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tangerine bear
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   Posted 2/6/2009 8:15 AM (GMT -7)   
I've been gone a REALLY long time.... I am wondering if the diabetes has been effecting my mind!?! I couldn't remember my password to log on here and my email address was shut down because I hadn't logged on in a long time, so I couldn't retreive it! Yikes! It took me an hour to re-open my email account and get my password for HW... so anyway, how has everyone been? My readings had gone out of control for a while so my doc changed my med to Actoplus Met 15/850 twice a day and I'm much better now. I'm also on Crestor 5 mg 3 days a week as an "experiment" as I've had many problems with statins in the past. I finally got my cholesterol down to 200 with Tricor, but of course with diabetes, they want it lower.
I've never been on Actos before, and the metformin dose is a lot higher than I've ever been on before. Any thoughts on this? (I had been on Avandamet 2/500 twice a day before this all happened.)
Well.. (((hugs))) to everyone
bear :)
"It's a jungle out there....." 
Theme song from "Monk" by Randy Newman
OCD: Obsessive...Compulsive...Diabetic
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   Posted 2/6/2009 9:12 AM (GMT -7)   
OMGosh!Bear! Haven't seen you in forever! I had some really bad lows with Actos & had to stop it. Your mileage may vary... And yes, diabetes can affect your mind if your sugars are high and restrict blood flow... Diabetes does something to the bloodvessel walls, too. Studies about this are ongoing.

Anyway, glad to see you back!
~ Jeannie, Forum Moderator/Diabetes & Fibromyalgia
I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much. ~Mother Teresa

"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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   Posted 2/6/2009 9:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, Bear! Long time no see - glad to have you back :-)

Before I was correctly diagnosed as Type1, I spent almost 2 years on ever increasing doses of Metformin, Actos, Avandia, and Glyburide. The one "combo" pill I tried was Avadamet. Aside from none of the mentioned doing anything to bring my BGLs in line (because I was Type1), the only side effects I experienced were the gastrointestinal ones. Sorry I can't be much help here.

My cholesterol levels though, especially as a Diabetic, warranted meds to correct, according to their guidelines. I did try both Lipitor & Crestor, 5mg/day, each for about 6 months. Statins do not agree with me and more importantly, all the research I did (on statins and cholesterol), clearly indicated to me that there was no valid reason I should be on them. I am however, currently on 10mg/day of Ezetrol (Ezetimibe), which is a cholesterol absorption inhibitor that works with the intestines as opposed to the liver like statins. It lowers cholesterol levels by decreasing the body's ability to absorb cholesterol. My levels are normal right now but, I would be curious to see if they went up or stayed the same if I went off them?? One thing is certain, they're a heck of lot lot less expensive than statins (cents vs. dollars) and I've suffered not a side effect.

- Phishbowl (Type 1 since Jan'05 - Levemir, NovoRapid)
"What's Not Measured Is Not Managed"

"It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows"-Epictetus

Lanie G
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   Posted 2/6/2009 10:14 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Bear, glad you're back.  Sorry to hear about the get-control-of-the-blood-sugar problem.  I'm wondering exactly when it is advisable to have the c-peptide blood test.  Doesn't that test help the doctors in determining the real output of the pancreas and which type diabetes the patient has?  confused    Bear, how has the eating plan been going?  And the job?

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diabetes controlled so far by low/no carb diet and exercise; no meds

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