Take or Not to Take Meds

By Johnnypatriots Latest Reply 2009-09-19 20:18:37 -0500
Started 2009-09-15 17:52:11 -0500

I currently do not take my diabetes meds for type 2, I have lost 114lbs in 3 yrs in FL

17 replies

tabby9146 2009-09-19 20:18:37 -0500 Report

That sounds good, but I read further, and you need to check your BS at least once a day. I still check mine twice daily, first in a.m. and two hours after dinner at night. I have been off pills since Feb. lostall the weight, exercise everyday and stick to a healthy diet. I watch those carbs. However, no matter how great it is, and the fact that my BS is never ever high, I still check. I am still watchful. you have to be.

SmartyMarti1 2009-09-16 10:31:24 -0500 Report

Was this by your choice or your doctor's? I know mine said if I lost 15-20 lbs and kept it off, I may be able to go off the meds too. Do you check your blood surgar or see your doctor?

Anonymous 2009-09-15 23:28:30 -0500 Report

Don't mean to rain on your parade but have you lost weight because your blood sugars are high and you are breaking down your own body tissue?

Johnnypatriots 2009-09-15 23:43:51 -0500 Report

you may be correct in what you have said,

kdroberts 2009-09-16 10:05:17 -0500 Report

I would pretty much bet that they're right as well as the fact that your body is probably excreting a good portion of the nutrients that you are eating adding to the weight loss. Unfortunately for you all the weight loss in the world will not stop you going b ling, having a heart attack, needing an amputation or your kidneys failing because your blood sugars have been running too high for too long. Death is a pretty foolproof way to loose weight but probably not what you would consider the right choice.

It may be a better choice to pull your head from the sand and test your blood sugar.

mamaoak 2009-09-15 19:20:30 -0500 Report

the dr took me off meds control by diet and exersise really have t watch what carbs i have have been off them for abought one month glocose is good between 70 during day and 101 to 108 in morning.

Johnnypatriots 2009-09-15 23:44:40 -0500 Report

I never check my sugars and eat what ever I want and still lose weight

salmanda 2009-09-15 23:58:34 -0500 Report

This falls in to the "too good to be true" category for me. Your weight loss while eating whatever you like is worrisome. I wonder what else might be going on with you medically. I don't mean to scare you or be negative, but it just doesn't sound right to me. Please check in with your doctor and let him/her know what is going on. Taking your BS regularly would be helpful to know if it is high and harming tissue. Take care.

Colin Pye
Colin Pye 2009-09-16 09:49:02 -0500 Report

Color me scared!

Not taking your meds is one thing, but not testing to see if you should be taking them or not is a different story entirely. I can see someone getting off meds if their numbers are good, I can even dream about it. But not keeping track of the numbers, at all sounds a little bit too much like suicide on the instalment plan for me.

I know that the last time I was loosing weight, I was eating what I craved the most, and trying to add balance to it. When I would cut back, then everything I'd eat just turned to fat. The restrictions seemed to flip me into "starvation mode". Currently, I suspect my weight is going up, but getting the sugars down is more important at this point.

At the very least, get your A1C test done, and check those numbers. As long as you are under 6, I wouldn't be too concerned, but if you are over, you really should get back to at least testing. regularly.

I didn't do that well with the other meds, so I finally got switched to the big I. It's taking a while to get things dialled in perfectly, but it's better than the other side effects I was having.

Was weight loss the only reason you stopped taking your meds? How much more do you want to loose? Are you planning on going back on your meds when you get to your goal? You should likely talk with your doctor about the whole thing, because there's a chance that you can get in control without them.

PAT L 2009-09-15 19:00:25 -0500 Report

Glad to hear your in control. I myself am down to over half of my meds, because of the loss of a few pds an watching what I eat. That makes a big plus in your control. glad to hear it…

Bekki Diabetic
Bekki Diabetic 2009-09-15 18:16:16 -0500 Report

May I ask why you don't take medications? Is it because you wanted to try and handle with your diet? Are you opposed to meds?

Harlen 2009-09-15 18:19:16 -0500 Report

Yep same thing
I hope your not just giving up???

Bekki Diabetic
Bekki Diabetic 2009-09-15 18:26:36 -0500 Report

Unfortunately, I take meds…but I do watch my portions and carbs only have not ever lost any weight. That is wonderful that you were able to lose so much. I believe if I could lose rather than gain 1-2 lbs. here and there, I could go off all medications (which is what my doctor initially told me). Now he tells me to never expect to come off the meds. I will not give up so I have changed doctors to see what should be done.

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