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A 37-year-old male asked:

i take metformin for type 2 diabetes. if i loose weight will i be able to stop taking meds? i'm 5'7" 220 lbs.

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Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine 44 years experience
Type 2 diabetes: Yes. 93% of all type 2 diabetes can be avoided by a healthy lifestyle--particularly with regular exercise (150 minutes/week) and weight loss to maintain a bmi < 30. Go for it! good luck.
Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
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Possibly: If you lose enough weight so that your diabetes can be managed by diet and exercise, your doctor may be able to take you off of metformin.
Dr. Douglas Miller
Pathology 41 years experience
Possible: There are well-documented cases in which type 2 diabetics lost a lot of weight and exercised, and then no longer required medication for their diabetes. There are no guarantees, however. One can only know if a diet/exercise program succeeds in this way after it has, or has not. Clearly at 5'7" 220 is much too heavy.
Dr. David Sneid
Endocrinology 41 years experience
Continue metformin: Even if you lose weight and your glucose returns to normal, metformin should be continued as it will decrease your risk of the high glucose returning later in life. Remember, diabetes can't be cured, only treated. Also, metformin has several health benefits that are separate from glucose control.

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