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RachelChile
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How fast can you bring your blood sugar down

Hi.  I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in August of this year and in the first two weeks of treatment and diet (no medication), I brought my blood sugar down from 270 to 180.  The doctor started me on metformin after that, and today I tested my glucose again, and it had only fallen to 156.  I'm counting calories and carbs, have lost weight, and am exercising pretty regularly.  Is that a good glucose reduction rate?  Rachel

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Re: How fast can you bring your blood sugar down



RachelChile wrote:

Hi.  I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in August of this year and in the first two weeks of treatment and diet (no medication), I brought my blood sugar down from 270 to 180.  The doctor started me on metformin after that, and today I tested my glucose again, and it had only fallen to 156.  I'm counting calories and carbs, have lost weight, and am exercising pretty regularly.  Is that a good glucose reduction rate?  Rachel



G'day Rachel

 

Welcome to the forum.

 

There are no absolute rules about the speed of improvement; it's a very individual thing. Congratulations on the weight loss. Your blood glucose reduction  progress so far is a bit slow, to be honest, if those numbers are all fasting levels. I would suspect that despite counting carbs, you are still counting too many.

 

I don't mean that as criticism, just as an observation. Maybe we can help with some suggestions to improve things if you give us more specific details of your diet and exercise regimen.

 

While you wait for the others, this may help with some alternative ideas: Getting Started

Cheers, Alan, Type 2, d&e metformin 2000mg, Australia.
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Re: How fast can you bring your blood sugar down


RachelChile wrote:

Hi.  I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in August of this year and in the first two weeks of treatment and diet (no medication), I brought my blood sugar down from 270 to 180.  The doctor started me on metformin after that, and today I tested my glucose again, and it had only fallen to 156.  I'm counting calories and carbs, have lost weight, and am exercising pretty regularly.  Is that a good glucose reduction rate?  Rachel


Hi Rachel, welcome to the boards! :smileyhappy:

 

To bring your fasting numbers from 270 to 156 is about 2 months with only diet and exercise changes is very good progress.  Losing weight is helpful but it's not the only answer to having good numbers.  A lot also depends on your body and the progress of the disease.  It appears as though you were diagnosed with pretty high numbers, so odds are that you've had this disease for a while.  It might take a little more time, but don't feel upset about it because you've made very good progress.

 

Now that you've started the metformin the numbers will probably decrease even more, but metformin takes a while to become fully effective in your system.  Here's more info. on it:  click here 

 

Please read the links below also:  Testing 101 and All About Carbs for more information that you might find helpful.  Testing more often will be a good way for you to gain even better control faster.

 

Lizzy

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Here's some useful links, click on the titles


Testing 101
 
 All About Carbs

Resources For The Un-insured and Discount Medicine and Equipment

LizzyLou Videos



Lizzy's Blog
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morrisolder
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Re: How fast can you bring your blood sugar down

I would tend to agree that you are making good progress, but also think that the more you learn about diabetes, the more quickly  you'll  be able to make even  more progress.  Knwoledge makes a huge difference ans os is worth whatever investment of time and energy it takes to learn and then to apply it

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Pam01
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Re: How fast can you bring your blood sugar down

To the original poster... ARE you talking about fasting blood sugar levels, or are you getting these numbers at random times?
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