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Have you ever disagreed with your doctor's plan for diabetes management? What did you do?

Have you ever disagreed with your doctor's plan for your type 2 diabetes management? If so, what did you do? Please share your experiences with us!

  1. Although my doctor told me I have type 2 diabetes and left the test results for me to read he gave me no advice on how to manage it. I guess I'm on my own. Not even sure what device I need to check blood sugar.

    1. , that seems very frustrating and confusing!! A new diagnosis is confusing on its own and not getting any guidance, even more so. You've come to a great place though, with a lot of information. You might want to see if you can see a certified diabetes educator: https://type2diabetes.com/living/what-certified-diabetes-care-education-specialist. They can teach you a lot about diabetes management. Here's information on devices to check blood sugar: https://type2diabetes.com/living-with-t2d/home-blood-glucose-monitoring & https://type2diabetes.com/living-with-t2d/types-of-blood-glucose-meters. Additionally, here's some articles on being newly diagnosed: https://type2diabetes.com/living/newly-diagnosed-whats-next, https://type2diabetes.com/living/dear-newly-diagnosed-friend, & https://type2diabetes.com/living/diagnosis-experience-stories. It can be a lot, navigating this new diagnosis, but the community is here for you! Please don't hesitate to reach out and ask questions. Warmly, Minel (Team Member)

  2. I was prescribed Glipizide and also a med that lowers cholesterol. I take my Metformin. But the other 2 meds remain in their bottles. The low carbohydrate/high fiber/moderate protein diet is the most helpful "medicine", especially when combined with an intermittent fasting regimen. No added sugars, no added starches, no wheat or grains, nada más.

    1. Appreciate you sharing with us. Glad that you have been able to find relief and manage your health through diet changes and medication. Please be sure to communicate with your doctor your wishes and let them know that you aren't taking those other prescriptions. Wishing you continued success! Best, Kelly, type2diabetes.com Community moderator

  3. Went keto, got off all meds. My a1c went from 11.4 to 4.9 in 3 months

    1. Yes!!! My husband is the one with T2D, diagnosed a year ago. Three years ago, though, he showed up as borderline and ignored it. The doctor wasn't helpful then, and we didn't know what to do, so we proceeded with life as always. Well, this past January when his A1C was really high, they just stuck him on Metformin, told him to watch what he eats, and sent him on his way. That was it. I 100% disagreed with their treatment "plan." I finally got hubby to agree to see an endocrinologist (who is horrified he's not checking blood sugar regularly/daily) and have an appointment for a dietician.


      mentioned Keto, but hubby can't go all out Keto because he has a heart problem, complete with a double bypass a few years ago. I figure we can look into the principles of it, though, see what we can take from it. It really helped my brother-in-law manage his diabetes.

      1. Hi!
        I agree that there are some positive benefits from eating Keto; however, not everyone is medically able to do Keto. If Keto is something that your husband really wants to do, then maybe there is a way that he could do a modified Keto eating plan. You can ask the dietitian if there are some Keto principles that can be used that won't affect your husband's heart condition. Ultimately, if that's not the case, then continue to work together with the dietitian to come up with a eating plan that will work for him. Please keep us updated!- CJ, Community Moderator

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