Can diabetic neuropathy be prevented?
Q: I am 35 years old diagnosed with diabetes last year. I have a baby aged 3 and a half years. My blood sugar levels are most of the time normal (fasting 100, PP breakfast around 140 or less). But sometimes it goes to around 165 or so with very normal food, even though this doesnt happen often. I am taking metformin 1000 mg. I have also reduced weight from 70 kg to 64kg and do treadmill at least 4 times a week for 30 minutes. But I am finding it difficult to lose further weight (I should be not more than 59-60kg). Is Matilda OD helpful in preventing diabetic neuropathy and retinopathy? Will it be safe for me to start another pregnancy? I feel perfectly normal most of the time. Earlier I used to have very irregular periods and had suffered from PCOD but after taking metformin my periods have become perfect.
A:Achieving ideal weight is not always easy. For your height, 64kg if maintained is quite alright. However you must continue brisk walks (45 minutes to cover no less than 4.5km) and/or treadmill. You should continue taking metformin (Glyciphage) 500mg twice daily. The only medicine that is known to reduce the risk of diabetic neuropathy is a member of the group called ACE inhibitors such as enalapril, ramipril etc. Matilda does not appear in the list of approved, quality products. I may be of help if you give the names of its ingredients.