New here and looking for help with ac1 levels, meds, anemia ect.

Teresa Adkins
By Teresa Adkins Latest Reply 2013-10-19 04:28:37 -0500
Started 2013-04-11 07:21:45 -0500

Hey everyone :) I am new here and I'm looking for advice on many things. I was diagnosed 3 weeks ago with Type 2 and by the time it was found My AC1 levels were 11.8, I have Anemia and had lost about 16#. I am following my diet and getting as much exercise as I can tolerate at the moment. On 1000mg Metformin morning and night and started Onglyza 2 weeks ago. My sugar is running between 170 and 240 before meals, which is better than it was but I thought the meds would have brought it down quicker. I am worried about the long term effects of Onglyza as well. Some days are good and some days my body aches so bad it's a struggle to get through the day but I keep pushing. Doctors suggest A small dose of Insulin at night but I am having problems accepting that. Diabetes runs in my family but everything has changed so much with this disease and it is really confusing. How long can it take to get you sugar back to normal? Being tired so much and getting light headed every day is driving me nuts, but on the other hand my blood pressure is the lowest it has been in along time because of the sudden weight loss. Sorry to ramble on but I would greatly appreciate any advice or suggestions. I am a fighter and very determined not to let this beat me..

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Vigneswari 2013-10-19 04:28:37 -0500 Report

Hi. I was diagnoised as T1 6 months ago and my hba1c was 12.5 and depend on insulin mrng and night. What I have observed in mine is diet is important. At first i also face dthe same problem that my pp bg was above 200 and then later I have controlled my diet and now i have a good control over my bg levels. I made many trial and error methods to get my balanced diet anyway. Some of my suggestions are-1. Eat 3-6 times in a day i.e., 3 meals and 3 snacks(mid-morning, mid-evening and night if necessary). 2.Have veggies a lot. Veggies and fruits with vitamin c helps in gaining iron amount in our body. 3.Exercise is a must. Exercise doesn't mean u need to go to gym or do heavy exercises. Just do WALKING. Researches show that brisk walking is better than running in controlling bg levels. 4.GREEN TEA and FENUGREEK SEEDS play a vital role in controlling bg levels. 5.Use CINNAMON powder in ur salads or in deserts as it adds taste and reduces bg level.

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Thrive Max 2013-10-18 17:18:16 -0500 Report

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srs1960 2013-04-14 12:01:22 -0500 Report

I also have anemia I started taking a iron pill ferrous sulfate . Again low carb and try olive oil and lemon juice on salads best of luck just hang in there it takes a while to adjust

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2013-04-13 09:09:10 -0500 Report

Hi Teresa,

I am glad you are here. I am not a physician so I don't have any medical advice to give you. But I wanted to tell you I think you have a great attitude. Sharing your feelings, describing your challenges, and asking questions. Support is power, and so is information! That's being a fighter!

I hope you will keep the connection going!


sNerTs1 2013-04-11 22:18:04 -0500 Report

Sometimes I feel incredibly fortunate, and its stories like yours that make me feel that way. When I found out for sure that I was T2, I embraced it and thought, gosh dang if you are going to do to me what you had to some of my family members. I read a lot to find out as much as I could.

Why am I feeling fortunate? Because for me, it took just a week for my sugars to get into a good groove. By then I had myself a strict diet plan and I was not exercising like I should have been but Im just that out of condition … I came up with tons of excuses for that.

YOU have to be your own advocate with this disease. You have seen what it has the potential of doing through other family members so let your life experiences help to guide you. I am not sure how or if anemia affects diabetics, sorry I cannot help with that. I was on Met 500 mg at morning and night but got too sick so was put on 500 mg. at night which seemed to be very tolerable for me.

A lot HAS changed with the knowledge of this disease, times are changing and so must me. Read all you can. My doctor suggested "Dr. Bernstein's Diabetes Solution" to me and I found that to be very helpful.

GL and please let us know how you are doing. *Hugs* Cheryl

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-04-11 19:10:58 -0500 Report

Diabetes is not a one size fits all disease. How long it takes to get your numbers down is different with all of us. It depends on what you eat, how much you eat and if you are exercising. It can also depend on how well the medication is working for you.

Your blood sugar is not going to be in control over night. It took at least a month and a half for mine to get lower than they were. It took 6 more months of hard work to get it under control and even longer to maintain the control.

Your blood sugar will lower but it is not going to happen overnight. You have to work at it and communicate with your doctor. If your doctor wants to put you on insulin at night this might help you get better control. A friend is doing that now and has been doing it for the past 2 months. He is back in control and is now off his insulin at night.

You may not want to do this. Only you can make that decision, however, it is your health. You have to determine if the insulin is going to help you and only you and your doctor would know this.

Teresa Adkins
Teresa Adkins 2013-04-12 07:32:53 -0500 Report

Thanks for you insight :) Have you heard anything about the medication Onglyza?

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-04-12 12:00:32 -0500 Report

I have not heard of Onglyza. This is where research plays a role in being diabetic. Go to WebMD and look up the medication or Google it. Do not use Wikipedia it is far from accurate as a research tool. Once you read the information, write down questions for your doctor. Make sure all of your questions are answered. Based on the answers only you can determine if it is something you want to take. When it comes to medical advice always consult your doctor.

I have had iron deficiency anemic since I was in my teens. I have been on an off of medication for years to treat it. Since I have been diagnosed, I have been eating a lot of green leafy veggies and beets and my iron level has been okay. This is also something you can research and discuss with your doctor.

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raccoon mana 2013-04-11 10:35:45 -0500 Report

im on 1000mg daily metformin. it took about a month for my numbers to stabilize. not on insulin yet. but i hear it does help alot. hang in there. the people here are great and ive learned so much from this site. mote than i have from my doctors. we are all here for you. :)

alanbossman 2013-04-11 07:55:49 -0500 Report

Hi, and welcome to the DC famiily your body does take sometime to adjust to the meds anywhere from one to two or threes weeks or more everyone is different on how long it takes for the meds to work. keep a log of your numbers and show them to your doctor and he may adjust them if your numbers stay high.

Teresa Adkins
Teresa Adkins 2013-04-11 08:01:12 -0500 Report

Thanks Alan.. I track my numbers faithfully but I think I need a little more patience. lol

alanbossman 2013-04-11 08:12:45 -0500 Report

I think we all could use more patience also if your doctor suggest insulin do not be afraid of it. I have been on met same as you and insulin since I was DX back in 2008. Insulin does give you better control of your numbers.