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Old 11-23-2012, 11:54   #1
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I decided this morning to skip medication and test how well I would do without it by diet alone, as do some members.

What Im concerned about is my medical aid and my good ol doctor.
I hope my medical insurance would not have a problem when I need it and respond with due to me not taking meds, it will not pay.

Im also concerned that my doc would have a problem with it. He wasnt happy about me coming off the statin. I guess I would have to prove first that my cholesterol and HBA1C are within range with dr .

Has anyone experienced problems with either in this regard.

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Old 11-23-2012, 13:09   #2
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I'm in the US so can't speak to how insurance works in SA.

As to my doctors (I have two internists in different parts of the country), they (mostly!) work with me and respect medication decisions I make. When I announced I had reduced metformin, they were both supportive, and the same when I eliminated it. Had my numbers gone up dangerously, I'm sure they would have suggested I go back on. I was taking metformin.

There is a lot of play in bg numbers, and since I'm stricter with myself than they are, there isn't much conflict.

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I am not sure I would stop buying a prescription if I thought I might need it.

I am taking Metformin, and I have a couple of other prescriptions for non-daibetes related issues.

I was on simvastatin, took it for one month and did not refill it. My doctor then wanted to put me on Lipitor. I explained to her the bad side effects I was having with the simvastatin, and I had no reason to think it would be any better with Lipitor. I was waking with headaches that lasted all day, and after about 3 weeks noticed serious memory issues. The headaches cleared up immediately when I stopped taking the statin, the memory issues took about a month to clear up. Also my cholesterol is within normal ranges. She is okay with me not taking it and for the time being we are going to see how well I manage my cholesterol with diet (I also take Omega 3 supplements).

There are a few studies that indicate statins are not of any benefit to women, especially post-menopausal women. Also there is evidence that heart attacks are not related to cholesterol levels, 50 - 75% of heart attack victims have low cholesterol. I suspect the culprit there is either inflammation or a deficiency of CoQ10, which is essential to heart health. Statin drugs interfere with the body's production of cholesterol, and other enzymes that depend on the same process, including the body's produciton of CoQ10.

If one of the drugs you are considering not taking is Metformin, I would suggest refilling it anyway, so if your BG rises, you still have it.

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Thankyou Moon and Gretchen for your responses.

I guess the insurance will align themselves with whatever the doctor ultimately decide or prescribe.
If I can produce good results, then I suppose he would have no choice but to work with me instead of insisting on meds I dont need.

I am on Glucophage 850mg and take 2 tabs daily. 1 Amloc for BP.
Vitamins which incl Omega 3.

Gretchen I agree with you on the statin. I was on it for a little longer than you and when someone here pointed out how bad they are, I stopped and could feel the difference in myself. He too suggested another one, and I refused.
Yeah, I suppose its handy to keep the prescription on standby

Like Moon's doctors, I will see if he is fine with me coming off the meds, and hope he respects my decision to go without If I manage it well. Im only seeing him in January.

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