Type 1 Diabetes and Metformin

kolivia.roque
By kolivia.roque Latest Reply 2014-05-20 17:57:55 -0500
Started 2014-05-20 12:56:43 -0500

My boyfriend recently found out has type 1 diabetes about two months ago. At first, his Dr. had him taking 10 units of Lantus before bedtime, and anytime his bg level was above 150, he was instructed to take meal time insulin (Humalog). My boyfriend never had to take a meal time insulin. In fact, since he was diagnosed, his bg level actually comes out on the lower side before meals; usually ranging 68-90. We have known that he is in what they call a "honeymoon" stage of his diabetes, but I was in complete shock when his Dr. informed him today that he wants my boyfriend to COMPLETELY STOP taking all insulin shots, and put him on Metformin. I have tried to research Type 1 diabetics on Metformin and I cannot find much at all. :-/ Does anyone have some insight into why his Dr. would think this is a good idea?! I worry about him obviously because he is the love of my life. He is 25, works full time and goes to school full time. I just want to see if this is becoming a more common thing, for Dr.'s to prescribe Metformin for Type 1D.


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jayabee52
jayabee52 2014-05-20 15:38:09 -0500 Report

Howdy Kolivia,
Have you considered that perhaps the initial Dx of T1D was in error?

Unfortunately because of Federal HIPPA laws you might not be able to get your BF's medical records, but he can.

See if at any time, either before Dx or more recently a test called "c-reactive protein" was done. That would tell the Dr what the insulin production your BF's pancreas is putting out.

Perhaps it could be that for the initial Dx his pancreas was exhausted, and through the time BF was on insulin his natural insulin making abilities were rejuvinated. That could account for his being put on Metformin.

The only other thing for which I have heard of Met being used for T1Ds is the attempt to use it to reduce the amount of insulin resistance in T1Ds. However, that seemed not to have been successful.

God's best to you and yours
James Baker

haoleboy
haoleboy 2014-05-20 15:57:13 -0500 Report

James … you wrote
"See if at any time, either before Dx or more recently a test called "c-reactive protein" was done. That would tell the Dr what the insulin production your BF's pancreas is putting out."

can you explain or point me to an explanation please

namaste
-Steve

jayabee52
jayabee52 2014-05-20 16:48:19 -0500 Report

You might find what you want here ~ http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/490657 (you may have to sign up to the site free to be able to access the article)

In doing the search I found that CRP was a marker for inflammation and may help predict heart attacks and other destuctive diseases. I don't know how they determine that but the articles say that they are able to find what they want to know.

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