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how long does it take for metformin to start working?

Discussion in 'Newly Diagnosed' started by Disneyfan, May 15, 2012.

  1. Baruney

    Baruney Type 2 · BANNED

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    Hola

    No pasta for an Italian! Have you had to leave home?

    Cheers!
     
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  2. Jan30012016

    Jan30012016 Type 2 · Member

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    Please help!
    I currently take 3 metformin a say and have readings of approx 9.5 after meals.
    I am type 2.
    I thought that medication should reduce my high readings? Would my readings be a lot higher if I didn't take metformin?
    I was diagnosed June 2015. I'm not over weight but did have gestational diabetes 13 years ago.
    Thanks anyone
     
  3. Barry05

    Barry05 Type 2 · Active Member

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    When i was first diagnosed with type2 early July 2014 my reading was 11.8%. Put straight on metformin at 500mg (1 tablet) per day which was slowly increased to 2000mg (4 tablets )per day.
    I also put myself on a crash diet of healthy stuff and ignored any junk food whatsoever
    Later that year my reading went down to approximately 6.5 (i cannot recall the exact reading). So that's about 4 or 5 months to get the level down that far even with me living a bit like a stone age vegan at the time.
    In answer to your question :- I think it depends on the individual and how determined they are to get the level down.
    Looking at what you're saying here, you are at least slowly but surely going in the right direction so stick with it.
     
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    Jan30012016 Type 2 · Member

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    Thanks for that.
    I also don't eat meat and try to follow healthy eating however it seems I eating the wrong things altogether.
    Fresh start new year and all that I will cut out the few carbs I have and follow a new plan.
     
  5. zacthedog

    zacthedog Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I started taking Metformin on 31/12/15, one 500mg a day, raised to two 500mg from thursday just gone, i have cut out around 95% of the sugary food and starting to watch thd carbs, my mmol/l has fallen each day of around 1 -2% a day, yesterday to today it fell by 3.5% to 9.9, so what i am saying is;- this is a marathon not a sprint, i want my levels down to where they should be but ot to quick, then the risks oc hypo would far outway any benefits of being in the normal range. Take it slow, change your diet, test regulary and read up on this forum. I want to be stable by 2017, i am then going for reversal of T2, and spend the rest of my life free and healthy, thats my plan, if it works great, if not, well i would have given it my best shot! But whatever happens, i know my life can not be the same as it was before diabetes.
    Goodluck, and take it one day at a time, hour by hour we can do it!
     
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