My brother has been diagnose with type 2. He has been having trouble lately with some weakness and falling. This happened this past weekend and he spent 3days in the hospital. The hospital was having trouble getting his blood sugar down. The top diabetes doc saw him on the last day and said he never prescribes metformin and glimepiride both to some one with liver disease or compromised liver function, which my brother has.
Any information you may have about these two meds and/or combining them would be appreciated. My stubborn brother does not want to listen to his little sister about seeing a more qualified doc for his diabetes. The hospital doc suggested he might need to be on insulin. By the way he really doesn't exercise much and says his diet is just fine. He lives alone now, so have to take his word on the diet.
Glojer: How's your brother? Is he any better? Sometimes diabetics become insulin resistant and then they need insulin. Metformin is used to make the insulin work better to convert the sugars to energy. Diet is really important for T2's. Do you think he's in denial about this? How heavy is he? He could probably use a good detox of his body.
The Following User Says Thank You to 92261 For This Useful Post: Glojer (05-12-2012)
Thank you 92261 for asking about my brother. He is doing some better, but is still having trouble getting his levels down. He is on insulin now and I think is watching his diet better. I know he is checking his blood sugar regularly now. His weight is down, from when he was diagnosed. No, I don't think he is in denial, I just think he didn't care much or wanted to make the effort to do things right. I think the sicker he got the more he just didn't care. He still insists on seeing his longtime PCP to take care of his diabetes instead of an endocrinologist, but at least he is trying. He has other health issues, so he needs to be more vigilant....at least that is my opinion.
I take Metformin and Glimipiride. Need to be careful still with what I eat. And if so, I am good- 100-120. I am 63 and had type 2 since age 42. It takes a gooid endocrinologist and lots of patience, testing and trying meds. I took Byetta for awhile- it is a shot. I hope this helps.
oh, I would love to have such a caring sister!!!!!!
The Following User Says Thank You to geniemac For This Useful Post: Glojer (05-14-2012)
I hope your brother is doing better. It may be that his regular Doc may not check his sugar or have him bring his meter in to check. Some Docs are lax like this and it makes it easy for the ones who cheat all the time or don't take this serious.
I hope he goes to the specialist because it will be better for him in the long run and they help you deal with it much better especially if your in denial. Good luck, he is lucky to have such a caring sister!
The Following User Says Thank You to sunshine12 For This Useful Post: Glojer (05-14-2012)
geniemac and sunshine12, my brother is 65 and was diagnosed just a couple years ago. He had gained quite a bit of weight at that time. He admitted that he was not checking his sugars 'like he should'. I have been questioning him a lot lately and he told me the docs office could not get his sugar levels below 400. He spent quit a bit of time there as they checked some things out. They decided his meter was broken and gave him a new one. He has lost quite a bit of weight and my daughter and her husband were there today to help him with something and they think he has lost more weight. He fell again today while they were there, but was able to get himself up. He has other health issues, but it seems this type 2 and his blood sugar is the one causing so much trouble. I guess I am going to have to spend a day with him and give him a good talking to and see what is going on....he is my older brother, that will go over well. I agree, he needs to see a good endocrinologist.