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Old 04-08-2013, 13:27   #1
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Hello everyone. I have a question to ask you all.
I have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. With exercise and diet control, my fasting reading is 130. Should I start with medication or would lifestyle changes alone suffice? Do note that I moved on to a healthier lifestyle only a month ago. I am also in the menopausal stage.

Does blood sugar get effected due to diabetes or menopause?


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Welcome fellow Indian how much has your fasting dropped since exercise and diet control? What my doctor suggested was that if my fasting is above 115, she will put me on med. I would say ask your doctor but a lot of people here have taken meds and got their numbers in control and tapered off the meds later and now are just on exercise and diet. Maybe you could try that as an option. But in all i would suggest that find a doctor whom you trust. There are so many doctors out there (esp in India), who just hand out meds as candies. Tell your doc that you would love to be off med and see if he/she supports you in the process. You need a doctor who wants to work hard with you and not just take the easy way out.

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It depends on what exactly is your 'healthier lifestyle', sarmistha. If your meals still include rice & bread, then your new lifestyle is anything but healthy now that you are diabetic. In order to control your diabetes with exercise and diet, you must strip your diet of carbohydrate, because it's the carbs that raise your blood sugar.

As Paulomi says, there are plenty of doctors who hand out meds like candy, and tell their patients they can eat anything they want, and just keeping taking more meds to cover it. You don't have to be one of those patients. Just stop eating grains (corn, wheat, rice, oats, etc.) and anything that's made with grains. Fruits and milk raise blood sugar too, and so do potatoes and other 'root' vegetables.

If you don't have a meter, you need to get one, and then Eat to your meter.

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