I need help, please

By Tuckashea Latest Reply 2013-03-31 13:49:11 -0500
Started 2013-03-25 12:56:16 -0500

I have two questions, one is about this site and the other is about glucose testing numbers.

1. How do you track these discussions, I have the box checked for track this but I can't ever seem to find my discussion thread when I come back to the site, also I do not seem to get any emails when someone has responded to me. Is there a setting that I have to select in my profile or something?

2. What should my numbers be? I am not able to take the diabetes education classes offered due to insurance reasons and money, and I am very new to this. I take 500mg of Metformin once a day, usually I take it in the morning with my breakfast. My before breakfast numbers have been ranging 148 - 158, and 2 hours after I eat they have been higher (which I know is normal due to eating), however lately I've noticed that my numbers seem to be lower when I haven't yet taken the metformin, like this morning I ate breakfast and forgot to take my meds, I checked my glucose 3 hours after eating and they are 139, is this normal with metformin, or is this just an indication that the meds are finally starting to work? I've been on metformin for a month now after being diagnosed in Feb 2013.

I appreciate any advice, thanks

15 replies

tinkerbell54 2013-03-29 10:40:05 -0500 Report

I am surprise that Ur Dr. did not tell U when the range is for Ur blood sugars talk to him & he will explain them 2 UTinkerbell54

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-03-25 18:19:50 -0500 Report

You can follow what you post on your profile page if you don't get an email when someone responds.

Your doctor can tell you your range. Diabetes is not a one size fits all disease so numbers can be different for each of us. Mine can range anywhere from 100-129 or 134 at times. I also take 500mg of met but I take it with dinner. I never take it in the morning per doctors orders.

Depending on where you live, you may be able to find a free diabetic education class. I am attending a free one in a few months as part of my spring renewal plan. If there are health clinics in your city, call and ask if they have them. Some may offer for a sliding fee scale based on your income. Several of the major hospitals where I live offer them free. You can check with the hospitals in your area. Another source are senior centers the ones here offer them free to seniors or anyone else wishing to attend. I hope you find one. Good luck

Tuckashea 2013-03-28 17:35:50 -0500 Report

Hi Joyce, thanks for responding. I am trying to get all of this, some days I feel like I know what I'm doing and others I feel like I'm a flake. :D A friend of mine just posted something on Facebook about a Health and Wellness seminar that is coming to one of the local churches in April, he's been to them before and said they are really good, there is supposed to be a couple of people there speaking on diabetes and how they've actually reversed the effects of it by changing the way they live and eat. I am planning to go to that. That's interesting that your doctor told you not to take it in the morning, if you don't mind my asking, what is the reasoning for this? My doctor didn't really tell me much about when to take it, just that she felt confident that it would work since my numbers weren't that high to begin with. Thanks for the recommendation to check the senior centers, I would never have thought of that.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-03-28 20:21:18 -0500 Report

He told me not to take it in the morning because of liver dumps. The liver dump is when glycogen stored in the liver is turned into glucose (glycogenolysis) and it is released into the blood stream. The result is that blood glucose goes up, in spite of no food having been consumed. There is nothing you can do to prevent this because it happens naturally. The metformin helps prevent my blood sugar from rising in the morning. I take my metformin with dinner and I eat some kind of snack before bed. My blood sugar is never over 120 in the mornings. It can go up during the day based on what I eat.

That is good he posted it. Around here we have Health Fairs all during the summer months. Some communities have them, as well as health centers and some of the schools. One of the hospitals here has a huge one called "Take a Loved One to the Doctor Today" they have tons of information and health screenings for just about everything. Every now and then we hear about a church having one. Type health fairs and your city into google and you might find some in your area or the nearest large city. They are worth going to because you never know what you will get as free giveaways and lots of info.

byrun 2013-03-25 13:29:25 -0500 Report

Good afternoon my friend. Ideally our BG #'s should be in the 70-130 range. This is a very individual disease and each of us will have different treatments and results from those treatments. I am presently on 1-500mg of Metformin/day after the 1st year @ 2 pills/day. With a combination of exercise (walking mostly), diet changes and the medications I seem to be maintaining quite well. The major change in my diet has been severely limiting bread, rice, potatoes, pasta and almost all processed grains. I still do eat some of these foods but very little and not nearly as often as I did, before diagnosis. This has helped me a lot in maintaining way better Blood Glucose #'s. On April 8 I go for my next A1C test and blood panels. My current morning fasting #'s have been ranging from 115 - 136. This seems to be up a bit since my last set of tests. Also our BG meter readings can be off by as much as 20% If your fasting BG #'s are less then they were a month ago then I would guess the Metformin and lifestyle changes are positive and hopefully will continue to move downward. Much of that will be affected by what kinds of foods you are eating, portion sizes and how much exercise you are getting.

Tuckashea 2013-03-25 13:54:49 -0500 Report

Thanks for responding. I guess I'm just confused as to why my numbers would be lower when I dont take the metformin and higher when I do. I have also changed my diet to a high lean protein, low carb/good carb diet, lots of leafy greens and other veggies I am noticing a difference in the way I feel overall, more energy, less water retention and more alert. I have also started moving more.

byrun 2013-03-25 14:28:06 -0500 Report

A very good beginning. Be sure to talk with your doctor about your diet changes and amount of exercise. I would think that your #'s should be lower or at least in the same range 2 hours after eating. But it has only been a month and your body is still adjusting to the changes.

Tuckashea 2013-03-25 15:25:05 -0500 Report

Ok, so I'll take that as this is normal. Thank you, I really appreciate it. It can all be so confusing.

byrun 2013-03-25 15:30:17 -0500 Report

I am presuming that your DR. may have you on a 3 month check up schedule. Continue to monitor your #'s and it would be a good idea to keep a food journal along with those readings.

Tuckashea 2013-03-28 17:31:12 -0500 Report

Byrun, yes I am on a 3-month check-up schedule. I have the log book that she gave me to keep track of my numbers but I haven't started a food journal yet, I had been thinking of doing that, I guess this is confirmation that I need to start. :D Thanks for all the advice.

huffer 2013-03-31 13:49:11 -0500 Report

I have been in you shoes and a diabetic nutritionist told me about a program by the name of Perfect Diet Tracker, a very reasonably priced English program. You can keep excellent track of your intake and can make printouts to take to your Doctor. It a lifetime purchase and I have been using mine faithfully for about 10 years and found it to be of great help.