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    bgpeery posted:
    My Dr. said I have diabetes my a1c level is 6.5 and wants me to take Metformin 500mg. I took my bs test and it was 103 after I ate. I have not taken any meds yet and was wondering if I take the metformin will it drop it to low? I am just worried a little. Don't know what to do.
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    davedsel57 responded:
    It is against the rules for members in any WebMD community to give medical advice. Your reading seems perfect to me, but you really need to discuss these things with your doctor.
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    nutrijoy responded:
    BG, the upper limits for a non-diabetic A1c reading is 5.9 so your reading of 6.5 is considered to be in the "above normal" (pre-diabetic or diabetic) range. The full onset of action for metformin can take up to 30 days. Although hypoglycemic episodes have been reported with metformin, such incidents have been relatively rare. Your doctor seems to know what he/she is doing and I would recommend following his/her advice and guidance.
    teddybear200 responded:
    Your Dr gave this med because of the 6.5% A1c.

    According to WebMD Metformin usually does NOT cause your sugars to drop too low. - ORAL.aspx?drugid=11285&drugname=metformin Oral&source=2

    You should always follow your Drs orders.

    I was on 2,000mg Metformin XR for about 2 yrs and never had a low sugar test.
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    phototaker responded:
    I've been on Metformin for two months now, and the lowest I've gotten is 85. I would not be concerned about this. As Dave said, you need to check with your doctor. We are not doctors and do not know how your body reacts. By the way, I also take 500 mg.

    If you were getting into the 50's, 60's range, I would be concerned.
    DoloresTeresa replied to phototaker's response:
    Photo, I am wondering if you are doing something other than taking metformin to keep those low sugars. The therapeutic dose is said to be at least 1500 mgs and docs usually prescribe a low dose and then gradually increase it to see if there are any gastrointestinal problems. Also I did not know that it took a month for metformin to start to work (I am assuming at the therapeutic dose.)

    phototaker replied to DoloresTeresa's response:
    Yes, Dolores...The only thing I'm not doing is being as super strict as I was the first four years. I would have a small apple and nuts "only" for snacks.

    In order to maintain lower numbers with diet and exercise(and I do normally exercise a lot, I have to eat very strictly. I was sick for a week, and then my back went out, so I didn't do as much exercise the following week. I'm back exercising again. Being super strict gets old after a while...I'm certainly eating very healthy and not overdoing. The two things that I think have spiked me are the slices of pineapple I bought at Costco, and probably the one small bag of popcorn I've been having at night. I "know" the popcorn has carbs, and the pineapple totally makes my sugar go higher. I bought some apples last week, and have been substituting the small bag for my apple again. I got so sick of nuts, but I may have to start that again. I've "always" had higher morning numbers, even with a small snack at night.

    My A1C was 5.8 and 5.9 for a long time. It just recently went up into a higher range(in the 6's).The last time it came down a little. It should come down more this time, I believe. I test two to three times a day, so I know my numbers.

    My doctor asked me to write down my fasting numbers, but this week, I couldn't exercise as much. I'll give her two weeks of numbers, one with exercise, and one without.
    flutetooter replied to phototaker's response:
    Photo - I just came back from a 2 week vacation with LOTS of constant walking around and not sitting still. -- Lots of 1 mile beach strolls with bending for shells, swimming in the gulf and in the pool with arm and leg exercises with the noodles, hardly any reading, sitting, or TV time. My home test A1c dropped .4 points down to 5.7 in just one month although the morning fasting numbers had stayed about the same. I also ate as usual during this period -- small lower carb meals more often.

    My main discovery/rediscovery (since the same drop has occured after many past periods of constant travel and activity) is that for me keeping moving so that the food (carbs) eaten get used up continually, brings down the A1c. Any time I exercise heavily and eat a normal meal afterwards, that sugar remains in my system longer and at a higher level because my body is not using up that particular meal -- so -- it all adds up in the A1c.
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    phototaker replied to flutetooter's response:
    Flute, most the time, I eat "before" I exercise, Sunday, Mon., Tues., Wed., Friday. I do my dancing at night "after I eat, too.
    I like having something in my stomach as well as my heart medicine on most of the days, "before" exercising. I couldn't exercise because I was really sick for a week, and then "could" have gone walking when I hurt my back, even though I was hurting. I wanted to really rest my back and neck.
    betatoo replied to phototaker's response:
    I have not been at this as long as you, but do know that I should never eat my starches at night. That bag of popcorn is best before 8. I used to love sandwiches for lunch or dinner, but now limit them to mid day, and only 1/2 of a sandwich if out like at Pannera. I stick to a salad, or protein and veggies at night-passing on all starches. Numbers? I don't test. However, my working in the shop, exercise on a regular basis, and the strict diet does not require testing-this from my dr.

    I had a bite of my wifes Lemon Meringue pie the other day-yech tasted like soap! I get so little in sugar anymore that most sweets do not hold a threat to me anymore. Still do the piece of dark chocolate though.
    flutetooter replied to betatoo's response:
    Off topic to Betaquartz: No kayaking for us in the Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel this year. We went twice last year, but we had my grown daughter with fibromyalgia with us this year and wold have had to take a large, heavier canoe for 3 people with her sitting on the bottom in the middle for the 2 hours. Her pain level would not permit that, so we deferred the kayaking until next year.
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    betatoo replied to flutetooter's response:
    Sorry t hear of her problems. It is obvious that she is blessed to have parents that still think of her and care for her well being-maybe next year. I have not been out yet this year, water is still cold, and the weather is back to normal after the few weeks of 70-80. I also have to learn how to roll the yak, as I did it in a storm last October, and couldn't recover-had to swim the yak 100 yards to shore. I will also be outfitted better with a bilge pump next time. Scarey, but I did not panic, and was lucky enough to have had my farmer johns on for the first time.

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