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worriedgirl
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   Posted 1/26/2016 7:02 PM (GMT -7)   
I had my sugars under control and was able to go off the meds. Big mistake because I felt like I could eat and be like everyone else and not be different. Now my sugars are back up again and have increased my metformin to 500 mg twice a day. Since December my sugars are coming down but this month I have developed frequent urination. They thought uti but antibiotics not helping and the culture showed no infection but I have another culture out because I don't trust the place I had it done at because in December they lost the first urine sample. I'm worried either over active bladder or the increase in metformin. I have decided instead of a family doctor I'm going to get an endocrinologist to check and see if that is the case and if so get new meds. I feel like a failure and I am tired of being a diabetic. From October to Dec I was sick every 3 weeks so I had surgery for sinuses. I even had severe ear infection which the antibiotic cause yeast infection and bacterial infection. Also my first uti in over a year. I was on an antibiotic for one thing or another the entire month of December. I feel alone and wish I was someone normal and not a freak who can't even give her husband what he needs. Yes my drive has even went to non existent. No one understands what I go through. I wish I had a friend who was diabetic to help support me.
"No one really dies because they have loved. Because they love they stay in the hearts of the people they have touched so in that their memory lives on." Ghost whisperer-i know corny but this touched me deep down and i see so much truth in it.
ADD-diagnosed 2010
Diabetes- diagnosed 3-29-2012. only using low fat and low carb diet and metformin 500 mg a day. half at lunch and half at dinner

Lanie G
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   Posted 1/26/2016 7:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Aww gee, I'm sorry for all this. Now stop beating yourself up. I'm sure every single person who's been diagnosed with something has these crappy feelings at times. I do, a lot! Yeah, I wish everything was different BUT I have to tell you that I've seen the results of uncontrolled blood sugar and diet and you don't want to go there. Complications include: heart disease, possible blindness from retinopathy, neuropathy in the feet, kidney disease. Believe me, these are really good reasons to control what you eat. (I hate repeating this but here goes: my mom had diabetes (type 2), was on insulin actually; she ate what she wanted, she continued to smoke even though she had had a heart attack, hurt her foot, got gangrene, they amputated her leg to the knee and she died in the hospital right afterwards of a heart attack. All of this could have been avoided.)

It doesn't go away. Some years ago, I was so well-controlled that I also thought, well, I could eat a bowl of cereal now and I would have normal blood sugar. Far from it. I was back to high blood sugar. So, I've been through that, too.

I wish I could make it all go away for you but I can't. The reality is that we cannot just eat what we want and have normal blood sugar. Same with stopping the metformin.

I've read that UTIs are associated with diabetes. And problems can be made worse if you're on antibiotics for that or other things. You need to eat yogurt everyday if you're on antibiotics. And shame on the doctor who prescribed them and didn't tell you. You may end up with a yeast infection as you found out. So, get some yogurt without sugar. Use artificial sweetener if you want.

I don't have any diabetic friends around me either. My immediate family understands how I need to eat and they are fine with that though.

I think maybe an endo would be a good choice to get you back on the right path. And discuss your lack of interest in the bedroom with that doctor because that sometimes goes along with high blood sugar. (I understand it's worse in men.) Maybe taking metformin twice a day (with meals) would help better, but try to get in to see an endo.

Don't despair! I think I remember you had a small child? You need to be around for the kids!

And you can come here anytime you want and rant and throw things, too! Email me if you want.

Hang in there! And post back! I'm glad you came and posted again!
Lanie

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worriedgirl
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   Posted 1/26/2016 8:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Yeah it is tough. Luckily blood work showed all good last month. Blood a little thick if I read right but it's not so far over the goal. I am doing 2 metformin one at breakfast one at dinner. This weekend I'm going to do a whole new dinner plan and changing the foods. First urine culture showed no infection waiting on results from second one but antibiotics not working so I don't think it is a uti. Not sure if metformin can cause the issues of frequent urination
"No one really dies because they have loved. Because they love they stay in the hearts of the people they have touched so in that their memory lives on." Ghost whisperer-i know corny but this touched me deep down and i see so much truth in it.
ADD-diagnosed 2010
Diabetes- diagnosed 3-29-2012. only using low fat and low carb diet and metformin 500 mg a day. half at lunch and half at dinner

Captaindd
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   Posted 1/26/2016 9:58 PM (GMT -7)   
http://www.healthline.com/drugs/metformin/oral-solution#Highlights1
Infections dealing with the urinary tract are some times hard to detect. I was given Tamsulosin HCI which help stop the frequent trips to the bathroom. I was tested for an infection but none was found. Are you testing your own blood or doing the once a month lab thing? I find I have better control if I do my own testing. In 2014 I went on a gluten free diet because of all the other medical problems I was having and it really helped me with my diabetes. I lost weight, got control of my blood sugars, and feel great. I vary seldom eat out which helps keep me in line.
Dennis
10/9/06 PSA.05 11/04/2010 PSA 1.8 10/22/2013 PSA 4.1 3/03/2014 PSA 4.4
10/08/2014 PSA 5.9 VA 11/10/2014 PSA 7
11l20/2014 Started Gluten Free Diet Weight 268 Pounds
12/12/2014 Biopsies Parts 1,2,3,4,and 5 Benign Part 6 Positive 10% Gleason Score 3+3
3/32/2015 PSA 5.1 9/16/2015 PSA 9.0
9/17/2015 Stopped eating red meat,dairy, eggs,chicken,turkey 11/09/2015 PSA 10.5
12/18/2015 All Biopsies negative

worriedgirl
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   Posted 1/27/2016 4:04 AM (GMT -7)   
I test my own sugars at least 3 times a day. My sugars are getting better and I'm hoping to get it down even more. They are still sporadic but hopefully it will be steady soon. I'm eating salads for lunch most of the time. I hope that the frequency goes away. Its better when I'm laying down and asleep but annoying throughout the day
"No one really dies because they have loved. Because they love they stay in the hearts of the people they have touched so in that their memory lives on." Ghost whisperer-i know corny but this touched me deep down and i see so much truth in it.
ADD-diagnosed 2010
Diabetes- diagnosed 3-29-2012. only using low fat and low carb diet and metformin 500 mg a day. half at lunch and half at dinner

Lanie G
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   Posted 1/27/2016 7:43 AM (GMT -7)   
I think you're doing ok, just off kilter from being so sick during those months and feeling in the dumps. You were smacked with those infections and not feeling well. I don't think the metformin causes frequent urination but of course different people do have different reactions to meds so I don't want to say that definitively but it is something I doubt.

I'll post the link that I had probably given you a year ago so you can look through it again plus another one that lists nutrition facts on different food and products.

www.phlaunt.com/diabetes/ (This is the one with all the info about blood sugar.)


nutritiondata.self.com/ (You can use the search box on the upper right to check out food and products by name.)

And maybe an endo is the way to go at this point for the blood sugar. If you haven't had your thyroid levels checked, ask if that should be done, too.

I hope today is a better day for you!
Lanie

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diabetes type 2 controlled by diet and exercise and
metformin
very low carb way of eating

worriedgirl
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   Posted 1/28/2016 1:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Well went to the dr and its my sugars causing it they think. My a1c is a 7.2. Shows how much I screwed up. I'm now being upped to 2000mg of metformin a day. This week I have to add one pill to make 1500 and then next week the second to make the 2000. I go back in 3 weeks. But I am making an appointment with a endocrinologist so I have a dr who specializes in diabetes. I broke down crying at the doctor because I'm overwhelmed with it all. They understood and told me I am not a failure like I feel.
"No one really dies because they have loved. Because they love they stay in the hearts of the people they have touched so in that their memory lives on." Ghost whisperer-i know corny but this touched me deep down and i see so much truth in it.
ADD-diagnosed 2010
Diabetes- diagnosed 3-29-2012. only using low fat and low carb diet and metformin 500 mg a day. half at lunch and half at dinner

Lanie G
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   Posted 1/28/2016 2:37 PM (GMT -7)   
You are not a failure! The fact that you are here and posting shows that you believe your health is important and you are not giving up!

Yes, your A1c is high and now you will get back on track. We just went through all the holidays when we have dinners and celebrations, parties, etc. and I fully expect my A1c to be higher than the last. Just because I don't eat carbs on a daily basis and I preach a low-carb eating plan doesn't mean I don't eat a piece of bread or cake when there's a special occasion - but I don't make it a habit and I will only eat a small piece at the time.

So, go back on your eating plan and don't "eat for the medication" if you follow what I mean. You will be taking more metformin but don't eat a piece of cake because you think the meds will take care of it.

You will be fine and I'm glad you're going to see an endo. Make sure you remember to ask questions when you go in (write them down).

There is a pretty tasty treat in the organic food section of my supermarket. I don't know why it's in the organic section, actually, but it's called "power crunch - protein energy bar" and it's like a peanut butter wafer bar. There's a chocolate version, too. The wrapper says it has 10g carb. So, what works for me is I eat half a bar mid morning and the other half in mid-afternoon.

Lately, I have been eating a larger lunch and a really small dinner and some nuts after dinner while I watch a basketball game or whatever.

You will be fine because you care about yourself. Do something fun with the family this weekend and treat yourself to a manicure or get a haircut with a new style maybe. And keep posting!

yeah :-)
Lanie

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diabetes type 2 controlled by diet and exercise and
metformin
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worriedgirl
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   Posted 1/28/2016 5:17 PM (GMT -7)   
I heard garlic can help your sugars is that true. Would taking garlic supplement as well as my metformin help lower my sugars
"No one really dies because they have loved. Because they love they stay in the hearts of the people they have touched so in that their memory lives on." Ghost whisperer-i know corny but this touched me deep down and i see so much truth in it.
ADD-diagnosed 2010
Diabetes- diagnosed 3-29-2012. only using low fat and low carb diet and metformin 500 mg a day. half at lunch and half at dinner

Lanie G
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   Posted 1/28/2016 5:51 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't know. And, if true, how much garlic would have to be eaten? Same with cinnamon. People say that can help, too. Here's a website that lists some of these that may have effects on blood sugar: www.healthline.com/health-slideshow/foods-lower-blood-sugar#1

At one time I took cinnamon capsules and they did nothing for the blood sugar. It was a waste of my money.

The only fact I know about food which affects blood sugar is that carbs cause rises in blood sugar and this is because of metabolism. Diabetes cannot metabolize carbs as non-diabetics can. Metformin can help to an extent with that. There are other drugs that work in different ways which are prescribed to help the body's metabolism work more efficiently and that also involves the liver.
Lanie

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diabetes type 2 controlled by diet and exercise and
metformin
very low carb way of eating

worriedgirl
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   Posted 1/29/2016 8:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Today was a good sugar day. Woke up it was136, lowest yet for morning. Although not sure how when after dinner was 122 last night. After breakfast I had 2 readings one was 180 at 9 and then 119 at 10 so I think my meter is going bad because I dont see how sugar can drop that fast. After lunch was 136 and after dinner was 126. For breakfast oatmeal with peanut butter but I didn't eat it all. I had a snack of special I crisp bar. One bar I ate before lunch the second one after work, they come 2 to a pack with only 100 calories and 29 carbs. For lunch I had a half piece of lemon baked chicken, leftover from last night and some cantaloupe and honeydew. I ate maybe1/2 cup. And for dinner a little more cantaloupe about 6 small squares, green beans and salmon with a little of garlic butter. It felt good to have low numbers. But with the new sugars and new dose I felt off. Slightly dizzy this morning but I just need to adjust.
"No one really dies because they have loved. Because they love they stay in the hearts of the people they have touched so in that their memory lives on." Ghost whisperer-i know corny but this touched me deep down and i see so much truth in it.
ADD-diagnosed 2010
Diabetes- diagnosed 3-29-2012. only using low fat and low carb diet and metformin 500 mg a day. half at lunch and half at dinner

Lanie G
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   Posted 1/29/2016 8:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Remember that it's not the calories that affect the blood sugar. It's the amount of carbs. Check out the carb levels of the food you eat on the nutrition website link that I posted before. It might be a better choice to eat a couple of berries instead of the melon. Melon has a lot of carbs.

I'm glad that you're seeing lower numbers though. The salmon with green beans is a very good choice. Add a small salad or some slices of cucumbers or olives, mushrooms and that would really fill you up.

Also, metformin can cause some strange effects if you're eating carbs. I would probably not eat the melon in that case. Oatmeal has fiber but also carbs. Can you eat eggs? An omelet?
Lanie

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metformin
very low carb way of eating

worriedgirl
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   Posted 1/29/2016 8:45 PM (GMT -7)   
They don't feel me up to last me from 7am til lunch at 1. The off feeling I felt when they upped from 500 to 1000 mg on meds and after a week I adjusted. Plus my sugars have been in the 170 to 190 now to 120 to 130 has to be making me feel off because I'm adjusting to lower numbers. The melon I ate so few and it didn't raise my sugars that high either. I'm using an app to track sugars just trying to determine what app I like best. I want to use one with averages for the day week month and year. Right now I'm finding what foods work for me and what doesn't. I am tired of oatmeal but so far that is what keeps me fuller longer. I make 2 pkts but only end up eating one. My goals are small right now and as I meet them I'll set new ones. So right now my goal sugars are 120 even fasting. Once I meet that then my fasting goal will go to 110 and lower til I get to at least 100. My after meals if I can get consistently120 and lower I will be happy. I'm hungry after meals right now but I think after a week I'll adjust and will be easier. I'm going to have meals that include chicken and fish and maybe pork but sparingly and small pieces
"No one really dies because they have loved. Because they love they stay in the hearts of the people they have touched so in that their memory lives on." Ghost whisperer-i know corny but this touched me deep down and i see so much truth in it.
ADD-diagnosed 2010
Diabetes- diagnosed 3-29-2012. only using low fat and low carb diet and metformin 500 mg a day. half at lunch and half at dinner

Lanie G
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   Posted 1/29/2016 8:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Ok, I'm glad you're keeping track and I hope the readings continue to come down! You'll be fine. When is your appointment with the endo?
Lanie

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diabetes type 2 controlled by diet and exercise and
metformin
very low carb way of eating

worriedgirl
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   Posted 1/29/2016 8:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Have to get a referral and won't be able to get in til April. I'm gonna call around though
"No one really dies because they have loved. Because they love they stay in the hearts of the people they have touched so in that their memory lives on." Ghost whisperer-i know corny but this touched me deep down and i see so much truth in it.
ADD-diagnosed 2010
Diabetes- diagnosed 3-29-2012. only using low fat and low carb diet and metformin 500 mg a day. half at lunch and half at dinner

worriedgirl
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   Posted 1/31/2016 1:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Well right now on 1500 mg of metformin until Thursday and it goes to 2000. But I'm worried because other than after breakfast my sugars are going down. This morning fasting was 108. But two hours after eating was 180. Uggg that is frustrating. I was told oatmeal with peanut butter and that's what I've been eating for years but it doesn't work now. I even cut the amount. So tomorrow I'm going to try eggs with a little bit of fruit. I've been doing some reading and I've been told that is good. Tonight I'm making morrocan chicken. Ive gotten several different chicken receipes and fish so here is to seeing how this works. I honestly feel like a newly diagnosed diabetic and learning what works and what doesn't.
"No one really dies because they have loved. Because they love they stay in the hearts of the people they have touched so in that their memory lives on." Ghost whisperer-i know corny but this touched me deep down and i see so much truth in it.
ADD-diagnosed 2010
Diabetes- diagnosed 3-29-2012. only using low fat and low carb diet and metformin 500 mg a day. half at lunch and half at dinner

Lanie G
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   Posted 1/31/2016 1:59 PM (GMT -7)   
In my experience, oatmeal always raised my blood sugar. In any case, testing at about two hours after you start breakfast will tell you how it works for you.

There are recipes for breakfast on this website: forum.lowcarber.org/index.php?. And, you can make some egg muffins with almost anything and then freeze them or keep them in the fridge for a few days and pop them into the microwave before you eat them. Mix up eggs with grated cheese and a vegetable like broccoli, mushrooms, cauliflower, etc., then fill muffin tins and bake till they're done. You can even do this with ground meat, like mini-meatloaves and veggies.

My fasting is really good after I've had dinner which is any piece of protein (fish, chicken, pork, etc.), some sauteed bell peppers and a salad plate that I assemble like: olives, cut up cucumber, cut up string cheese, radishes, baby spinach, maybe a small tomato. Sometimes I don't like an actual salad so I just put these varied things on a plate and pick them off as I'm eating dinner. Now, other family members like to do the same thing.

I'm wondering about such a jump up in metformin if you're also going back to a low-carb eating plan. Of course your blood sugar will be much lower, but be careful about feeling off if your blood sugar is much lower than it was before.

I know you can get control back! That's great! yeah
Lanie

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diabetes type 2 controlled by diet and exercise and
metformin
very low carb way of eating

worriedgirl
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   Posted 1/31/2016 5:12 PM (GMT -7)   
I bought some glucose tablets in case my sugars go to low with the metformin.
"No one really dies because they have loved. Because they love they stay in the hearts of the people they have touched so in that their memory lives on." Ghost whisperer-i know corny but this touched me deep down and i see so much truth in it.
ADD-diagnosed 2010
Diabetes- diagnosed 3-29-2012. only using low fat and low carb diet and metformin 500 mg a day. half at lunch and half at dinner
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