i have been diagnosed with diabetes type 2 and i have some questions

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hi i am new to this forum i recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes but i think is pre diabetes.first i was feeling tired and frequent urunation so i did some tests my blood fasting sugar when i wake up is 100-110 always and then is going down to 80s sometimes 75.my doc said its the dawn phenomenom and wanted to do the glucose tolerance test i did and in two hours my bs was 220 but in 2.30 hours 120 and by 3 hours 105.and he says i have early diabetes 2..and put me on glucophage sr 1000mg once a day and diet for three months i am obese and i need to lose at least 20 kg.but i am confused today i had weetabix with skim milk and after 2 hours my bs is 79! how can i be diabetic?also anyone on glucophage?it gives me diahrea and stomach ache will it pass by time?

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    I am not medically trained so canno tell you whether or not you have diabetes but I can say that when I was first prescribed metformin I had diarrhoea and stomach pain but when I was prescribed sustained/slow release metformin instead the problems stopped.
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      thanks for your reply the glucophage  take is slow release too i only took it for 3 days.the doctor told me people without diabetes can take this glucophage because it helps to lose weight and is safe.and my doctor wants me to continue and diet also and in 3 months will test the HbA1c.i am a huge hypochondriac and i am afraid if this medicin is going to kill me..i read some horror stories on the internet and i am scared to death sorry if i sound paranoid

       

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      I have  to say Anastasis that I have been taking glucophage for 3 years and it has definitely not helped me to lose weight. I am 20 kg overweight, and severely disabled so cannot exercise much so if glucophage did help I would be thrilled but it does not. Has your doctor tested you HbA1c yet? The only thing I have to help control my blood sugars is a low carb diet
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      i have checked my  HbA1c two years ago and id was 5.9 but now i am 20kg more than i was.and i will test again in 3 months to see.from your personal experience with glucophage is it safe?
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      Hi Anastasia, love your name!

      We have a silly saying around here that I hope that when you read stuff especially scarey stuff, "It must be true because I read it on the Internet! "

      So take a deep breath and ask yourself does this sound totally true or exaggerated? There are alot of people out in Internet land who just love to upset, lie and scare anyone who may be a little vulnerable!

      Stick with your your Dr and join a real Diabetes website, they educate not terrorize someone just wanting information and the truth. Proper diet really does work wonders, adding medication is another tool along with diet and education are the keys! Good luck, I will follow you! Susan

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      Cool, nice to meet you, I'm a female from Canada! It's kinda neat that we get to hear from people from all over the world! I hope that the people on here are able to help you.

      One of the participants thinks that some of the folks on here are just satisfying some kind of fetish? I don't think that I've ever read anything here that would be appealing in that manner but hey, you never know! That's 1 reason you do have to be careful who you believe!

      Nice meeting you Anastasia, good luck on your search, Susan

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    I think the Glucophage is the same as Metformin.

    I had trouble with this when I started, it gave me diarhoea. There is a slow release version of this tablet you could try. Also if you are supposed to take 2 a day, try taking them both together after your evening meal. This worked for me.

    Good luck

    Sarah

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    Anastasis,

    1) read the side effects insert for your meds.  If you don't have a list of side effects, look up side effects and on the manufacturers web site.

    2) Type II diabetes can be controlled through diet an for exercise, if you're willing to be disciplined.

    3) Look at the long term effects of diabetes.

    Do some research on these items and decide if you're willing to do the work and have the discipline to control your diabetes long term wthout meds. People freak out about having to change their diet, but really, to have the option is a blessing, as you can reverse early stage so if diabetes without lifestyle changes, and prevent a lifetime of health decline. Changing your diet will also improve overall health, so it's a win win!

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      Regarding point 2, it is not always that simple. Diabetes cannot always be controlled by diet and exercise.  My diabetes was caused by long term use of steroids which I have to take for a severe form of uveitis, a long term inflammatory cindition of the eyes and both my opthalmologist and my diabetic specialist confirm that no matter how much I changed my diet and lost weight I would eventually develop diabetes. In fact both were surprised that it was 8 years between going permanently on steroids and developing diabetes. As far as exercise is concerned if you are a severely disabled wheelchair user with very little energy because of post polio-syndrome exercise is next to impossible - except that I amke myself go swimming once per week and archery once per fortnight. Ffor some people reversing early stage diabetes is not actually possible and comments like yours can make people like me feel guilty about something they cannot change.
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      Hello, try not to take some comments as a blow to you personally! If I took offense at some comments I'd never come back!

      Some people may be lucky to be able to avoid Diabetes by exercise and diet, but I bet you that you can count them on 1 hand!

      Many here understand the physical and mental problems that being disabled, have extreme fatigue etc do to you and understand the toll that it takes over your whole being!

      When pain overtook me with arthritis, neuropathy and the problems involved with Diabetes and then to have to acknowledge that II'll be on Insulin Injections prob for the rest of my life It really changed who i was!

      So read what they say, learn from them yet disregard the negative, trouble is not seeing the body language by using the internet it may not have meant to offend! Always take some comments with a spoon full of sugar! Good luck,

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      I actually am not taking it personally - I just get fed up of this assumption that if you have diabetes it is your own fault and that if you eat healthily and  exercise  you can reverse it. I really wish it were always that simple but it isn't. I know that there are many on this forum who do not feel that that is the case but I was a member of another forum where just about everybody felt that way and I had to come off it

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      Hi, I agree with you that everyone should carefully read all the information about their medications and thru discussions with your Dr weigh the benefits and the risks! That's just stating the obvious!

      I seriously feel that most people here would love to be able to prevent Diabetes meds. obviously but the reason there are so many medications to fight it, most can't!

      You may be 1 of the rare or just lucky ones to be able to control yours with exercise and diet, I really wish I could!

      Have you thought that alot of Diabetics have extra problems or a monket wrench thrown at them that make it almost impossible as we feel overwhelmed with life! It's not all about discipline and willpower, it's also about real life problems that drag down even the most disciplined!

      Good luck to you, I truly hope that you can continue in your path and that nothing rears it's ugly head that makes it extremely difficult to continue your path of no medications!

      I wonder if you had added a little compassion in your answer that you may not have offended a few of us! Mind you it's difficult when you can't see body language in writing and you may be a very compassionate person!

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      I meant to get back to you sooner but life got in the way! I am one of those who have additional problems - I am a wheelchair user as a result of polio and also have post-polio syndrome (similar to ME) along with 10 other medically diagnosed health conditions. More importatnly though I have a long term condition affecting the eyes called uveitis and I have it particularly badly. As a result of that I am permanently on steroids and it is because of that I am diabetic, nothing to do with my weight or poor diet or even lack of exercise. I have to say I do get cross when people make assumptions about why someone has developed diabetes and how it can always be treated with diet and exercise. It can't. No matter how compassionate a person is, they should not presume to know how someone else should deal with their medical problems

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