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Old 12-22-2012, 19:43   #1
 
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I've had type two diabetes for around tweleve years. It's been a roller coaster ride and I'll tell you why. I've been on different medicines before and right now I'm on 2000 mg of Metformin a day and 5 mg of Glispizide per day. When I started to take the Glipizide, I started gaining weight. On the Metformin I had lost 60 pounds all together. I was doing well. But my doctor thought I should go on this Glipizide and I've gained 40 of my 60 pounds back. At one time I had my A1C down to five, which is like if you don't have diabetes. So I asked my doctor if I could get off the medicine and start my diet. She discouraged me by saying I would fail and always have diabetes because it runs in my family. So from then it's been down hill, gaining weight, with my diabetes hardly under control. Now I'm wondering, after I've been a diabetic for twelve years, is it ever possible to control it by diet and exercising so I can get off of the medication? The doctor is wanting to increase my dosage of Glipizide, which will only make me gain more. When I gain more, I will need more. The merry go round continues. After tweleve years, like I have been, do you think there is any chance of controlling it by diet and exercising alone?

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There are some people on this forum who have been able to reduce, and others eliminate, the amount of medication they take by reducing carbohydrates. Have you tried a low-carb diet before?

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I've had type two diabetes for around tweleve years. It's been a roller coaster ride and I'll tell you why. I've been on different medicines before and right now I'm on 2000 mg of Metformin a day and 5 mg of Glispizide per day. When I started to take the Glipizide, I started gaining weight. On the Metformin I had lost 60 pounds all together. I was doing well. But my doctor thought I should go on this Glipizide and I've gained 40 of my 60 pounds back. At one time I had my A1C down to five, which is like if you don't have diabetes. So I asked my doctor if I could get off the medicine and start my diet. She discouraged me by saying I would fail and always have diabetes because it runs in my family. So from then it's been down hill, gaining weight, with my diabetes hardly under control. Now I'm wondering, after I've been a diabetic for twelve years, is it ever possible to control it by diet and exercising so I can get off of the medication? The doctor is wanting to increase my dosage of Glipizide, which will only make me gain more. When I gain more, I will need more. The merry go round continues. After tweleve years, like I have been, do you think there is any chance of controlling it by diet and exercising alone?

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Just because your Dr prescribes the Glip doesn't mean you have to take it We never filled my husbands script for Glip. Only the Metformin. I put my foot down about him taking Glipizide. Absolutely not!

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You are in control of your body, The MD can guide you and provide information and prescriptions, its up to you to deside as to what you do or take.

If your A1C was so good why did the MD put you on Glispizid?

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There are some people on this forum who have been able to reduce, and others eliminate, the amount of medication they take by reducing carbohydrates. Have you tried a low-carb diet before?
When my A1C was down to five, I was eating mostly veggies, so very few carbohydrates. However, that was eleven years ago. I am wondering... Do you think that I can still pull this off, with my current A1C at 7.4, even though I've been on this medication for so long?

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Many doctors are like that (at least mine and yours are!). They tend to favor meds over lifestyle changes. When I first suggested that I tried to control my blood sugar naturally via diet and exercise (I haven't heard of low carb diet yet), he discouraged it and said that from his experience most of his patients don't have the discipline to go through with it. But thanks to this forum, which opened my eyes to the danger of Glipizide, I started low-carbing and exercising. I ultimately took myself off Glipizide (without even asking my md first), and now he is fine with it because I have the A1c to back it up.

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Just because your Dr prescribes the Glip doesn't mean you have to take it We never filled my husbands script for Glip. Only the Metformin. I put my foot down about him taking Glipizide. Absolutely not!

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How high was his A1C when his doctor tried to put him on Glip? How is he doing now without it? Thank you for your response.

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~~ mylady1993 ~~ Hi and welcome to our community!!

You could not find a more caring and understanding community than we have right here.

I wish we could say that our Doctors and Dietitians know what is best for us, but I think the sad truth is that the "standard of treatment" fails many patients who really try hard to follow the advice given, and then all too often the patient gets blamed.
What you will find in here are many diabetics who have successfully managed to control their diabetes, and you can, too

But if you have not already done so, please read Jenny Ruhl's web site -- Blood Sugar 101
She is also a T2 and has access to much of the current research, and summarizes it for us. Most of her advice is based on solid research. There is an entire book's worth of information there, and well worth your time to read as much as you can.
Another great site is Dr. Andreas Eenfelt, the Diet Doctor. I especially recommend his videos; they are very helpful and explain a lot. His site can be found here: LCHF for beginners | DietDoctor.com

I learned a great deal from these two sites. You will get a lot of the help you need from these two sites, as well as from our members here.

Good luck to you, please come back often and share your experiences, questions and concerns. We are here to help

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After tweleve years, like I have been, do you think there is any chance of controlling it by diet and exercising alone?

--Discouraged Diabetic, please reply
It is very likely that you could gain good control of your blood sugars through diet and exercise. I am able to totally control diabetes with diet alone - since I am unable to exercise much. The key is keeping ones consumption of carbohydrates at or below one's ability to metabolize it. There are many here on this forum who do this. Some were initially out-of-control with high BGs, but after some weeks or months eating low carb/high fat (LCHF) they made a dramatic turnaround and now have near normal numbers.

I do not want to give the impression that everyone can achive control through diet alone. Everyone's body is different, so some can do this, and others need meds or insulin. The goal for this community of diabetics is to do what it takes to achieve control and thus avoid complications.

By the way, a LCHF diet will most likely melt off all that extra weight. It has done so for me and others.

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I too control my diabetes totally through diet - I have no good excuse not to exercise, I'm just lazy! You do have to radically alter your diet, but as you'll see if you read around this forum, many of us have successfully done it.

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