The Best and Worst Times to take Metformin

Please note that this particular post is about my personal experience with metformin. All information provided is not a medical diagnosis or treatment. Please seek a medical professional before attempting anything.

when is the best time to take metformin?

 

Why is Timing Important for Metformin?

 

One of the things about taking metformin for diabetes is the timing of it all. We typically monitor our blood sugar levels before we eat and after. The medication we take is supposed to help maintain those levels. So why is timing important?

 

The timing for when you take metformin helps to maintain regular blood sugar levels. You always want to take metformin with food. If you were to take it on an empty stomach, it would cause some digestive issues, and it may drop your blood sugar.

 

Not sure what metformin is? No worries, check out this post!

 

So when should you take it?

 

For myself, I take metformin after breakfast and after dinner. Doing so helps maintain my levels for the day and which also helps regulate it at night. These instructions are pretty standard practice. Now depending on your numbers, your Doctor may decide to increase your dose, lower your dose, or add a second medication. I have to have a second drug (Glipizide to be exact) which I take 30 minutes before I eat. Metformin and I don’t agree in high dosages.

 

So what’s the worse time to take metformin?

 

On an empty stomach. Seriously guys don’t do it. I learned that lesson the hard way once. It kept me up from sleep and in the bathroom for over an hour. I was miserable, and I would hate for anyone else to have to go through that.

 

Another time that I found doesn’t work out well for me is midday. What I find happens is that my numbers are either regular or too low in the evenings before I have had my dinner. Then in the mornings, my numbers are higher than normal because I don’t really take anything at night when I just took some a few hours earlier. I don’t feel well throughout the day either. In fact, I feel sluggish. I don’t want to eat in the mornings which leads to my first meal being midday. It just seems to throw my whole body clock off.

 

Do what works for you.

 

At the end of the day when you take your meds and how it’s beneficial to you is between you and your doctor. Collaborate together to set the best course of action to get your diabetes under control.

 

What’s your routine for taking your meds?

 

 

 

 

 

What Prescription am I taking?

 

What prescription?

 

One of the common prescriptions that is given for type 2 folks is Metformin (Glucophage). It helps the liver stop producing as much insulin. It tells your bodies cells that have become resistant to insulin, “Hey it’s ok! They’re good for it let’em in.” That way your bodies blood sugar levels can return to normal.

 

Me, Metformin, and its side effects

 

I remember when I was first given metformin. My doctor told me that this might be the only medication that I’ll need….for the rest of my life.  Granted I’m sure there are many out there that would be ok with having one thing to take. I wasn’t excited to hear that. Since I’m younger than most typical cases, catching it early could mean a better chance to reverse it. She warned me that it’s common to have some gastrointestinal reactions to it (think spicy Mexican food aftermath). So I take 500 mg twice a day with food.

 

But we all know there are longer term effects too..

 

The thing about metformin is that the longer you take it, the more you can “possibly” have complications, like liver failure…

 

I’m sorry what? Oh did I mention kidney failure too AND high blood pressure. We all know what high blood pressure comes with? You got it! More medication! Then that medication has it’s side effects and depending on how you react to it, you may need more medication to help the previous medication. It just turns into this crazy cycle of pill popping every hour of every day just to keep your body going.

Is that any way to live?

 

Meanwhile, the pharmaceutical industry is sitting back counting millions if not more.

 

Don’t get me wrong. I do have an appreciation for modern medicine, and I know that some things right now need the help of medication. I believe modern medicine should be a temporary measure. There are a lot of things out there that we can manage and prevent ourselves. We need to take responsibility for our well-being. I know metformin will people get a handle on their blood sugar.  Metformin is like training wheels. You take until you can manage on your own. That way YOU have a handle on your blood sugar. These medications are a way to help you gain the discipline for blood sugar management. It will help save money in the long run and those funds can be used to help health conscious options across the nation.

 

Metformin is only one of the medications prescribed to diabetics. We’ll talk about those later on, but I wanted you to have an idea of what you’ll be dealing with (if you aren’t already).

 

What are your experiences with Metformin? Do you take it? Just started? Talk to me below and let me know how you feel!

 

Simple Things Every Diabetic Needs to Succeed

 

What Items Fit Diabetic Needs?

 

Today I wanted to go over some things that every diabetic needs or could use on a day to day basis. Although this is catered to type 2 folks, a lot of these apply to type 1 as well! These are items that all of us should keep on your person. Most of them are no-brainers, but it doesn’t hurt to highlight them.

 

1. Medication

 

A lot of the meds that you take needs to be with food. If you’re like me, and breakfast ends up being at your desk, then you want to keep this on hand. Same for in the evenings. Sometimes I don’t always make it home for dinner but may end up grabbing something with friends or coworkers. You want to be sure that you can still take your meds on time.

 

    2. Glucose Meter

 

Whether you’re a vet or a newbie, I suggest this for you as well. Why? Well, it helps to know where you are. You’d be surprised how much your blood sugar levels affect you. Ever been super cranky and you didn’t know why? Check your numbers. It very well could be a result of it. It also helps to keep track of where you are throughout the day especially before and after meals. Doing this is especially important if you’re just starting out.

 

    3. Journal/App

 

A journal is a great way to keep track of your numbers. It helps you to see where you’re consistent. It’s also helpful for your doctor as well. I mainly use an app, but as a stationary nerd, it would be a lie to say I don’t write it down too. The current app I use is Sugar Sense by MedHelp. It’s available in both the Apple App Store and Google Play. You can set reminders, document what meds you take, and it even exports your report so you can print them out and bring them to your doctor. It’s a great looking app too, and there’s a lot it can do.

 

    4. Hard Candy and Juice

 

I’m sure the eyebrows are up right now. Why would a diabetic need these things? Having these items is more for emergencies. It’s like insurance if you will. Let’s face it, life happens. Unfortunately, your body doesn’t stop for that. Food is our fuel, our gas for our cars. What happens when a car runs out of gas? It’s the same for your body. Sugar is needed. It’s what helps to provide us energy. The juice and hard candy are to help get some sugar in your system to tie you over until you can eat. You suck on the hard candy when you feel hungry, but can’t get to food right away. The juice is for when you’re past that point and the shakes set in. Liquids get into your blood a lot faster than food. Try not to gulp it all down at once. Just keep sipping until you start to feel better. I usually get the small juice packs. I still check the label to make sure it doesn’t have all of the added junk it. If that’s not available soda is also a quick way but I caution you to get the travel cans (the small ones). You only need a little bit. Grabbing a 20oz is over doing it.

 

These are just the basics. There’s a lot of different ways to get yourself setup for success.

 

What are some things that you keep on hand? Share below!

 

 

 

 

Don’t Let Fear Get in the Way of Getting Checked

 

Get checked. It’s important

 

Ok so we know what diabetes is. You have an idea of the starter medication that you’ll take and some of the side affects. Are you planning on getting checked? When should you get checked?

 

The Symptoms

Common diabetes symptoms include having to pee a LOT, being super thirsty (I call it Sahara desert mouth syndrome), hunger, weight gain, unusual weight loss, and fatigue.

The biggest thing that I noticed when I decided to get checked was I was ALWAYS in the bathroom. It didn’t matter if I had something to drink or not, every hour I was going. I also noticed that I had this weird dry mouth thing happening (Sahara desert mouth syndrome). It was like I was always thirsty and whatever I drank wasn’t enough. Thirst is the worst thing for me to have because my weak point with the cutting out a lot of sugar are drinks. I have a serious sweet tooth when it comes to drinks. It’s how I’ve been able to go without eating sugary things. Traded one demon for another. So every time I got thirsty I’m reaching for some juice or sweet tea and sometimes coffee. Every now and then I’d reach for a soda but could stop drinking them when I wanted. I’m sure doesn’t matter if I’m drowning in Hawaiian punch.

 

I fell into this cycle of drinking sugar, then running to the bathroom, then drinking more sugar. Sleeping through the night was impossible without going to the bathroom at least 3 times. I started to think about it being something more. Even the dry mouth started to keep me up at night because it was so uncomfortable. I had to sleep with a water bottle under my pillow just to get through the night.

 

I ignored the symptoms for a while

 

A conversation with my dad that had me thinking it was time to get checked. I asked him how he went from a pre-diabetic stage to full type 2 diabetes. After a while he gave me a run down of what the body does to let you know. He said that with all the excess sugar in your body what ever doesn’t get used ends up doing 1 of 2 things. It’s either stored as fat, which then adds more weight to your body. That ends up being more work for your organs to process things and it gets tired out. Or your body tries to get rid of all the excess sugar. You guessed it, by flushing it out of your system. When your always thirsty, your drink more. If you drink more, you pee more. Diabetes plays a role in your eye health as well so sometimes it’ll even come out through your tear ducts. Ever wonder why your eyes are watering up and leaking?  Not so random.

 

I finally went to the doctor

 

So anyways after that chat with dad, I made an appointment. I had spent the last 2 months running to the bathroom all the time, dying of thirst, and getting no sleep. If  working out was an interest I had zero energy to do it.  It was this vicious cycle that was wearing me out. Did I mention that during those sleepless nights sometimes I would eat? Yup! After being up so long I would get hungry. Throw in my Sahara desert syndrome and you’ve got the perfect recipe for unknown diabetes to drive you crazy.

 

I had been putting off going to the doctor because I was scared. I’d watched so many people around me fight illnesses. I’ve seen home pharmacies created. People hooked up to machines or in the doctors office every other week. I had always struggled with my weight (more in my head than in real life) but never thought that I would get sick. I thought I was immune to some degree. Getting checked meant that I could end up the same way. Having my own pharmacy and being attached to machines the rest of my life.

 

I struggled with the thought. Getting checked meant facing the fact that I may have a disease. It would also put all the attempts at losing weight and being healthy to shame. How could I post all these healthy meals I made if I ended up with diabetes anyways? I realized later that the fear I had was facing the fact that I wasn’t consistent with my health or dedicated. It brought to life all the reality that when I was out I would eat whatever. I didn’t have the discipline to try and eat better. To get checked means facing my failures.

 

But no failure is worth my life.

 

My doctor was pretty confident about my diagnosis just from my urine test because there was so much sugar in it. Of course they still did the blood test but the sugary pee was the least of my problems. My numbers were really high, too high in fact. The “good news” is that it’s caught early enough for me to make a change. Now I didn’t have this huge coming to Jesus moment. I won’t lie and say I pulled a complete 180. Everything I eat is not organic and whole. I haven’t quit sugar quite yet.

 

I still struggled. When people brought junk to work potlucks or donuts just because I still ate them. I still eat fast food, candy, and drink beverages loaded with sugar. I took my meds religiously then kind of fell into the “if I remember” routine. I’m not perfect.

 

You are not alone

 

If there’s anyone out there with a similar situation I’m telling you, begging you even, to get checked. Diabetes is a silent killer for a reason. Some people don’t even have symptoms. Don’t worry if you’re not sure or if it’s something that runs in your family, it doesn’t hurt to add it as part of your check up routine. When it comes to your health knowledge is power. If going to the doctor makes you nervous, have a friend or family member go with you. Make it a part of your annual physical. At least if you know, it’s something you can get a jump on or stay in front of. Know that you’re not alone. Know that it’s not easy for me either but we can’t keep doing what we used to do. What we used to do is what got us here. It’s going to be hard. You’re going to have to really gain control of yourself, but we can do it! This disease is something we can take charge of and beat. Don’t be afraid to find out.

 

How did you find out about your diagnosis? Did you have symptoms? Feel free to share below I’d love to hear your stories!

Let’s Stop Diabetes Together!

 

What is type 2 Diabetes?

 

Type 2 diabetes is a condition where your body is becoming resistant to insulin (the stuff that helps move sugar into your blood cells). To help your cells accept the insulin, we take medication. I’m sure most of you know these things but it doesn’t hurt to cover the basics.

 

But there’s 2 of them..

 

Why are there 2 types of diabetes? Well type one is a genetic disorder. The pancreas produces very little insulin. Because of this those with type 1 have to manually take insulin. This disorder is a genetic mutation.  Type 2 can happen at a late age although it’s affecting people younger everyday with the rise of obesity. Being overweight can cause your pancreas to tire out and over produce insulin. On top of that a diet filled with carbs and sweets and you’ve got a body riddled with sugar and not enough insulin. When you’ve had too much to eat what do you do? Stop…except for holidays like thanksgiving where you just have to get in one more bite.

 

So your body makes too much insulin to help your cells use the sugar but your cells are not taking in any. If you’re not making enough, it could be you’ve already got so much in your system your body starts to reject it. Either way, too much sugar in your blood can cause a lot of damage to your body. Yes it’s needed, but if it’s not being used or there’s just way to much, there’s not a lot your body can do. That’s where myself and a lot of people in the US are at right now. Type 2 diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in America. We’ve become so saturated with sugar that our bodies are starting to quit on us. I’m only 26. I was diagnosed 6 months ago right before Christmas. Great present right?

 

The struggle has been real

 

I’ve struggled these last 6 months. I keep thinking that it’s all about what I’m eating but it’s more than that. If I want a bacon cheeseburger I can have it! Yet if said cheeseburger has a 1/2 pound patty, I’m pretty sure that’s overkill. So here I am, so sweet and full of sugar! My life depends on truly being able to take control of my health and I intend to do just that. That’s why I want to fight. Lets show people that this is something that can be done. I refuse to be condemned to a life of pill popping when I am in control of how I take care of myself. It will not be easy but lets beat this!

 

Anyone else with me?