I am new and need INPUT

By Jeff1964 Latest Reply 2010-07-12 10:02:11 -0500
Started 2010-07-11 20:33:18 -0500

Went to see the endo on Friday and he advised me that my a1c was at 14.5. So he put me on glimepride 4 mg once a day. So far no effect. Just took checked my sugar 2 hrs after dinner and it was 560. Does anyone know how long this drug is suppose to take to go into effect? Thanks to all that can help out.

7 replies

Jeff1964 2010-07-12 02:35:51 -0500 Report

Thanks everyone. The Doc is setting up education classes. They are suppose to call today. He will not start on a diet and things like that until he can get the numbers down.

Kirla 2010-07-12 10:02:11 -0500 Report

I found that diet worked better than the Meds. I believe they go hand in hand. If you find the meds not working to good and the doctor is starting to pile them on, or he puts you on insulin and you still have a hard time getting control, remember that diet worked for a lot of us.

I don’t think I would of ever gotten my A1C and blood sugar down like I did, without drinking the water, eating the low carb vegetables and testing before and after eating and cutting out or reducing the foods that spiked my blood sugar.

I wish you the best.

Good luck

Elrond 2010-07-12 02:24:24 -0500 Report

I do wish doctors would take the time to educate newly diagnosed diabetics. The diagnosis is terribly frightening and not knowing what to do about it makes things much worse. You came to the right place, Jeff. The doctor gave you the right med and the dose sounds reasonable. No doubt it will need adjusted after the doctor sees how your body responds. But it's far better to approach this cautiously. A dose too large can be dangerous. In the mean time, try to find a diabetic education class as Roy mentioned. I spent over 30 years dealing with diabetes uneducated. In recent years, I've been learning a lot and finally getting the diabetes under control. I'm afraid you're in for some drastic lifestyle changes, as we all were after being diagnosed. Trust me, I tried to continue my 'old' lifestyle, eating whatever I liked and compensating with insulin. The result was a catastrophic stroke followed by a major heart attack. My eyes and kidneys are in bad shape and I've lost much of the sensation in my feet. I was forced to retire, very unwillingly, at the age of 43. Please take care of yourself better than I did.

bettymachete 2010-07-11 23:46:56 -0500 Report

Hi Jeff welcome! It's a lot to take in, isn't it? It took about a week for my BGL to go down after I got on meds, but in that time I was very careful about what I was eating. I was shocked to find out that my love of OJ and Cranberry juice was a big no no for me. Funny, cuz I thought it was healthy stuff to drink right? I logged everything that went in my mouth for my first week and learned what was driving my BGL up. I also learned I could not have lots of dairy and carbs. Once I yanked those from my daily intake I began to see dramatic drops in my tests. I also learned that daily excercise was not only helping me with weight loss but those daily workouts/walks dropped my blood sugar as well. It takes a bit to get into the swing of things but you will get the hang of it and learn what to pass on, what to have smaller portions of and what will do wonders for your levels. Keep it up.

Roy531 2010-07-11 20:48:41 -0500 Report

When will you go back to see the doctor? When I was diagnosed he started me on meds and told me to come back, it was either the following week or two weeks to see how the meds was working. At that time he will be satisfied with the results or he will give you something else to go with it. When you go back ask about a diabetes education class, they will have a dietician there and they can explain about what your diet should be and carb counting and all that good stuff.

Harlen 2010-07-11 21:25:34 -0500 Report

Right on Roy
You may need insulin to start and get your #s down first then try the pills and see if they will keep them down.
So dont give up if the pills dont work at all.
Best wishes