320mg gliclazide and still high bs

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Hi everyone, I'm new to the forum so I hope I am writing In the right place. I was diagnosed with type 2 just over a year ago. I was put on metformin but I had very bad side affects and then they stopped working so I was put on 80mg of gliclazide with no affect at all over the months they have now increased me to 32omg a day everything seems to slightly help for a while then again everything stops working my bs can be anywhere between 10 to in the high 20s I have to check my blood sugars 4 times a day. Has anyone got any tips. Thank you for reading

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    It would seem best then to deal with this by low GI Diet, exercise and supplements of vitamins and minerals.  Good luck.  You can do this and you'll find you will lose weight and have loads more energy.  Patrick Holford's books are very helpful.

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    Hi Tracy

    Morning readings can be higher than normal, so don't worry about taking readings first thing. Take a reading before lunch. You should be looking to achieve a reading of about 4 - 7.

    Take another reading after two dull hours after you finished your meal, including after meal drinks. Target reading should be about 10 - 12. If you are getting higher readings than these you need to consult with your diabetic management clinician.

    Don't ignore high readings

    I hope that helps.


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    Gluten free, paleo diet with minimum fruit. This should help your blood sugar balance in about three months if you're religious about it.

    Berberine with citrus bergemont also helps regulate blood sugar. I used this to wean my mom of the meds, Also white kidney bean extract also helps stabilize if you blow it and have too many carbs.

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    Like me diagnosed a year ago Type 2. Take metformin.

    Are you on insulin?

    I have had conflicting advice here, my local Surgery say you do not need to test yourself at all unless you are on insulin. However we have an excellent chemist in the town and he said I needed to test myself once a week so I am doing that.

    You could join Diabetes UK. Get a magazine every so oftern, interesting articles in there.

    Hope this helps. Keep in touch


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      Hi Sarah, pharmacists are trained in drug use, reactions, etc. What I did with my mom, because she was on full insulin, was check constantly. Once on metformin, I still checked because I wanted to see how it was working and whether she her blood sugar was too low or too high in order to make sure the dose was correct. 

      Since my my goal was to get my mom off the meds, I continued to check her blood sugar regularly in order to watch for spikes and to see how she was handling foods as I eased up in the diet, tried certain herbs, and whether there was a problem when going off the meds, and then, how to dose the herbs. also, my mother had serious complications from the diabetic ketoacedosis events, so she was not able to monitor her own body functions by how she feels. She also has thyroid disease and heart failure, so it's hard to know what's going on.  Because of this, I generally checked any time she was having low energy. I kept testing regularly for a month or so after going off the metformin and then monitored her responses when eating sweet foods, fruits, etc. as I reintroduced them, checking as needed. After a couple more months of not showing any blood sugar spikes without the meds, I only checked when she was feeling unwell, as a precaution. After six months with no spikes, I stopped keeping the blood sugar test kit on the table and use it only as indicated, meaning when she's got something going on and isn't well, so I test her blood sugar to eliminate that as the source of the problem.

      What I've noticed us that she generally doesn't have any spikes Nader normal circumstances. However, one night she had a fall  and got extremely chilled, and her blood sugar did spike to 200 when fasting all night. So it's always something to watch for under stress.


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      Hi Sarah, I was told the same when I was first diagnosed that I didn't need to check my sugars but because metformin doesn't work on me and my sugars don't seem to go down they put me on gliclazide 320 mg a day which can course hypos then my sugars went up to 32.1 and made everyone panic so I'm now waiting to speak to a specialist to check it's not type 1.5 and they will probably put me on insulin then. Thank you I will join the uk sight xxx

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