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8/4/11 6:10 A

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If you like cinammon add it to your meals.

Whether it will be as effective as Met which has been though all the FDA regulation and testing, well I'd be concerned if you used cinammon instead of Met.

Some people on this forum and others have found that changing to a slow release formulation was helpful with the bathroom issues.

For me, I've been on it 5 years and now have a normal blood sugar level. I still occassionally have problems, but if I eat mostly low Glycemic Index foods the bowels behave well.
Bread, both whole wheat and white are my enemy - rye or oat breads no problems.

I did need to change my eating considerably to be on the Met and not live in the bathroom.



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8/4/11 2:15 A

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I have the "Prediabetes for Dummies" book, and the first sentence of the first chapter says "About 60 million people in the United States have Prediabetes."

In the section titled " Distinguishing Prediabetes from Diabetes" in Chapter 1, it says:

- A normal fasting blood glucose result is less than 100 mgdl (5.6 mmol/L).

- Prediaetes is diagnosed when the fasting blood glucose is between 100 and 125 mg/dl (5.6-6.9 mmol/L) on more than one occasion.

- Diabetes is diagnosed when the fasting blood glucose is 126 mg/dl (7 mmol/L) or greater on more than one occasion.

- A normal blood glucose level two hours after eating 75 grams of glucose is less than 140 mg/dl (7.8 mmol/L).

- Prediabetes is diagnosed when the glucose two hours after eating 75 grams of glucose is between 140 and 199 mg/dl (7.8-11.1 mmol.) on more than one occasion.

- Diabetes is diagnosed when the glucose two hours after eating 75 grams of glucose is 200 mg/dl (11.1 mmol.L) or greater on more than one occasion.

This is found on pages 10-11 in the book.

Dr. Rubin also says that having prediabetes does not always mean a person will get diabetes, but the risk is higher if it is not controlled, by diet, exercise, losing weight and maybe medication.

Prediabetes used to be called borderline diabetes.

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8/3/11 10:11 P

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My husband takes metformin and is also on insulin. He had 'digestive issues' when he began metformin but those side effects went away. I don't know about the cinnamon use... I took an herbal supplement years ago that had the chromium picolinate in it and its was just fine. I don't know what the purpose is for your situation... Is that suppose to lessen the stomach problems?

As for being 'diagnosed' as prediabetic, I read something, I think in Pre-Diabetic for Dummies, that there is no technical condition of pre-diabetic... either you are or aren't. A year ago I had an A1c in the 90s and this summer it was 108... so I am working ferverishly trying to exercise and eat my self back into better health.

Good luck. Hope the metformin works or your Dr. finds something else for you that does.


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8/3/11 9:47 P

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I have been diagnosed also with prediabetes and put on metformin which I can not take as I live in the bathroom after taking it and get really bad stomach cramps. I have been reading bout cinnamon and chromium picolinate, anyone else try these products? FBS 121 emoticon I have started going to snap fitnss 3X a week and walking. Have lost a few inches emoticon

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