Justin Delgado is husband to Kacie Doyle-Delgado, diagnosed at age 11. After more than a decade together, he considers himself to be an expert carb counter and Dexcom inserter. He graduated with his Master of Science in Finance from the University of Utah in 2013 and has been working in commercial banking since then. He attended his first Friends for Life conference in 2015 and is looking forward to volunteering with the teens.
December 11, 2005
Pills for Diabetes
Question from Shelton, Connecticut, USA:
I am supposed to take one tablet of metformin, 500 mg, at dinner time. How far in advance of the meal should I take it? I keep forgetting to ask my doctor.
Taking it with the meal is satisfactory. I do not think that the timing for the administration is as critical as it is with insulin. Since it is okay to take with meals, food will not cause it to be poorly absorbed and some tolerance may be gained by taking it with the meals, in terms of negating gastrointestinal side effects. Metformin’s effects are seen long past the meal as it helps to lower fasting blood glucose levels.