Diabetes. First Me, Now My Wife...

By diabetesfree Latest Reply 2012-04-01 11:18:12 -0500
Started 2012-03-31 03:07:19 -0500

After struggling through the last few years with diabetes myself, my wife has now been diagnosed with the disease. She is 34, which is 10 years younger than me. Not far from the age when I first got it. She has been able to get her blood glucose down to normal by using Metaformin for the past couple of weeks. Is there anyone out there who has been able to "get away" with just taking Metaformin (or other pills), and not eventually having to move to insulin (like me)? I would like to be able to encourage her, but I don't want to be unrealistic, either.

7 replies

Harlen 2012-04-01 11:18:12 -0500 Report

It didnt work for me but I do know frends that have ben on pills and diet for years and years and still are in good with there #s I even know some that are only on a diet to keep there numbers down .There just is no telling what may come in the days ahead , I am so sorry that you two are going thru this
Best wishes

annesmith 2012-04-01 01:48:31 -0500 Report

No…sorry, I was tried on Metformin, and my pancreas rejected it completely..I was either in the 50s with it, or I'd soar up into the 600s…slow acting insulin worked on me really good, but not Metformin. I think it is great if someone can "get away" with just taking Metformin..I know an elderly man that was diagnosed type 1 diabetes at age 21, and he was on quite a bit of insulin for years, then at age 55 he started playing tennis again really really super hard..he actually " got away" with reducing his insulin down to 5 units a day..of course, he ate only salads and the like at the same time. He says to this day he's living proof that type 1 diabetes can be brought to a " state" of type 2 . Nobody, except for me, believes him..a bunch of people called him " nuts" , and said " No, that's impossible." He always says to them, " Well, I'm not on medications for mental illness, I don't suffer from hallucinations, and I am telling you the truth..I was able to bring my type 1 diabetes into a type 2 "state". I feel sorry for him—nobody believing him. I mean, there are different degrees of each type—ANNE

GabbyPA 2012-03-31 11:25:46 -0500 Report

I am sorry that you are peas in a pod in that way now, but it will make menu planning easier now, as you both should be eating similarly.

I believe that it can be taken care of orally or even with just exercise and diet if you get on it quick and stick with it. Many here have gotten off their meds, and that is the goal of my doctor as well, so I know that it can be done.

Try her out on stevia products. They are natural sweeteners that are lower in carbs. If not, you can try palm sugars as they are lower in the glycemic index and may help her out.

Working together, exercising for fun as a couple and things like that will help you both and you may find yourself improving as well.

MAYS 2012-03-31 10:33:59 -0500 Report

You can do it (at least for a while) until your body changes, most Type 2 diabetics will eventually require insulin injections as they get older due to the onset of insulin resistance, to delay that for as long as you can it's important to really watch what you eat, to monitor your carbohydrate intake and exercise!
The physical activity will help your cells to become more receptive to both the Metformin and the Insulin that your body manufactures.

This will also help take some of the strain associated with the producing of insulin off of the pancreas, the strain on the pancreas is what causes it to break down over a period of time resulting in a decrease in the production of insulin as a diabetic gets older, thereby requiring insulin injections.

Just monitor your bloodsugar, document your findings as well as your meals, and pay close attention to what your body says (something we tend to ignore) as a diabetic, at least with our chronic condition we have tell-tell signs to warn us of impending danger, we just choose to silence them, or ignore them.

So yes it can be done, but only for a while, depending on the individual with other factors that will determine to what extent, and for how long.
I think that this article will interest you, although it may not seem to be on point with your discussion, the explained breakdown on diabetes is very accurate:


It's worth a try, just discuss this with your doctor to see if he/she approves of it after a medical examination, after all they should have your best health interest at heart!



jigsaw 2012-03-31 06:19:29 -0500 Report

I'm sorry that your wife was diagnosed with diabetes. I have a positive attitude and what I believe to be a realistic answer.
The better one takes care of themselves (exercise, proper diet ) the greater the chance of eliminating meds, or at least minimizing their use. I was able to stay off meds for close to 7 years after being diagnosed. I'm now in my 18th year with diabetes. I am on Lantus and Met, but I feel good in general. At age 63, I have no complications from diabetes. I always managed my bg with a low carb diet and exercise. I don't know if it is possible for anyone to stay off meds permanently, but I do know it's possible to live a long life with no complications!

diabetesfree 2012-03-31 07:07:45 -0500 Report

My wife has definitely made vast improvements to her diet over the past couple of weeks. She used to drink close to a six pack a day of soda. She has cut that down to one per day. She seems to be allergic to various non-sugar sweeteners, which makes it impossible for her to switch to diet soda or most other things with "fake" sugar in them. I hope she will eventually stop drinking soda entirely, but that may take awhile. With the metaformin, he BG is now running about 90-130. She had gotten into the low 300's prior to being on medication.

jigsaw 2012-03-31 09:18:47 -0500 Report

Tremendous improvement! That's a big step in the right direction. Keep up the encouragement!

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