High Numbers

omega45
By omega45 Latest Reply 2011-06-02 11:19:49 -0500
Started 2010-07-01 10:49:30 -0500

Just recently found out I have type 2, and have been perscribed met 500 mg 1 a day,after 3 weeks of this my numbers are in the 485 to 374 range. I have been on met for 3 weeks now how long does it take with dieting right to lower these numbers? Iam tired of my feet hurting and numbness in my toes..


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pixsidust
pixsidust 2011-06-02 11:19:49 -0500 Report

I called my doctor and told them my numbers were still high (200)at twice that dosage 500 twice daily and they bumped it to 1000 twice daily. I now have good numbers

PetiePal
PetiePal 2011-06-02 09:10:55 -0500 Report

First off welcome to the Club Nobody Wants To Be A Member Of! Yaaaaay! But seriously being diagnosed is actually one of the better things that can happen. Not knowing for years and then having worse complications is much worse.

So your numbers are pretty up there. At my highest I was in the 300s when I was first diagnosed last year. They put me on metformin 2x500mg twice a day, morning and night. (This caused some havoc with my stomach so recently my doc has said I could do the full 1000mg at night only and just take my Amaryl morning and night)

It took me 6 months to go from an 11.2 down to a 6.1. If you're not seeing results within 3 months and your sugars are still too dangerously high it might be time to discuss either upping the Metformin over time, using an Extended Release Metformin or perhaps another drug. Even insulin in the short term to get your sugars under control isn't a bad thing.

Bear in mind that A1c is the average 90 day sugar level…and your red blood cells die every 90 days, so depending on where they are in that cycle, (and how many of them are at which point) you should see a good immediate drop after 3 months but not if your sugars stay up that high.

Steam hammer
Steam hammer 2011-06-02 08:50:59 -0500 Report

That numbness you fell in your feet is called Nuropthy it comes from your diabetes and the only thing they can give you is Lyrica os Nurotin for the pain. Both of my feet ,toes & half of my right thigh are numd other than the meds theres nothing else they can do,I kmow you didn't want to here that but I'm being honest.

nzingha
nzingha 2011-06-02 06:54:56 -0500 Report

I know how u feel.. and yes it might take a while..u have to keep a diary of everything u eat and how ur body reacts to it..my diabetes just suddenly went haywire but i am getting it under control now by eating fish, chicken and veggies and small amounts of fruits in between and its going down.. I am on insulin right now but if things continue to improve I am hoping to get off as i hate injecting myself..hush.. patience is what it takes.. I am learning that now…I am having a serious weakness in my feet but I think thats another challenge..could be the diabetes causing it..I'm checking it out.. i hate this disease too..we all do… but that's life..!

Gimpalong
Gimpalong 2011-06-02 01:12:55 -0500 Report

You say that you were recently diagnosed with T2. It may take awhile to get your meds adjusted for you. Everybody is different. I was on pills alone, and then last year I had to go on insulin, too. I'm still trying to get my bs under control. As for the diet, it is really a life change. It might help you to keep a journal of what you eat (everything that goes in your mouth, water, food, etc.) Also, chart your bs and maybe you can see a pattern with your bs numbers and certain foods you eat. I am working with a doctor who works only with diabetics, and he teaches good nutrition for life. Maybe your doctor could recommend diabetic classes or a nutrionist or diatitian. Hang in there. We're all pulling for you.
Nancy

nanaellen
nanaellen 2011-06-01 18:36:27 -0500 Report

I have type 2 also but I was put on insulin right from the beginning, 3 shots a day and one (time released) at night and it took me about 3-4 months before it came down to normal levels! At first I just changed a few things like substitutiing "I can't believe it's not butter" for real butter and splenda in my coffee and mustard instead of mayo and things like that. You not only have to watch your sugar intake but Carbs too! It's 6 years later and I'm JUST finding out about the Carbs here on this site!! The biggest helpful hint of anything you can do is to come to this site and ask!! It's almost better than the Dr.s!! Seriously this is the best place for you to be! We have all "been there done that"!! Your numbers seem really high for you to be on JUST met!! Be very careful about that because you'll end up with bigger problems than just your diabetes!! I ended up having my gall bladder out and have had pancreatitus 5 times just since Nov. last year!! The sooner you get your numbers under control the better you'll feel but if you let it go to long you could end up with neuropathy (tingling-numbness) and I've heard it's not pleasant!! High numbers can do PERMANENT damage to internal organs if left uncontrolled!! Good luck to you! Ellen :)

rainmoo7
rainmoo7 2011-06-01 18:21:16 -0500 Report

Well untill you see another doctor as Mrs. Amy suggested i would drink quite a bit of water through out the day.

Asheenita
Asheenita 2011-06-01 18:19:26 -0500 Report

I understand how you feel; if you add excerise with the change in your diet you'll notice some changes. Watch your carbs and be careful with fruit they're good for you but high in natural sugars. And in the meantime ask your Dr. either change your dosage or prescribe you something else. Those ranges are dangerous; believe me I know, I almost went into a diabetic coma behind those types of numbers.

Amy Tenderich
Amy Tenderich 2011-06-01 16:36:52 -0500 Report

Those numbers are dangerously high! If your meds aren't even bringing you down into the 200's range, I would suggest you see your doctor (or maybe another doctor?) asap!

Steam hammer
Steam hammer 2011-06-02 08:40:45 -0500 Report

My normal sugar runs between 200 to 300 and I feel good if mine gets below 200 I get sick. I need a pump but I have to wait to get on medicade to get my pump. Mine has been out of wack for 4 yrs I have been on every type of insulin there is .I take Novolog be for meals, 2000mg of Jamunate ,Glucotrol XL 10 mg & 150 units of Lantus.

scribbles
scribbles 2011-06-01 15:46:59 -0500 Report

Unfortunately it took a while for things to get out of whack so it will take time to get it right. DO NOT let your doctor belittle you for not "minding" by not having perfect numbers. It took over a year for me to get on the right combination of medicine. It even put me in the hospital a couple of times. I wear a Medic Alert bracelet so the EMT knew what the problem was. Try to be patient and persistent. You Will Handle This!!!

abjt4
abjt4 2010-07-22 13:52:06 -0500 Report

When I was first diagnosed, my sugar level was 650. The Metformin was not enough to lower my sugar levels and keep them low. Now, I take a 1000mg Metformin, 100mg Januvia, and 35units of Levemir every morning. At night I take another 1000mg of Metformin. I would talk to your Dr about your sugar levels and make sure you cut back on your carbohydrate intake as much as possible. My numbers now, since being diagnosed in May, dropped from the 300-400 range to 81-150 range. I have also as of yesterday started taking NovoLog to help with mealtime spikes. It just might be that you'll need insulin to help with the sugar levels.

Asheenita
Asheenita 2011-06-01 18:25:18 -0500 Report

I pray for you and ask the lord to help you keep you levels under control because I worry for you. It scares me to have read you take that much meds. to control your blood sugar.

bieberfever21
bieberfever21 2010-07-22 13:31:00 -0500 Report

Well im only 14 and was diagnosed in march and have been on my prescription of metformin for about 3 1/2 months and my numbers have been in between 70-150 but it also takes diet and exercise to help lower the numbers too lol :)

Asheenita
Asheenita 2011-06-01 18:26:38 -0500 Report

Glad to hear that about you keep a good watch on what you intake and make sure you don't take in too may carbs.

moonwillow01
moonwillow01 2010-07-22 11:16:46 -0500 Report

Hi Omega45, I agree with everyone on this subject. I am on 1000 mg Metformin twice a day & 8mg Amaryl once per day. My diabetes is getting more manageable and dr is giving me another week with that & will make an adjustment next week. Diet is a big key here and there are great recipes on this site!

runthe
runthe 2010-07-01 15:48:14 -0500 Report

hello omega45, you might need to talk to your doctor about your high blood sugar. you might need a medication adjustment. Ask you doctor about sending you to a diabetic educator and a nuttitionist. When I was first diagnosed with type 2 last year i had numbers like you for at least 5 months. I eventually was put on insulin twice a day along with metformin 500 twice a day to help get my sugar level down. Its not where the docs want it but i havent seen over 200 in about 2 months. Hang in there and go back and see your doctor. Don't wait like me and now i have some damage to my kidneys and i was just diagnosed with diabetic neuropathy.

omega45
omega45 2010-07-02 10:30:34 -0500 Report

Thank you ruthe, will do asap! I hope that you will be ok in your health also.Thanks again for the advice.

theladyiscrazy
theladyiscrazy 2010-07-01 14:43:42 -0500 Report

I started with 500 mg per day for a week and went up to two 500 mg per day. The doc does feel she will increase it but wanted to see how well I did with diet changes since I had a significant change (she said it wasn't just meds alone).

Now, was 485 what you use to be or is that still happening? If it is still happening, what were you to start with? Do you know what your A1C was?

LauraS
LauraS 2010-07-01 13:58:18 -0500 Report

I've been on metformin since diagnosis about 6 weeks ago. I started with 500mg, next week 1,000mg, etc until reaching 2,000mg a day. Talk to your doctor, maybe they didn't give you the instruction sheet.

Kirla
Kirla 2010-07-01 13:05:59 -0500 Report

When diagnosed my A1C was 14.1 and fasting blood sugar was 366. Don’t know how high it got, because I only tested two hours after eating back then. But by making lots of changes to my diet. (Going very low carb) I was able to get my numbers down to normal numbers in just a few weeks. Four months later it was 5.9 and has stayed below 6 for more than a year now. Metformin works best when cutting out high carb starchy foods like bread, pasta, potatoes and most foods containing more than 5-6 net carbs per serving. That’s what I did. I also found that drinking lots of water and eating salad and lots of low carb vegetables helps with insulin resistance. Dependng on how much your pancreas is damaged you may have to go on insulin if the oral meds don’t work. I wrote how I controled my blood sugar on my blog. Click the link below if your interested.

http://kirla.wordpress.com/this-is-what-i-did/

Good luck
Kevin

Diane987
Diane987 2010-07-01 11:53:05 -0500 Report

Hi Omega,

Welcome to DC! Your medication probably needs to be adjusted or maybe you need some changes in your diet. Have you told your doctor that your blood sugar has not dropped that much? When is your follow up appointment? When you are first diagnosed it is hard for the doctors to know how much medication you need to get your blood sugar back in a normal range. Docs tend to start with a low dose and work up to higher levels as necessary. This is a time when you need to be communicating with your doctor's office frequently so that he/she is aware of the problem and can make adjustments to the amount of medication you take if necessary.

What are you eating? Have you talked to a diabetes educator or seen a dietitian? There are a lot of foods that will raise your blood sugar; simple sugars and carbohydrates are the worst. If you look through some of the past discussions on food and diet you will see lots of suggestions about what to eat and what to avoid. Here is a link to a Dlife food and nutrition article that might help.
http://www.dlife.com/diabetes/information/foo...

kdroberts
kdroberts 2010-07-01 11:24:27 -0500 Report

500mg is a tiny amount, usually used as a start to a final dose of 1500mg-2000mg so it's not hugely surprising that you are seeing such high, and potentially dangerous, numbers. Firstly, are you sure you are type 2? Did the doctor test for type 1? Secondly, since your blood sugar numbers are directly related to what you eat it's possible to see a major difference within a day provided that you are eating correctly for you. So, what does your typical day look like food wise? Are the numbers you quoted fasting, pre-meal, post meal, random, other? Just so you know, the pain in your feet will only get worse, and worse quite quickly, with blood sugar as high as you have. It's pretty important that you bring them down, a change in diet may be what's needed but a visit to the doctor for an increase in metformin or something else may be needed.

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