taking diabetes type 2 meds if you don't have diabetes

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tony w
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   Posted 4/13/2016 11:29 PM (GMT -7)   
I have been taking 50Mg Glucobay and 500Mg diabex er 500 for 8 months now my GP tells me it was a mistake I don't have diabetes.
Will this cause any problems I feel well .

Lanie G
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   Posted 4/14/2016 6:31 AM (GMT -7)   
Welcome tony w. From what I read online, those meds help delay the absorption of starch and also how the body uses insulin. The diabex contains metformin which is one of the safest and most frequently prescribed drugs for diabetes. I'm not a doctor but if you've stopped taking them and you are not diabetic, I doubt that any harm was done - but that needs to be confirmed by some blood tests.

I am puzzled as to how your doctor says this was a "mistake" and that you don't have diabetes!? How was this mistake made? Did blood tests get mixed up? Do you know what your blood sugar tests were at your supposed diagnosis? During the time that you were on them, were you testing your blood sugar?

On a side note, there have been some studies that metformin is beneficial to cancer patients.

I hope you are doing well! That's a strange experience. Are you going to change doctors?
Lanie

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

tony w
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   Posted 4/14/2016 6:45 AM (GMT -7)   
My regular GP was off this day and the new GP suggested at my age then 65 I should be tested for diabetes. So I had a glucose intolerace
test a week later I went bask for results.She then told me I had type 2
diabetes and prescribed 6 months of meds. It was only this week I went to see my regular GP for some more meds he asked why I was taking them. He looked up the results on his PC and said you don't have diabetes and you don't have to take the meds. He even rang the pathology who did the test for their opinion no diabetes.
Confusing !!!!!!!
tony w

Lanie G
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   Posted 4/14/2016 6:57 AM (GMT -7)   
Holy Mackerel! That's total incompetence!

For one thing, the glucose tolerance test is only given to patients whose blood sugar blood tests have been too high. My own blood sugar tests were elevated for some years before I had to take the GTT. This tolerance test is done with blood tests and the sugary drink and more blood tests during two or three hours. I'm presuming that's the tolerance test you took. So, I don't believe there was even cause for you to take that test unless you had had elevated blood sugar on prior tests.

As people age (I'm 67), having elevated blood sugar is not uncommon which is why doctors normally include a simple blood test to see how those levels are, but to jump into the GTT cold like that is rather odd.

I'm glad you're ok!
Lanie

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