My dad takes metformin for his diabetes (ok, so his entire side of the family takes it for diabetes— PCOS and diabetes run through out my family history) and he suggested that I start with 1 a day for 2 weeks and then work up to my 2 a day suggested dose after that. I have found that waiting for my meal to settle a little while (usually about 15-20 minutes really helped me to avoid a lot of discomfort. I already have bathroom “issues” (I tend to go A LOT; a very regulated 30 minutes after I put anything in my mouth) so by waiting it just kind of wrapped into my normal habit and seemed a lot less intense.
The few times I tried to have two shakes a day I got sick. I could literally feel my insides working overtime and it made me run to the bathroom a lot and I felt weak and uncomfortable and nauseas. This is when I started to just do one shake a day and the two weeks I was doing this I felt the runs often and I was getting headaches, on the verge of migraines, every single day. When I wasn’t dealing with a headache I felt a headache coming. It was constant. I also had a very dry mouth and I was constantly drinking water. When I wasn’t drinking water I felt nauseas from how dry my mouth was. It wasn’t until I bought the protein bars and immediately got a headache that I put two and two together.
Thanks so much for the information on Splenda. I have been a heavy user of Splenda (Coffee, on my Oatmeal, other foods that are enhanced with “sugar”, etc.) I have never had problems with dryness of the mouth or significantly chapped lips. Even when I was in the Korean War and slept in foxholes outside where the temperature at times was 20 to 30 degrees below zero, I did not suffer from chapped lips or dryness of the mouth. Lately however, I have encountered a significant dryness of my lips (to the point of splitting and bleeding)and dryness in the front inside of my mouth. Reacting normally to the dry lips, I have tried practically every lip balm on the market; however, while I have enjoyed temporary relief at times, the dryness has returned like clock work. I have been trying to isolate foods/drinks/alcohol/etc. in my diet in an attempt to pinpoint what might be causing this dryness. I have not been able to identify what has been causing my problem. Now, after reading about Splenda (Sucralose) and reading the testimonies of others, I on this day am removing all Splenda from my diet because it is very possible that with my heavy use of Splenda, I have ingested a significant amount of chlorine. I will monitor any changes in the dryness of my mouth and the chapness of my lips and let you know if there have been any relief. Thanks so much for the information on Splenda.