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MixedGrains wrote:I don't have an opinion on when your husband can stop taking his metformin -- in my world view that's really something that only he can decide, in consultation with but not necessarily with the agreement of his doctor.
However, I am somewhat in the same boat, so I can tell you some of the considerations I'm considering.
I have lost about 110lbs so far since starting a plant-based diet, and my diabetes is now very much under control (A1C 5.3, fasting blood sugars in the 90s) even though I'm still grossly obese with another 100 pounds to lose before I can even start wondering what my healthy goal weight should be. I took the "call 1-800-BAD DRUG" diabetes med (Avandia) for about five years before transitioning to Januvia and then -- some months later -- convincing my Dr. I didn't need it any more after starting to eat plants -- but I'm still on the Metformin, as I was all along.
Do I still need it? Well, my doctor thinks so, and though I'm not as convinced, my research tells me Metformin is the safest and most effective of the diabetes meds, and I've never had any side effects from it. So -- although I fully intend to get off it -- my sense of urgency is low, and right now, it's more important to me to keep my doctor in a cooperative spirit so I can get the lipids tests and such that I want/need when I want/need them. It's also the case that my blood sugar numbers could still be better; and I expect to see them improve further as I lose more weight (perhaps not a factor for your husband). Whether they improve or not, I figure there's plenty of time to revisit this as my doctor starts to believe my various improvements are not a temporary fluke.
I am aware that if Dr. McDougall or another one of the plant doctors was in charge of my care, they'd be more likely to stop medications first and then monitor closely just to make sure that doesn't cause any problems. But the "monitor closely" is a key part of that plan, and outside the very small plant-strong medical bubble, good luck finding a doctor willing to play it that way! So I'm dealing with the reality of the medical care I have, not the medical care I might wish I had. My current doctor has promised to look at reducing or eliminating some of my blood pressure meds at our next visit, that's progress as far as I'm concerned. I don't feel any need for haste in eliminating well-tolerated meds, as long as I'm making steady progress toward a more meds-free life.
Hope this perspective is useful in some way!
nordgirl wrote:I think the best thing about getting off the meds is that now that we don't have it to fall back on it really encourages us to do our very best on the diet and exercise (45 min. a day mon-fri). I think that subconsciously we were using the meds as an excuse to go off the diet more than we should have been.
ETeSelle wrote:nordgirl wrote:I think the best thing about getting off the meds is that now that we don't have it to fall back on it really encourages us to do our very best on the diet and exercise (45 min. a day mon-fri). I think that subconsciously we were using the meds as an excuse to go off the diet more than we should have been.
I think that's often the case w/ drugs! I know my mom sees NO reason to give up dairy since her cholesterol is now "normal" on Lipitor. I don't understand that mentality! Keep us posted on hubby's progress!
nordgirl wrote:I just read your testimonial, what an inspiring story. You look amazing. Thanks to you, I've just decided to quit coffee cold turkey, 2 week headache here we come! I say that because I quit that way when I found out I was pregnant and that was the result.
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