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11/7/15 8:22 P

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First, I would suggest you check that your strips have not expired. Also, get a vial of control solution and check your machine against the manufacturers recommendations. Then take your meter with you the next time you see your doc to compare your reading to the ones the doc get....

I have not had any of the drugs you mention, but I was on Metformin and Diabeta (and one similar) for many years, even though they were not really working for me. I had a real phobia bout taking shots of any kind and I convinced my doctor over and over again to not put me on insulin. That was over 10 years ago, and now I wonder what took me so long. I honestly prefer the insulin over pills. It is easy to correct glucose levels with insulin, but with pills, it is what it is. For example, if I am having a rare spaghetti dinner, I can up my insulin for that one meal, or if I am not able to eat a full dinner for any reason (maybe I'm out shopping or something and the bus is late and I can't get home in time....) I can take less insulin depending on what and how much I do eat. In either of these situations, I would not be able to adjust my pill dosage, I would have to eat according to the pills I have taken.....

So if you don't like the side effects of the pills, it may be time to sit down with your endo and ask about insulin therapy. Be open and honest with her and ask her for her opinion and ask questions.

If you have not already been referred to one, ask your endo for a referral to see a Diabetes Educator and a Diabetes Nutritionist.... They can be invaluable....

Good luck.....





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I heard that Januvia caused pancreatitis and pancreas cancer. I got off it. But now I am taking a ouglyza/metformin combo meds and so far it has worked. It is very expensive even with insurance 98 dollars. Even thought it works well for me I have to get a med that not only works but is affordable. I have heard invokana caused yeast infections, urinary track infections. and increased bad cholesterol. who needs that on top of diabetes. NOPE! I do not trust these new meds for diabetes and I would rather use older meds. Too many folks dying or worst. FDA rushing too quickly in my view on most of these newer meds. tradjenta I do not know much about. All about profit over people.

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10/30/15 4:29 P

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I cannot comment on the drugs, but as for testing.....

First, when do you go in for your next A1C? Take your meter in with you and test it with the blood they draw out of your veins. (Some labs will do this but some won't so don't be surprised if that happens.) If they do, that can give you an idea of how far out your meter may be reading.....

If they won't do it, make sure you take your meter with you when you go to your next endo appointment and have your doctor's office do a comparison test on your machine. All meters can have a error margin of plus or minus 20 percent. So if your doctor's meter is reading 20 percent high, and your meter is reading 20 percent low, that is a total error difference of 40 percent.

It is also important to get some control solution specifically for your machine and compare those values to the recommendations of the manufacturer. If your machine does not fall within the recommended range, it will need to be replaced. Taking corrective measures based upon your readings rely on knowing how accurate those readings are. If someone's meter reads too high, they could take more insulin than they need, putting themselves in severe danger. On the other hand, if someone's meter reads too low, they could eat something to up their bg levels when it is already good, thereby upping the bg levels too high which could lead to cell damage.

Does this make sense to you? I don't know if I am explaining it very well but I hope so....

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Be sure to take your meter in with you and test at the same time. If your meter is reading low, you are putting yourself in danger.

It is a good idea to research all the drugs you will be taking. The bloodsugar 101 site has a lot of good information about the different diabetes drugs and their pros and cons.

What is your endocronologiest suggesting for your diet? Are you sticking to it?

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Hi everyone,
I need some input, I saw my endocrinologist today because I have been taking Invokana for about 2 months and I don't like taking it.
I have only seen her a few times and whenever she checks my sugars they are high but when I test at home the numbers are reasonable (116 2 hrs after a meal for example). Because the my sugars where 245 in the office (136 at home) she wants me on a secondary med and she suggested tradjenta or onglyza. I know Onglyza is similar to Januvia Which I have heard some negative things about.
I am still researching the drugs because I need to make an informed decision but I was wondering of any of you folks have any experience with tradjenta or onglyza?

thanks for your help!

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