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Aug 17, 2019 - 2:08:11 PM
4625 posts since 9/5/2006

about 3 years ago dr put me on a pill (metformin) for my sugar ,,, since last august i have lost 35 lbs and my blood sugar is running in the low 90s sometimes within 3 hours after i eat...
has anyone actually come off metformin after weight loss and their sugar stat normal because they lost weight? just wondering if i should suggest to reduce or get off of the pill... its 1000 mg.



terry m

Aug 17, 2019 - 5:11:07 PM
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Brian T

Canada

15612 posts since 6/5/2008

What's your hA1c, the 3 month blood sugar average number? Don't know what your number in the 90's could mean.
Normal hA1c is between 7 and 5.

I take 2 x 500 mg Metformin daily. Over the years, I've watched the hA1c slide down and down.
For the last 4-5 years, I see less than 7. Last number, last week, was 5.6.

Often, substantial weight loss reduces the need for Metformin control. Biochemical fact.

It is my considered opinion that your need for Metformin ( in view of the weight loss) needs to be re-evaluated.

Aug 17, 2019 - 8:57:38 PM
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Tommy5

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You should allows have a doctor re- evaluate your meds after losing a great deal of weight. Losing that kind of weight can change your metabolism and the dosage of meds, may have to change . I know a fellow who was on blood pressure meds, he lost over a hundred pounds but never changed the meds or dosage. He suffered a brain stroke and never fully recovered. Check with your doc. not the Banjo Hangout.

Aug 17, 2019 - 10:09:59 PM
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Omeboy

USA

2058 posts since 6/27/2013

Asking for medical advice on the BHO is like asking for investing advice at the local soup kitchen. Go over your diabetes history with your doctor-------not a bunch of banjo players.

Aug 18, 2019 - 12:11:09 AM
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Bill Rogers (Moderator)

USA

22217 posts since 6/25/2005

EXACTLY. Each of us is different and so are our doctors. If you want a second opinion, find a respected M.D. , not a banjo player.

Aug 18, 2019 - 3:27:11 AM
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4625 posts since 9/5/2006

but but i thought banjo players knew everything..... just ASKING if anyone else has had this::::
"has anyone actually come off metformin after weight loss ?

and the low 90s figure is what my numbers have been checking my sugar daily with my fancy sugar checking machine

A1C was 6.4   down from 6.8 a year ago



terry m

Edited by - 1935tb-11 on 08/18/2019 03:33:46

Aug 18, 2019 - 3:29:49 AM

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I agree that this is not the place for professional medical advice. But it is a great place to find a large group of intelligent and articulate middle aged to elderly men. So if you are looking for somebody similar with personal experience of losing weight and coming off metformin - so confirming that it's a possibility to discuss with your doctor then there's nowhere better.

Aug 18, 2019 - 4:47:14 AM

Texasbanjo (Moderator)

USA

23177 posts since 8/3/2003
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I would definitely talk to my doctor about the pill you're taking and your weight loss. It might be from the medication, it might be from something else, but finding out would be a priority for me.

Aug 18, 2019 - 7:30:25 AM
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bubbalouie

Canada

12600 posts since 9/27/2007

1935tb-11 Terry, All the people that don't have diabetes that have answered here are worried for you health. The people that do, all agree that losing weight is the answer. If you weigh 100 lbs & are over 6 feet maybe not a good idea.
If you are overweight losing weight will help for sure. I was on 4 Metformin pills a day & they said I might have to go on the insulin needle. I lost 50 pounds & now I take one a day. Half in the morning & half with supper.
Losing the extra pounds will help your blood pressure & overall health anyway.
I see you are 1 year older than me so we're in the same boat.
We measure blood sugar differently here in Canada but I'm sure both graphs line up.
Do you test your own blood sugar? That's a good way to tell you where you are & what foods are raising or lowering it.

If you get a tester test your blood before & after a few meals a day & record it.
Take those results to your Doctor & they will adjust your meds accordingly.
We get our blood tested every 3 months & that is the average for that time period.
I split one 500 mg. pill so 1000mg. seems high. Are you watching your carbs? Weight loss alone may not make that much difference if you're not eating right.
We had to learn to read the nutritional values on the back of every product . Do you have that down there? I look at the back of everything for Carbohydrates/ Glucides.
Even things that are good for you like fruit are full of carbs. When I started watching my diet I started eating more fruit. Fruit sugar is sugar. All the tasty stuff is bad for you!

The short answer to you original question is YES some people have come off the pill through weight loss & Diet. Congratulations on losing the 35 Pounds! Keep up the good work & talk to your Doctor.
I hope that 3 years ago wasn't the last time! Take Care Buddy!

Aug 18, 2019 - 8:03:27 AM
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2578 posts since 7/28/2015

My mother was able to get off insulin and metformin when she lost weight. I think it was also pretty important that she stayed on a very low glycemic index diet.

Aug 18, 2019 - 11:16:56 AM
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figmo59

USA

29192 posts since 3/5/2008

I'm not a Dr. ....
But by all means ..YOU ARE YOUR BEST ADVOCATE...
Ask your Dr. ....
If you are notsatisfied.. get another Profeshanal opinion..

I have had to have a few stiff conversations with mine in the past..

Most have been resonable..
A few were not.. a couple got replaced.. ( they were ..killin me...)
Seriously...

Aug 19, 2019 - 5:58:02 AM
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4625 posts since 9/5/2006

well i been on this same dosage for 2 years,,,, last year i had got up too 274lbs or 19.57 stones . as of 2 weeks ago on the drs. scale i was 237lbs (5'9") frame,,, always been a husky built guy. i felt my best at 200 lbs with a 35 inch waist,, but that was 20 years ago. and my sugar checks in the 90s consistently even a few hours after eating . so i think i am on the right track... i am doing 2 -1000 mgs of metformin a day. i am one of those that believe the less drugs the better ,, so if i have a case for reduction or removing them,, i am going to bring this to the doctor ....

 

basically what i hve done on my weight loss is tuna and crackers for lunch,,, the rest of the day is pretty normal.. breakfast sandwich and a normal supper... i just have cut down the portion sizes... instead of 2 plates now its just one plate,,,  and i do 2 jugs of low sodium V8 juice every week....   and pink grapefruit for snacks. and thats it.

Edited by - 1935tb-11 on 08/19/2019 06:06:31

Aug 19, 2019 - 1:30:54 PM
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Brian T

Canada

15612 posts since 6/5/2008

Terry: Take great pride in what you have done. Lots of other people would like to be in the same place.

I had a neighbor, built like Shrek but pink color and human ears.
He was eating handfuls of Metformin.
Lost 125 lbs.
No more Metformin.

Aug 19, 2019 - 7:12:31 PM
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Omeboy

USA

2058 posts since 6/27/2013

I knew a woman who lost 260 pounds of ugly fat in two days-----she got a divorce.

Edited by - Omeboy on 08/19/2019 19:12:51

Aug 20, 2019 - 7:03:48 AM
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DeanT

USA

36193 posts since 7/28/2005

I am not diabetic, I know very little about it, and don't know anything about the meds for it. However, I am an older athlete (marathon runner, triathlete) and come in contact with 100's of other fitness fanatics often. This is one of the recurring themes I hear over and over: dietetic, doc says loose weight, cleaned up diet, started exercising, lost a ton off weight, clean bill of health, off all meds. A very high percentage of older endurance athletes, came into the various sports, for this very reason.

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