Thank you for the very thoughtful and educational reply. I have come to terms with this and I am trying to stay very positive. My goal is to do the best I can on a daily basis. I am nervous about the side-effects of the meds, but I realize that if they remain necessary they are the less of the evils.
I appreciate your support and encouragement,
I was put on Acto+Met (15/500) 2X/day when I was first diagnosed. It takes Actos up to 6 weeks to really take effect. The metformin kicks in within the first week. There is plenty of information about Actos and its cousin Avandia on the Web.
Actos was not a good drug for me. It caused me to gain 13 # in 13 days. I upped my exercise bike time to 1.5 hours(a day) and my toning/building to 1 hour ( every other day). My ankles swelled up until they were about the size of my head. I swear I could hear my legs swoosh when I walked they were so swollen. After about 25 days, I started to gain a pound a day again (another 7#). I called my doctor and told her I was done with it. She prescribed the metformin as a single drug ( I still take metformin).
Three weeks later I had lost all of htat weight and my ankles and legs were back to normal.
Good luck- hope this answers your drug related question.
Hi Steve, welcome aboard!
Firstly, I'm type 1 diabetic so there's no propect of coming off medication for me although I do sympathise with your aims.
There's rarely a complete consensus on many health related issues, but I believe the real objective here is to try to normalise your blood sugars as far as possible. If you have success with that then you reduce the risk of further complications to its minimum. The question then is how best to achieve this? My belief and my experience tells me that if you maximise the benefit from diet and exercise, you minimise the need for medication, perhaps removing it completely if you're lucky (I know a number of people who've been able to achieve this).
I'm a runner too so I know how beneficial that is but I also follow a low carb diet which also makes a great difference. I avoid bread, pasta, potatoes etc and get most carbs from vegetables instead. It's not been easy but my sugars / weight / lipids are all good so it certainly works for me. I think the importance of starchy carbs in the context of distance running is over emphasised; avoiding them hasn't prevented me running full and half marathons and if anything I'd say I feel I have more energy rather than less.
I hope you find something that works for you.
All the best,
Thank you all for your words of encouragement. I intend to go the low carb runner route and hope for the best. I will have my A1C checked again on June 1st. I will keep you all posted.
This forum is great and I thank you all and especially the moderator. It helps a lot to have a place to go when this is all so new to me. I have known people in the past who have this disease but never understood much about it. I guess my main goal is to get to a point where this isn't on my mind 24/7.