Let me start by saying it’s ok. Well, it’s not ok, but I’m not judging you. Why? Well, I’m still trying to get my blood sugar under control. I’m not afraid to say so. I didn’t start this site to gloat about how great I am about managing my diabetes. I did, however, want to shed some light on it so that others who are struggling know that it’s ok, and you should keep trying. Bad blood sugar management happens.
So what happens if your blood sugar gets out of control?
Well, there are a couple of things that can happen. If your blood sugar drops too low, you could develop Hypoglycemia aka “the shakes”. If you’ve never experienced the shakes, it’s like when you feel you’re going to faint. Or that feeling when you get so hot that you just want to go to sleep. Typical a sugary drink will help to bring your sugar levels back up. The only problem is that if you’re not careful, you may over do it. I know I’ve had a few moments where I started binge eating to get my levels up, and I ended up making myself sick.
What if it gets too high?
This is called hyperglycemia. I know right? Hypo, hyper? That’s not confusing at all. Without trying to get too scientific on you guys, it’s when you don’t have enough insulin to process the amount of sugar in your blood. If this goes unchecked, you could eventually end up in a diabetic coma. We definitely don’t want that!
As much as it doesn’t seem to affect you, it’s vital that you manage your blood sugar as best as you can. The type of complications that come with bad blood sugar management is a lot worse than simply checking yourself a few times a day and adjusting what you eat. If you’re not careful about staying on top of your blood sugar levels, it could lead to more medication, and the possibility of being on it for life.
What are some experiences you’ve had with managing your blood sugar? Have you had any complications? Feel free to share your thoughts below!
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.
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.
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.
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!