New to this forum in Diabetes, here is a little history. I have been battling hypothyroidism for the last 2 years since I stopped smoking back 2009, but have been hypo for 12 years. Needless to say since I quit smoking I have gained weight and am 56 years old. About a year ago, my fasting Glucose has been ranging randomly 100, 86, 95, 89, 103, 106 100, 102. In March I asked for A more detailed test A1C Hemoglobin test which ranged from 6.2, 6, 6.3 6.3 and 6 respectively over a period from March thru Dec 2011. My doctor sayís Iím prediabetic and to start watching my carbs and to start exercising. I showed him my exercise log and he saw no problem there.
I have completely changed my diet to low carb (hardly go over 50-70 total Carb daily not net carb) since July, 2011. Actually, I really enjoy eating this way. I was never a sweet tooth person, but would sometimes go on a binge, but I did love Coke. Since being on the low carb, I donít crave Coke anymore and just have lots of water. Do at least 2.5 hours or more of exercise per week most of the time (includes advance step aerobics, walk/jog, and strength training during those times. Before starting the low carbing, I weighed 176 LB and am now at 162 LBs (itís been very slow, could be due to be hypo thyroid too).
I bought a glucose meter and have been testing during the day. My fasting BG is between 100-115 and my post meal reading is between 87 Ė 129. My problem is always the fasting reading and have been reading up on the Dawn Phenomenon.
I seemed to be doing all the right things, low carbing and exercise and cannot get the fasting reading down.
Do you think I could benefit from Metformin and how much dose should I start out with at my weight? I have printed out materials on the benefit of Met for prediabetes and will discuss with the Doctor but wanted your expert opinion. Awaiting your response eagerly. Thanks.