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Metforim

I recently was told I may be pre-diabetic, not real sire I go to doc Tuesday.  She did mention doin an a1c and possibly putting me on metforim.  Also said I may loose weight while on the med....
Anyone have any advice/experience with this med???
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You can read about Metformin here.
http://tinyurl.com/metformin-understood

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I also suffer from anxiety!  The doc calks an tells me this, but can't get me into her office till Tuesday.  I'm afraid I'm either going to get to high or to low sugar an I have no clue about any of it!!  I don't have a monitor or anything...
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WHOA, you're working yourself into an unnecessary frenzy. Your worry is akin to someone putting an extra spread of mayo on their sandwich then getting all tipsy as if they're going to gain 10 lbs. Saying " I don't have a monitor or anything... " is a bad excuse that needs to stop.

Here's what you can do to keep busy until your doctor's appointment.
1. Buy a home glucose test meter available at Wal-Mart, Walgreens, CVS, etc. Cost is around $10 bucks. Carefully read the instructions so you understand how to correctly use the meter.
2. Test preprandail [b4 meal]. This will give you a baseline measurement. You want to be between 60/70 to 99 mg/dl.
3. Test postprandial [2-3 hours] after a meal. This will tell you how the foods you consumed affected your glucose levels. You want be below 121 mg/dl, optimum is below 99 mg/dl.
4. . Start a food log; time, food[s] you ate, portion size, and your test results. This way you'll know which foods are good and which are not.
5. Do not depend on drugs to do a job that you can do yourself, especially for weight loss. ALL drugs have nasty side effects.
6. Go here http://www.atkins.com/Home.aspx read and understand how low carb nutrition plans cuts excess fat [lose weight] rapidly. Try the recipes.

Plain and simple avoid foods that jack up your levels. Do not eat white foods or foods made with white flour as they are digested quickly and quickly enter your bloodstream as sugar; breads, crackers, potatoes, white rice and pasta. Always undercook whole wheat pasta. Overcooked pasta breaks down fast. Eat more vegetables, whole grains, poultry and fish. Eat lean red meats if you have to. Eat fruits with other foods as fruits contain fruit sugar [fructose]. Drink water not juice for obvious reasons. Avoid dairy milk. Read all nutrition labels carefully. I'm not saying you cannot eat these foods but be conscious of the portion sizes and what they do to your glucose levels.

Most important, stop the bad habits. Make those lifestyle change before your health worsens. And, yes, just a little bit or just this one time snacking on junk/bad food does hurt.

Print this out so you have it handy. Let us know how the Tues visit goes too. Good luck
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Thanks so much for the advice!  My problem is I don't want to be on meds at all!  I won't even take meds for my anxiety, I want to do it all natural!   I just have to have some help an support!  I'm really scared when I hear about diabetes.  I have since Octoberade lifestyle changes, I usually only drink water I do occasionally drink sprite or diet cherry 7 up occasion.  I started on weighteatchers too. I have lost about 20 pounds since then.  I'm 4' 11' an 201, I was 240-245.  So that is progress to me, I just have to keep it up!  With my anxiety already in effect this is throwing me over the edge:(
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Excess weight causes diabetes as weight influences diabetes and diabetes influences weight gain. Restrict your carb intake and poundage will fly off. Also, put the shovel down and pick up the spoon by eating 4-5 smaller healthy meals throughout the day instead of three big ones. Go to the mall b4 it opens. Walk the aisles briskly. Great place for a workout and its temp controlled too.
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I bought the ac1 now test, my results was 5.5, is that good???  Does it mean I'm prediabetic??  I havent been diagnosed yet but my 2 hr glucose was a little high so I have to follow up
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An A1c of 5.5% equates to an estimated daily glucose average [eAG] of 111 mg/dl, prediabetes. Keep in mind an A1c measures your glucose over the past 3 months but does not provide for daily levels. A glucose tester is better to see what your daily pre and postprandial levels are.
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So what kinda tester is beat to buy?  I have no clue about any of this....   Since it's prediabetic can I prevent full blown diabetes with weightless an exercise?  Irelky don't wanna have to go on meds
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"So what kinda tester is beat to buy?"
Consumer Reports gives the Wal-Mart unit a 'best buy'.

"can I prevent full blown diabetes with weightless an exercise?"
Do you you mean weight loss and exercise? Yes.
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My wife and I are both Type 2's, she is on Metformin while I am diet controlled.  To answer our question regarding Metformin and anxiety: My wife has long recovered from severe panic disorder, but still takes a daily 150mg dose of Venlafaxine along with an occasional small dose of Xanax.  She has not reported any drug interaction when Metformin was introduced.  She was formerly on Paxil, but following breast cancer, had to go on a five year regime of Tamoxifen.  Paxil reduced the effectiveness of the Tamoxifen, so she had to switch to Venlafaxine.  
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I must add that Metformin died or affect her psyche in any way.
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Thanks for the info!   I tried celexa but madey head feel strange, now hav a script for zoloft but I'm afraid to take it. I have klopin but have never taken any!  I go to my doc tues to talk about my sugar test so I'm hoping for the best!
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Went to the doc today, she thinks I'm insulin resistant.  I'm on metformin 2x daily an getting labs done in 2 months to see if my levels are better!  She said not to stress about it because my levels are not very high but we need to start watching it now so it doesn't get out of control
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OK, but please don't expect Metformin to do the job by itself, it won't. It needs you to make lifestyle changes for it to become effective. Good luck
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I am making changes now an am starting an exercise program.  My big worry is when the pamphlet says lactic acidosis is possible, I'm afraid it will happen to me.......
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Get your electrolyte levels checked in 2 weeks. Notify your doctor if you feel nauseas or get weak.
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I thought nausea is a side effect of the medicine?
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