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Trial and Error


If you are new to the forum, you will see that term used a lot. What do we mean by trial and error? Does that mean a medication will work for some people and not for others?

Sometimes, but that is not usually what we are talking about.

For example, if you are diagnosed as a type 2, but due to assumptions made rather than the proper tests being done, and you are in fact a type 1 without insulin resistance, then the type two medications are not likely to do much at all.

The more common things that require trial and error that come to mind are:

1. Dosage
Everybody reacts a little differently. All the medical professional can to is an educated guess, and usually give you less than that estimate of what you need - then gradually increase the dosage until you have the desired results, or the maximum dosage is reached. You go slowly with the increases, have patience.


2. Tolerance
The best example I can think of here is Metformin. Some people take it, and have no problems at all. Many people, my guess is most people, have some problems and then their body adjusts. By the second week things are improving. Some people just cannot take it, it gives them problems that won't go away. There is no way to know without trying it. It is a very good and safe medication, there are lots of good things it does for you, very much worth a try if you need it.

3 Diet
Some diabetics can eat certain foods, or eat something in quantity, that just would not work for someone else. Other foods don't affect you nearly as much as the label would indicate. It often helps to try things one at a time, and maybe even for a few days, to decide if a food works for you. Carbohydrates usually have the largest affect on your glucose, but there can be other factors.

4 Timing
When to take your medications, if any. When to eat, when to exercise. Try it and see what works for you. Often we can eat things for lunch or supper, that if eaten for breakfast would make our glucose soar.


5 Exercise
This can be a very important factor. What kind? How much? How often?
To me, the surprising thing is how much of a difference there is from person to person. For some, exercise and watching their food intake is enough to control their diabetes for a long time.
Not everyone is so affected by exercise. Exercise is a good idea in and of itself.

6 Weight loss
For some, weight loss can put your type 2 in remission. A 10% weight loss is considered significant.
How much will it help? There is no way to know. If you lose weight, you will usually feel better, and it will relieve stress on your knees. Another good idea, in and of itself. Perhaps the hardest thing, for many.

Successfully treating your diabetes is about trying things and learning which work for you and which don't.

-Lloyd
 

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Excellent points you've made Lloyd. They are good not only for newcomers, but for us 'older folks' too. :)
 

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Strawberry said:
Excellent points you've made Lloyd. They are good not only for newcomers, but for us 'older folks' too. :)
Thank you

-Lloyd
 
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