How Long Can You Go Without Insulin Type 2

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Treating Type 2 Diabetes Without Insulin

When you think of diabetes medication, you probably think of insulin. In many cases, treatment for type 2 diabetes may never actually involve insulin replacement. Although type 2 diabetes is caused by a failure of the body to make or properly use its own insulin, a hormone needed for blood sugar control, there are many treatment plans for type 2 diabetes without insulin replacement. “You could say that everybody with type 2 diabetes will eventually need insulin if they lived long enough," explains Kevin M. Pantalone, DO, an endocrinologist and diabetes expert at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. "But in reality, only about 20 to 30 percent of people with type 2 diabetes ever need it. We have lots of other options we can use first." First-Line Options: Diet, Exercise, and Metformin “Diet and exercise alone were once the standard diabetes therapies for early type 2 diabetes, but that has changed over the past few years," Dr. Pantalone says. "The American Diabetes Association (ADA) now recommends starting the diabetes medication metformin early. Today, only a minority of people are prescribed diet and exercise alone for diabetes." According to a review of type 2 diabetes management pl Continue reading >>

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  1. BLC

    Life without insulin? Is it possible?

    I am a type 1 diabetic. If I only ate low carb foods that do not raise my sugar could I stop taking insulin? Tomatoes, peppers, carrots, green beans, lettuce, cabbage and other foods do not raise my sugar so if I stayed on a diest of these foods and other foods that contain little or no carbs could I live without insulin?

  2. DiabeticMomMrsD

    My son was diagnosed on May 30th,
    DKA lost 27 pounds in three weeks.
    Now he has been off insulin for three weeks and he has blood sugars that is perfect and his c-peptide is 5.0 (perfect and optimal). So it is possible to doing this great the honeymoon or is he an living example of being without insulin.
    We are Paleo and workout 1 hr a day Monday thru Friday with three days killing it. He has about 60-100
    carbs a day. Just good carbs vegetables, bananas, apples.

  3. Sweetvet

    I'm a type 1 and have been for over 43 years with no complications. I'm asking myself the same question as you, so I'm about to test myself with the following:
    Continue injecting lower amounts of my long acting insulin (NPH) twice a day, but lowering it gradually.
    Continue lifting weights and combining distance running and high intensity workouts. I've been doing this for 40+ years and I'm convinced that the "doses" of adrenaline and endorphins have a beneficial effect.
    Test my bgls 12-18 times a day (I use the Libre glucose monitor which makes this frequency very easy). Inject small top-ups of fast acting Humalog, if needed.
    Eat a diet of lean meat, fruit and vegetables, avoiding high carb intake.
    Has anyone tried this already, as a means to avoid hypos?

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