Getting off meds

By sweetslover Latest Reply 2015-01-01 20:02:57 -0600
Started 2014-12-28 21:49:32 -0600

I was only diagnosed as a T2 about 2 1/2 months ago but the doctor said he suspected I was a long term diabetic. At my doctor's appointment last month, he said the goal is to get me off my meds. I exercise regularly and watch my diet carefully. I seem to have my daily BG under control, but I won't have another A1C test until the middle of February. I forgot to take my morning metformin one day last week and as a result had high BG readings all day. To me, that shows that I need the meds to help control my BG, even though I am exercising and dieting. Can anyone explain to me how i will be able to go off my medicine using only exercise and diet to control my diabetes?

19 replies

jerrymc 2015-01-01 18:42:34 -0600 Report

focus on diet and exercising i for the most take 1 metformin 500 a day provided my b.s is less than 150-160 at night .most cases i can keep it around 120 or less at night .i hit the gym at least 3 times a week weights cardio .i try to do at least 15 min of cardio .after weight lifting . i can get a blood sugar reading of 110 or less in the morning .i have had 88-90 b.s reading… i try cut my eating off by 5-5:30pm .if i get hungry i eat spoon full of peanut butter .curbs my hunger . my last A1C was 6.5 .. not sure how well i agree with the A1C it just gives a average number. take your med in morn work out check your B.S as long as it stays lower than 150. your on track.. a morn or nigh reading of 110 or less is great . please note i am no expert. just school hard knocks. i am trying to get my next A1C down a couple number if i can. 6.5 averages around 140 b.s or there close i think. diet excersize is the key watch sugar grams carbs

sweetslover 2015-01-01 20:02:57 -0600 Report

Thanks. That sounds very similar to the plan I have been following. I like the early dinner time idea. I am going to try that, too.

NewSong53 2015-01-01 14:33:07 -0600 Report

Don't have any advice to offer about getting off meds and using exercise and diet only. But regarding caring for others with alzheimers — I am in the middle of a great book on caring for people with alzheimers (I work around them all day and I can't begin to imagine all the stress and challenges you face — but I do have a good inkling). It's helped me work out some of my frustrations and might help you a little. I got it on Amazon and it's called "No Act of Love is Ever Wasted" by Jane Marie Thibault and Richard L. Morgan (both PhDs). It's hard to give your heart and so much energy to someone who sometimes yells at you and accuses you of terrible things . . . and if someone hasn't been through it they can't help you much and they often just increase the guilt you already feel, even when it's totally undeserved. Hope you find support so it will help with your stress level. The fact that you are devoting yourself to their care says a lot about you. God bless.

Shawn Grant
Shawn Grant 2014-12-31 17:30:08 -0600 Report

There is a difference between dieting and dieting. If you are following the diet suggestions of the American Diabetes Association, you will be on drugs for the rest of your life, I promise you. You have got to cut carbs drastically.

No grains of any type, shape or color. No sweets, no fruit, no starchy veggies including sweet potatoes, peas, and yes even beans, and no milk. Eat meat that is not breaded or sweet glaze, leafy stalky veggies and cheese. Your A1C will drop to normal levels. You might be able to get off medication.

sweetslover 2014-12-31 20:51:29 -0600 Report

I am really motivated, but I don't know if I can go that far. I feel like I am starving now, but your advice gives me something to work for. Thanks.

BB42 2014-12-30 07:44:17 -0600 Report

2.5 months is not a long time. Be patient. I know I was frustrated that I worked so hard, lost a lot of weight and work out hard 4-5 times a week. Slowly, things changed and I was off my meds. My doctor told me not to be upset if my BG #'s eventually go up. If they do, I will be back on my medication because, sometimes, especially if one had Type 2 for a long while, your cells develop a resistance to insulin. Keep up the good work and I am betting you will come off your meds soon enough. Happy New Year

Pegsy 2014-12-30 17:42:44 -0600 Report

Thank you. That encourages me too. I watch my diet carefully, exercise religiously, have lost over 80 lbs. and try my best to get plenty of sleep and keep my stress levels low. Still, I am on 2000 mg of Metformin a day. I have been very discouraged. My doctor said it is still possible to eventually get off the medication. I just wish I knew how long it will take. I have been on Metformin for about a year and a half.

sweetslover 2014-12-30 19:20:26 -0600 Report

When I set a goal, I become very impatient to achieve it. If someone tells me something is possible, then I'm going after it. In this case, maybe a little more patience would also relieve some stress.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-12-29 19:01:48 -0600 Report

Sweets, I talked to a friend who was diagnosed the same day I was. She has been off medications for the past 2 years. She said she exercises everyday, monitors everything she eats and keeps her A1C at 5.0.

She said she met with a registered dietitian completely redid her meal plan. She met a man at her church who is a Personal Trainer. He is a former College Football Coach and is now a High School Football Coach. He met with her and he started her on an exercise regimen she could follow. She said her husband not wanting her to exercise alone bought some equipment for a room in their basement. She meets with the trainer once or twice a month and he modifies her routine and she meets with her dietitian every 6 months for dietary changes. She takes no supplements, does not eat any processed foods and does not eat at any chain restaurants.

She said to tell you to first get very good control of your diabetes. She said diet and exercise and counting every carb will help. She also said what I said. Don't be disappointed if you can't get off the medications you can still have a good life. Good luck to you.

RebDee 2014-12-29 15:47:33 -0600 Report

Since I always had trouble going off medicine by using exercise and diet, the only way for me was to have bariatric surgery. Two days after surgery (which was in August 2014), I was taken off my insulin pump and have never had to go back. Now I am able to live with lower blood sugars with exercise and dieting,

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-12-29 11:44:11 -0600 Report

I agree with Gabby and Val. All you can do is try to get much better control of your diabetes for a period of time. It is my goal to get off medications but unlike Kimberly, I am not giving it a time limit.

It is a great goal to have but it may or may not happen. Don't be disappointed if it doesn't happen. If you get off of meds you will have to keep your A1C low that means between 5.0 and 5.1 and blood sugars between 80 an 100. I keep mine between 80-100 but my A!C is dropping slowly.

If I don't get off meds it won't be a big deal. I am still happy and plan to live my life to the fullest. Getting off meds is not that big of a deal. It will or won't happen but it won't change my life entirely.

Glucerna 2014-12-29 17:06:49 -0600 Report

I really like your sensible approach Joyce. Aiming for optimum diabetes management with a combination of food choices, exercise, and medication if necessary gives you the best opportunity to reach your goals. ~Lynn @Glucerna

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-12-29 18:50:34 -0600 Report

Lynn, I think you have to have a plan in place and look at how to maintain yourself once you are off meds. You also shouldn't be disappointed if you can't get off.

GabbyPA 2014-12-29 08:07:59 -0600 Report

Getting off is a great goal, but it may not happen. All you can do is work to keep your numbers in a good place and as your doctor weans you keep a tight eye on it. You may have to adjust your diet and exercise more to make it actually happen. Everyone reacts differently, so you just need to log what is going on so you can see what causes changes.

valentine lady
valentine lady 2014-12-28 22:28:26 -0600 Report

Hi Sweets,
The way I got off meds is doing what your going through right now.
you have to keep your A1C low. Mine is between 5.0 and 5.1. Your
BG has to stay in normal range at all time. That's 80 to 120. When this happens your Dr, will start to reduce the amount of medicine and eventually
it will be gone. You still must keep the numbers the same or you will
be back on medication. Good luck, my prayers will include you…VL

sweetslover 2014-12-29 05:01:04 -0600 Report

You said BG has to stay between 80 to 120. Is that fasting, or all day long?

valentine lady
valentine lady 2014-12-30 21:04:01 -0600 Report

Hi Sweets,
I should have been a little bit more clear in my explanation. You need to keep your A1C low as I said. The 80 to 120, that's 2 hours after you eat. When you do your BG, after each meal and bedtime. You need to keep track of of your readings so you can show your Dr. when you go in.
He/She needs to know in advance what your doing and whether or not
he/she is in agreement. It may sound so complicated , but oh so worth it. I also want to say, there is no fasting here. You eat the way you will eat after your off medication.

RebDee 2014-12-31 02:29:11 -0600 Report

Try I use it every day. It registers every bite I put in my mouth plus my exercise. I try to stay at 1000 calories per day. I eat mostly protein (fish, chicken & turkey, and Premier Protein Drink) plus a small amount of fruits and vegetables, especially raw veggies. I eat no white bread, noodles, potatoes, rice, salt or sugar. I have lost 45 lbs since my bariatric surgery in August, 2014.

RebDee 2014-12-31 02:32:01 -0600 Report

I eat greek yogurt, light cottage cheese, No deli meats (like baloney). I eat salads with lots of stuff cut up in it but I use spinach rather than iceberg lettuce (which has no nutritional value).

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