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Is medicine necessary for controlling blood sugar levels?

Q: I am a 56 years old diabetic male. For the last nine years, I have been following a strict diet and am also exercising for an hour daily. With this I have been able to keep my blood sugar level (PP) around 167 - 200 mg/dl. However, for the last two months, I have been feeling very weak and tired. I am also losing weight. I contacted a general physician who advised me to take EUGLIM-2 once a day before lunch. To manage my blood sugar levels, I have been asked to take GLYCOPHAGE-1 once a day. But I don’t want to take this medicine. Right now, my PP blood sugar is 136 mg/dl. Do I need to take medicine?

A:I doubt that you will be able to discontinue medications now. You can def give a try. Usually it so happens that after few years of diabetes beta cells which make insulin in body do not function and it becomes difficult to control without medications. Please do make a note that you need to take Aspirin 75 mg and a lipid lowering medication of your total cholesterol is >140 mg/dl (which is likely). These two medications are in addition to sugar lowering drugs and will help in prevention of heart disease.

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