Hi all. I am joining this forum to share with people experiences about type II diabetes. I am 76 years old woman living in India. I am married and have two kids. The diabetes- runs in the family. My grandfather and his sisters had it, my father developed it very early in age and managed his condition with insulin and lived to 93 years. Both my brothers have diabetes. It appeared in my younger brother, as it did for my father, when he was in his early thirties. It appeared in me and my older brother when we entered our seventies.
G'day and welcome to the forum. Your family background echoes mine. I was totally unaware of how many of my relatives were type 2 until after my own diagnosis.
My pre-diabetic phase started about 8 years ago. I am a medical and clinical biochemist by education. When I realised my condition I did a tour of physicians who refused to accept that there is such a condition and refused to prescribe any medicine except vitamins and antidepressants. Net result I am now a full fledged diabetic case. Currently I am on metformin and glimy twice a day. I am overweight and am getting treated for bad hip joint and knees so am not overactive.
I am not over-active too, primarily because I am lazy
. I presume glimy is glimepride. I hope you don't mind me asking lots of questions; only answer if you are comfortable doing so but it would help us offer more useful suggestions if you add some specific details such as your metformin and glimepride dosage (I am on 2x1000mg daily metformin).
Do you know your present HbA1c? Do you have a home blood glucose meter? If so, how often do you test your blood glucose, what is the timing of those tests related to your meals and what numbers do you usually see? Does your meter give results in mg/dl or mmol/l?
Much more important, as Patti advised, is information about your usual way of eating. Do you follow a veg or non-veg way of eating? Could you describe a typical day's menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner with usual portion sizes, side dishes and drinks?
Read this to see why I ask all those questions: Getting Started
. I know you are not brand new but those ideas will be new to you.
Recently I heard about a slow release metformin
I'll leave comment on slow release metformin for those who have used it. I never had the side effects because I was already eating much lower carb by the time I added metformin.