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Wed Sep 12 17:21:53 UTC 2012

Iam taking Janumet 50/500 once a day, my A1C was 5.7, should I still be taking medication?
Asked By: randeg  

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Was diagnosed in Sept. 2010, with Type 2, AIc was 12.8 but it got lower and lower after medication, which has been reduced, I also lost 20lbs. Just wandering if I will always need to take medication. Thank for any info you can give me
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2012-09-18 19:35:25.0


Thanks for asking dLife.

Congratulations on achieving an excellent A1C!.

Your efforts in controlling blood glucose levels certainly paid off. Lifestyle changes resulting in weight loss improve blood glucose control! Keep in mind that the medication has been part of the treatment.

I recommend that you talk with your doctor about reducing the dose or even eliminating the oral medication. Take this opportunity to review your diabetes treatment plan and determine how best to manage your diabetes at this time. Your A1C is at a safe enough level that your doctor might agree to a temporary trial to determine if medication is still required. Frequent finger sticks will tell you if your blood glucose levels remain within target range.

Take care.

Answered By: Liz Quintana
Accreditations: EdD, RD, LD, CDE
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