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JandJ's Mom
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   Posted 4/15/2008 10:38 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello!
 
I am new to the website. I was just diagnosed a diabetic yesterday.  My doctor put me in Metformin 500 mg tablets (one pill every day).  I am pretty sick to my stomach since I have started taking the medication.  Is this normal?  Does this pass?  Also, what other side effects have you had - weight loss, etc. 
 
Can you recommend any good resources for me too since I am so new?
 
Thanks so much!
 

gelchick
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   Posted 4/15/2008 3:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Welcome to the forum!
 
I'm a metformin user. It takes some getting used to- it will help if you take it with food and don't overdo on the carbs. It took me about 2 weeks to get past the stomach issues. Some folks find that using glucophage ( the brand name drug) or the extended release version helps with the gastric issues. I would take it up with your doctor if the symptoms don't get better.
 
There's a lot of good information in the archives here- you can use the search function. Type in the topic of interest.  I'm sure others will chime in soon with their helpful hints.
sandy
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JandJ's Mom
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   Posted 4/15/2008 5:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you so much for your reply :) I appreciate it.

J and J's Mom


ceebee
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   Posted 4/15/2008 9:24 PM (GMT -7)   
I take 1000mg of Metformin a day. I have never had a problem with it. I am losing a lot of weight but don't know if Metformin is the reason. I was told it doesn't affect weight. Could you be nervous just being diagnosed? That could cause some nausea for me. Godd luck and keep us posted:)

JandJ's Mom
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   Posted 4/16/2008 7:36 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the reply.  I am upset about being diagnosed (I am only 32) :(  But, I have heard that the medication can make you sick to your stomach.  Are you on a strict low carb diet?  How much weight have you lost?  My doctors tell me that I should lose weight and I really need too.  I am overweight (clinically obese) and I put 30 pounds on last year.  I have lost 10 of those with the help of a dietician - thank goodness!

J and J's Mom


Jeannie143
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   Posted 4/16/2008 10:09 AM (GMT -7)   
J,
Metformin works much the same as exercise to fight diabetes. It enhances your body's ability to utilize your own insulin and helps you move glucose into the cells where you need it for energy. When I was first put on it my doctor told me concerning carbs, "If you overdo you'll go POOH!" and he was right! I get bad diarrhea if I eat rice or potatoes or any amount of starch.

Many of us here are type2's and on a low carbohydrate food plan that includes lots of veggetables, lean meats, olive oil, avocadoes, nuts and some healthy fruits. We have found this an easier way to control blood sugar as well as a good way to lose weight. Your mileage may vary. If you read back in the posts you will learn a whole lot about how we help each other stay on track. Accepting diabetes isn't fun, but it may be the best thing that ever happened to you in the long run. You will learn better ways to stay healthy and eat better and make a whole lot of great new friends here on the diabetes forum at HealingWell. (Well some of us are great.... and some of us are just goofy tongue)

Anyway, welcome. You probably have lots of questions so we will help all we can.
~ Jeannie, Forum Moderator/Diabetes & Fibromyalgia
I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much. ~Mother Teresa

"People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross


JandJ's Mom
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   Posted 4/16/2008 10:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you very much :)  I just have one more question.  Which fruits do you eat?  I was told by my doctor that fruits are off limits.  How many portions do you have a day too?  I love fruit so not having it, is very hard on me.

J and J's Mom


LanieG
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   Posted 4/16/2008 10:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi JandJ's Mom, I believe the key to discovering what you can eat without wreaking havoc with the blood sugar is just testing your blood sugar afterwards.  I find that I can eat a few blackberries or raspberries along with other food and my blood sugar doesn't spike but since we might metabolize food differently, you have to test for yourself.  Balancing the fruit with cheese and/or nuts (i.e. protein) or even a fat like real whipped cream (not with sugar) sometimes helps keep the blood sugar down when you eat fruit.  Yogurt may also be a good companion to the fruit you eat.  Fruit with a lot of fiber like apples with the skin might be fine although maybe you could tolerate only half an apple at a time.  Some people like to follow a low glycemic guide, so in that case check out how some fruit rates on the glycemic list.  The bottom line is that you have to test your blood sugar to know what food you can eat and how much of it at a time.  I know we all understand your frustration when you realize you have to change what you eat (and how, when, how much....) after being diagnosed with diabetes, but it does get easier as you learn to control the disease and not the other way around. 

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diabetes controlled so far by low/no carb diet and exercise; no meds


ceebee
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   Posted 4/16/2008 10:59 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi:)
I eat a very low carb diet. I follow the Bernstein diet and never go above 6g carbs for breakfast(usually lower here), and 12g carbs for lunch and dinner. I do have to use carbs to bring my bg level up at times though. I have lost about 90 pounds since August. I don't think this is average though. I was nervous when first diagnosed but after learning what my body could tolerate for food, I felt better. The ADA diet was killing me. I ended up back in the hospital with off the meter readings and it almost literally killed. Keep checking your bg until you know what you can eat and stay safe. I control my diabetes and I won't let it control me:) I get so much help and knowledge here that I feel safe coexisting with this disease. Jeannie, Lanie and gelchick have given me the food plan I live with. They are forever in my prayers:) Good luck.

JandJ's Mom
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   Posted 4/16/2008 12:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you both so much for your posts :)
J and J's Mom


Jeannie143
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   Posted 4/16/2008 12:54 PM (GMT -7)   
J and J's Mom,
It's really true what Lainie said about everyone being different. If I'm really hungry I'll have a banana slathered in crunchy peanut butter (about a heaping tablespoon) and two hours later my sugar will be 74. I'll also eat an apple with nuts, celery with peanut butter, cheese and radishes, but only 1/2 orange at a time.

I don't mean to speak badly of your doctor but if he/she isn't a diabetic then you better start your own food plan and testing. Doctors usually get about one to two weeks nutritional training in all their years of medical school. He/she is right about some fruits. Pears, grapes, watermelon and several other fruits are just about useless as far as food value goes. But oranges have essential potassium, blueberries are high in copper and zink (I think?), pineapple is good for some peeps with IBS or crohnes, apples are high in malic acid which enhances glucose to energy production in the mitochondria of the cells... So don't throw the baby out with the bath water, just start a little research on your own and find which fruits are good for you and eat them with fats like nuts or whipped cream. Life with diabetes can be very good! Especially the whipped cream part!
~ Jeannie, Forum Moderator/Diabetes & Fibromyalgia
I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much. ~Mother Teresa

"People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross


JandJ's Mom
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   Posted 4/16/2008 1:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you :) Yes, that will be the hardest part for me is figuring out what to eat!
J and J's Mom


ScooterFL
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   Posted 4/17/2008 10:07 AM (GMT -7)   
It is really confusing figuring out what you can eat and can't eat. the best thing to do is try different foods followed by testing after 2 hours. I have been eating less carbs and more meat and have been doing a lot better over the last few weeks. I was diagnosed in February and currently my blood sugar runs in the high 90's to low 100's after my evening meal.
 
I too was started with Metformin 500 mg once a day. I sure didn't have to worry about constipation the first week. When I went back 2 weeks later for a followup  the doctor and I decided to give Janumet a try. It seems to be working better. No upset stomach. It also contains Metformin and another drug. I have been loosing weight fairly rapid which isn't uncommon at the begining of a low carb diet. I have lost about 25 pounds in 2 months. My goal is to get be 200 by the end of summer only 30 more to go. I honestly feel like i eat more now than I used to. It also helps that with the weather here getting warmer I work outside a lot more and harder.
 
I have learned a lot from this forum. Keep a positive outlook. Don't expect instant results and be patient.

JandJ's Mom
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   Posted 4/17/2008 10:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you so much for your reply. I was actually going to ask a question today too.  I am doing better with the medication now but I do get sick to my stomach when I eat certain foods.  Does this continue or stop?  Should I make a list of foods to stay away from?

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ceebee
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   Posted 4/17/2008 11:29 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi:)

Is Metformin the only med you are on? I really never had a problem with it except for constipation(still have that). If you continue to be sick from this med, talk to your doctor. I take the Metformin with my two major meals and it works wonders. Do you take it with meals? Maybe taking it on an emty stomach is the problem? Hang in there, things do get brighter:)

JandJ's Mom
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   Posted 4/17/2008 12:25 PM (GMT -7)   
No, I am on other meds too (I also have thyroid disease and asthma and allergies) :( And, I only have to take once a day at breakfast. Thanks for the reply :)
J and J's Mom


ceebee
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   Posted 4/17/2008 11:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi:)

I am also on many asthma meds(advair, singulair, albuterol, duoneb and the pred). How is eating low carb going for you? Can you eat fruits? I can eat a few berries and just found out watermellon doesn't raise my bg. I am now down to 10mg of pred so hope I can add a few foods soon. I dream of apples and oranges:) Take care:)

JandJ's Mom
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   Posted 4/18/2008 5:37 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi!

I am on Singulair.  I tried eating a pear yesterday and I was able to :)  And, I was able to have some canteloupe a couple of days ago.  But, other than that, yes, I have been on a strict low carb diet.  I do have carbs in the morning for breakfast and I usually get sick.  So, if it happens again today, I will have to switch over to eggs and protein for breakfast too.


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ceebee
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   Posted 4/19/2008 12:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi:)

Try the new carb and sugar control yogurt(3g carb) and yogurt smoothies(4g carb) by Light & Lively for breakfast. They are really good and don't raise my blood sugar. I have to really watch carbs in the morning when I take the pred.

JandJ's Mom
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   Posted 4/19/2008 5:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you :)  Have a great weekend!

J and J's Mom

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