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SKINNYGGMA's Photo SKINNYGGMA Posts: 39
7/26/10 12:00 A

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Weekend is almost over; mine was great! Hope yours was too!!

Busy week coming up, looking forward to it. Don't forget to do your exercises.

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7/24/10 10:35 A

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Thanks Judy!
Hope everyone is staying cool today! We are under a heat advisory here in Central Ohio. So I am drinking plenty of water today and staying inside! emoticon
Have a great weekend!
Val

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SKINNYGGMA's Photo SKINNYGGMA Posts: 39
7/24/10 3:09 A

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Just wanted to be the first to pop in on Saturday (12:07 AM) and wish you all a healthy, happy weekend with only wise food choices! emoticon I'm praying for all of you!!

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7/23/10 6:57 A

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Naveed good luck.

Joy S


"If you don't go after what you want, you'll never have it. If you don't ask, the answer is always no. If you don't step forward, you're always in the same place. "

~ Nora Roberts ~

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~ Gordon B. Hinckley


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7/22/10 1:49 P

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Recently had my actos cut from 45mg's to 30mg's and am going completely off this weekend pending my doctors blood sugar report. **Fingers crossed**

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7/22/10 10:42 A

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That's Great news! I am hopeful that as more weight comes off that I will continue to get better and better numbers!

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7/22/10 8:56 A

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I have gotton off of Actos and 1 other medication has been cut in half. My doctor told me the next time I come in, Sept or Oct, he will be reducing both diabetic and blood pressure meds.

If your doctor won't listen to you find another doctor.

Joy S


"If you don't go after what you want, you'll never have it. If you don't ask, the answer is always no. If you don't step forward, you're always in the same place. "

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7/22/10 6:05 A

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lol thanks for the giggle Judy

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SKINNYGGMA's Photo SKINNYGGMA Posts: 39
7/22/10 2:59 A

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We are good encouragement for one another... sending our our sparks. I guess that makes us all sparklers! emoticon emoticon Did I hear someone groaning. Hey, I live alone and talk to a cat... sometimes I get desperate for some humor.

Hug to all,
Judy

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7/21/10 9:08 P

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It sounds like you have a good plan, continue to keep your log and be assertive. Good Luck! emoticon

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7/21/10 8:01 P

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Diabetic complications are least likely to develop with an a1c under 5.5 (not 6.0 as ADA, etc. state). Many endos will reduce Metformin dosage with sustained test results of under 5.5. It's a great goal to shoot for!

T2 diabetic; diagnosed 1/2007. Maintaining A1c of 5.1% - 5.4% for past 3+ years. No diabetic medication at this time; managing diabetes through carb restriction (40-50 grams carbohydrate per day) and moderate exercise.
"Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very fast." - Thomas Jefferson


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7/21/10 7:19 P

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sorry--forgot--I do take my logs in to her. Maybe I will FAX them in before I go next HA HA!

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7/21/10 7:18 P

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I thought she was on the same page with me but maybe not. They seem to have trouble with their computer system a lot too and I don't think she sees my weight loss and improvemants like my Oncologist and Radiologist (I had breast cancer 3 years ago) Today at the oncologist they remarked I had lost 4 pounds since I was there last and YAY for me. My Family doc never mentions my weight loss. She has been my doctor for 2 years. The original one I had was great but she moved out of state. :-( I'll just have to train this one some more LOL! I don't want a cheerleader but some encouragement would be nice.

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7/21/10 5:34 P

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My doctor just recently reduced my metformin to 1 500 mg tablet at dinner. He said if my A1C came back lower next time he might consider taking me completely off of it. My A1C was 6.5 in November. It was 5.9 in February, and my last one in June was 5.8. I go back to the doctor in October.

Have you really sat down with your doctor and talk to him about what you're doing to get your numbers down?

Every visit, I take him print outs of my stats so that he can see what my blood sugar readings have been looking like. Maybe take your log book(s) with you so he can see that their consistently lower. We've talked about what my meal planning is like too. He loves it when I give him stuff to look at but I wait until he's done with all of his talking so that he doesn't forget his train of thought. After I showed him everything at my last 2 visits, I didn't even have to ask, he just reduced my meds.

If your A1C is staying down, then by all means, talk to your doctor if he doesn't bring it up.

I always take a list of things to talk to the doctor about otherwise I'll forget.

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7/21/10 5:31 P

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That sounds familiar! LOL Congrats on your getting off insulin and meds! I WILL get there soon I know! I had to fight to get the blood pressure med lowered. She kept saying "Well because of the diabetes we are worried about your kidneys..." And I told her I would be MORE worried about me passing out and hitting my head from the dizziness! LOL! So over a year's time it went from 40mg of Lisinopril (sp?) down to 10mg.

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SKINNYGGMA's Photo SKINNYGGMA Posts: 39
7/21/10 4:28 P

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Sounds like you have a good plan! More and more I am coming to the conclusion that I must be assertive when it comes to my health care. I am so happy for you with your good AC1 numbers. It's hard work isn't it? But emoticon

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7/21/10 3:45 P

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Thank you. I have been maintaining an A1C of 5.8 for over a year now. I was just wondering how soon to approach her on lowering or cutting out the Metformin. It was like pulling teeth to get her to drop my blood pressure meds dosage! LOL! But I was light headed all the time. Maybe she will listen or it may be time to find a new doc.

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SKINNYGGMA's Photo SKINNYGGMA Posts: 39
7/21/10 3:37 P

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Yes, I think it is possible to "get off" meds or at least reduce the amount taken. My doctor refused to take me off insulin (and other drugs) with the excuse that, "You're doing so well, let's just keep up the dosage." I have type 2 Diabetes. Even when my blood sugar readings were very low; one morning I awoke with a reading of 49! The doctor still insisted on my insulin use. I would eat at night because I was afraid I would die in my sleep!! A new doctor changed all of that. She reduced my insulin slowly and soon I was OFF FOR GOOD! I am doing fine with healthy readings and I feel great! She said that she was sure I was off insulin for good. I am still taking glucophage. emoticon

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7/21/10 3:36 P

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Eating healthy, losing weight, consistent exercise all equal improved blood glucose which improves A1c after 2-3 months. That should give you the formula and a timeline. Like Joyce says, tell your dr what you want to accomplish and ask her how she can help you get off meds.

Good luck! Good idea! Good attitude!

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7/21/10 3:17 P

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My doctor told me that as long as I am maintaining an A1c less than 6 than I dont need medication. I was on metformin when first diagnosed with an A1c of 7. I didnt like how i felt at higher doses and decided on my own (which i dont recommmend) to stop the met and use healthy eating and exercise to control my levels. So far it has worked well and I feel 100% better. So, yes it can be done.

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7/21/10 3:02 P

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I believe once your fasting and A1c start going down on lab test, most doctors would welcome the opportunity to reduce or even eliminate your meds.

I think tracking your food and glucose readings and then running the reports to show your doctor is a great way to show the consistency you are displaying in terms of changing your eating habits and exercise efforts. I think you can run a report of your activities that would show this.

I have lab reports that show A1c's between 4-6 are considered in the normal range so that's what I'd be shooting for. Overnight fasting numbers are between 70-90.

Asking your doctor would be the best source and find out how he/she would like to manage taking you off meds. That way you have clear goals to strive for.

I do think it's possible get off meds and insulin (T2 folks) and I'm sure that your doctor would be thrilled to work to that goal with you.

Keep us posted...sounds like you've got the right idea and attitude!

Take care,

Joyce emoticon


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7/21/10 2:45 P

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Hi! I thought I would ask in here since one group I belong to on another website would probably hang me for even asking LOL!...has anyone gotten off their meds? I don't mean those insulin dependant, but those just taking something like Metformin. How do you know when it is time to approach your doctor about lowering or eliminating the dose? How low should your A1C go before they should be considering this? I know people who have gotten off all meds and control it with diet and lifestyle chnages now and my doctor has said she believes it IS possible. Just wondering...don't shoot me for asking this! But also don't tell me it is impossible since I know it is!

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