Just came back from the doctor

Jibber Jabber
By Jibber Jabber Latest Reply 2015-03-09 20:35:55 -0500
Started 2015-02-24 10:47:49 -0600

Went into the diabetes clinic to have blood drawn for my latest A1C and my regular blood work..I do NOT get same day results as many people do..My Blood work is processed through the hospital lab so I will get my results on March 3rd when I go back…I did run into my doctor who for some reason loves picking my brain…so he pulled me into his office..he took my BG and it was 84…he was shit giggly happy…Then he mentioned IT…The BIG IT…he said that if my AC1 comes back under 5.7 ( which we both know it will)..that he wants to take me off my meds…Now I think everyone knows that is the goal…to get off all meds…BUT it scares the shit out of me…I have worked so hard to get my numbers as low as they are…I don't want them sliding back up…I guess my question is to those who have gone off meds at any time…Were you able to keep you BG levels in check after going off meds or did they slide up???..This is a concern of mine because if they slide up I really cant make any dietary changes to bring them down…it's not like I can cut my carb consumption any more…

31 replies

YankeeLady 2015-02-27 18:23:44 -0600 Report

OK — what is BG ? LOL I'm new to this site right ?? LOL

GeekonBoard 2015-03-09 20:35:55 -0500 Report

Hi YankeeLady!
Welcome! I'm also fairly new…
"BG" stands for Blood Glucose, but I imagine you have that by now. I'm playing catch up on the site & reading through all the threads I have missed out on lately. Hope you are enjoying the website!

YankeeLady 2015-02-26 19:05:51 -0600 Report

I am not quite as successful YET as you but me thinks when you get to the point you don't need meds?? you will be just fine unless you go crazy eating all the wrong things or drinking all the wrong things - I have lost about 60 lbs over the last many months on purpose and am doing my best to get to where you are so it will be
interesting to watch !! I just joined here today— good luck to you

jayabee52 2015-02-26 20:25:30 -0600 Report

Howdy YankeeLady
Keep coming back and participating here on DC and you soon will be up to speed on what you should do and eat and drink.

God's best to you

YankeeLady 2015-02-27 18:21:36 -0600 Report

I'm not new to Diabetes dear friend - have been at it about 12 yrs now— have been really intending to get healthy enough to NOT be diabetic anymore- am almost there except for have steroids in my system which really interferes with A1C etc— I need friends that understand and just maybe I can even help new ones !! thanks

Jarney 2015-02-26 15:40:55 -0600 Report

I've gone off meds twice in the 5 years I've been on. My glucose levels have risen close to press diagnosis levels both times. I am back on them for good. I take Metformin, Glyburide. And Victoza along with triglycerides med, aspirin, and Lisinopril for high blood pressure. Everyone is different. Maybe you can ask your dr. to lower your dosage to the minimum. That would make me feel safer. Good luck and good health!

GeekonBoard 2015-02-25 15:55:30 -0600 Report

Congrats Jibber Jabber!!
Such amazing & inspirational news + post!
I can't wait to hear how the end results of labwork turn out!
I love reading all your shares, tips & information you post on this website. Sounds like you have worked your butt off & it shows in your numbers!
Truly awesome stuff girl!

Mallacai 2015-02-25 10:50:56 -0600 Report

Hey, Not fair. I was diagnosed May 2014. After a months my A1c was 6.4 Three months after i got it down to 4.8. Three months later it's 5.0. My FBS sugar was 91 but my doctor want to keep me on Metformin 500 once a day until May. Jibber i need to talk with your doctor stat.

debcox 2015-02-26 08:52:48 -0600 Report

My doctor is doing the same. I'm off insulin but taking my metformin until May also. I'm okay with doing this slow so I don't have issues.

lilleyheidi 2015-02-25 00:38:10 -0600 Report

I'm just curious, I know you count net carbs, but have you ever figured out about how many actual carbs you eat in a day? btw, congrats, I hope you do get off the meds, that is my goal as well. I met with my dietician today and because of some recent lows she has put a note in to my endo suggesting I come off my glipizide, and possibly my AM insulin we shall see. Best of luck to you.

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-02-25 21:31:48 -0600 Report

under 50…total carbs…I try to consume 25 grams of fiber a day..veggies..flax..chia…I can go up to probably 60 total but I don't want to risk it…I noticed before adding the fiber back into my diet my upper limit was about 35 net carbs..

haoleboy 2015-02-24 14:23:42 -0600 Report

You may not be able to reduce carbs but (as you know) you can always adjust your macro percentages.

Pegsy 2015-02-24 14:08:48 -0600 Report

I can't wait to hear your great lab results! I hope you are able to taper completely off the meds. That's what I hope for myself, eventually, as well.

GabbyPA 2015-02-24 14:08:21 -0600 Report

When you get off (and we know you will) then please share with us that part of your journey. I want off as well, but have so far to go. I too get afraid that I will end up with crazy numbers again if I am off.

sweetslover 2015-02-24 17:04:39 -0600 Report

I would like to know, too. I am hoping to go off meds eventually, but am also concerned about the rise in BG.

jayabee52 2015-02-24 11:48:15 -0600 Report

Howdy Jib Jab
I have gone off my insulin 3+ yrs ago and as long as I remain on my restricted meal plan my BG numbers have been quite good. We have many of the same restrictions as far as meal plans so I would think that your BG numbers will remain close to what they are now. You may experience a slight rise in those numbers but not a lot.

God's best to you

suecsdy 2015-02-24 11:22:34 -0600 Report

I can only wish. It's never going to happen for me(getting off insulin). Under 6 is my A1c goal. only a little more to go. Upcoming surgery may cause a little detour on that road though. What is the worst that could happen? You might have to go back on meds, but then again maybe you won't. At least you will know you tried your best. Good luck and prayers for your success.

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-02-24 12:10:08 -0600 Report

That's true..and I have a surplus of metformin in my house because I had been reducing my own intake for a couple mos without telling my old doctor…so its not like I would even have to run to the doctor to get a script if I noticed any substantial change…

RosalieM 2015-02-24 11:10:11 -0600 Report

Doctor likes to pick your brain? I understand, as I like to pick your brain too.
You can drop the metformin. Even if your blood sugar goes up a little, it is ok. If you still have weight to lose, your blood sugar will come down with weight loss. The small amount of rise in blood sugar over a reasonably short time will not harm you. The metformin causes heart disease, and prevents the absorption of B12. A little rise in blood sugar for a time will not do any more damage than that. My A1c has been 7 for over 10 years. I insist on not going below that as I, like you, like to think and I am active. I need my brain to work at full tilt and be clear headed. You don't get complications on a diet like yours, even if your blood sugar is a little higher.

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