Medical Specialty >> Endocrinology

Doctors Lounge - Endocrinology Answers

Back to Endocrinology Answers List

If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or 911 immediately. Doctors Lounge ( does not recommend or endorse any specific tests, physicians, products, procedures, opinions, or other information that may be mentioned on the Site.

DISCLAIMER: The information provided on is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between a patient/site visitor and his/her physician. Please read our 'Terms and Conditions of Use' carefully before using this site.

Date of last update: 10/17/2017.

Forum Name: Diabetes

Question: can diabetes be controled without medicine?

 problems101 - Thu Sep 03, 2009 8:30 pm


I just recently got diagnosed with diabetes, at first my a1c was 10.3, last month with eating changes, exercise and metformin, my a1c dropped 6.9

Now my daily reading are in the 109's to 119's, If my numbers are good, I don't take the metformin, because it seems like the diet/walking is working. are there people who are "diabetic" but don't take meds for it?

 Dr.M.jagesh kamath - Mon Sep 07, 2009 4:54 am

User avatar Hello,You have type2 diabetes charecterised by insulin resistance in the cells.This can be due to obesity.The body tries to produce more insulin but fails.So two ways,one to reduce insulin resistance by excercise,and diet.Second by stimulating the pancreas to produce insulin by drugs.The first statergy if it works would be good enough.This is tried for 3 to 6 months and if you are able to get adequate control drugs may not be required.But regular monitoring is a must.Best wishes.
 michwoll - Fri Feb 12, 2010 8:05 am

Im on metformin 500 mg 3 times a day and diamicron 30 mg once and my reading is 8.3 ,7.8 ,8.5 is not lower and I also have neuropathy .can I take Alpha lipoic acid to help my neuropathic pain?.
thanks for your time.

| Check a doctor's response to similar questions

Are you a Doctor, Pharmacist, PA or a Nurse?

Join the Doctors Lounge online medical community

  • Editorial activities: Publish, peer review, edit online articles.

  • Ask a Doctor Teams: Respond to patient questions and discuss challenging presentations with other members.

Doctors Lounge Membership Application

Tools & Services: Follow DoctorsLounge on Twitter Follow us on Twitter | RSS News | Newsletter | Contact us