each day. If you were at the maximum dose of metformin, I could understand your doctor's reluctance, but 1000mg a day isn't a high dose.

Often times the general practice doctors have less experience with finer tuning our diabetes treatment, and we patients wind up knowing more about our disorder than our doctors. If your doc is adamant about not increasing your dose, do you have any options for seeing an endocrinologist? They are the specialists for diabetes.
 

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Can you ride a recumbant bike?

Was diagnosed type 2 December 2009, and after reading Blood Sugar 101 and Dr. Bernstein's book I've tried to keep carbs under 75 a day. Lost 38 pounds since Dx and morning glucose now usually under 110. 2 hr PP usually under 150. Taking Metformin 500 2Xday. A1c was 7.1 in December and now is 6.4.

But I should lose another 50 pounds. My weight loss has stopped 4 weeks ago and I've gained back 8 pounds. Medically unable to exercise much, need cane to move from one room to another. Also have mild diabetic peripheral neuropathy. All other blood test normal.

Doctor wants me to start Byeta but I've read (Blood Sugar 101) that it helps about 5 percent re glucose, maybe more for weight loss, BUT has some very bad side effects. After going through GI problems with Metformin I don't want more problems with Byeta. I guess I am afraid to start it. And what happens when I stop Byeta when insurance stops paying for it? Can't afford it on my own. Won't weight come back on rather easily?

Does anyone have a reason why doc (a family-type practice) won't prescribe more Metformin now that my GI troubles with it have receded? Any other ideas or suggestions?

Very much appreciated. Quiet1
You say you, you can not exercise, but I found after reducing carbs that exercise was the only way to get my weight loss moving. My wife has an artifical hip and she rides the bike. I walk and jog. You could get some 5lb dumb bells do arm exercises and lifts. It may help the neuropathy.
Good luck and stay tuned in here.
 

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My wife has an artifical hip and she rides the bike.
I had a serious hip problem and enjoyed riding a bike. It is so much easier on the joints than walking.

I tried jogging for a month, hundreds of years ago (oops, did I date myself? :) ) It was pretty obvious it wasn't for me. I don't even call it jogging anymore. 'Blowing your joints to little bits' sounds more accurate to me.

For quiet1 (what a nice user name) water exercises might also help without putting the body through a beating.
 

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i need to lose weight as well
 
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