Why does my body seem to adapt to the medicines I take? My levels do better with the introduction of meds, but usually within 3 months, it is like I don't take the meds and I am back at the beginning.

Patty Bonsignore


It would be unusual for a medicine to only work for 3 months. Diabetes does change over time, and for some people, these changes can occur more rapidly than for others. Maybe the medicine you are currently taking is not the right type for you. Maybe when you start a medicine, you are more careful with your carbohydrates and exercise. Once you are in the habit of taking the medicine, you may just not think about your diabetes as much and start to eat differently and exercise less. It could also be that you have type 1 diabetes but it is of slow onset. If you really feel like the medicines are only helping for a short amount of time, it may be a good idea for you to consult with an endocrinologist. There is a unique sort of type 1 diabetes called LADA (Latent Autoimmune Diabetes of Adults). Ask your doctor if you might have this type. For those who do, oral medicines will not work to treat the diabetes and they need to take insulin.

April 19, 2014 at 9:26 am

4 replies

GabbyPA 2014-06-15 11:10:17 -0500 Report

I know my thyroid is out of whack, and since I got rid of my doctor in hopes of a new one with insurance....but it was canceled as my payment came 1 week too late. I am without any medical help right now. I hope in November I can get back on board and get things moving. I would love insurance to be able to pay for some special testing that I feel needs to be done, but my clinic doctor would not do.

evaziem 2014-06-14 15:50:18 -0500 Report

Do you have low sex and thyroid hormones?
The blood tests are not reliable. I had a 24-hour urine test with my sample sent to Genova Diagnostics. It was $430 and Humana insurance paid!
I was so surprised.

evaziem 2014-06-14 15:47:27 -0500 Report

If you would type 1, you would have low insulin level, right?
Did you have a test?
Mine was fine. I have insulin resistance, enough insulin, but the cells do not open to absorb the glucose so it remains in the blood.

I did see that some of my supplements like chromium or ALA made a big difference in BGL in the beginning, but not later… Hmmm…

GabbyPA 2014-05-03 08:20:13 -0500 Report

I do take a long lasting insulin now and when I first started taking it, I had a couple of lows (I never thought that would happen) But now I am having to increase the doses as I cannot keep in a good range. Perhaps it's just being lazy with my carb counting or not continuing to push to do more. There has to come a point though, when you cannot do more..