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Old 03-26-2018, 08:36 PM #1
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Hi,
New to these forums and am dropping by from the Myasthenia Gravis Forum. I was diagnosed last summer and have been dealing with that. I am however a type II diabetic and that has been challenging. I was taking 60 mg of prednisone daily and had been cautioned about its impact on blood sugars. I thought things were going OK because my levels were good in the mornings and evenings when I tested. One day I was in seeing my PCP (late morning) and they tested me and my BS was 500! That landed me in the hospital for a couple of days to sort things out and I was discharged with a “poor man’s” pump. Novolog (short acting) and Basaglar (long acting) insulin. I have managed to get things well under control with a typical day of around 6 blood tests and 7 injections. With all that said, I am still taking 1000 mg of metformin morning and night. I am being weaned off of the prednisone VERY slowly and hope to drop the insulin once I get through with it but at this point it seems redundant to be using both. I do not have an endocrinologist (yet) so I was wondering if anyone had any experience or thoughts about using both control methods simultaneously?
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If you don't already know do some research on the magnesium and insulin connection.

I have just read an article by Dr. Sircus where he says that Magnesium is necessary for the action and manufacture of insulin. And vice versa, without insulin magnesium is not transported from our blood into our cells where it is most needed. So insulin is not just responsible for regulating sugar entry into the cells but also magnesium. Magnesium deficiency is associated with insulin resistance.

This reminds me of the young woman in the room with me at my last rehab, she was 33, insulin dependent and was found to almost have no magnesium in her system. The rehab was giving her mag every day but she must have gone a long time not knowing she was diabetic. She was involved in a terrible auto accident and lost one leg below her knee. Tragic and a mother of 3.

I don't deal with diabetes but keep on top of B.S. levels. And am interested in a lot of health issues and finding pieces to puzzles of health issues.
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When I was in the hospital, there was a man who refused to take Metformin. I asked him why and he told me it makes him feel really bad. So he refused it.


What exactly does it do?
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Metformin can be used to manage Type 2 diabetes.

It mainly works by blocking synthesis of glucose by the liver (a process called gluconeogenesis).

It also increases insulin sensitivity, enhancing peripheral glucose uptake.
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