I promised that I would keep you informed about my move away from meds. Just to remind you, during my recent doctor’s appointment after lab work was done, he suggested/told me it was time to consider getting off the Diabetes meds. I was elated and scared. Elated that being off of meds might be an option; scared that I’d have to do it with exercise and diet alone. No more Metformin…my friend…my crutch.
By the way, the only meds I take are ones that most Diabetics are on: Metformin, Lipitor, and an ACE Inhibitor. If the Metformin goes away, so does the ACE Inhibitor and maybe the Lipitor. So, no meds period.
My neighbor gave me a Bowflex machine that was not being used. So, after cleaning up the garage, I moved the Bowflex in, found an owner’s guide online and started to use it based on the beginning level of exercises shown in the manual. I am five days into it. I have used the Bowflex not only for resistance training, but for a bit of cardio by using a rowing function it has – just thought I’d try it.
In two days I was seeing some pretty dramatic improvements. I follow my own advice and test my blood glucose 4 times a day, most days. I am seeing before lunch readings in the mid-80’s – what I normally would get more or less. But, before dinner readings for the last three days have been in the mid-60’s – a 20 point drop. Two hours after dinner I am seeing around 85.
So, it would seem it’s time to reduce the Metformin. I am going to reduce it to 500 mg in the morning and 500 in the evening and see what happens. That would be a total reduction of 250 mg. The goal is to be in the middle of the normal range for the times when I check it. I will probably do this for about two weeks so I can get a decent baseline. If my before dinner numbers remain low, I will cut back the morning to 250 mg.
I want to go about this carefully. But, to get off of meds would be a wonderful thing. And, it will mean that others can do it, too. Wouldn’t it be great to be med free?! To control it from just diet and exercise is just a dream, still a work in progress.
As always, thank you for reading.