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With & without Metformin whats next?

Discussion in 'Diabetes Medication and Drugs' started by Yetiandy, Jan 13, 2017.

  1. Yetiandy

    Yetiandy Type 2 · Member

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    Hi everyone, if you have read my post "I'm as mad as hell" you will know the issues I had with Metformin, now heres the next issue.

    Off metformin my bloods where 17-18 mmol/l I've been taking SR metformin for 2 months now and my bloods? 17-18 mmol/l.
    So I don't think it works, anyone else have similar results?

    Also my nurse said if it doesn't comedown I will have to see a specialist at the hospital, now I drive for a living, will they stick me on something that means I can't drive?
     
  2. Squire Fulwood

    Squire Fulwood Type 2 · Expert

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    I never found that Metformin made any difference to my blood sugar levels either so they told me there were benefits down the line from taking it. No-one ever said what they were though.

    I can't predict what will happen at the hospital but if they give you a drug capable of giving you a hypo then you will be required to test your blood before driving.

    http://www.diabetes.co.uk/driving-with-diabetes.html
     
    #2 Squire Fulwood, Jan 13, 2017 at 10:10 AM
    Last edited: Jan 13, 2017
  3. Bluetit1802

    Bluetit1802 Type 2 (in remission!) · Guru

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    Metformin is more helpful to those that need to lose weight as it is an appetite suppressant. It also works on the liver to help reduce the amount of glucose the liver produces, and helps a little with insulin resistance, but it's effects on blood sugar levels is marginal.

    When you say your blood sugars are 17 to 18mmol/l is this when fasting? What are you levels like during the day, such as before meals and 2 hours after meals? Do you see big rises from before eating to after eating (2 hours after first bite)?
     
  4. Yetiandy

    Yetiandy Type 2 · Member

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    I only test fasting in the morning!
     
  5. carty

    carty Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    If you test 2 hours after eating you will see the effects certain foods affect your BG levels and by eliminating these foods you will be able to lower your BG levels try cutting down carbs and see how you go
    CAROL
     
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  6. Bluetit1802

    Bluetit1802 Type 2 (in remission!) · Guru

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    Try testing as I suggested. You may have some surprises and may find your diet isn't as suitable as you think. For most people our lowest level of the day is usually before evening meal. Try this and let us know the levels. Our fasting BG is the most unpredictable and is influenced by other factors over which we have little control.
     
  7. douglas99

    douglas99 I reversed my Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Primarily diet and exercise worked for me.

    By 'diet', it was a calorie controlled diet to lose weight, coupled with exercise, followed by a complete lifestyle change in both eating and no longer being a couch potato.
     
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