Finally admitting defeat regarding fasting Blood Sugar levels

By PRP Latest Reply 2010-10-28 15:42:07 -0500
Started 2010-08-04 06:00:40 -0500

I had to vent to somebody so here it goes.

I woke up today with a fasting level of 119. So after trying for everything I can for the past 4 months to control my fasting levels without medication, I have finally accepted defeat. When I was first diagnosed back in March of this year I was prescribed metformin but I convinced the doc that I would like to try to control my blood sugar levels thru diet and exercise. I have lost a good amount of weight, about 30 lbs, and have started to exercise 6 days a week and cutting down carbs to a minimum. All this did get my A1C down from 6.4 to 5.4 but one thing I noticed that did not change is the fasting levels. It has been consistently above 110.

All my research until now indicates that high morning levels after significant changes to diet and exercise inidicates possible decreased beta cell function and not just insulin resistance. The advice that is consistently given is to be on medication and bring the levels to normal (mid 80's).

So today fasting numbers were the proverbial last straw on the camels back. So I am planning to call my doctor in the next couple of days admit defeat and go on the metformin. I want ask him for Metformin XR instead of the regular one.

Feel so disappointed and angry that I could not get it done without medications. I guess better this than serious complications down the road.


6 replies

CaliKo 2010-10-28 15:42:07 -0500 Report

Well, it's not your fault if your body simply isn't working well enough, so don't be mad at yourself. I tried and tried, too, and finally got mine under 100 when I added a carb snack just before bed. This is something my CDE suggested, saying my liver was probably overcompensating when my glucose would drop at night. Fruits don't work, I have to have a whole grain carb snack, with a little fat. Usually a mini whole wheat bagel, or there's a store here that makes wonderful fresh whole wheat tortillas. Either of those with a bit of butter or cheese does the trick for me. I usually have this snack about 10:30 or 11, and wake up at 5 a.m. Good luck.

Kirla 2010-08-04 18:43:05 -0500 Report

Once your numbers come down for a while you can always try again with just diet and exercise. The meds in my opinion aren’t as good as advertised. You will still need to watch your diet and exercise.

If the Metformin doesn’t work, theres lots of meds out there to try. I would just stay away from the ones that stimulate the pancreas. The doctor told me the ones that stimulate the pancreas will eventually burn it out.

I thought you were doing great. Four months isn’t that much time, but you got to do what you think is best for you.

Good luck
Ps. Let us know if the meds worked or not. I’m just a little curious.

PRP 2010-08-05 07:40:43 -0500 Report

Thanks for the advice. I was never planning to give up watching the diet and exercise regimen that has given me good results. It is not that I want to go the meds route. That was what I gathered after reading the "blood sugar 101" site. Today for the first time I had a fasting reading less than 110 so that prompted that maybe there is still something I can try before going to meds. As I replied in another thread, I am planning to start on Cinnamon as some one suggested and also plan to to talk to the doc regarding Alpha Lipoic Acids supplements. Thanks for the kind words.

Harlen 2010-08-04 09:45:56 -0500 Report

GOOD GOD I think you did great you shoud be happy that you where able to go as fare as you did I cant even dream for going that fare.
If your going to get D theres not a thing you can do for it you going to get it .
YOU have worked hard and done well very well keep up the great work even with the pills its going to be a long road and one day you may need insulin dont get upset over it just work with what you have as long as you never give up you cant lose
Best wishes

LennyDenny 2010-08-04 08:05:50 -0500 Report

Don't feel bad, you tried. It sounds like you did all the right things. Sometimes you can do all you did and still need meds. Don't feel defeated for something that may not be under you control. I have been on metformine for a couple of year now. I just had fasting blood work done last Thursday and it came back with A1C at 6.1 and bs at 124. Gotta improve all the levels, never feel defeated for working hard. Look how much better your weight is and how much better your eating. Keep fighting and keep the faith and it will get better.