doing it without meds

By Anonymous Latest Reply 2010-07-16 15:59:21 -0500
Started 2010-07-16 08:21:12 -0500

I just wonder if Diabetes can be controlled without Meds. I feel that my case it can be. I am curious if there are holistic methods in controlling this because I do not like taking pills and I don't like the reaction I get with some of them. I also feel that Doctors prescribe medications in order to get kickbacks from drug companies. Besides that my budget cannot accommodate some of these medications.

7 replies

RAYT721 2010-07-16 15:32:25 -0500 Report

so far that's how I am doing it. I have a 6.4 a1c level and just working with diet and exercise. I have dropped some weight and learning to use portion control and relaxation. The support on this site helps alot too!!!

MAYS 2010-07-16 13:33:39 -0500 Report

All of the advice given is great advice.
If you decide to do it yourself, naturally, be prepared for a great deal of trial and error, tears, fears, uncertainties and frustrations, it all goes along with the territory.
At least talk it over with your doctor, do your research, don't walk or run into this blindly.
Expect to test yourself frequently and most of all, set a time limit of 90 days or so, document daily and evaluate your data at the end of the alloted time period honestly.

Keep us up to date with your progress.
Best of luck !


monkeymama 2010-07-16 13:15:59 -0500 Report

There are plenty of people who control their diabetes just by diet and fitness. There is nothing wrong with trying to control it naturally. If it does not seem to work or other issues become a issue in it. Than that is when one should consider the possibilities or medicating. I personally do not believe in medicating unless other wise needed.

Kirla 2010-07-16 11:29:45 -0500 Report

I was diagnosed with a fasting blood sugar of 366 and A1C of 14.1. After about 7 weeks taking meds, I couldn’t tolerate the side effects anymore and quit taking them. My blood sugar continued to get better and better and my cholesterol and blood pressure also stayed in normal ranges. I’m proof that it can be done. Even when diagnosed with fairly high numbers.

I started by drinking lots of water and eating lots of low carb vegetables. I eat a salad every day and eat broccoli, cauliflower, cucumbers and cabbage. I also bought a meter and started to test before and after each meal. I soon discovered what foods were spiking my blood sugar and either cut back or eliminated them from my diet.

Good luck

Thomas508 2010-07-16 08:50:13 -0500 Report

I was diagnosed almost 3 months ago with a fasting BG of 382 and an A1c of 13.2. I have worked hard with my diet and exercise and my fastings are now between 85-95 each morning (82 this morning!) I rarely ever go over 125-135 after meals. I go back for my 3 month recheck and fully expect my A1c to be much lower and I plan on asking the Dr. about trying to do this with diet and exercise alone the next 3 months and drop my Metformin. I know that there are people out there who manage their diabetes with diet and exercise alone, although I haven't seen any whose numbers were as high as mine at diagnoses. I think I can do it and I expect to be back on meds someday as I get older but if I can go several years with out any meds that is what I want to do!
Everyone is different in how they manage, and how they react to foods. I recommend that you test A LOT! I tested before each meal and 2 hours after each meal to learn what foods affected me (caused a big spike in my BG numbers) If I got a spike I no longer eat that food, if I didn't then I know I can eat it. We are all a little different, if I eat 2 slices of bread my BG is over 200, some people can eat bread with little problem at all. I can eat breaded fried chicken/fish with almost no rise in my numbers at all, some people that will send their numbers skyrocketing. That is why there is no "holistic methods" because we are all different in the progression of the disease, in if the biggest problem is IR or beta cell failure etc… I could go on and on but the jest is, in my opinion you need to test, test, and test some more and find what works for you. I now only test fasting and bed time unless I eat something new that I don’t know how it will affect me, then I will test before and after that meal. So the extra testing is not forever but it was more valuable to me than anything I read or was told because it was personal and I knew it was what was happening to me.

kdroberts 2010-07-16 08:33:55 -0500 Report

Yes and no. For a lot of people with type 2, diet and exercise changes can mean that no medications are required, holistic or otherwise. Other types and some type 2's are not like that and must take insulin or medication. No holistic methods will control diabetes definitively, they will all require good diet and exercise practices. Doctors don't get kickbacks for prescribing drugs like they may have in the past, there are a lot of legal issues and restrictions now if they do. Besides, the most commonly prescribed diabetes drug is generic, made by many companies and offered for free at a lot of places.