Thanks for your encouragement. His A1c ranges from 5.6 to the highest of 6.8. We quite having nighttime snacks thinking that made it worse but then I read that an apple, cheese or something like that may help so we are trying that this week. He is type 2 going on 7 years now on oral meds morning and evening. I just changed my work hours and we get up a couple of hours earlier than we used to so maybe we are just now seeing this DP when it really was happening all along....there is always something new to learn and deal with.
Thanks again for sharing your expertise. I appreciate it.
We live in North Dakota, USA and yes our time just changed too. Funny you ask about what his blood sugar is around 3 am because he woke up just now and took it and it was 137 so that made us feel better - we were getting worried about the high ones but now we are understanding it better.
You might want to talk to your doctor about taking your metformin at night. One of the actions of metformin is to prevent the liver from making too much glucose from its glycogen stores.
I have a very strong DP- but it improved considerably when I changed my medication times. I take most of it (1000mg) when I go to bed with a glass of low carb (Calorie Countdown) milk and a spoonful of nut butter.
Yes, I can literally call my doctor and talk to her. She has a call-in hour every morning from 6:30-7:30- I call and speak with her nurse- then either the nurse or the doctor calls back with the response. She has open appointments from 7:30-8:30 every morning also- you go in and sign the list to get seen. Her office is in the doctor's wing of the hospital, so I don't even have to go very far to the lab if necessary. She's very accessible.
My mother was like yours. She was as healthy as anyone I knew, did not believe in doctors or dentists. Hadn't been to one since my youngest brother was born - he's 42. about a year and a half ago, she 'came down' with a bad case of diarrhea and used it as a weight loss tool for over a month until it caused a massive GI bleed to occur. It was a simple infection that could have been cleared up easily if it was caught early. She was in and out of the hospital and rehab centers for the next 17 months with recurrent infections, colitis and other issues that developed as a result of the extended confinement to bed. We lost her last month.
My dad is the same- both of them would snipe about my cousins who regularly visit doctors for multiple medical problems. Their attitude was that the 'doctors' keep finding things wrong so they can stay in business. As a result of that attitude, I walked around with sky high blood sugar levels ( over 400 at dx) for a very long time. By the time of my dx, I already had retinopathy in my eyes. It's a miracle that I'm not worse off than I am. One of my very healthy friends recently died from breast cancer- she never went to the doctor for routine visits- it probably would have been caught in time if she did.
I used to avoid doctors because I had adopted the same attitude that my parents had, and because I tutored plenty of sub-par medical students, who were pushed through to meet quotas. I can bury my head in the sand with the best of them.
I rely on my doctor, my eye doctor, my dentist, and my podiatrist to help me do the best I can to preserve my health despite having diabetes. If you catch an impending problem early- you can avoid a lot of really terrible complications. It feels really good to hear that nothing has changed, or I have improved during an office visit- it sure beats wondering.