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By LadyInPink32 Latest Reply 2014-03-14 08:24:59 -0500
Started 2014-03-12 11:06:25 -0500

I'm 32 soon to be 33, I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 2005 and been on and off medication for awhile! in this last year I have found a really good doctor who is helping me take control of my diabetes. She started me off on 1 tablet of 500 mg of metformin in February 2014, now just about a couple days ago started me on 2 500mg twice a day! but it seems like anything I eat my sugar spikes! from 185-295's I'm really worrying that the medication is not going to help me! like this morning I woke up and sugar was 121 after eating breakfast and taking my pill 2 hours later my sugar is at 185. any suggestions how long it takes to start seeing numbers come down?

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GabbyPA 2014-03-12 15:53:35 -0500 Report

Give it some time. Your body has to adjust to things and it might take a while. Did your doctor give you a time frame for expecting improvement? She would be the one to talk to and see about goals you can set so you don't wonder.

Gabby Gail
Gabby Gail 2014-03-14 08:24:59 -0500 Report

No. But Did Offer A Free Class . With is great but it's far away or time frame is off but i must find a way to get the right time n class time. I have faith we will make it happen . Th hank you.

jayabee52 2014-03-12 13:47:56 -0500 Report

Howdy Ladyinpink

One thing that jumped out at me immediately was you wrote "2 500mg twice a day!"

According to my memory and subsequent internet search to check myself, "The maximum safe dose described in the Physician's Desk Reference is 2550 mg a day (which should be taken as 850 mg three times a day). " ~

So if you are getting a total of 2500 a day in two doses that is one thing, it would be another if you are taking a total of 5000 per day.

On another topic, The what to eat thing is quite common among PWDs (people with diabetes) even if they are more "seasoned" not to say for those who are newly Dx'd . May I suggest a proceedure to follow to determine how YOUR own metabolism reacts to food and drinks? You may view this plan here ~ .

I agree it is a lot of testing, and you may need to buy extra bottles of strips out of pocket to accomplish this, but then you will KNOW how certain foods & drinks affect you. I believe that is priceless information to have.

God's best to you and yours

James Baker

Nick1962 2014-03-12 12:02:23 -0500 Report

Hey, welcome to the group!

How long it takes for numbers to come down depends on so many things. What you ate (as well as what you didn’t), how much, how often, not to mention age, stress levels, physical condition and size, medications, and how long you have or don’t have control. Rule of thumb though, if you mean per meal how long does it take, 3 hours is about the time the food should be through your system and levels even out and your 102 after 3 hours is pretty good (but still needs a little work).

If you’re asking the broad question how long, that depends on you. Some I’ve seen managed it in 2 months (it took me over a year), and for some it’s just not possible for medical reasons.

That help any?

LadyInPink32 2014-03-12 14:27:16 -0500 Report

oh ok that makes since thank you so much I do need to up my level of activity as I'm a stay at home mom and don't get out much :(

Glucerna 2014-03-12 21:31:09 -0500 Report

It's great that you're working with your doctor and testing your blood sugar regularly. Have you met with a registered dietitian or diabetes educator? They'll be able to help you come up with a good plan for meals and snacks, plus they'll have ideas about activity. You might wear a pedometer and track the number of steps you take each day, and then gradually increase your steps. A long-term goal is 10,000 steps per day, but build up gradually over time. ~Lynn @Glucerna

Nick1962 2014-03-12 15:06:39 -0500 Report

Understand that feeling – I babysit a computer weekdays. Kinda hard to take it out for a walk.
Hang around and ask questions though, collectively we’ll figure something out!

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