1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.
  2. Get the Diabetes Forum App for your phone - available on iOS and Android.
    Dismiss Notice
  3. Guest, we'd love to know what you think about the forum! Take the Diabetes Forum Survey 2019 »
    Dismiss Notice
  4. Diabetes Forum should not be used in an emergency and does not replace your healthcare professional relationship. Posts can be seen by the public.
    Dismiss Notice
Dismiss Notice
Find support, ask questions and share your experiences. Join the community »

Meds dose

Discussion in 'Newly Diagnosed' started by AnnieB1965, Jun 30, 2019.

  1. AnnieB1965

    AnnieB1965 · Newbie

    Messages:
    1
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    1
    Hi.
    Firstly many thanks to all for the forum.
    Diagnosed T2 4 weeks ago and still trying to marry up the diagnosis and me!. I have an appt to attend Desmond as I am struggling with what are good/bad foods.
    The nurse started me on 500mg of Metformin and increased me to 1000mg 2 weeks later I am taking 500mg morning and teatime. The increase has had no impact on BG, should I contact the clinic to request another increase ? If agreed how should the dose be split through the day for best results...sorry if this seems a bit trivial it's just there is a lot to get my head around. Thank you.
     
  2. bulkbiker

    bulkbiker Type 2 · Master

    Messages:
    13,634
    Likes Received:
    10,162
    Trophy Points:
    298
    Metformin has a minimal impact on blood sugar levels eating the right foods is a far better way of getting them down.
    Check out the low carb and keto advice on what to eat at www.dietdoctor.com a great free resource.
     
    • Agree Agree x 5
  3. Rachox

    Rachox Type 2 (in remission!) · Moderator
    Staff Member

    Messages:
    8,983
    Likes Received:
    10,867
    Trophy Points:
    198
    I agree with @bulkbiker , I do take Metformin but eating a low carb diet is by far the major part of how I keep my blood sugars at non diabetic levels.
     
    • Agree Agree x 2
  4. Marie 2

    Marie 2 LADA · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    665
    Likes Received:
    406
    Trophy Points:
    103
    Metformin can work pretty quickly, it blocks the liver from producing some excess glucose. But I gather some people respond better than others to it. It can be a major difference for some people. There is a test to know who will respond to it, but that is cost prohibitive because the medication is just so cheap to just go ahead and try it.

    They can up your dose, but usually do so gradually so you get used to it. If you want it raised sooner because it is not working, I would go ahead and call them.

    Just something to keep in mind. A lot of us Type 1's have been misdiagnosed as type 2's at first. Sometimes if things don't make sense, you might be a type1 instead of a type 2. So if you are doing everything right and your sugars still don't come down you might ask to be tested for being a type 1.
     
    • Like Like x 1
    • Agree Agree x 1
  5. Daibell

    Daibell LADA · Master

    Messages:
    10,684
    Likes Received:
    6,670
    Trophy Points:
    298
    Hi. As others have said, Metformin only ever has a small effect but many GPs don't seem to realise that. Increasing the dose from 1000mg to 2000mg may help a small amount. Dose timing during the day isn't super critical so just read the leaflet or follow GP instructions. Having a low carb diet is key. Forget you ever heard of calories and just keep the carbs down and have enough proteins and fats to keep you feeling full. Read the back of food packets and not the front traffic-light stuff.
     
    • Like Like x 1
    • Agree Agree x 1
  6. Debandez

    Debandez Type 2 (in remission!) · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    2,682
    Likes Received:
    6,703
    Trophy Points:
    178
    You have had some great advice already. There are so many very knowledgeable people on here ready to answer any questions you have to help you on your journey.

    I absolutely love Diet Doctor website too. Full of info put in a way that's easy to understand.

    This link may help you:

    https://www.dietdoctor.com/low-carb/foods

    You can also watch some great short videos on you tube. Real people who have been able to really control their blood sugars. They tell you how they have done it. Also great videos from health care professionals. Jason Fung is one to watch. Very informative. Just input his name + diabetes in Google and click on video.

    I would just like to ask if I may, whether or not you know your hba1c? Mine was 62 at diagnosis (anything over 47 is classed as diabetic). I changed my way of eating to low carb straight away after finding out on the internet just how many diabetics were having great success by eating this way. On my next test after 2 months it was down to 47 (42 to 47 is classed as pre diabetic). Then in another 3 months it was down to 41 (anything under 42 classed as normal).
    I've been lower at 39 on subsequent blood tests. I've avoided medication, so far. All by changing the way I eat. So what I'm trying to say is that diet can be a better medicine. Metformin doesn't have much impact.

    There is a lot to take in. I'm 18 months in from my diagnosis and still learn something every day.
     
  7. Severe_Needle_phobia

    Severe_Needle_phobia Type 2 · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    111
    Likes Received:
    292
    Trophy Points:
    123
    Hi @Debandez
    Just stopping to say thankyou for the link in your post .
    I found it extremely informative.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  8. Debandez

    Debandez Type 2 (in remission!) · Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    2,682
    Likes Received:
    6,703
    Trophy Points:
    178
    I'm thrilled. Thanks for the feedback.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  • Meet the Community

    Find support, connect with others, ask questions and share your experiences with people with diabetes, their carers and family.

    Did you know: 7 out of 10 people improve their understanding of diabetes within 6 months of being a Diabetes Forum member. Get the Diabetes Forum App and stay connected on iOS and Android

    Grab the app!
  • Tweet with us

  • Like us on Facebook