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What Should My Blood Sugar Be On Metformin

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Wait Times: How Long Until Your Med Begins Working

Photography by Mike Watson Images/Thinkstock There are many type 2 medications, and each drug class works in the body in a different way. Here’s a quick guide to help you understand how long each drug will generally take to work: These short-acting oral medications, taken with meals, block the breakdown of complex sugars into simple sugars in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. “Simple sugars are more easily absorbed and cause the blood sugar to ultimately go up,” Sam Ellis, PharmD, BCPS, CDE, associate professor in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy at the University of Colorado says. These drugs are minimally absorbed into the blood, so a certain blood level concentration is not necessary for them to work. You will see the effect immediately with the first dose. “You take it before a meal, and with that meal you see the effect,” says George Grunberger, MD, FACP, FACE, President of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists. While researchers aren’t exactly sure how these oral medications work, it’s likely that the meds block some absorption of glucose in the GI tract. “You’ll see most of the effect in the first week with these drugs,” says Ellis. alo Continue reading >>

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  1. babyfaye

    I just started Metformin my blood sugar before breakfast is between 110 and 115 but after breakfast?

    ... it go up between 175 and 194 is this normal new dx with diabetes

  2. butterflylynn

    Babyfaye,
    Yes it is normal that your blood sugars go up after you eat. Have you just started Metformin & are you on any other diabetic medications if so what ?
    I suggest you keep a log of your sugar before & after you eat. Then share those numbers with your doctor & see if they feel the numbers are normal.
    Also are you on the extended release Metformin ER?
    Diabetes is hard to get under control so it is very important that you provide your blood sugar numbers to your doctor. Best of luck & let me know if I can help in any other way. Best of luck, Kathy
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  3. BA babyfaye

    Thank you for ur help I have an appt with the diabetes clinic on the 14th no other meds.

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