Medications: Lessons Learned

I'm a 72 years old woman who found out I had diabetes six years ago. Since then I learned about the do's and don'ts of taking various medicines the doctor prescribed for me.

Raise awareness among family and friends

Being Muscogee (Creek) Indian and realizing all relatives, friends and people who have died with this horrible disease is so heartbreaking. I keep my family close due to the possibilities of them contracting this disease. You look and listen to their health discussion and try to tell them to get a check up. You watch for the black or brown coloring around their neck or the amount of water or fluid intake my grandkids may drink.

Research medications to talk with doctors

I took it upon myself to research each and everyone of my medicines. With diabetes I have spinal problems and I was taking ibuprofen 800 mg twice a day. Doctor told me to stop taking ibuprofen cause I was close to stage 3 liver problems. So now I make sure after 1 month of taking a new medication I research everything I can find on it. I'm always on the look out for new medicine which will bring my A1C down.

You need to research all your medicines and make sure you know what will hurt your body and see if you can find alternative medications. I will not take Metformin and trying my best with knowing which medicines will hurt me in the long run.

I hope everyone takes time to see what's available to them. Look into alternative medicine and new medicine when possible. Make sure you really talk to your doctor.

Remember diet with diabetes management

Also TRY to watch your diet. I'm not one to talk because I'm at 300 lbs and just trying my best to not go any further than that. I know I need to lose my weight but self control is not my best quality.

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