question from a newbie about metformin

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joules
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   Posted 1/19/2007 8:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi there.   At the end of November I was diagnosed as an out of control Type 2 Diabetic.   I had been feeling lousy for months....  blurry eyes, pins and needles in feet, headaches, constantly sleeping.   Anyway I smartened up and since then have walked for at least half an hour a day and have been really watching my diet.   I was put on metformin (500 m once in morning and again at night).   Since then I have managed to lose about 13lbs (still have a lot to go) and have my levels down to a more normal level (from 16-18 to about 6-8).   This is my question......   If I continue on this track do you think I will be able to go off the meds.      Has anyone here been on meds and then didnt need them anymore?   

Chutsman
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   Posted 1/20/2007 11:20 AM (GMT -7)   

From what I've been reading, those who have type 2 because of being overweight stand a good chance of coming off the meds when they lose the weight, change eating habits AND do regular exercise (simple brisk walking is good).  In my case, I've been typ 2 for 6 years but not because of being overweight.  But I have changed my eating habits and walk a mile on the treadmill every day.

Good Luck to you and welcome to the forum.


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Jeannie143
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   Posted 1/20/2007 8:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Joules,
I know there are people out there who have done this, I've just never heard first hand from any of them. The idea of taking a med for the rest of your life can be daunting but that can be overcome. Please thank your lucky stars that metformin exists. My father-in-law was stuck trying to treat his diabetes with some of the older style meds and went blind before his death.

What I want to say to you now is that you are diabetic. With meds, without meds, with exercise and without... your system has a problem with carbohydrate metabolism. You need to help your body with that problem to maintain health and live a great life. You are on the best track you can be... your weight loss and exercise levels are just the right thing for your metabolism right now. With hard work you may be able to decrease or suspend medication but you will need to be vigilant and keep daily track of your sugars. This metabolism goof up was probably programmed into you from birth. If you had been a lumberjack or a homemaker in the 1800's the rigors of daily life would probably have prevented the development of the disease.

Although the idea that "no meds = no disease" is appealing, that isn't the case. Whether you treat your diabetes successfully with exercise, medication, dietary changes or all three, you will be diabetic for the rest of your life. Now starts the clear road to taking better care of yourself. Learn all you can. Read about real nutrition and exercise (not fad stuff or non-exercise exercise). Pamper and be good to yourself. Set time in your daily routine for exercise and relaxation because both of these are stress busters and stress raises blood glucose.

Get family and friends involved. Your offspring have a heightened chance of developing diabetes, too, so there's no time like the present for you all to start learning more healthy food planning. Also, for many of us there is a kind of honeymoon period where we are scared and behave like angels for a while, but after a while... we kind of fall back into old habits. This is where the forum can help. We can be your cheerleaders when you are ready to snarf on pasta. We have all been there and want to help. Hang in there and KOKO! (Keep on keepin' on!)
~ Jeannie
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- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross


joules
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   Posted 1/20/2007 8:25 PM (GMT -7)   
thank you both for your very kind responses. Actually, Jeannie, I think you hit the nail right on the head - in the back of my mind I was thinking that if I didnt have to take meds then I have "beaten" the disease!!!!! I had a visit to the endocronologist (sp) on Friday and am a bit confused by some of what he said. I have a Vitamim D deficiency - so to take supplements. Have hot nodule and many nodules on right hand side of thyroid. He was checking for hypeparthyroidism (sp) but says he doesnt think so although he wants to do a biopsy in six months. He also says my thyroid output is borderline high (whatever that means). Are thyroid problems common with diabetes? Also calcium seems to be a problem. Eye doctor says traces of calcium in eyes and last year I had a 6mm kidney stone removed. Anyway the good news is that I think I now have a good team of doctors supporting me and our local diabetic clinic has been great at monitoring me over the past couple of months. This site has also been a good resource and, I agree, the biggest weapon in fighting this is knowledge. I am going on a food course soon - so that will help. Thanks again. Joules

Jeannie143
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   Posted 1/20/2007 9:16 PM (GMT -7)   
OMGosh! Been there with the kidney stones! The doc is just being thorough in checking you out. All of the things you are exhibiting come with aging and living in a house. If you had a chance to be outside a lot you would make your own vitamin D, but you might get skin cancer, too! tongue

Take a buddy or a tape recorder to the food class. They throw more at you in three hours than any normal person can absorb. Then, after that, come here with your individual food questions and someone here will help you thru it. It's kind of like a big puzzle, putting all the nutrients, fats, carbs and proteins together in the right way. After a while it becomes sort of second nature to eat the right stuff. I've actually taken the food class twice and it changed in the ten years between classes. So I know they are learning more about diabetes and foods every day.

I wish that we had more nutrition education in schools. (I also wish it would rain quarters, but I don't see that happening soon, either.) It's sad that we don't really pay attention to this stuff until it threatens our health. But Grandma was right... eat your vegetables! (LOL!)
~ Jeannie
Forum Moderator/Diabetes & Fibromyalgia
~Please remember that 50% of all doctors graduated in the bottom half of their class!
Yours may be one of them...

"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


tex-mex girl
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   Posted 1/21/2007 7:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi,
I'm new to this forum.  I have been diagnosed with pre-diabetes.  confused My fasting blood count was 116.  It has been creeping up thru the years.  I am not a sedentary person. I work out at the gym and do cardio on the days i don't lift weights.  I am 5'2'' and my weight is not what it should be but I am not fat...I have lots of muscle and curves.  Diabetes, type 2 runs in my family but I thought if I worked out, I could dodge the bullet.  I try to eat healthy all the time.  My cardiologist gave me 8 months to lose some weight....otherwise he wants me to take some meds to prevent diabetes.  sad I do have high blood pressure, under control.  I don't want to go on any radical diets but I want to take 15 lbs off.  Does anyone out there think going to a dietician will help me tweak my diet or any books out there that I can buy that would help me out.  I am perfectly happy with my curves :-) but i sure don't want to get diabetes....help!! nono
 
tex-mex girl

4sons
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   Posted 1/21/2007 7:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Jeannie143 said...


What I want to say to you now is that you are diabetic. With meds, without meds, with exercise and without... your system has a problem with carbohydrate metabolism.

Although the idea that "no meds = no disease" is appealing, that isn't the case. Whether you treat your diabetes successfully with exercise, medication, dietary changes or all three, you will be diabetic for the rest of your life.


I think this is the hardest part for me ... knowing no matter how "good" I am this will never change. I will always be a diabetic.
Cheers -

Ruth/4sons

age 52/Type 2 diabetic/"controlled" by diet and exercise


Jeannie143
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   Posted 1/21/2007 8:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Well, if it's any consolation, Ruth, you always have been programed to develop diabetes. As a child you probably walked to school every day and in college you walked as well. As a young mom you were very active but now that you have grown your kids you're not as physically active all day long. 100 years ago you probably would never have developed diabetes because you would have done more hard working chores... But then 100 years ago the average person's age at death was 47! tongue The acceptance part takes time, but I have asthma and some other chronic conditions so I'm pretty much resigned to the fact that my body is basically falling apart....
~ Jeannie
Forum Moderator/Diabetes & Fibromyalgia
~Please remember that 50% of all doctors graduated in the bottom half of their class!
Yours may be one of them...

"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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