A 35-year-old member asked:
how many years do the diabetic medicine tablets work on the body before you need insulin?
1 doctor answer • 2 doctors weighed in
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.
Last updated Jun 25, 2014
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