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Will I always need medications/insulin?
16 doctors weighed in

Dr. Mary Ann Block
General Practice
2 doctors agree
In brief: Depends
Type 1 diabetes will always need insulin.
Type 2 diabetes may not need any medication if the diabetes can be controlled with diet and exercise.

In brief: Depends
Type 1 diabetes will always need insulin.
Type 2 diabetes may not need any medication if the diabetes can be controlled with diet and exercise.
Dr. Mary Ann Block
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Dr. Andrew Rhinehart
Internal Medicine - Diabetology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Most likey yes
The american diabetes association and other society's recommend metformin for all people with diabetes; therefore, nearly everyone with diabetes is on at least one medication.
Unfortunately, diabetes is a progressive illness and thus over time the body has less and less Insulin producing beta cells, which necessitates that many individuals progress to the point that they need Insulin therapy.

In brief: Most likey yes
The american diabetes association and other society's recommend metformin for all people with diabetes; therefore, nearly everyone with diabetes is on at least one medication.
Unfortunately, diabetes is a progressive illness and thus over time the body has less and less Insulin producing beta cells, which necessitates that many individuals progress to the point that they need Insulin therapy.
Dr. Andrew Rhinehart
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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Probably, but.....
Although eliminating the need for all medications for diabetes is not common, it does occur occasionally if you maintain a proper weight, exercise and eating habits.
It is common, however, to reduce (but not eliminate) the dose of current medications when you are exercising regularly, eating low glycemic foods (foods that don't turn into sugar easily, ) and maintaining an optimal weight.

In brief: Probably, but.....
Although eliminating the need for all medications for diabetes is not common, it does occur occasionally if you maintain a proper weight, exercise and eating habits.
It is common, however, to reduce (but not eliminate) the dose of current medications when you are exercising regularly, eating low glycemic foods (foods that don't turn into sugar easily, ) and maintaining an optimal weight.
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
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Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Not necessarily
It is possible to treat diabetes without medication, but it's difficult and depends on the severity of the condition.
Weight loss, proper nutrition and regular cardiovascular exercise helps. In all honesty, some people never come off medication, but it's always worth a try.

In brief: Not necessarily
It is possible to treat diabetes without medication, but it's difficult and depends on the severity of the condition.
Weight loss, proper nutrition and regular cardiovascular exercise helps. In all honesty, some people never come off medication, but it's always worth a try.
Dr. Dean Giannone
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Dr. Christian Assad
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
In brief: Depends
It depends if you are diabetic type I or II.
If you are diabetic type I answer is yes (until tissue engineering kicks in the future) Diabetes type II can be regressed with diet, exercise and weight loss

In brief: Depends
It depends if you are diabetic type I or II.
If you are diabetic type I answer is yes (until tissue engineering kicks in the future) Diabetes type II can be regressed with diet, exercise and weight loss
Dr. Christian Assad
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Dr. Latisha Smith
Wound care
In brief: Probably yes
If you have juvenile diabetes, where the body can't produce enough insulin, you will always need insulin.
If you have adult onset diabetes, which is non-insulin dependent, in some individuals who are obese they have lost large amounts of weight such that only dietary modification is needed to control their blood sugars. The majority of patients will likely always need some type of medication.

In brief: Probably yes
If you have juvenile diabetes, where the body can't produce enough insulin, you will always need insulin.
If you have adult onset diabetes, which is non-insulin dependent, in some individuals who are obese they have lost large amounts of weight such that only dietary modification is needed to control their blood sugars. The majority of patients will likely always need some type of medication.
Dr. Latisha Smith
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Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
Family Medicine
In brief: Probably
Most diabetics require medications for life.
An exception is obese type 3 diabetics, in whom weight loss may reduce the need for medications. In type 1 diabetes, Insulin is required for life.

In brief: Probably
Most diabetics require medications for life.
An exception is obese type 3 diabetics, in whom weight loss may reduce the need for medications. In type 1 diabetes, Insulin is required for life.
Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
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Dr. Theodore Caspe
Family Medicine
In brief: Maybe
If you have type 1 diabetes - you will need Insulin for life.
In type 2 diabetes we use Insulin when the blood sugar is very high - we call glucose toxic. Once we get the sugar controlled and the hgaa1c is 7 or below we can do a trial on oral medications and see how the sugar control is.

In brief: Maybe
If you have type 1 diabetes - you will need Insulin for life.
In type 2 diabetes we use Insulin when the blood sugar is very high - we call glucose toxic. Once we get the sugar controlled and the hgaa1c is 7 or below we can do a trial on oral medications and see how the sugar control is.
Dr. Theodore Caspe
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Dr. Michael Klein
Family Medicine
In brief: Mostly yes
It is possible to get off medication with a dramatic weight loss or diet change.
Also bariatric surgery (gastric bypass) can often lead to dramatic reveral of diabetes. But mostly diabetes is a progressive disease and often needs both sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol meds. It is rare to have diabetes and not need any medication at all.

In brief: Mostly yes
It is possible to get off medication with a dramatic weight loss or diet change.
Also bariatric surgery (gastric bypass) can often lead to dramatic reveral of diabetes. But mostly diabetes is a progressive disease and often needs both sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol meds. It is rare to have diabetes and not need any medication at all.
Dr. Michael Klein
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Dr. Andrew Carroll
Family Medicine
In brief: Depends
It really depends what you're being treated for. At times, type ii diabetes can be "cured" by losing weight, exercising and eating right.
Type i diabetes is not curable (yet) and always requires Insulin to treat.

In brief: Depends
It really depends what you're being treated for. At times, type ii diabetes can be "cured" by losing weight, exercising and eating right.
Type i diabetes is not curable (yet) and always requires Insulin to treat.
Dr. Andrew Carroll
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Dr. Paige Gutheil
Family Medicine
In brief: Not necessarily
In type i diabetes, Insulin is always required.
In type 2 diabetes, some patients are able to eventually get to the point where they can control their sugar with diet and exercise. The way to have the best chance of getting to this point is to use medications as your doctor prescribes, follow a diabetic diet carefully, exercise daily and achieve and maintain a healthy body weight.

In brief: Not necessarily
In type i diabetes, Insulin is always required.
In type 2 diabetes, some patients are able to eventually get to the point where they can control their sugar with diet and exercise. The way to have the best chance of getting to this point is to use medications as your doctor prescribes, follow a diabetic diet carefully, exercise daily and achieve and maintain a healthy body weight.
Dr. Paige Gutheil
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Dr. Theodore Cole
Family Medicine
In brief: Maybe
The main determinant is what type of diabetes you have.
If it's type 1 (insulin dependent), then you will in all probability require Insulin for life. It it's type 2, then it can be treated. One of the most important steps is to achieve a normal body weight. Diet and nutrition also play a critical role, and i always suggest that a nutritional analysis be done to determine vitamin/mineral needs.

In brief: Maybe
The main determinant is what type of diabetes you have.
If it's type 1 (insulin dependent), then you will in all probability require Insulin for life. It it's type 2, then it can be treated. One of the most important steps is to achieve a normal body weight. Diet and nutrition also play a critical role, and i always suggest that a nutritional analysis be done to determine vitamin/mineral needs.
Dr. Theodore Cole
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