Aside from insulin, you can free yourself from being dependant om any type of diabetes medication.
Because none of these medications, or the components within them are naturally produced by the human body, you are not entirely dependant on them!
(Consult your medical team before attempting this)
In order to wean yourself off of your diabetes medications (unless you are a type 1 diabetic, type 1 diabetics must take insulin for life) you must first condition your body to get off of the medications, in order to do so you must have your A1c level at 6.5 or below, and have managed your blood glucose level for at least 9 months, this allows your body to get accustomed to having such control so that you can slowly reduce both the dosage of your medication as well as the amount of food that you eat at every meal.
You will not skip meals, nor will you decrease the the amount of times that you eat, you will only be decreasing the size of your meals.
As you begin to wean yourself off of the medications, you will begin to substitute them with certain foods and herbs that will do the exact same thing that the medications have done, one such item is garlic (never take garlic with any diabetes medication, it can increase the potency of the medication) Metform is a great diabetes medication because it makes your cells more responsive towards both insulin and glucose, that is why most newly diagnosed diabetics are given Metformin first.
You will have to seriously monitor what you are doing while you are trying to wean yourself off of the medications, and once you finally do so, as a Diabetic you will always have to monitor your food intake, weight, and exercise even if you are not on any medications.
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Just remember that it is unwise to take herbs if you are on any type of diabetes medication, you run the risk of having the potency of your medications increased by the herbs putting you at risk for diabetes related complications (such as Hypoglycemia / Low Blood Sugar).
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