After 4 years of successfully keeping my numbers in the pre diabetes range with limiting total grams of carbs per day to under 100 grams, and exercise consisting of walking 1 mi. each day plus some water aerobics, and balance and strength exercise at the gym, the doctor and I jointly decided to start me on a minimum dose of 500 mg. per day of Metformin. After my multiple abdominal surgeries this past July, I had not been able to keep up the same exercise schedule at first, and my A1c went up from 5.7 to 6.4. The fasting glucose had gone up from the mid 90s to 99-113. Although I am still counting carbs, and my exercise program is increasing, I am told that 6.0 and a history of diabetes in the family is the level at which my doctor would prefer to start meds to help. So I started taking Metformin 500 mg once a day on Oct. 17. (For me, the doctor usually prescribes only 1/2 a normal dose of any meds since I react strongly.)
I will just post occasionally what is happening with this new approach. My numbers stayed the same for the first week, and I had no symptoms from the meds. In the second week, the numbers started to drop and I developed a very slight throat nausea in the morning and felt a bit lethargic and also hungry! I actually chewed a half glucose tablet in church, Sunday and felt much better in 15 minutes. My energy stayed the same.
The last few days the numbers have really dropped. My last week's fasting glucose numbers were 93, 95, 89, 99, 90, and 81 today. And 2 hours after breakfast my BG was only 83. In the last 4 days I have had no blood glucose number over 115, even 2 hours after a meal. It remains to be seen if I can maintain the same weight now that I am hungry more often, and if I can plan my food to cover exercise sessions comfortably. I will keep you posted. It is also great to realize that Metformin protects me from breast cancers and some other cancers.View Thread
Thanks, Lynn. I did find that the "Bayer NOW" A1c home testing kit is back on the market (Amazon.com has the best prices) under a different owner, but still the same product which worked very well for me. Similar kits have also been seen at Walmart. My A1c number with this home kit and just a finger prick and my Lab number in a vein blood draw taken on the same day are always very close. Therefore I can check on the effects of different meds, exercise plans, or large diet changes more often.View Thread
Dave, they always go with the cheapest first, so we'll see how this goes. It's too bad that the Bayer NOW A1C home testing kits are mostly off the market, having been sold out to a much more expensive company. That kit was a great way for me to keep track of my A1c more often. I'll check the internet for some that might be left over, and still not out of date.View Thread
Please go back to your doctor and ask him/her to explain more to you about diabetes and your condition. It seems that you are well in your pregnancy and are not well informed. Your baby and you may need extra care. When you say you are doing everything you can to lower your levels, what would that include besides taking insulin shots and pills? You and your baby can be healthy enough for a fairly normal life, but only if you can get help in understanding and managing this disease.View Thread
I've often wished that a poster's avatar would be automatically accompanied by their A1c, fasting blood sugar, and weight. That might be a clue as to how their choices and life style were affecting their control of the disease and might give better information to those really wanting to control the disease with as near normal numbers as possible. Just wondering......View Thread
I realize those aspects of privacy, Dave. I had been away for the site for a while, and in coming back I encountered many opinions that led me to wonder how those methods of controlling diabetes were really working on the persons who were posting them. I do enjoy post of members who give their current A1c, etc. along with their struggles and diabetic history so we can see some real life success stories. I also realize that different methods work for different people.View Thread
Yay Red!!!!!!!!! I totally understand. I have traded my 1/3 cup cooked oatmeal each morning (which I loved) for smaller, more stylish clothes. With that came an increase in self worth! I'm easy to please and clothes will do the trick just as easily as donuts! Shoes, earrings, whatever. Also good books, art, music and more cerebral stuff. It also tickles my sole when friend say, well you CAN'T be diabetic -- you've always been slim!View Thread
Thanks Debbie. I'm doing fine with the pacemaker that keeps my heartbeat above 60 beats a minute. It was not mandatory but does help a lot in allowing me to exercise and do normal activities without getting tired or lightheaded. My multiple lower abdominal fixups went fine and I am gradually getting more exercise. I never was in pain so that helped a lot. My fasting sugars went up a bit with not so much activity, but the A1c probably stayed the same because I wasn't eating as much. I had a blood test this morning (required by Medicare to fill a statin prescription), so I'll know in a few days.
Mostly we are trying to maximize the nutrient value of all our calories! Tonight we had braised pork chops with red cabbage and sliced baby eggplant. Earlier we had salad and Brussels sprouts and sliced turkey. We try to eat 5-7 1/2 cup servings of non starchy/colorful veggies with minimum grains. I try to have 4 oz. of low sodium V-8 each day for the potassium. I know that you are really limited in your food choices. Could you have a "soup" of red lentils, shredded carrots and chicken broth (blended)? or is that too much fiber?View Thread
It amazes me to discover that many people don't realize that diabetes is a disease in which our bodies do not process carbohydrates normally. Oatmeal of any kind, in fact grains of any kind are heavy carbohydrate foods. Steel cut oatmeal may digest more slowly than rolled oats but it is still loaded with carbs. The Complete Book of Food Counts lists steel cut oats (1/4 dry) as having 29 grams of carbs. That makes up into about 1 cup cooked. The book lists 1 brand of rolled oats as having 25 grams of carbohydrates for 1 cup cooked.
The number of grams of carbs per meal that my body can tolerate without my blood sugar going up a lot is 15 total grams for the whole meal. I usually stick to veggies, not a lot of fruits and almost no grains for that reason.View Thread