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Are there any websites that give a type 2 diabetic on Metformin a good routine? I am struggling with a routine.

There are many helpful websites, but you should get basic information from your doctor about timing of medication, testing, exercise etc.

Metformin should always be taken with meals. Talk to your pharmacist if you have medication questions. Test your blood glucose first thing in the morning. For most people, a range of 90-130 mg/dL is recommended. It is important that you achieve this goal before you begin testing after meals. If you meet morning goals, most people test 2 hours after a meal and less than 180 mg/dL is often advised.

Discuss your blood glucose goals with your doctor. It is always beneficial to exercise, however, one hour after your largest meal often benefits us the most.

Here are a few of my favorite websites:

  • The EatingWell Media Group website — Type in diabetes meal plan for 1,200-, 1,500-, and 1,800-calorie patterns that include some recipes
  • Nutrition411 offers information to registered dietitians  — Visit the Diabetes Center to get basic meal patterns, exercise information and more
  • The Food Network website — Select Healthy Eating in the top menu or type in 30 day meal plan for people with diabetes

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