Sick days & reactions to Metformin

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JGriffin
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   Posted 1/3/2006 7:26 AM (GMT -7)   
I am new to this forum and two months new to the diagnosis of Type II Diabetes. I thought I was really doing well with my diet and exercise with two metformin a day. Then I had what they think was a reaction to the binders in the generic form of Metformin. They stopped my meds until I get the blood tests back. Then I had a sick day that messed up my numbers. Since I am so new to this, I am totally discouraged. Has anyone out there had a reaction to Metformin? How do you handle sick days that raise your blood sugar anyway no matter if you exercise and stick to your diet? This is so confusing. It seems I take one step forward and two steps back.

Warren
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   Posted 1/3/2006 7:47 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi JGriffin,

There are tons of really good diabetes meds out there, so if you can't use metformin I'm sure your doctor will find an alternative.  Metformin is simply the first drug that nearly every type 2 is started on.  As for your sick days and blood sugar that goes awry on these days......well, don't worry about it.

Type 2's take blood sugar readings to see if their meds are working, if their diets and exercise are working, and if there are any longer term adjustments that have to be made in their medications.  Your day to day readings are not critical like a type 1 who actually uses the readings to figure out how much insulin to take multiple times a day.  If you have a bad day; c'est la vie.  As long as your numbers don't stay elevated, the occasional bad day is just part of being diabetic.

For most new type 2's with an A1c over 7, the most important finger stick is the one in the morning (the fasting blood sugar reading). This is the one that tells you if your meds are doing what they are supposed to in general.  You'll read a lot about after meal blood sugar readings and taking a reading for this and that, but the morning reading tells you if you are in the safe zone and lets say 2 hours after lunch tells you if your sugars are staying high enough to do damage to you.  Basically if your sugars stay over 150-160 for more than 2 hours you've done damage somewhere in your body, so thats why the 2 hour reading.

Again, don't sweat the odd day.  If its not part of an upward trend, then relax, we all have those days.

scool Warren

JGriffin
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   Posted 1/3/2006 8:24 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you Warren. I "found" your website last night. It was a light in the scary darkness! It REALLY helped to hear from other people who are going through this....whether first timers or long timers. My initial A1C was 6.9 but my CPeptide was normal so that is why they put me on Type II to keep it in line before it became a problem. You are right to assume that my morning readings are the highest of the day. I am sticking to my diet (even through the holidays when I first got the diagnosis) and am surprised that 30 minutes a day on a bicycle can really make a difference in my blood sugar. Who knew? I should have been eating and exercising like this all my life. I can look back at my health problems for the last few years and see that there were indications then. Thank you for your encouragement.

sharer
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   Posted 1/3/2006 9:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Dear JGriffin,
                 welcome to the forum and iam sure you'll enjoy belonging here.Can you be more specific as to what problem you had with metformin?I can assure you that all drugs have side-effects,and if somebody tells you the drug has no side-effects-he's selling you water(take it in a lighter vein).Your problem must have been serious enough to warrant stopping the drug!
                As warren pointed out,take it easy on a sick day as these are early days yet and i don't know where your glucose values lie.We'll come to the sticky points later in our discusion.
                Cheer up,especially when you have proven to yourself the ultra-benefits of 30 min.cycling daily.
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Jeannie143
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   Posted 1/3/2006 1:09 PM (GMT -7)   
J,
Welcome to our little corner of understanding in a world of Big Macs,Krispy Kremes and KFC! One thing that I have found to be very helpful is a product called CalorieKing that I found online. It helps me count and keep track of carbs, fats, fiber and proteins. I wish it would keep track of vitamins and minerals but maybe in a future version that will be present.

Hang in there and KOKO!
~ Jeannie

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Warren
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   Posted 1/3/2006 2:33 PM (GMT -7)   
JGriffin said...
and am surprised that 30 minutes a day on a bicycle can really make a difference in my blood sugar. Who knew? I should have been eating and exercising like this all my life. I can look back at my health problems for the last few years and see that there were indications then.
For all you Newbies to Diabetes out there......take this message to heart!!  just a little bit of exercise can make a HUGE difference in this disease!!  We all tend to be a tad sloppy in our diets, but as long as its not Big Mac's 5 days a week with the french fries included, that part seems to work itself out. 
 
But the exercise.....ahhhhh.....30 minutes...thats NOTHING out of your 24 hours.  Just do it and watch what happens just like J Griffin did!!! 
 
scool  Warren
 
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