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   Posted 7/6/2008 6:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Been doing some Reading on Diabetes lately.I read in my Prescription for Nutritional Healing Fourth Edition A Practical A-to-Z Reference to Drug-free Remedies using Vitamins,Minerals,Herbs and Food Supplements Book by late Phyllis Balch CNC:

"Type 2 Diabetes can be controlled by Diet & Exercise alone,but Oral Medications or Injections of Insulin can be added if regulating the Diet does not work.Obesity is a major factor in Type 2 Diabetes,and a weight reduction program is often all that is required to control it."
If this is so,I don't understand why Doctor's are so quick to Prescribe Oral Medication and Insulin.Perhaps they figure their Patients won't follow orders EG: Diet,Exercise and lifestyle changes.
I have a Step-Cousin age 45-46 Diagnosed with Type II Diabetes last Year.Her fasting Blood Glucose was 157.Instead of Doctor telling her to make changes to her Diet,Excerise and lifestyle he put her on Metformin.
My late Father was prescribed Oral Medication upon being Diagnosed at age 42.He lost a considerable amount of weight after being diagnosed,but wasn't taken off Oral..he eventually was put on Insulin..
I've been discussing this with a Friend.Her Husband has been diagnosed with Diabetes.His Doctor gives him samples of Actos.He will take it for awhile then get scared of it and go off it for awhile.
One Day she asked the Doctor if People on Actos generally get to where they don't have to take it.The Doctor told her without hesitation,"No,once People are on Actos their Sugar normally gets worse until they eventually have to get on Insulin."
He went onto tell her,"Most People just can't do it with Diet and Exercise."She said her Husband can most definitely see a difference in himself when he will Exercise,but the problem is with his Knees and Back,Exercise becomes a problem.He has now developed High Blood Pressure.


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   Posted 7/6/2008 7:13 AM (GMT -7)   
Sydnee, I've also read somewhere that one of the reasons many doctors just go ahead and prescribe meds for diabetes in the beginning is that they don't think the patients will follow instructions to lose weight and make changes to their diet and lifestyle (like adding exercise).  That might be very true for some people.  Even here some people might want information; they ask lots of questions, but instead of making changes to how they eat, they say they just can't give up potatoes or bread, etc., food that is loaded with carbs which raise blood sugar.  So, in order to have their cake and eat it, too, it's easier to take meds to cover their high blood sugar numbers than give up some kinds of food.  For me, that's like hitting your head against the wall and wondering why you have a headache.  Another point here is that many of the doctors trained years ago didn't have a very good understanding of how blood sugar really could be controlled by diet and exercise in some cases, not all.  I'm not talking about type 1s who will always need insulin, although less if they also change diet and add exercise.  Personally, I don't believe we can rely on only natural supplements either.  Perhaps they may help the body metabolize glucose a little but I don't believe they can do that alone, with no changes of diet.  What your friend's husband's doctor told him about Actos borders on being irresponsible, in my opinion.  If this is true, why would anyone take that drug?  I don't know anything about Actos' history or trials, so I can't comment on how it works. 

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diabetes controlled so far by low/no carb diet and exercise; no meds

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   Posted 7/9/2008 7:03 AM (GMT -7)   

Type 2 Diabetes is different in everyone and we all respond differently to meds, exercise and food plans. I was on Actos and found that the constant hypoglycemic attacks made me eat more than I should. I did eventually go on to take insulin but I stopped it when I could no longer afford it and just stayed with my metformin and a very low starch food plan.

Even though I have been successful in stopping my insulin for now, diabetes is a progressive disease and it's possible that I may need to return to insulin to help keep my numbers in line. It's a daily battle and we never really win the war, just keep the enemy at bay. I'll do whatever it takes to prevent myself from becoming a burden to my family. I take good care of me so they won't have to.
~ Jeannie, Forum Moderator/Diabetes & Fibromyalgia
I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much. ~Mother Teresa

"People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

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