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Can a type 2 diabetic stop taking insulin and just take metformin?

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June 20, 2019 / By Livia
Question: my doctor is not sure if im type 2 diabetic yeah maybe i am coz overweight and my blood sugar is not that high im just 16 and i dont want to take insulin and i dont feel it is it possible to take metformin and not taking insulin please share your experiences type 2 diabetic
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Kari Kari | 9 days ago
Ultimately this does not depend on what 'type' of diabetes you have but on the very very important question of how much insulin does your pancreas produce. The only way to find this out is to do a test called C-peptide testing. This test will then answer the question whether you can stop taking insulin. If your pancreas produces little or no insulin, then there is no alternative to insulin. Every human being on earth is insulin dependent. Either your pancreas makes the insulin, or you inject it. All Type 1 diabetics make little/no insulin, that's why for a Type 1, there is no alternative to insulin. (Well there is - early death.) Some Type 2 diabetics still make lots of insulin. For these people, weight loss will help to improve their sensitivity to insulin. A low carb diet will also help them to maximise the insulin they already produce themselves. But if you are a Type 2 who makes little insulin of their own, then no amount of weight loss, no diet, will stimulate your pancreas into making more insulin. To give you a comparison, it's like the difference between someone who is a little short-sighted and someone who is totally blind. You can give one person a pair of spectacles, but spectacles will not help the other at all. There is another issue here, which is, are you really a Type 2 at all? Many doctors immediately jump to the conclusion that if a patient if fat, they must be Type 2. But being fat does not prevent one from getting Type 1 diabetes. The C-peptide test will also help to establish this. It is very important that you get the right treatment for your diabetes because uncontrolled high blood sugars can do terrible damage to your body, and kill you prematurely.
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Kari Originally Answered: Can a type 2 diabetic stop taking insulin and just take metformin?
Ultimately this does not depend on what 'type' of diabetes you have but on the very very important question of how much insulin does your pancreas produce. The only way to find this out is to do a test called C-peptide testing. This test will then answer the question whether you can stop taking insulin. If your pancreas produces little or no insulin, then there is no alternative to insulin. Every human being on earth is insulin dependent. Either your pancreas makes the insulin, or you inject it. All Type 1 diabetics make little/no insulin, that's why for a Type 1, there is no alternative to insulin. (Well there is - early death.) Some Type 2 diabetics still make lots of insulin. For these people, weight loss will help to improve their sensitivity to insulin. A low carb diet will also help them to maximise the insulin they already produce themselves. But if you are a Type 2 who makes little insulin of their own, then no amount of weight loss, no diet, will stimulate your pancreas into making more insulin. To give you a comparison, it's like the difference between someone who is a little short-sighted and someone who is totally blind. You can give one person a pair of spectacles, but spectacles will not help the other at all. There is another issue here, which is, are you really a Type 2 at all? Many doctors immediately jump to the conclusion that if a patient if fat, they must be Type 2. But being fat does not prevent one from getting Type 1 diabetes. The C-peptide test will also help to establish this. It is very important that you get the right treatment for your diabetes because uncontrolled high blood sugars can do terrible damage to your body, and kill you prematurely.

Harmony Harmony
I have never been on insulin, but I have been on medications in addition to Metformin. I was able to stop taking the additional medications by losing some weight, increasing my exercise, and decreasing my carbohydrates. Now I just take Metformin. I still have weight to lose, so I suspect my insulin sensitivity will improve a little as I get closer to my right weight. I don't think I'll ever be able to go off meds no matter how much weight I lose, though. Also, diabetes is a progressive disease, so I fully expect to be on insulin eventually, as I am quite young right now. (I'm in my 20s.) I know a few people who started on insulin, then moved to Metformin only. Although it's uncommon, it is possible. Weight loss can help with this, of course, but I also seemed to recover a little after getting my blood sugar under control before all the weight loss. After a couple months of really tight control, my carbohydrate tolerance improved a bit and my numbers just kept getting more normal. I've known other Type 2s say the same thing. I have no scientific evidence to back it up; it's just my personal experience that maintaining long-term control can help. I wonder if I depleted all the sugar stores in my liver and perhaps even slowed down the loss of beta cells in my pancreas by keeping blood sugar normal. If you are Type 1, Metformin isn't going to help you except to improve your sensitivity to the insulin you inject. You'll have to inject it because eventually you won't be making any insulin. If you are Type 2, Metformin can help you use the insulin you naturally make by decreasing how much glucose your liver produces, as well as reducing insulin resistance. Good luck and I hope you find out soon what type of diabetes you have.
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Dominique Dominique
If a patient has type 1 diabetes, his or her pancreas produces very little insulin or no insulin at all. A daily insulin injection is needed in order to control the blood sugar level to prevent the patient from weakening or worst, dying. Sad to say, but this is now quite common among children. A type 2 diabetes occurs when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin or there is resistance to insulin. This is a developing disease, which starts with oral medication and if not properly treated, will eventually require insulin injection. This often affects older and obese people due to lesser activity thereby lessening insulin sensitivity. Go to : https://biturl.im/treatdiabetes14daysnow
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Carrie Carrie
RE: can a type 2 diabetic stop taking insulin and just take metformin? my doctor is not sure if im type 2 diabetic yeah maybe i am coz overweight and my blood sugar is not that high im just 16 and i dont want to take insulin and i dont feel it is it possible to take metformin and not taking insulin please share your experiences type 2 diabetic
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Angell Angell
You need to be seeing an endocrinologist, and you need antibody testing for type 1 diabetes, and you need c-peptide testing. You should not stop taking insulin until you have a firm diagnosis of type 2 backed up by evidence and not speculation (being overweight does NOT stop you from developing type 1, it isn't some sort of barrier for autoimmune diseases), understand the risks and benefits of oral medication (and the many benefits of insulin therapy), and understand that if you are a type 2 you will probably need insulin anyways years down the road, and might need it immediately if medication therapy doesn't work for you.
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Willie Willie
Diabetes might be helped easily by taking on a handful of change in lifestyle. Learn here https://tr.im/m1P3q The diet plan really should be made up of plenty of fiber and also wholesome foods. Eat four to 6 meals/snacks spread equally throughout a day. Commence doing exercises routinely. Supplements could help too. Flax oil, daily multivitamin, bitter melon, garlic, onion, and stevia might help.
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Sebastian Sebastian
The first drug given to type 2 diabetics is always metformin. Insulin is only used in cases where absolutely no insulin is being produced by the pancreas. In almost every case type 2 diabetics can reduce or eliminate their need for medication by reducing sugar and starch in their diet and losing weight.
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Sebastian Originally Answered: I am a diabetic on insulin with ED how often can i expect to have sex my wife want it everynight i cant do it?
My husband to be and a friend of mine are both young men with diabeties on insulin. I know that there will be a time when my fiance will not be able to rise to the occasion (if you know what I mean) ever again and that's okay with me because Iam marring this man for better or worse, sickness or health, untill his death (laugh!!). Even now its time that we don't have sex as often as he may want to but Iam fine about that. We have talked about it and I've made him understand that Iam not going anywhere. As long as he has his lovely manly hands and his beautiful full lips he will always be able to turn me on. Plus talk to your doctor, with supplements, excersing and good dieting you could be making good to your wife for a long time.

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