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A 36-year-old male asked:

I had type 2 diabetes and my blood sugar level was always above 8.0. now its 6.2 due to exercises. do i still need medication?

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Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 42 years experience
Maybe, however...: Congratulations! it's great that your glycohemoglobin is now in the normal range with exercise, but it sounds like you are also on medication & your sugar may go up if you stop. A healthy diet is also important. Supplements like chromium, lipoic acid, cinnamon, gymnema sylvestre & aloe extract can also help. Don't stop meds without consulting your doc but diet, supps & exercise might be enough!
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Dr. Brad Eilerman
Endocrinology 22 years experience
An A1c of 6.2 is a target value for diabetics, but a normal value is less than 5.6. There is less wiggle room than you think.
Mar 4, 2013
Dr. Susan Wingo
Endocrinology 35 years experience
A1c or glucose?: Are your numbers a1c values? Or glucose levels? Glucose of 8.0 mmol/l would be 144 mg/dl, and 6.2 mmol/l would be 112. Target blood glucose levels for many people with dm are 80-120. In either case, if you are in range with meds, it is likely you would run higher without meds. Talk to your doctor about your meds- some may be providing benefits beyond lower sugars, and should be continued.
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Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 50 years experience
Since she proably has metabolic sydrome, and an A1C is still above desired, I would give her metformin. It would normalize HgBA1C, hekp with lipids, lower BP slightl, and lower serum insulin!
Mar 4, 2013

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