Insulin sensitivity vs sugar regulation.

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   Posted 2/10/2007 5:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Greetings, confused
I am a male of 66 years.
After being diagnosed two years ago as glucose intolerant, I have dieted and now have morning blood sugar readings in the 80's and a HB1AC of 5.7.
My endo keeps trying to get me on Avandia and Metformin as a precaution, but I continue to resist.  
My GP explains that my Endo is of the new school that diabetes has to do with insulin sensitivity, as opposed to glucose and is just trying to save me from a future problem.
I thought that I could control everything by making sure my blood sugar was under control.
Am I missing the point by not taking Avandia and Metformin? Or am I doing the right thing by resisting meds?
Your comments would be appreciated.  
Thank you,

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   Posted 2/10/2007 5:57 PM (GMT -6)   

I don't agree with your Endo at all.  nono

First off, Avandia is a heavy duty diabetic drug and is usually prescribed in conjunction with a sulfonylurea and almost always AFTER a drug like metformin reaches failure.  Your A1c and your fasting levels are that of a normal person. Why would a normal person take heavy duty diabetic drugs "just in case".  That makes no sense as the side effects of Avandia can be pretty nasty, and all you are doing is building up a premature tolerance to these drugs.

Im not a doctor, but as long as your BS stays under 100 and your A1c in the 5's, drugs should not even be a consideration.

scool Warren

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   Posted 2/10/2007 7:12 PM (GMT -6)   
I totally agree with Warren. I am not a doctor either, but I was put on Actos (the chemical cousin of Avandia) and metformin when I was diagnosed- my fasting BG was 437 and my A1c was 15! (Heavy duty meds needed!) The Actos made me gain 17# in 17 days- it is associated with congestive heart failure.
Within 1 month, my fasting BG was 127 and my A1c was 7.7- I demanded to be taken off the Actos- Now, 6 months after my Dx - my last A1c was 5.4 and my BG has leveled off in the 80's most of the time. I am down to 1500 mg of Metformin, because I keep dropping the dose on my own, determining the reaction of my body, and then informing my doctor of what I have discovered. It is my goal to eliminate all drugs and then control by diet and exercise for as long as I can. It is not my doctor's plan.
My doctor has tried to get me to take an ACE inhibitor and a Statin because of a large study that was recently done- My BP is already low and my lipid profile is better than 98% of the population thanks to my life long vegetarian lifestyle. I had a dye scan done on my eyes and the time it took for the dye to travel from my arm to my eye was the same as a healthy 15 your old. I thanked her and refused the drugs.
To me the whole thing makes about as much sense as a recent study where pre-diabetics were given Avandia and low and behold -some of them DID not become diabetics! Well DUH- none of them should have become diabetics if Avandia is so good!
Sorry for the rant- but my fear is that soon we may all be given a rasher of prescriptions against all manner of maladies -just in case...
peace sandy

I just want to live happily ever after-every now and then. Jimmy Buffett

Post Edited (gelchick) : 2/10/2007 5:20:22 PM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 2/11/2007 11:32 AM (GMT -6)   
Geesh, Sandy. You're such a fiesty girl ... who knew.


Cheers -


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

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   Posted 2/11/2007 4:01 PM (GMT -6)   
LOL- Ruth
No one has ever accused me of being too laid back- and maybe if I hadn't seen all those rats and mice being sacrificed in the labs, attended those seminars(extravaganzas) sponsored by the big drug companies, or attended seminars given by grad students who couldn't even tell you the half life of the drugs they gave to the animals- then I might be inclined to sample the pharma buffett with more confidence....
sandy yeah
I just want to live happily ever after-every now and then. Jimmy Buffett

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