Confused over numbers and Metformin

By orangemouse Latest Reply 2014-12-13 10:18:41 -0600
Started 2010-03-08 08:41:40 -0600

I had gestational diabetes 3yrs. ago (3rd child). In June my A1c was 5.8 with a fasting of 91, on 850mg of Metformin daily and running 3 miles per day. My doc took me off medication. Then I broke my foot in Sept—severely. I haven't been able to exercise until clearence came from the Ortho on Friday. Weight gain is 12 lbs while sedentary. My numbers are now A1c of 6.0 and 121 fasting with carbs and 110 without carbs. 118 2hrs. after dinner. I am on 500mg 2xs per day of Met.

My question is why isn't the Met working? Does it stop working at some point? What do you do then? Are my numbers bad?

I ordered a new treadmill and recumbent bike due in Friday. I'm going to attack this AGAIN, just hoping I don't break something else!

Any suggestions or info on what numbers I should look at?


11 replies

RebDee 2014-12-13 10:14:15 -0600 Report

After reading what you wrote, I was thinking that I wished that I had numbers like yours when I started and even now. My A1c when last taken was 7.4 which is down and I was patting myself on the back. I know that 7.4 is high but during the past 3 months I have had 2 shots of cortisone and 1 weeks dose of prednisone all of which makes BS go up. So I am waiting another 3 months to see what my A1c actually is. I am no longer on meds since my bariatric surgery.

kdroberts 2010-03-08 13:47:51 -0600 Report

Medication is just an aid, other factors will have an affect on your blood sugar. For instance the running would have been a huge factor in keeping your numbers down so it's not surprising that you noticed a rise. Now you are able to do it again I would think that you will see those numbers start to drop pretty quickly. Food is the other major factor. How many carbs are you eating at each sitting and are you balancing meals with protein and fat?

orangemouse 2010-03-08 19:12:23 -0600 Report

I don't know how to do that yet. I am eating lots of veggies and less than 20g carbs per meal. I am trying to stay under 100carbs per day. Is that wrong? It is really confusing…

London 2010-03-08 20:36:04 -0600 Report

I was informed by my dietician that women can eat 30-45 carbs per meal and men can go as far to 60-75 carbs. Everyone is different and it just depends on how your body can handle what you put in.

Markus 2010-03-08 09:08:38 -0600 Report

Your numbers are still very good! When you can get back to being active again they will be even better. I only wish for the days when my numbers will be that good. I notice you mention a fasting withou carbs number. Are you avoiding carbs altogether? I believe if we eat the right kind of carbs that we should include 15g minimum per meal?

orangemouse 2010-03-08 09:30:13 -0600 Report

Hi Markus,

I was testing my body to see how carbs would affect it. I've been vegetarian for 15yrs. and have recently incorporated chicken and fish back into my diet. I'm slowly testing WHICH carbs I am sensitive to so I know better how to control it. Fruit is horrible for me, so is bread.

I have cut out all rice, pasta and bread. My only exception is a whole wheat chapati I make homemade. It has 5 carbs per round and goes great with Indian veggies. I also eat lots of fat-free Cadence yogurts to get my carbs.

Type 2 has claimed 4 lives in my family. 2 brothers now have it in their mid 40s. Obesity also runs in family. I have 3 children under 7 and refuse to 'give into this'. The more I understand, the better.

Markus 2010-03-08 13:30:25 -0600 Report

I hope it didn't sound like I thought you should give in to this. I too have been diagnosed as Type II 3 years ago at the age of 42. My father and my brother are also Type II. I struggle to keep my bg levels under control and am always searching for answers. I avoid the white bread, white pasta, and white rice and try to only eat high fiber whole grain bread.

GabbyPA 2010-03-30 15:34:32 -0500 Report

I love your attitude! I tried being vegetarian for a month and it went much better than I expected. I tossed in a little vegan, but that was too much for the family to deal with. It was a jump start for me to clean my body of a lot of junk. You have great discipline and I imagine that once your activity range is back on, you will be doing very well. It does take time for the metformin to get started working again. And yes, sometimes we out grow our treatments and need to investigate new ones with our care givers.

Please, share your chapati recipe with us in our recipe section. We are always looking for low carb breads.

Harlen 2010-03-08 08:47:14 -0600 Report

Hello and welcome
Met works best when your very activ
great job on the numbers. there are peaple out here that would kill for Blood sugar numbers like that lol
I hope this helps
Best wishes

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