By Evelynkay Latest Reply 2011-01-13 13:20:37 -0600
Started 2011-01-11 12:36:26 -0600

Does anyone use alternative meds to control Type 2 .I'm so tired of taking expensive meds the injections (which I don't remember Half the time) I just want to quit taking all meds and just live with what ever comes my way.

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LauraS 2011-01-13 11:43:06 -0600 Report

I'm on here today because I was going to ask a similar question. I'm on metformin and Byetta. I don't have a problem with the metformin, I get it for free and remember to take it all the time. The problem is the Byetta. I always forget to take the second shot and sometimes forget altogther for a day or two. Then I get the stomach pains. Plus, it's very expensive, $300 a month and my prescription benefit is restricted to $1,500 a year. That would get me Byetta for 5 months and no other meds would be covered. A waste of time for me. My question is about low cost meds other than metformin. I was diagnosed in May with a 10.5 A1C, in September it was down to around 7.4 I think. I try to watch my carbs but I'm a carb freak and still eat my whole wheat pasta and cereal. Does anyone take a med that is affordable and works well?

Evelynkay 2011-01-13 13:20:37 -0600 Report

Hi Laura.I couldnt take metforman …It worked ok but i couldn't tollarat it.Sometimes if you tell your doctor youcan;t afford your meds they can get you information on where to get help paying for it or at discount price.I know how expensive the meds are .I stoped taking all but my diabetic meds …i know i need them all but they seemed more important then the others.Good luck

Kirla 2011-01-11 21:31:43 -0600 Report

Feb 2009 I was diagnosed with a fasting blood sugar of 366 and A1C of 14.1. Started to eat a salad every day at supper. Also started to eat lots of low carb vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, cucumbers, spinach, pickles and sauerkraut. Started to drink 8+ glasses of water every day.

I then bought a meter and started to test my blood sugar before and after each meal. At first I was testing 2 hours after each meal and when my numbers dropped a lot I started testing 1 hour after meals.

By testing I found that foods like bread and most foods made of grains along with pasta, rice, corn, potatoes, oatmeal, cereals, chips, crackers, cakes, cookies, candy, soda, fruits, fruit juices, milk and most foods that contain more than 5-6 net carbs per serving as found on the package label all spiked my blood sugar. Some people can cut back on these foods and some people like me have to stop eating them.

I found by reducing and eliminating high carb starchy foods helped me a lot. By adding small amounts of chicken, beef, pork or a hard-boiled egg to my meals helped reduce blood sugar spikes also.

Good luck

re1ndeer 2011-01-11 18:56:04 -0600 Report

I personally don't use alternatives for my diabetes. But, they are out there, I suggest you talk to your doctor and maybe he/she can suggest alternative treaments for you. Explain to him/her that you can not afford the medications at this time and maybe they will work something out with you. Good Luck.

GabbyPA 2011-01-12 18:36:31 -0600 Report

Yes, I have done this with my doctor. He has wanted me to take certain things and I have asked him if he would give me more time to let diet and exercise work on those things. That works in two ways. Keeps me off meds and also makes me work harder on my diet and exercise routine.

MewElla 2011-01-13 08:25:26 -0600 Report

I totally agree with your statement about really talking with my dr and saying I want to try harder for the next three months to get better control and fight going on the medications. It works for me and it keeps me moving for sure.

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