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Will I be on diabetes med forever? My recent A1c is 6.5. Any advise to help me get off med is appreciated.

Will I be on diabetes med forever? My recent A1c is 6.5. Any advise to help me get off med is appreciated.

Lifestyle: Assuming you are asking about type 2 diabetes, anything you can do to reduce your Insulin requirement may allow you to make enough Insulin without the help of meds. Changes might include: eating fewer carbs, eating less overall to lose wt, exercising more to lose wt, and building muscle to increase Insulin sensitivity. Good luck! Note: if you have type 1 dm, only Insulin will treat it. ...Read more

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Hi, At what stage of CKD will the diabetes medicine reduces. I read if one has CKD then at some stage the diabetes med will reduce meaning damage. Thx?

Hi, At what stage of CKD will the diabetes medicine reduces. I read if one has CKD then at some stage the diabetes med will reduce meaning damage. Thx?

Misunderstanding?: Maybe I understand now. You've asked several questions. There are diabetes medicines that may have to be reduced as the kidneys fail, but that's because they're excreted by way of the kidneys, not because the diabetes itself is getting better. ...Read more

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Apart from pers. Pref or known med sensitivity, shouldn't 62 yr old Type II diabetic be prescribed diabetes med, not just given dietary restrictions?

Apart from pers. Pref or known med sensitivity, shouldn't 62 yr old Type II diabetic be prescribed diabetes med, not just given dietary restrictions?

No: Diet change and exercise are first line treatment for new onset type II diabetes. If these measures are successful, he will be much better off in the long run. Also, even if medication is added, strict adherence to appropriate diet and continued exercise remain crucially important. ...Read more

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Confused about spices and meds, heard you can't drink ginger if your on diabetes med. Want to drink water with spices on it, is it OK with my meds. Ty?

Confused about spices and meds, heard you can't drink ginger if your on diabetes med. Want to drink water with spices on it, is it OK with my meds. Ty?

It would be helpful: ...to know what "spices" you have in mind. Some may bind or interfere with absorption, effectiveness, and/or metabolism of your medications. ...Read more

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Take chinese herbal medicine together wif diabetes med. (injection n oral) high blood med., cholesterol med., and other regard bones med.. Is it ok?

Take chinese herbal medicine together wif diabetes med. (injection n oral) high blood med., cholesterol med., and other regard bones med.. Is it ok?

Be careful: "chinese medicines" are often not what they are supposed to be. "chrysanthemum petals" may be potent steroids or even fungal poisons. Do your best to find out what you are really taking -- and this may be difficult. There are a variety of interesting supplemental / complementary medicines for diabetes available from reputable sources; discuss this with your physician. ...Read more

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What's the best medication to treat diabetes?

What's the best medication to treat diabetes?

Inuslin or oral: Depends on type of diabetes. For juvenile or type I diabetes human Insulin is the best to start. If adult onset or type ii starting with oral agents Glyburide or Glipizide as first step, followed by the addtion of metformin if no control. Diet and exercise are an important component of therapy. And then there are some new agents that can be added or used if the older agents are unsuccessful. ...Read more

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Is there a medication I should take if I have type II diabetes?

Is there a medication I should take if I have type II diabetes?

Several: There are several medications you can take for diabetes, check with your doctor which are right for you. ...Read more

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What are the best diabetes medications?

What are the best diabetes medications?

We avoid those that: Cause hypoglcemia and weight gain, if possible

then principle is use the least number of the other agents that treat the most mechanisms of high blood sugar-
metformin, incretins, SGLT-2 inhibitors, pioglitazone, bromocriptine-QR ...Read more

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How long after taking diabetes medication should you eat?

How long after taking diabetes medication should you eat?

In general anytime: There are many times of diabetic medications and it does not matter when you eat, however, there are medications known as sulfonaureals that require that you eat almost immediately after taking the medication or your sugar will drop to low. I'm assuming of course that you are not talking about insulun where you have to eat almost immediatly with short acting insulins. ...Read more

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What are the effects of overdosing on diabetes medication?

What are the effects of overdosing on diabetes medication?

Hypoglycemia: Overdose of either Insulin or some oral agents for diabetes causes hypoglycemia or low blood sugar. This can lead to altered mental status or coma in some cases. It should be treated rapidly with glucose containing foods or liquids to bring blood sugar up. ...Read more

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What happens when someone just stops taking diabetes medication?

What happens when someone just stops taking diabetes medication?

Dangerous!!!: When a diabetic stops taking their medications they are essentially putting their life on the line. Depending on how far advanced their diabetes is will dictate the events that occur in the future. They could have heart failure, heart attacks, kidney failure and less severe things like blindness or lose their legs. Not a good idea! ...Read more

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What is the best medication for marginal diabetes 67 yr old man?

What is the best medication for marginal diabetes 67 yr old man?

Diabetes: The answer depends on how high your blood sugar readings have been. The best place to start is to eat a diabetic - low carbohydrate diet and get a proper amount of exercise. Medications are used as an adjunct to diet and exercise modification. There are many good oral antihyperglycemic agents. Metformin is a common medication that may be an option for you. ...Read more

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My friend says there is a new medication to treat diabetes type what is it?

My friend says there is a new medication to treat diabetes type what is it?

Non-insulin injectio: New injectables are available. Some side effects are weight loss. Here is link http://my. Clevelandclinic. Org/disorders/diabetes_mellitus/hic_non-insulin_injectable_medications. Aspx. ...Read more

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Should my husband and I be taking Ashitaba, a medicinal herb, to boost our diabetes medications?

Too many unknowns: Herbal supplements are one of the non-scientific products sold to people all over the stores, the internet, and the world. It is untested and unproven what a brand, an ingredient, or an amount will do inside a particular person's body. If the herb seems to help, looks harmless, and is inexpensive, then it might be ok to try. Finding true research studies on such supplements is usually impossible. ...Read more

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I am a type II diabetic I have been off medication for almost 3 years and I will like to know does diabetes ever go away?

I am a type II diabetic I have been off medication for almost 3 years and I will like to know does diabetes ever go away?

No: Diabetes is coming from either lack of Insulin production or body cells being resistant to insulin. In either case medicine can help to fix the deficit. But, diabetes doesn't go away. Some people are able to control it probably like you with diet and exercise though. ...Read more

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Could testosterone interfere with diabetes medication?

Could testosterone interfere with diabetes medication?

Testosterone: If your Testosterone is normal it should not have any effect on diabetes. If your testosterone is low it could have some effect on diabetes. Please check this with your doctor. ...Read more

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Can I control diabetes without medication?

Can I control diabetes without medication?

Depends: On how severe your diabetes is- speak with your pcp or endo. But there are many well tolerated diabetes meds that might help you keep it mild longer. ...Read more

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What medications do you need if you have diabetes?

What medications do you need if you have diabetes?

Many: If you have type 1 diabetes, the treatment is insulin. If you have type 2 diabetes, the options are oral anti-diabetic agents plus/minus insulin. Aside from diabetes treatment, you will also need to make sure your blood pressure and cholesterol levels are normal...Which might require more pills. ...Read more

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Does everyone who has diabetes need to take medication?

Does everyone who has diabetes need to take medication?

Most but not: Always. If you're early or lose a significant amount of weight, you may be able to go without medication -- however, continuing the medication is best as it helps prevent or delay the return of problems as you get older and your diabetes worsens. ...Read more

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Should I be on medication with my nombers for diabetes tinkering between 5.6- 6.5 with a history of the disease in the family.?

Maybe.: Numbers are so good that diet, exercise and weight loss might be considered for a few months. If this is not effective then meds would be very helpful with the goal of inducing some weight loss then consideration of stopping meds. ...Read more

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What medications treat type 1 diabetes?

What medications treat type 1 diabetes?

Insulin: Type 1 diabetes is caused by the failure of the beta cells in the pancreas to produce insulin. Since Insulin is necessary to get glucose into all the cells in your body the only treatment is injecting insulin. Usually 2 types of insulin, long acting and short acting. There are no pills to treat type 1 diabetes. ...Read more

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What are the best medications for type 2 diabetes?

What are the best medications for type 2 diabetes?

Individualised: Metformin may be the starting point. Addition of januvia (sitagliptin) or acarbose or liraglutinide or sulfunruria or use of insulin ...Read more

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What medications treat type 1 diabetes in children?

What medications treat type 1 diabetes in children?

Insulin: Insulin is the prime medication for type 1 insulin. Dietary management is important as well. ...Read more

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Is there a medication for minor low sugar diabetes.

Is there a medication for minor low sugar diabetes.

Unclear: You are not clear about what you mean. Do you have diabetes? Have you been formally diagnosed? Minor low sugar diabetes is not a diagnosis. If you are diagnosed with diabetes the starting on Metformin (Glucophage) usually the first line treatment. Please talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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Do any exercise asthma medications worsen my diabetes?

Do any exercise asthma medications worsen my diabetes?

Probably not: Steroids might worsen diabetes, and inhaled steroids are sometimes used for asthma. It's possible that if you are prescribed inhaled steroids for your asthma, that it would worsen blood sugars and glycemic control, but more commonly fast acting inhalers (like albuterol) are used before exercise to control diabetes and these should not worsen diabetes. ...Read more

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What kind of medications are required for type 2 diabetes?

What kind of medications are required for type 2 diabetes?

Different ones: You may get by w/out meds, if you are able to control it with diet and exercise that lead to weight loss. If not, there is an array of meds used. Most commonly used are metformin, a class called sulfonureas (glipizide, Glyburide etc.), Actos (thiozalidinediones), dpp-4 inhibitors (januvia, janumet, Onglyza (saxagliptin) etc.), Acarbose (alpha-glucosidase inhibitors) etc. ...Read more