Hi LiL MaMa,
That’s great to hear I am not alone on this (well, not ‘great’ because we are too thin but you know what I mean).
I am 40 but I will be 41 in about a week and a half.
For the Met, well, since I have no insurance I don’t go to the dr. often to avoid costs. (I need to switch to a low cost clinic here but I am trying to find one). I didn’t want to go on the Met at diagnosis because I hated the idea of being on pills everyday (I hate swallowing them too!) but my dr. was freaked about the ‘higher level’ A1C so he made me all worried (since I had not a clue at that time how to do this) so I caved. I wanted to the diet and exercise thing. But know, I haven’t actually asked about getting off the Met yet. I did send my new doctor (not a cheap doctor) my new A1C which I had done free at CVS so he knows what it is (hopefully he looked at it) and did refill my prescription.
He did say to me that since I am so thin that this is likely genetic (which it is) and I will probably be on Met for the rest of my life. I didn’t ask him about getting off it but I did ask the first doctor who diagnosed me but he was used to dealing my patients who are overweight and do not do low carb and control their numbers so he said that he had only seen one person go off - but I don’t think he had a lot of experience with different types of diabetics. Mind you this was a low cost clinic in an urban neighborhood where the doctors there see alot of poor patients who eat very poor diets so they have probably not much success, as he said.
I don’t know if I believe this - because it is genetic means you are stuck on meds for your whole life but it is hard to find a doctor who might think otherwise. I mean, all T2 is genetic and the lifestyle kicks it of (or age in my case). If I had money and insurance, I would have no qualms about going from doctor to doctor until I found a more "open-minded’ one. But right now I am kinda stuck.
My cousin who also has diabetes and probably the same bad genes as me (except she was very overweight) did go down on her Met prescription. I take 500 2x a day and she was doing the same and she is now down to one dose but her A1C is higher than mine because she doesn’t pay attention to her carbs as much like I do. She came off the second dose after a year I believe. I am hoping it will be similar with me. It would be nice to at least go down to one day.
I eat alot of the same meals now to make it easier on me so I stopped calculating for every meal but at the beginning was I was coming up with a meal plan. I have some of the old stuff written down and I looks like (depending on lunch and dinner, breakfast is always the same) I was at 35 to 40 carbs a day. If i had a portion for beans for dinner it coudl be more, but I need the beans for the folic acid plus I like beans! I normally eat beans now when I am in the 70s or 80s before dinner if I am higher I go with a lower carb veggie burger (no bun).
Right now, I think my carbs might be bit higher as I am eating more snacks in the afternoon and I swtiched some of my breakfast stuff and it look like my breakfast which was 11 carbs before is now 17 (but my protein is higher which I need).
Keep in mind that before I changed and was diagnosed - I ate mostly bread, pasta and potatoes. So I am not suprised that I had an A1C of 9.2 with all the carbs I ate. So even though my carbs at not super duper low like I was keeping them at the beginning, my numbers are still staying good. I think the Met has something to with it too.
Don’t know if this is just me but I often notice if I include something new into my diet routinue that if it has carbs I might have a higher number at first but than if I eat it regular after that it doesn’t effect me that much - this might just be a crazy fluke but I honestly see this.