I started Metformin four days ago.
I'm Type 1, on 10+ injections per day with Insulin Resistance.
Yup, I'm one of those lucky "Double Diabetic" or also known as "Hybrid Diabetic" (except without the cool robot parts)
So, I don't make insulin (have to inject it) but I also have resistance to the insulin that I'm injecting and more than half of what I'm putting in my body is getting wasted, flushed, or attached to my cells and still not working.
This has caused slight weight gain (about 10 lbs over 5 years or so) no matter how much I exercise, as well as some pretty UGLY post prandials. It will take up to 10 HOURS to bring down a high BG and almost anything that I ate would spike my BG, but no amount of insulin would keep it in check.
I've gone up from 32 units / day of Levemir to a split dosage of 27u / 30u = 57 units / day of Levemir over the course of 2 years. That's about a 75% increase in 2 short years.
I exercise daily, walk everywhere, and I'm not fat. I'm actually really fit and I don't have any "love handles" at all.
So... my dilemma. :)
I started Metformin 4 days ago, and those pesky high BGs? Pretty much gone.
When I inject Apidra, it works almost instantly (where previously it was taking even an hour for the fastest insulin to help me)
My Levemir dosage is going to have to come down because where I was fighting off 200s and 300s on a daily basis, I'm now battling 30s and 40s for an hour or two.
It's unreal and I'm so excited to see my numbers come down. I'm so excited to see less spikes.
And an added bonus?? My complexion is clearing up and Metformin is said to make a woman more fertile. It's been in use since the 20s (BEFORE INSULIN) and the only side effects are physical- meaning vomitting and colon issues for a short three weeks until the body gets used to it.
Luckily, I haven't had any side effects as of now.
Currently on 500 mg per day (one pill at lunch time)
I had to fight my Endo for this scrip, show him my progress over the past 5 years with Insulin Resistance, and then demand that I get the scrip that I need.
Putting a Type 1 on Metformin is still considered an experimental treatment because the pill was intended for Type 2s. But as our bodies are evolving, the lines are getting blurred between the difference between the two diseases.
Can't wait to see if this stuff is really going to work and get my insulin needs down~ would love to see more great outcomes!