How can I reduce my need for diabetes medication?

Dr. Jack Merendino, MD
Endocrinology Diabetes & Metabolism
Exercise, in combination with proper diet (and usually weight loss), can reduce your need for diabetes medication, sometimes drastically. In some cases your blood sugar levels will return to normal and you can go off the meds completely! (However, diabetes is a progressive disease. Even after your blood sugar level returns to normal, you must continue to monitor it and see your doctor regularly. Even with the best diet and exercise regimen, high blood sugar levels can return.) The combination of exercise and weight loss can mean better blood sugar control and creates a long-term protection against heart disease and other chronic conditions for people with diabetes (and everyone else).
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Diabetes mellitus (MEL-ih-tus), often referred to as diabetes, is characterized by high blood glucose (sugar) levels that result from the body’s inability to produce enough insulin and/or effectively utilize the insulin. Diabetes ...

is a serious, life-long condition and the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Diabetes is a disorder of metabolism (the body's way of digesting food and converting it into energy). There are three forms of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that accounts for five- to 10-percent of all diagnosed cases of diabetes. Type 2 diabetes may account for 90- to 95-percent of all diagnosed cases. The third type of diabetes occurs in pregnancy and is referred to as gestational diabetes. Left untreated, gestational diabetes can cause health issues for pregnant women and their babies. People with diabetes can take preventive steps to control this disease and decrease the risk of further complications.

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