Hi my friend has been diagnosed as type 2 diabetic and has been put on metformin. She still eats lots of sugar/chocolate. And when I asked her why she's not taking them regular with each meal she told me she's only taking them when she feels like it. I spent a week away with her and she only took 3 tablets in the full week. I'm worried.
When I was diagnosed as a Type 2 diabetic, about 4 years ago, my doctor and I had a 30-minute conversation about the disease, why I had it, and what I had to do to live a "normal" life. A lifetime of eating what "everybody else eats" (I am 65) was obviously WRONG for me... Diabetes is a loaded gun pointed at my head... and it is MY finger on the trigger, no excuses. I made some radical diet/lifestyle changes, took my Metformin 2/day, cut most carbohydrates and sugar (there are many!) from my daily diet, and now weigh less than I did when I finished high school. My Blood Glucose, which I measure daily after an 8-10 hour fast, is now normal. I made some sacrifices in my food intake, but the inevitable results of NOT self-controlling my daily diet, such as irreversible nerve damage, chronic pain, potential amputation of extremities, blindness, kidney failure, all make my dietary changes VERY easy to live with. Emphasis on LIVE! The gun is at my head, my finger is on the trigger, my choice. My reality, hope I helped.
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