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how many years do the diabetic medicine tablets work on the body before you need insulin?

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
Specializes in Endocrinology
Depends: The answer depends on the individual's characteristics and circumstances. Some people need Insulin right away while others might never need to be on Insulin and can be on orals forever. In general, the more weight you lose, the more active you are, the less likely you will need Insulin as your sole treatment.
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Glucose control via methods Dr. Nguyen describes is the key
Jul 12, 2012

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