Pre-diabetes and Metformin

By raowens62 Latest Reply 2013-07-22 17:17:07 -0500
Started 2013-07-18 16:34:50 -0500

Hi. I was recently diagnosed with Insulin Resistance Syndrome and "pre-diabetic". My a1c was 6.2, so my doctor prescribed 500mg of Metformin per day. When the nurse called to tell me about this, I asked several questions, one of which was "should I purchase a monitor", to which she replied "no, just keep exercising, watching your carbs and taking your prescription, and make an appt for 60 days from today." I left a message to speak with my doctor, but she had just left on vacation and won't be back until the first of August. Being new to all of this, I feel a little in the dark. Any suggestions? I tried to purchase a monitor and strips at our local pharmacy, but the clerk told me that you cannot purchase test strips without a prescription. Is that correct? Seems odd.

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JSJB 2013-07-22 17:17:07 -0500 Report

When I was pre diagnosed about 2 yrs ago and after 2 visits, my doctor asked if I tested. When I told him I didn't he gave me a Bayer Contour meter. You do not need a prescription for test strips but if you get one it will cut the cost in half. I do not test every day. I exercise and watch my diet and test every 3rd day and take my Metformin daily. My Blood Sugar is between 100 and 130 unless I screw up. Besides looking for a nutritionist, check out another doctor.

Kristie H
Kristie H 2013-07-18 19:55:21 -0500 Report

I was also diagnosed as a "pre-diabetic", took metformin for years and paid little attention to the rest which was a huge mistake! I now believe if I had starting testing way back when, and took this disease seriously I could have avoided injectable insulin. Ask your doctor to refer you to a nutritionist, read everything you can lay your hands on and take control! Good luck.

smurfysuzi 2013-07-18 19:30:33 -0500 Report

My niece went through the same thing recently. He doctor diagnosed her as pre-diabetic and prescribed metformin, but did not offer any other useful advice. When the doctor was asked about testing she said not to. My niece came to me, knowing that I was recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, and asked for my advice. I gave her some tips that my doctor gave me and that I have learned from relatives that are diabetic. Hopefully you and her can get your sugars under control before you become truly diabetic.
If you live in the US you should be able to buy a meter and strips from Walmart or any Pharmacy without a prescription. The prescription just helps with the cost if you end up getting a meter with expensive strips. Walmart has meters for $20 that uses strips that cost $4 for 50. I have one as a back up in case I run out of my regular strips.

jigsaw 2013-07-18 17:02:08 -0500 Report

A blood glucose meter will tell you how various foods and exercise affect your blood sugar. As a matter of fact, you would be able to see what your blood sugar is doing at any given point. If you would like to take a pro-active role in your own health, then you may want to consider getting a meter. Personally, and as long as my health permits, I will always take an active role in my own health.
I have been getting test strips in the mail automatically for years. My impression is that for insurance purposes, you would need a script from your doctor. Otherwise I believe you can purchase test strips over the counter if you live in the U.S..

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