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SUANL77 Posts: 97
2/3/17 10:51 P

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Any one try Berberine

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SUANL77 Posts: 97
7/22/16 9:13 P

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Thank you I am going to try!!!

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SUANL77 Posts: 97
7/22/16 9:33 A

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wow James that's amazing!!! Glad you got the sugar under control. I do try real hard with the diet but most definitely can do better. I am going to try. How long on a good diet before you saw your numbers coming down?
Thanks for giving me advise- I will most likely reach out to you again - Im not sure how to use the boards and stuff yet but I will find you!!!!


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7/22/16 7:54 A

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James: Yes, I found it daunting in the beginning balancing diet, exercise and meds. BUT it pd. off for me, too as I was on Metformin for only 16 mths.

I love your list of things you CAN eat, because that's how I think about it too. I don't even think about eating differently, I think about eating to fuel my body. I'd sure rather concentrate on that vs. dealing with the consequences of uncontrolled diabetes.

SUANL77: Hang in there.

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7/22/16 4:40 A

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SUANL77,
I was taking metformin for 12 years. The dosage kept increasing during that time. In the last of those two years I was also taking sitagliptin, and I was very close to taking insulin. I was also forgetting to take my metformin at times, and metformin has a half life of about 6 hours, so I was on the time release pill form.

I thought my body was slowly wearing out. I thought there was nothing I could do. Then I bumped into a diet to loose weight. By chance I had forgotten to take my pills for 2 days, and, big surprise, my blood sugar was actually OK.

The diet happened to be a low carb diet. So it is now 5 years of no pills for me, and my doctor is happy. Last visit he told me to stop measuring my blood sugar, just keep eating the way I'm eating. He is happy to depend just on the A1c test, done about once every 5 or 6 months.

Now this isn't all for free. Yes, it's no pills, but I eat rather differently. When shopping I don't buy something if more than 6% of its weight is carbohydrates. Easy when the box has a label. For green peppers, or other plants you need to check things out yourself. Green peppers are about 5%, and I eat them. Carrots are about 7%, and I'll eat a taste of them. But sugar, rice potatoes, pasta, all way too high.

You might be unhappy with food restrictions, I'm offering possibilities. What happened with myself and metformin was very bad. Being on metformin for 12 years lead to a vitamin B12 deficiency, and that lead to permanent memory problems and I'm on long term disability due to that. I wished I had discovered what to eat sooner, much sooner.

If you send me a sparknote, I'll always answer. I jump around among the forum topics, as I'm a bit disorganized.

P.S. Oh yes, what sort of things are there still left to eat for me:
- any meat
- any fish
- most salads and greens
- most salad dressings, just not sweet ones, more like ranch dressing
- many vegetables, bell peppers,
- cheeses
- sausages
- bacon
- eggs
- etc.



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SUANL77 Posts: 97
7/21/16 11:51 P

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Thanks Darlene - I am suppose to take 1000mg in am and 1000 in pm. I can't do it- ruining my life!! My numbers have been bad since I stopped I just don't know what to do!!


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7/21/16 10:44 P

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No, you can't cut ER pills in half. What strength metformin are you getting? I was started with 500 mg (I think that is the smallest dose, but I'm not sure) and took that much for 2 weeks before upping it to 1000. I think I had to go back to 500 for another week. Then I was okay for a while, but I now cannot take it or anything because I keep having the side effects. With metformin like you, I couldn't leave the house. I really have to get my diet back under control because my A1c went up. I've been doing better most of the time, but sometimes like today, I just can't seem to get back in control.



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SUANL77 Posts: 97
7/21/16 8:37 P

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I'm not sure how to use these boards so forgive me if this is not place to ask this question. I was on Metformin for years then taken off because my Doc wanted to switch me to Ivanka(SP?). Anyway I am now trying to get back on and I have bad stomach problems. Like can;t leave my house. I stopped taking it and my stomach is great. I was going to try to get my numbers under control with just the Glimpride but not working. Numbers are bad. How can I start again without these problems. I am on ER , I take with meals? Can I cut the tab in half?

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2/29/16 11:29 P

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My mother was a cardiac nurse... among other things. She was amazing, and taught me stuff I didn't even know I was learning! LOL

"The real secret of success is enthusiasm..." thanks, Walter P. Chrysler. I believe it. That's what I want in my life--to give my imagination a chance, to live with energy and enthusiasm!
P.S. I looked up enthusiasm, and it says the root words mean God within... interesting...!

Ralph Waldo Emerson said 'Life belongs to the energetic.' But you don't have to be frenetic and hyper--some energy is quiet and steady, like a heartbeat... and that works too! LOL

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2/29/16 11:27 P

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If you want to know why they make you stop taking metformin before going for a heart cath, it's because of a drug interaction with the contrast dye used in the catheterization, they interfere with one another...
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"The real secret of success is enthusiasm..." thanks, Walter P. Chrysler. I believe it. That's what I want in my life--to give my imagination a chance, to live with energy and enthusiasm!
P.S. I looked up enthusiasm, and it says the root words mean God within... interesting...!

Ralph Waldo Emerson said 'Life belongs to the energetic.' But you don't have to be frenetic and hyper--some energy is quiet and steady, like a heartbeat... and that works too! LOL

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when in doubt always consult with your doctor.(s) Don't ever make those decisions without their approval.

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Metformin decreases liver glucose production, decreases the absorption of glucose in the intestinal track, and improves the body's insulin effectiveness by increasing glucose uptake into cells. I don't know why you would be advised to stop the medication. What reason does your cardiologist give?

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2/15/16 11:22 A

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No I didn't have that experience w/Metformin (but I was only on it for 15 mths.

That being said, for sure, this would be important to discuss w/your health care provider. Not knowing any specifics of your particular situation, the bottom line is IF you need an oral med to help with blood sugar control, there are other options. Do give your health care provider a call.

All THAT being said, glad that the neuropathy hasn't been a problem!

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I had been taking Metformin for about 5 years now. I have not been on here for many months. I just had to have a heart cathe for some other reasons, the cathe turned out that I have no blockage whatsoever. Not what I wanted to talk about. The Cardiologist had me stop my metformin and I was to start again at the end of the week. The end of the week is here , I have not resumed the meds as I have not had an attack of neopathy (spelled wrong) spell check won't correct, since I stopped the metformin. Any one ever experience this. .

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