Getting off medications ?

jigsaw
By jigsaw Latest Reply 2012-01-28 10:54:27 -0600
Started 2012-01-27 06:49:25 -0600

After being diagnosed with type 2, I was able to stay off meds for 6 years. I was not more than 5 to 10 pounds above my ideal weight. I always exercised with cardio and weight training. A low carb diet was a given, and numerous medical professionals were available to me and extremely helpful. Eventually, and over the years, my sensitivity to carbs continued increase and so did my need for medications. At one point, I could not even eat a slice of whole wheat bread or have low glycemic fruit without a large spike in my BG !I am now in my 17th year of of living with diabetes. My requirement for meds has increased subtantially at this point. With meds, I can eat more variety of healthy foods! My a1c has always been well below 7. I have been fortunate to not have any diabetic complications at this point. Since diabetes is a progressive disease, I kind of figure I'm stuck with taking meds at this point. I do want to be open minded however. How many of you have had diabetes for 10 to 15 years or more and have managed there bg successfully without meds. I have not been able to it lately. Am I missing the boat ?


5 replies

Young1s
Young1s 2012-01-27 18:32:17 -0600 Report

Obviously I haven't had D for that long but I get what you're saying. It's actually what my doctor has been telling me since day one. She's all for me working towards controlling my D with as little meds as possible, and maybe none at all. This way, later on down the line, I have the option to go back on them should the need arise; and possibly at a low dose to begin with again. I hope I explained that clearly, feeling a little tired at the moment.

jigsaw
jigsaw 2012-01-28 06:22:47 -0600 Report

Sounds like you have a good doc. I found quite a few doctors to be heavy on the med prescriptions and light with offering advice on managing without meds.

Young1s
Young1s 2012-01-28 10:54:27 -0600 Report

She really is great, Al. She's not one of those "do it my way" doctor's. She works with me and talks to me not at me. I feel fortunate to have her as my PCP. I wish everyone at DC that needs a good doctor could find one just like her.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2012-01-27 09:28:07 -0600 Report

Unfortunately, diabetes is a progressive disease. Meaning that while we are doing our best to keep on top of it, it is always changing. That is why people tend to have to increase meds along the way. It's not that they are doing things "wrong", its just the our bodies age and we are often hard pressed to keep up.