By MickeySan Latest Reply 2012-05-27 06:55:32 -0500
Started 2012-04-30 14:52:03 -0500

can your Doctor take you off Insulin if you continue with your diet, exercise and meds and lower your blood sugar to normal levels?

20 replies

Jeannie Holmes
Jeannie Holmes 2012-05-02 14:59:53 -0500 Report

Since I have lost 100 lbs, I have been off insulin and only have to take metformin twice a day. Hoping to get off that also.

jigsaw 2012-05-02 13:32:34 -0500 Report

You can get off insulin assuming your pancreas is producing enough insulin to be self sufficient with just oral meds. Proper diet and exercise is a given, whether on insulin or off of it. You may want to discuss with your doctor, weaning yourself off of insulin to see how your bg reacts with a gradual reduction in dosage.

jayabee52 2012-05-01 00:19:04 -0500 Report

Howdy MickeySan WELCOME to DiabeticConnect!

I am a type 2 who had been on insulin for about 5 yrs and then discovered that I really did not need insulin if I followed a low carb high protein eating plan. I have been on that eating plan a little over a year and have had no problems with it.

So, yes, If you are type 2, you can come off of insulin once you are on it. If you are a Type 1, going off insulin is not a good idea.

Blessings to you and yours

James Baker

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-04-30 21:28:06 -0500 Report

I guess it would depend on why you were put on the insulin. I would think you have to be a type 2 to have the option, but if you were doing what you mention, then why would you need the insulin to begin with?

MickeySan 2012-05-02 12:44:43 -0500 Report

The reason the doctor mentioned insulin was that she looked at blood results from a year ago and my sugar was high, then she checked my sugar at the office and was high. I explained to her that I have not been able to stay on a diet and because of my job have not been able to work out as much as I wanted. So she increased the amaryl dose to 4mg twice a day and so far cutting down on all sugary things and working out more often my sugar levels are decreasing.

MickeySan 2012-04-30 21:39:08 -0500 Report

Right now I am not on insulin, just on meds, my levels are getting lower slowly but steadily and I am exercising regularly. I don't drink or smoke and like exercising, it's just finding time to do it with such busy schedules. My problem is that it is hard for me to stay away from sweets.

margokittycat 2012-05-01 18:19:42 -0500 Report

MickeySan, If you do not want to have to go on insulin, you have to make time to exercise. I know what a busy schedule is and I am type one always been on insulin. I run our Trucking business, and do the farming, planting and combining, cut the hay and bale it, take care of the cattle, and also have three kid's still who live at home, one that graduates this month, one that is very active in sports, 4-H and FFA, I am very active in my church and a school board memeber for our school as well, live is not set and do nothing here. Every night I walk two miles on my tredmill before going to bed, that is when I fit it in the busy hectic schedule I have.

old biker
old biker 2012-05-27 06:55:32 -0500 Report

That is outstanding..I will never again complain about not having enough time to care of the important things in my life..Thank you

GlennMill52 2012-05-27 06:23:36 -0500 Report

Everybody is different as far as their treatment for their diabetes. I was diagnosed as a type 2 but found out 2 years later I was really a Type 1.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-04-30 22:40:37 -0500 Report

I have always been on insulin since childhood and I too love sweats. There are many cookbooks for diabetics that have wonderful desserts. Also checkout the ADA for some as well. You can have sweets, just alter some of the ingredients and remember portion control.

Congrats on the exercise and non drinking and smoking! Your doing great:)

Young1s 2012-04-30 20:43:31 -0500 Report

Yes they can. My continuing goals are to lose some weight and to be at a point where I can control my D with diet and exercise only. My doctor is sure I can do it, and more importantly, I'm sure I can do it.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-05-01 11:34:23 -0500 Report

It would be great for those of us who are type 1 and have to use insulin to have that option:) I know you'll get to your point!

Young1s 2012-05-01 12:18:59 -0500 Report

Thanks for the support and the reminder about this not being an option for Type I. Whenever I see a question like this, I always assume it's being asked by a Type II. But seeing that everyone may read this discussion, we don't want anyone getting the wrong idea do we. I'll do better to make the distinction when necessary in the future. :)

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