Had a recent diabetic check-up

By Turtle Latest Reply 2011-09-24 15:45:25 -0500
Started 2011-09-22 16:39:28 -0500

My new dr. was very thourough. My a1c is 6.2. The rest of my blood work is normal. Since my insulin is not keeping my numbers down, my dr. put me on Metformin yesterday along with the insulin. It is 500mg tabs. and I am starting at half a tab 1x daily for 7 days. In a month, I will be on the top dose she has rx'd at this time. It will be 500mg tabs. 1, two x a day. I just hope I do not get the runs with the metformin. That will be 2x as much as I was on the first time a few years ago and I had trouble back then.

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Turtle 2011-09-24 15:45:25 -0500 Report

I also want to say, I did not feel real supported here when I discussed my check-up and results. Of course I would do as my dr. has ordered. She is the dr., not me. I know metformin will probably cause the runs but at least she is putting me on it slowly and is seeing me again in 3 weeks. I like my new dr. lots and I just think ppl need to be careful sometimes and take a second look at how they may be percieved before they push that little post button.

Uncle Lew
Uncle Lew 2011-09-23 20:36:46 -0500 Report

It is hard to believe that your numbers are high. A1c of 6.2 is excellent for a diabetic. Most test allow a normal range of 4% - 6%. You are just a tad over. Your 6.2% works out to an average daily blood glucose of 132 mg/dl. Be careful of hypoglycemia, especially in the beginning of your new meds program. Good luck.

Jim Edwards
Jim Edwards 2011-09-23 13:05:28 -0500 Report

Humm Turtle (that use to be my nickname when I was young because I could not run fast!) First I am a Type 2 and I do not know what the rules are for Type 1, but a 6.2 A1C for a type 2 is not bad. You want it to be under 7 and last I checked 6.2 is under 7. Because of the various reactions to Metformin, I, one who does not always do what he is told by the doctor, unless it makes sense, would not increase my dose, unless my numbers did not improve. What are your fasting (AM) numbers? what are they 2 hours after you eat? I don't ask these to be nosy, but because this helps to paint a more complete picture. If my A1C was at 6.2 I know my doctor would take me off of metformin. When I get down to 7 or less, he said I can go off of it.

MEGriff1950 2011-09-22 18:46:50 -0500 Report

Hello Turtle, are you type 2? If you do not mind please share with us what your fasting and post meal numbers are. Are you using a meal plan that has been designed for your lifestyle? Have you attended a diabetes education class? To me as a diabetic your a1c does not indicate that your blood sugars are too far off. I am nosey asking a lot of question but are you able to or doing any form of exercise?
I get the runs sometimes too but have other health issues so do not know what to blame that on.
God bless,

Roy531 2011-09-22 16:52:37 -0500 Report

Will add you to my prayer list and pray everything works to your good health.


Turtle 2011-09-24 15:33:14 -0500 Report

I am type 2, and very obese. I was just started on insulin when I went into the hospital recently. When my numbers remained high first thing in the morning and throughout the day, my dr. added the metformin. I know 6.2 is not all that high but before I had my knee surgery last Feb. it was 5. something. This is the second time I am over since being diagnosed many years ago. I know 6.2 means an average of 132 but I have also been in the high 300's and when I was in the hospital, they had to call the dr. one time cuz I was almost 500. The dr. temporairily put me on a different insulin but now I am on regular again and a sliding scale.

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