I ate loads of carbohydrates, and very little else, as a child and young adult, and was sedentary. As a result, I got type 2 diabetes. Now, as a 74-year-old, I am dealing with high BG in the mornings, but more reasonable readings later in the day.
I think the problem is with Metformin, which I’m currently taking at 1000mg per day.
In addition, I’m eating a ketogenic diet and it should be working. My BG readings should be lower. They are never below 110.
About a half year ago I was on the maximum Metformin dosage (2000mg), and my BGs were high all the time. My doctor wanted to move on to stronger medicines, eventually ending up with insulin.
I decided this couldn’t go on, and I went on a ketogenic diet.
With my doctor’s permission, I reduced my Metformin over a month or so while starting my diet. It took 3-4 months, so I had to be very patient, but I achieved readings from 110-120 in the morning, and normal A1C readings. My peripheral neuropathy (tingling and numbness) began to reverse.
I decided to add Metformin back after awhile, but I’m wondering if it is causing long-term insulin resistance and causing morning readings as high as 163. My doctor wants me to take more Metformin.
Yes, I’m in ketosis. My net carbs are below about 20 per day. My doctor says he doesn’t really understand ketosis, but he knows that Metformin is good for me.
I’m also worried about Metformin damaging my kidneys, as they already are at 50% functioning, probably due to cancer chemotherapy a couple of years ago.
Anyone have any expert insights into whether I should take Metformin while in ketosis and with kidney disease? No guesses, please. I can guess enough by myself .