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Posted on Sat, 13 Dec 2014
Question: Iam over weight and been trying to lose some weight. I am board line diabetic and trying to bite it in the butt before it gets worse. I feel my doctor I see isn't willing to give me something to help. So what could I use over the counter.
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Answered by Dr. Ivo Ditah (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
What are your blood sugars?

Detailed Answer:
Hi and thank you so much for this query.

Treatment of diabetes comprises of the following in order of preference.
1. Exercise
2. Diet and life style modifications,

And if the above two measures fail

3. Drugs.

It is not because you are diabetic that your doctor would immediately prescribe medications. It is wrong and not good practice. I know he must have advised on life style modifications and regular exercises. Also, weight loss is going to do you so much good at controlling the blood sugars. Should you follow these measures and not feel better or your blood sugar keeps rising, then your doctor would consider adding an oral medication.

In all, I advice you don't rush to drugs just now. First start with regular exercises, dietary changes with low sugars, much fruits and vegetables, low fats, etc. This would be the most meaningful part of treatment and drugs would only be considered to supplement and not replace these.

I hope this helps. I wish you well. Thank you so much for using our services and feel free to ask for more information and clarifications if need be.
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Brief Answer: What are your blood sugars? Detailed Answer: Hi and thank you so much for this query. Treatment of diabetes comprises of the following in order of preference. 1. Exercise 2. Diet and life style modifications, And if the above two measures fail 3. Drugs. It is not because you are diabetic that your doctor would immediately prescribe medications. It is wrong and not good practice. I know he must have advised on life style modifications and regular exercises. Also, weight loss is going to do you so much good at controlling the blood sugars. Should you follow these measures and not feel better or your blood sugar keeps rising, then your doctor would consider adding an oral medication. In all, I advice you don't rush to drugs just now. First start with regular exercises, dietary changes with low sugars, much fruits and vegetables, low fats, etc. This would be the most meaningful part of treatment and drugs would only be considered to supplement and not replace these. I hope this helps. I wish you well. Thank you so much for using our services and feel free to ask for more information and clarifications if need be.