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Why am I hungry pretty much all day?

Since May I have lost 25#'s, my A1C went from 7.4 down to 5.2, and my Metformin doseage was reduced to one 500 mg a day. It is Metformin ER. I eat a clean lo carb, no processed foods, no alcohol diet. I test my BG twice a day. I would like to totally get off Metformin.
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What is a "clean" diet?  I wash my food too.
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ortizj83External User
clean diet means eating healthier
cadewallExternal User
means eating healty
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Hope my reply went thru
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Hi Rose, didn't see a reply.  Can you put it into the comment.
1raufExternal User
what is dizziness corelated with what disease?
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I give up. I replied 3-4 times.
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231441 tn?1333892766
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hello,

Great effort on your Hba1c.

However, with regards to being hungry - are you eating enough healthy fats and calories?    How many calories per day do you eat?

How is your weight for your height?

Maybe try eating more fats (eating too low fat is often a mistake made by people eating low carb diet).  Also, importantly, healthy fats help you to feel satisfied.
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1raufExternal User
yes eating proteins (lean) are important too!
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I'm 5'1". I weigh 157#'s so I have more to lose. I eat clean, no processed foods, starchy foods, or high starch veggies. No alcohol. I'm going to try eating more lo carb veggies when I'm hungry between meals. I eat a lot of protein, both plant and animal protein.  We are meat eaters.  I eat more nuts and cheese than I should. However, I don't drink alcohol or have crackers with them so I really have made great strides!  I'm a work in progress.  I walk 1/2 to an hour a day.
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1raufExternal User
have yourself screen for fasting sugar level and hba1 c
Tbd
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maybe you should chnage up your diet a little
Tbd
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exercising is a great weight to lose weight
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1raufExternal User
aerobic excercise is more beneficial
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There is no hard and fast rule to this question. it all depends on how your particular Liver ,Pancreas and cells manage now that you have got your blood sugar levels down to where they should be.

I was diagnosed Type 2 back in jan 2016. I was put on Glicazide 2x 80 mg a day .
By reducing my sugar intake my BS level went from 28 mmol/L down to a fasting 5mmol/L within 3 weeks .
After 4x weeks I cut my Glicazide in half to 40mmol/L and my BS levels stayed stable.  At first I had the occasional Hypoglycemic episode after hard exercise BS level down to 2.7-3.5mmol/L but after eating a couple of busicuits and some fat and protein it came back up within 1/2 an hour or so. The Hypoglycemic episodes stopped completely after about 3 months.

After two months I cut the Glicazide out completely and  my BS levels have stayed stable ever since. if I eat something sugary like a couple of digestive buiscuits my BS level goes up to 8-9mmol/L within half an hour but within 2 hours it has come back down to around 6-7mmol/L

I was given Metformin but I decided not to take it. The reason for this is Metformin is not recommended for people with Liver issues . It  was prescribed to me by a Diabetic Nurse and I am amazed that a Nurse is allowed to prescribe dangerous drugs at all without a Doctors recommendation .

My advice would be to reduce your metaformin slowly over several weeks and carefully monitor your blood sugar levels. See how your bodys sugar and fat processing mechanisms cope. If you notice any significant change that doesn't right itself after say 4-5 days then increase your Metformin back to where it was.
Good luck



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Hi Rose, welcome to the MedHelp Diabetes Type 2 community. You might try examining your exercise, sleep and stress management habits. We have a lot of information on that on the MedHelp.org website and in our Sugar Sense app, but here are a few samples:
http://www.medhelp.org/diabetes/articles/Why-Is-Exercise-So-Essential/2013http://www.medhelp.org/diabetes/articles/Why-Is-Sleep-So-Important/2019
http://www.medhelp.org/diabetes/articles/Stress-and-Diabetes/2388
Good luck and please come back with more questions and updates on your progress!
707563 tn?1587576687
Hi there -

While johhnyxs's advice may work for you, we advise everyone to speak with your doctor before adjusting any medication yourself.

Best of luck to you,

Emily
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Hi Rose!  Congratulations on the weight loss!  That is a big deal and will ultimately help maintain your BG levels as well as your A1C.  

Being hungry stinks, but something that is working for both my wife and I is "intermittent fasting".  In short, its a fast of about 16-18 hours and then a 6-8 hour eating window.  I have personally found that my 'always being hungry' completely went away.  Some "fasters" take this diet to the extreme but our endocrinologist has helped us tweak things to make it a bit easier.

A couple of things I often do is eat an avocado when I break my fast.  They are such a healthy fruit, high in good fat and anti-oxidants and the fat will keep you full for a long time.  As well, I drink a lot of water.  Drinking some hot tea helps some folks and so does drinking broth, either chicken or beef.  The fat in them is often enough to make your stomach feel full and get you through to your eating window.

Good luck and don't be afraid to reach out.
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