Metformin and confused

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Date Joined Oct 2006
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   Posted 10/12/2006 6:09 PM (GMT -6)   
I thought I was well educated in diabetes since my mom and sister are both Type 2 as well as my aunts,uncles, and cousins
( my mom's family ). But now that I've been diagnosed, I feel I know nothing at all.
A little history: I've been monitored for the past 3 years for T2. Had the 3hr GTT. Quarterly A1c's and have never been placed on meds until now. Original A1C was 6.7. ( Don't remember results of GTT ) . My MD told me I was "flirting with diabetes" and gave me the diabetic diet, etc. I cut out a lot of "white's ". Eat only wheat or whole grain bread. No pasta, no sugar in tea or coffee. In other words, if I have bread I leave out the potato. My A1C's came down to 5.4 then to 5.7 to 5.5 and now 6.0. Still very conscience of what I eat. Exercise moderately.
New MD now says there is no such thing as "borderline diabetic" and has me on Metformin 500mg 2x's day. ( I read a post where Warren said that was a "baby" dose ) so that eases my mind ( I guess). Anyway, the current MD says metformin is extremely safe won't lower my bloodsugar ( Hypoglycemic ) and that it is not necessary to "prick" my fingers although I am anyway. Says it helps the liver to break down sugars and will extend the life of my pancreas. ( Not real sure I understand everything she said )
I check my BS with the at home monitor. Fasting this am  was 76. Two hours after eating ----104. The only difference I feel is a little shakey if I don't eat regularly  and really irritable at times. Feel a lot better after I eat but then get hungry within 1-2 hours after a full meal.
So, with all this being said, I think I was in complete denial. Had the medicine for 5 days before I started taking it and now have been on it for only 3 days. Trying to understand how all this works ( blood sugar vs glucose, pancreas, liver ) is driving me crazy. ( I also have OCD ) Is it necessary to check BS every day? Can diabetes be controlled with diet only? Dont know what to do or what to eat anymore. Like I said ,I think I am in complete denial.
Please help. 

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Date Joined Jan 2003
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   Posted 10/12/2006 8:55 PM (GMT -6)   
I take metformin and have had no problems with it. I've heard it's one of the safest for diabetes.
Take care. Lois

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Date Joined Jul 2006
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   Posted 10/13/2006 9:03 AM (GMT -6)   

I take Metformin, too ... 2,500 mg per day.  I was diagnosed with Type 2 in 2003 and this is the only medication I've ever taken.  I've had no side effects whatsoever.  And, for those on a fixed income, this is an inexpensive drug compared to many others.

Good Luck!  :-)

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   Posted 10/13/2006 9:10 AM (GMT -6)   
fretful said...
Feel a lot better after I eat but then get hungry within 1-2 hours after a full meal.
I wanted to highlight this as a separate issue ... I do this, too, even with the max dose of Metformin.  Hope there's some wisdom out there regarding this ... only solution I've found is sugar free chocolate, almost like I'd forgotten to eat dessert, lol.  :-)

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Date Joined Aug 2006
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   Posted 10/13/2006 2:12 PM (GMT -6)   
I take Acto+Met (15mg/500mg) 2x/day and 1000mg Met at night. I have had no problems with it other than an upset stomach for the first few days. Some folks report that they lose weight from taking it - I was not one of the lucky ones - sigh_ most likely because of the the Actos which causes weight gain and edema.  It's really easy to have  a 'good' understanding of something until you actually get it - then you get a terrific understanding of the situation. It's normal to be in a kind of denial when you get the news that you are a diabetic. The more you learn about your diseaseand how to manage it, the less fretful you'll become. Best of luck to you! sandy :-)
I just want to live happily ever after-every now and then. Jimmy Buffett

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Date Joined Oct 2006
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   Posted 10/13/2006 7:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Sandy and everyone else for taking the time to read and respond. I am really blessed compared to others on this forum. Just feeling a little ....hmmm.. down , I guess.
My brother was 44yr. and died 2 years ago Monday, 10/16. I get down this time of year and around his birthday.  He hand made guitars and tore his rotator cuff one afternoon while pulling the neck off a guitar he was rebuilding. No surgery for it....but ended up with a blood clot in his neck ( carotid artery ). Which led to blood thinners....the usual treatments.  Discharged from the hospital and went back the next day in excruciating pain ( lower abdomen) . Test finally revealed he had advanced prostate cancer. Went through surgery.....survived.  Went home with Hospice.....and the blood clot moved.  God was merciful.....but I miss him. He was vibrant...funny... he was my Pastor, my friend.
After all this disease is one I will learn to live with for as long as God allows me to be here.  Thanks for listening.

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   Posted 10/14/2006 3:47 PM (GMT -6)   
You aren't in denial at all... You have come to a forum of your own free will to learn what you can and get help from your new diabetic friends. I have company coming soon so I can't write now... but I want you to know you're doing very well. Just stick with it. I'll remember you in my prayers... Loss of a close sibling hurts so much.
~ Jeannie

"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

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