Iam 42yrsold male my recent Hba1c is 7.6% my company is asking me to reduce it to normal within 20 days with medicine , if i take medicine my daily sugar goes to hypo what is the best medicine. cyril
I agree : Check out Dr. Bernstein and Jenny Ruhl. Everything you need to know about glucose Intolerance, pre- diabetes and diabetes.
Interview with Bernstein on "Carbohydrates Can Kill" (Dr. Su)
Ruhl was on Jimmy Moore's show recently. Very interesting stuff! Conventional Wisdom in Diabetes is even worse than in USDA Food Pyramid CW.
There are meds that force insulin out of the pancreas - too much is what causes hypos. Other meds (like metformin) reduce insulin resistance in the liver and don't cause hypos. Metformin may not be enough. Test frequently, and watch your carbs. If you are getting hypos, then reduce the meds.
I strongly recommend that you read Dr. Bernstein's Diabetes Solution.
Here is some good inf on various diabetes meds:
Given that A1C presents an average of your blood glucose control over time, can even medication change your A1C reading that drastically, that fast, in a reliable manner? That sounds like someone misunderstanding what the test represents (or purposefully setting inappropriate goals). Even if medication (or diet/lifestyle change) instantly and totally dropped your blood sugar to normal levels, you're still stuck with the issue of the lifespan of the red blood cell.
I also find it very disturbing that your company is demanding you take medication. While it's certainly a good idea to address health issues, it's a little Big Brother-ish for a workplace to demand it.
Avoid the medicine at cost and get control of your diet. Normally it would take about 3 months to change your A1C reading, medication changing it that fast is manufactured. Get off the carbs. With that high of reading you would appear to be diabetic already.
20 days? Jebus. What are they going to do if you don't? I'm a type 2 diabetic and getting the numbers down takes patience, commitment, and a lot of attentiveness to everything you put in your mouth. My a1c was 10.4 at diagnosis. I got it down to 5.8 in about 3 months with low carb diet and metformin. Exercise, too. it is creeping back up now, but that is another story - I only say it to point out that even perfect compliance with diet and exercise ( and in my case dramatic weight loss) does not nec "cure" the D, which is something many seem to believe. But you can do a LOT with diet and exercise. I got tons of help and support at diabetesforums.com
Getting a hemoglobin A1c of 7.6% down close to normal in 20 days would require a blood exchange (draw off the old glycated blood and replace it with fresh blood from a healthy donor). Tell your company I said so.
(I'm NOT suggesting a blood transfusion!)
My husband is type 2 and when first diagnosed they put him on metformin and a drug called glipizide but the glipizide would make him hypo as well so they took him off of that. He controls his BG with metformin and diet alone now. Has not been able to get off of the metformin though even with a very strict diet.
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