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Your body and you will need time to adjust, it's a big thing and the regieme itself can change your life. Take one day at a time. It's down to you to make the decision on how you wish to control it. Diet can be really effective if it is managed carefully but it depends on how high your sugar levels are. Have a chat with your GP, they should be able to give you all of the facts so you can make an informed choice.
I could see the GP again, but he's referred me on to the practise nurse, who was really helpful, and I'm seeing her again in the week so can get more advice then, (and if need be go back to the GP after that.)
Just wondering what people's experiences were iykwim.
My mum was on this and recently came off it after it made her ill.It also made my uncle ill and they have heard of others with the same prob who are not related to my family.It caused or rather is believed to have caused colonitis([prob spelt wrong) which made my mother so ill it was not known if she would be coming home in a car or a box. Be v.careful of this drug and research thorougly before taking it as there are alternatives.Also keep an eye on your health if you do take it.
Not an expert but i believe that metformin although prescribed in the first instance to help control blood sugars, it is actually very useful as it has very protective properties for the heart and as diabetics are more prone to heart problems/ stroke etc, it is given with that in mind.
You sound like you need more information in order to make up your mind, your practice nurse will be a great source of information and support to you, see her and quiz her, often have much more time and are far better educated about such things than busy GP's.
How good is your diet now ? If theres a lot of processed carbs and sugar, then you have a good chance of getting your HbA1c down. If you are already eating 5 a day, have little white bread, biscuits etc, then its prob less likely that diet alone will do it as theres just not so much scope for improvement.
But its not a one way street - you can start on Metformin to help you get your glucose levels down, lose weight, exercise more, eat a low GI diet, and then if your glucose levels and HbA1c come right down, you might be able to taper the Metformin off.
My parents are both on Metformin amongst other diabetes drugs and insulin, but in 10 years on Metformin mum hasn't had any greater problem than wind.
Thanks ckitty. I'm seeing the prac nurse at the moment. The surgery also use a pharmacist, not sure what the setup is - I know she does checks, but tbh I won't see her.
That's an interesting one cmot. I've lost some weight recently, and these last 3/4 months I've put some effort into eating better (rather than just consuming fewer calories iykwim) and doing some exercise, but there is still a lot of room for improvement, and August being school holidays, I did regress somewhat.
The pharmacist did ask if I drank much and she looked disappointed when I told her I rarely drink , cos she said that could make a big difference. I know what she was saying but it was her face, lol.