I saw my Endo a couple of Fridays ago and we discussed my A1c's, which are always below 6.0 and this most recent one was 5.0. However, keeping these low numbers has contributed to many many hypoglycemic reactions, some involving seizures. I told him that I cant live this way anymore and asked for help.
He brought up an interesting premise: the possibility that I am insulin resistant. At first glance, I know this appears counter-intuitive because of my low A1c, but he has always felt my daily insulin dose was twice as much as it should be. I have consistently tried to lower it in the past but would encounter too many highs.
His suggestion was for me to use Metformin on a trial basis to determine if in fact I am insulin resistant. Apparently this is a possibility for T1s after many years, in my case 32.
Ive been on Metformin ER 500 mg. daily for a week now and we cut my insulin back to half my former dose.
I still have lows because of my Hypoglycemic Unawareness but they dont leave me on the floor unable to walk, talk, and often seizuring.
I feel really good on this med and dont experience blood sugar boomeranging like before.
This drug is suppressing my appetite to an incredible degree! This would be a great side-effect for some, however I dont need to lose weight.
The gastro-intestinal distress comes and gos. Somedays Im fine, the next, Oh Dear God! I cant keep enough toilet paper in the house!
I dont know at this point if I am resistent and this is helping with that OR if Im just not hungry so am not eating like I use to, which believe me, I can put away some food!
I realize its mostly T2s that use this med and I would be forever grateful if any of you would care to share your experiences with its use. ANYTHING you think is important, I would love to hear!!!!!
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