It’s been five months since my doctor told me it was time to go on medicine since losing over 10% of my body weight and regular exercise hadn’t impacted my HbA1C levels. It was rough the first month or so adjusting to the medicine until I asked, and was given, a prescription for extended release Metformin.
Does Medication Work?
My first follow-up testing three months later didn’t show much change either. This was a shock because I was expecting a drastic reduction in theHbA1C level. I thought the medicine must not make a difference.
But I think it does because I’m no longer having big swings in my appetite. Previously I would go from a little hungry to “famished” quickly. I would want to eat everything and anything to fill my stomach.
That doesn’t happen anymore; instead I have a steady progression of hunger pangs which of course will eventually get to to the famished stage if I don’t do anything about it.
My doctor said I don’t need to test my blood levels at this point and really didn’t prescribe any dietary changes. One I’m starting on my own is cutting back on carbohydrates.
I’m limiting myself to one starch at dinner — if we have a potato then no dinner roll for me. I always have vegetable juice instead of fruit juice. I don’t know if this will make a difference but anything I can do to bring down my average blood glucose is great.
My doctor acknowledges I’m pretty much genetically doomed to get Type 2 Diabetes at some point but the longer I can put it off the better.
Please let me know if you have any other ideas than losing weight, exercising and cutting back on carbs which are all in progress. I’m all ears and want to know if there’s something I can be doing and am not.
Have you had to make lifestyle changes for your health?