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What Happens When You Stop Taking Metformin?


Saturday December 16, 2006


A quick update - my blood glucose level has remained low and fairly consistent over the last few days, almost as it was when I was taking Metformin.  When I looked around the Internet for information about what happens when I stop taking Metformin, I found almost nothing, just some vague references in a discussion group or two.  Well, although I am just one case, you can see what has happened to me.  Just remember for this and everything else that happens to me, my body is probably much different than yours, and your body is much different than everyone else, so the effects of diet and exercise may affect you differently.  Having said that - I stopped taking Metformin about ten days ago.  At first, as I reported, my BG went a little haywire.  It was still within the extremes of the normal range, but it was way beyond my own personal range that I had experienced over the last few months.  It took about a week to stabilize and still has a little more to go, but I think I will be able to get my blood sugar levels back to normal (for me) again.  I guess that is my body's way it reacted.  At first it was saying, "where is that Metformin stuff?  I have had all this help creating insulin myself, now I have to do more work again.  Once it got back on track (after a few days), it began to create the insulin (although still not perfectly) to stay within the normal ranges. Now it is getting back to a normal work routine (or as normal as a diabetic can be) and as long as I do my part, it should stay that way.


Do not be fooled.  I am not cured of diabetes.  I still have to maintain my diet and exercise routine every day in order to keep this up.  I know that if I go off my diet or if I stop exercising, my BG will soar again.  My doctor made a joke that "maybe you have cured yourself" - but it is not a joke.  I am only cured as long as I maintain this "healthy" lifestyle.  However, I do hope that this does give some hope out there for those of you recently afflicted by this disease.  I came down from a BG of 342 in 5 1/2 months and I am now consistently in the 80s and 90s without medications.  It is not easy, but you can do it too (now the harder part is to maintain this for the rest of my life).  If you have any questions, please write to me using the email below.


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