(How To Slowly) Wean Yourself Off Of Your Diabetes Medications

By MAYS Latest Reply 2012-08-16 13:08:41 -0500
Started 2012-07-05 23:25:34 -0500

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.

These links may interest you:







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).

Does anyone have anything to add to this discussion?


41 replies

GabbyPA 2012-07-07 11:13:26 -0500 Report

Caution, caution, caution.

I am a huge proponent of no meds, but we must be very careful and we need to work WITH our health care provider when we do this. They need to know what you want to do and guide you where they can. If they are opposed, find one who will work with you, if this is what you truly want.

I don't want anyone learning the hard way what NOT to do.

Caroltoo 2012-08-15 01:40:42 -0500 Report

From a liability perspective, you make a good point; however, if I had worked with my doctor, I would still be on meds, because he wasn't working with me.

GabbyPA 2012-08-16 10:32:26 -0500 Report

That is true. They often would rather give you a pill than help you along the way. We have to find a doctor that wants to work with us. It is a hard thing to find, for sure.

Nana_anna 2012-07-07 13:50:47 -0500 Report

I have tried without meds, but it is no use. I get a mean look of concern from my Dr. when I tell him that I have been off of it because of not having money to get it. He understands that. But if I just try to go off of it on my own, he says no. Not right now. Once I start loosing weight, more, then he says he will work with me in changing doses at a safe time.

mary, the diabetes lady
mary, the diabetes lady 2012-07-07 09:10:37 -0500 Report

In terms of coming off of medications I have a few "experiences" to share. My husband has been a T2D for over 30 years. 11 years ago his health was deteriorating rapidly.

In 2002 I told my grown children that …"in 6 months I would be pushing Dad around in a wheelchair" The neuropathy in both his feet was so severe. He could not walk more than 75 feet without sitting down to rest. He was on Neurontin for pain from the neuropathy. He was on insulin - started at 5 units and in late 2002 was up to 43 units. His weight ballooned up to 280 pounds. He was difficult to live with - always irritable, always tired, snored heavily and had the accompanying sleep apnea.

Dr. Bernstein's book, "Diabetes Solution" set me on a quest for more study and information. I put together a program that my husband and I could live with and our lives changes dramatically!

Within 3 months of our program, he came off of all insulin! He has NEVER gone back. Within 9 months he lost 80pounds and has since lost another 20 for a total loss of 100 pounds. He looks and feels terrific!

Within a year the neuropathy in his feet reversed. He walked in 2 5K races and finished. Last month he walked Disney World from 8:30 a.m. until 11:30 p.m. with only a short 2 hour break in the afternoon to refresh ourselves. What a joy it was to see him get off that monorail at 11:30 p.m. still smiling from ear to ear!

He has come off of insulin, diuretics (which he was on for nearly 30 years), pain medications, and we have lowered his statin drug from a high potency to a much lower dose. We are working on coming off of the statin too.

People started asking me what we did to make this tremendous change in our lives. We put together a program sharing with people what we did to beat diabetes. Before I knew it I was called Mary, The Diabetes Lady.

Our doctor gave us free rein over lowering the insulin. We were careful to monitor throughout the day. Always check with your doctor and always question everything your doctor tells you!

daddy312 2012-08-16 11:09:38 -0500 Report

Cudoosss to you and your husband for the success in beating this disease the way that you have. I'm so glad to hear that there's a way to reverse all of the complications diabetes has caused many of us to go through. I take my hat off to your husband for battling this for 30+yrs and not giving up only to become a true winner. I've been a T2D for 4yrs and is already tired of taking meds everyday, so I am definately going to take a look at Dr. Bernsteins book ASAP! Once again CONGRADULATIONS to you and your husband

suziesgirl 2012-07-08 16:50:10 -0500 Report

Wonderful, brave, smart and last but not least committed. Best wishes, I don't take meds and never did. I am doing very well and have read Dr. Bersteins book. He is very good, I don't follow this diet completly, but do apply many of it concepts. It you find what works for you, than go, go, go. Your husband is very blessed to have a wife who supports him and has helped him beat this demon.

GabbyPA 2012-07-10 21:48:40 -0500 Report

I just got that book and am eager to see how it will work out for me. I really need a change.

suziesgirl 2012-07-11 19:33:20 -0500 Report

Hope that is diabetes without drugs. I think everyone should read this one first, too much good info to miss out on. Dr. Bernstein is good also, but Cohen's book is a really good place to start. Just a suggestion.

GabbyPA 2012-07-11 19:36:08 -0500 Report

I am not good at reading more than one at a time, so I will start with this one and go from there. So far I have found out that tomatoes and tomato products are a no-no...I am sad about that. But I really must work this out.

jayabee52 2012-08-14 02:27:21 -0500 Report

I have a bleeding duodenal ulcer. I have noted that when it has stopped bleeding and I eat tomato products my bleeding starts again as indicated by my stools' black color and tar-like consistency. Eventually it heals again but it goes on for a while and Dr has me on Iron pills to keep me from going anemic.

The acid in the tomatoes seems to do it to me.

jayabee52 2012-08-14 10:58:13 -0500 Report

There may be a connection to D. I did notice a rise in my BG levels when I eat tomato sauce (ate it on "french sliced" green beans) and that was when i noted my ulcer broke open again.

I think it has to do with the acid in them. It must be a particular type of acid as I use vinegar on my salads and spike my water with lemon or lime juice and don't notice the same thing happening to me.

I have also been warned away from tomato products by my Kidney meal plan due to their high levels of potassium which is hard on kidneys.

dietcherry 2012-08-14 11:22:10 -0500 Report

Oh really? I may heave to give them up soon myself depending on whats wrong with my tummy. I remember you saying recently that dialysis may be looming again—-do you know anything yet?

jayabee52 2012-08-14 11:36:03 -0500 Report

DC, my latest blood work for my kidney Dr shows my kidney function has dropped to 12% of normal. When I drop to 10% is when I need to go on dialysis. So it is extremely close.

My kidney function has been dropping gradually for about 2 yrs, so it is not unexpected like my complete kidney shut down was in Nov 2006.

So I have prepared myself mentally for the eventuality.

It is a hassle and a bummer to go to dialysis, but it kept me alive so that I would have today and my wonderful experierences since Nov 2006. One of those great experiences was my relationship with my bride "Jem". Finding DC and participating here is another.

n2late 2012-07-07 17:07:02 -0500 Report

This is awesome news ! Great post. I love to read success stories,I am hoping to lower and quit taking meds also,way to go.

GabbyPA 2012-07-07 10:52:30 -0500 Report

I have heard so much about this book, I really have to get it and follow it, family support or not. I feel he is really on to something that can work for many of us.

mary, the diabetes lady
mary, the diabetes lady 2012-07-07 11:07:15 -0500 Report

Dr. Bernstein is a T1D since age 12. He was an engineer who struggled with so many diabetic complications. His doctor, at one time, was the President of the American Diabetes Association. When he approached his doctor about neuropathy his doctor told him not to worry that it was not due to his diabetes! Yikes! As an engineer, he tried different things to bring down his blood sugar. He did it and the doctor told him that Mr. Bernstein (at that time) was not a doctor and didn't know what he was talking about - even though he proved that eating low carb, small injections of insulin instead of one large injection, etc. worked! So at 45 years old he went back to school to become a doctor! He is like 77 years old and a practicing physician in Mamaroneck, N.Y. He is my hero! Along with Gary Taubes, who wrote, "Good Calories, Bad Calories" and "Why We Get Fat and What To Do About It" great books that prove over and over that low carb is the way to beat diabetes!

IronOre 2012-07-07 02:44:14 -0500 Report

Mays, What are your credentials ???
Where do you get your knowledge from ? Are you a doctor ?

MAYS 2012-07-06 06:06:35 -0500 Report

Here are the links in the discussion (once again) that appear to be broken or mis-directed, I apologize for any inconvenience that this may have caused, the links to the information are very essential to this discussion…~Mays~










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, but they can be very helpful in maintaining good balance in managing your diabetes once you are either off of the medications, or if they are used in a limited role (discuss this with your medical team first).

This information is by no means being given as a replacement for your diabetes medication, but rather as a guideline for those who are managing their diabetes well enough to attempt to reduce, or possibly eliminate their need on medications, in order to do so, your diabetes MUST be well controlled before attempting this, so ALWAYS document your progress BEFORE and DURING this procedure and show it to your medical team!

Set apart
Set apart 2012-07-06 05:54:44 -0500 Report

Thanks for the info, as a T1 I find it important that although I will always need insulin the amount depends most if the time on me, what I eat, stress levels, etc. I don't get hungry sometimes. Keeping an eye in my weight too, I just eat sometimes because its time.

JSJB 2012-07-06 04:32:42 -0500 Report

Have to practice more self control. Last A1C was 5.5 and my sugar tests all under 125 next blood test will be 8/30.

MAYS 2012-07-06 05:40:26 -0500 Report

Your numbers are great! (anything better than this is bordering near perfection!)
Congratulations on the numbers!
Have you ever given thought to starting a discussion (or two) on how you manage to achieve such consistent numbers?
A few tips here and there may prove to be very helpful to many others.

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-07-05 23:55:15 -0500 Report

Doesn't appy to me as I'm the insulin lifer, but never the less there is some good info. I do the six small meals a day, when I feel like eating otherwise it is a couple of bites or a shake. My system is so messed up that I don't always have an appetite and don't get the hunger pangs. But the smaller meals allows you to spread the food out and not go long periods without eating so as to feel full and burn calories as well.

Thanks for the info.

MAYS 2012-07-06 05:30:46 -0500 Report

I agree with you about the smaller meals six times a day, it eliminates the hunger as well as the over eating!
Diabetics need to understand the importance of snacks between meals as well as smaller portions, the snacks can be anything such as nuts, fruit, veggies (a small salad with a whole grain dinner roll is perfect) whatever you choose, keep it small!

Thank you for the information!