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Diabetes Med Medication
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
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?
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?
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
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
Been prescribed new medication for diabetes called glyxambia. Problem swollen foreskin, is there anything to help or time for new med?
Allergic reaction: Discontinue the medication and see your doctor. ...Read more
I m not on diabetes medication yet. I controlled it by reducing my carb intake n exercising. Will it affect my kidneys n eyes if I don't take any med?
Stable: Most likely not if you control your blood sugars. ...Read more
I have diabetes insipidus (kidney). I drink a huge amount of water. One of my family members have the same. But on mediction 2 litres pr day. What med?
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
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
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
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
Med expiration: Yes, but I wouldn't take it past 12/31/12. ...Read more
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
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
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?
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
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.?
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
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
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
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