Progress Update


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.


I am not a doctor or health professional. I am just a guy who is working everyday to control Type 2 Diabetes. My goal is to offer hope, help and solutions for day-to-day living for the diabetic. The disease can be controlled. It can be managed. And, you can do it!

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