So discouraged......I'm on a roller coaster

By elwojcik65 Latest Reply 2014-03-24 15:08:55 -0500
Started 2014-03-22 08:19:16 -0500

I haven't told many people about my diabetes but yesterday I thought I would talk to a co-worker who is diabetic. I told her I'm on Met then about my weight loss and lower A1c. Her response was, "Yeah, I started that way too. I lost weight and was on the same dosage as you. Taking Metformin will make you lose weight but you will end up taking insulin shots at some point." I'm not dumb and I know that is a very real possibility. My goal since dx has been to get off the meds. I have felt so good about what I have accomplished only to hear it most likely is not my best effort that is responsible for my progress but it's the Met. Maybe I don't want to be off Met because I fear weight gain will happen and I will go back to where I started. I had all I could do to not sit and cry all day. All day, night and this morning, her words are haunting me. What a switch this post is from my last one when I was feeling so good and inspired.

17 replies

LauraS 2014-03-24 15:08:55 -0500 Report

Some people are just mean spirited and think that everyone around them is going down the same path as they are. We are all created equal but we're all very different in our individuality. I have heard of so many people on these blogs that have lived happy and healthy lives and controlled their type 2 with diet and exercise. My goodness if I listened to people like that I would never get out of bed. I have an example in my own family. I have 4 older sisters and the oldest had her gallbladder out, had triple bypass and now has kidney disease and actually said to the rest of us - this is what you have to look forward to. NOT! Lifestyle, genetics, healthy living and attitude too, make a big difference. Just because your family member had this or that doesn't mean you'll get it. So who is this woman, this stranger, to say that you will end up as she did. I say to you good job, keep it up and always pat yourself on the back when you do good because some people (most really) don't want to see you succeed because they never did.

shorty1965 2014-03-23 17:29:54 -0500 Report

That's what happen to me I'm on met and now I'm on insulin but I don't feel bad
I'm trying something new called lose it.and you have to keep track of everything you eat and drink and it has made me feel a lot better I'm also getting on a treadmill 3 times a week and I'm enjoying that even more everyday mad that makes me feel good to so now I'm adding Saturdays in.don't be hard on your self just try something new that will work for you and just keep on it.keep your head don't let it bet you you have to bet it.keep me informed

NSnell 2014-03-22 18:37:02 -0500 Report

Please don't let her words get you down, she was merely trying to help. Remember that EACH ONE OF US has a different reaction to the meds, some gain weight, some lose weight and some have no change at all. It seems to me that changing your eating habits like you have been doing, is the best. Cheer up! If it is still bothering you and her words are trailing after you, go visit you diabetic Dr. and talk it over.

elwojcik65 2014-03-22 21:16:59 -0500 Report

I made an appt. yesterday after thinking about the comments all day. I will see him in 2 weeks. Thanks for the advise.

Glucerna 2014-03-22 15:10:21 -0500 Report

The research shows that lifestyle changes work just as well and often even better than metformin to lower blood sugar levels. If metformin was the only reason why you lost weight, it would probably be marketed as a weight loss medication. Metformin's primary effect is to decrease insulin resistance. As long as you continue to eat healthy meals and snacks, exercise regularly, and pay attention to how much you're eating you're going to maintain your weight loss. Check out the National Weight Control Registry of hundreds of people who've lost weight and kept it off - you can do it! ~Lynn @Glucerna

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kimfing 2014-03-22 09:35:19 -0500 Report

I am so sro you had that experience. Please don't ve discouraged you have come a ling way. Remember everyone is different, you ciukd possibly not ever have to have shots. Please don't let one uninformed person get you down. Keep active n eat right you wlill keep the weight off.

Keep you head up and smile you have dine a great job

GabbyPA 2014-03-22 08:57:23 -0500 Report

I am in the seat right behind you.

Don't let one diabetics bad experience get you down too much. Yes, realize that could be the issue, but you have time to fight it all now. What you said about being responsible for your own progress is true, to a point. This disease takes no prisoners, so you do have to fight.

Look at all the members here who have gotten off their meds with good hard work, diet, exercise and a lot of positive reinforcements. Don't give up. You can always prove her wrong...wouldn't that be sweet.

Red-Sox-Rich 2014-03-22 08:50:17 -0500 Report

Her words are just not true!! You will see a dozen replies any time now that many members on here have progressed to the point of not needing meds! Rule #1…Well meaning "friends" are the last ones to listen to. For every surgery I have ever had, I had to deal with countless horror stories. Read credible sources only. Please don't stop trying, you have come a long way! Prove your co-worker wrong! Good Luck.

jayabee52 2014-03-22 08:47:37 -0500 Report

Howdy El!

Just because your co worker had that particular disease path in her life, does not doom you to following that same path. We all are individuals and react to substances, food, drink, medication differently sometimes.

How has your Blood Glucose been recently? Sometimes if you run a little high you can sometimes be quite emotional. One can be "on the top of the world" one moment and not too much later, can be in the basement digging holes (depressed). It seems to be particularly pronounced with newly Dx'd PWDs. I remember for the first 3 or 4 yrs after my Dx, I was a hot emotional mess, which was normally unlike me.

You may well not have to go on insulin injections, and perhaps may discontinue (Dc) your current medications if you eat right. Have you seen my meal plan I use to manage my BG levels without the use of diabetes meds? If I haven't shared it with you, just ask and I will share it with you. I started the plan in 02/2011 and follow the same basic plan today (modified to take my CKD and dialysis into account).

God's best to you and yours


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