I'm conducting a personal experiment, if I asked the doc he'd probably not recommend what I'm doing.
I was only diagnosed 7mon. ago but after the initial difficulties in adjusting diet and life, things are in line (fasting BS avg. went from 200+ down to 90). That 90 is while taking 1000mg Metformin 2X/day. The nagging question in the back of my head, "how much of this is the constant watching what I eat, weight loss, exercising, i.e. everything I am doing to get this in check and how much of it is the beauty of modern science?" So as an experiment, I've temporarily stopped taking the MF just to see. It's been a week and my fasting avg. has gone up to ~100 so a gain of about 10.
How long do I need to be off of the MF to be able to make an honest assessment? Is a week long enough to know? Fasting BS of ~100 is higher than I would like but I'm basing that on doing everything (meds, diet and exercise) possible to get my BS in-order, is 100 good enough to seriously consider trying to be free of any medication, maintaining with diet and exercise alone? I am making assumptions that over time my body will will build up a tolerance to MF or change and I'll require more/stronger med's. Do the negatives of approx. 10 points higher now out weigh the advantages of being med free long term? Will not taking anything now mean that I can hopefully delay taking stronger meds later in life (really want to avoid using anything stronger than MF for as long as possible)?
I don't see me doing this for much longer than another week. Hopefully after that I'll know how much science is adding to the maintaining my BS. Than in a Dec I can talk to the doc about long term advantages/disadvantages of trying to go med free or if it's even worth it.
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