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Can I ask you a few questions? I am interested how long you have been diabetic and if your blood sugar has been trending upward?

I ask because you are just slightly above the high end of the "normal" range at 6.3, but it may be worrisome to your doctors if it took a big jump or if it has been trending upward and they want to halt the trend.

In most labs, the normal range is 4-5.9 %, according to MedicineNet.com. In poorly controlled diabetes, its 8.0% or above, and in well controlled patients it's less than 7.0%.

The American Diabetes Association currently recommends an A1c goal of less than 7.0%, while other groups such as the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists recommend a goal of less than 6.5%.

You mentioned that you haven't been feeling well on the higher dose of Metformin. I wanted to give you a list of side effects of the drug so you could compare your symptoms. This is from drugs.com:

"Get emergency medical help if you have any of these symptoms of lactic acidosis: weakness, increasing sleepiness, slow heart rate, cold feeling, muscle pain, shortness of breath, stomach pain, feeling light-headed, and fainting. Stop using metformin and get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

"Call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:
--feeling short of breath, even with mild exertion;
--swelling or rapid weight gain; or
--fever, chills, body aches, flu symptoms.
--Less serious side effects may include:
--headache or muscle pain;
--weakness; or
--mild nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, gas, stomach pain.

Does this information help?

December 3, 2009 - 9:33am


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