When is medication needed for type 2 diabetics? —Linda Andersen

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When do you determine that medication is needed for type 2 diabetics? Thank you!

Q: When do you determine that medication is needed for type 2 diabetics?

Medication is required when lifestyle measures—a low-carb diet, regular exercise and stress reduction—aren't enough to keep your blood sugar under good control. Your doctor will likely discuss medication with you when your fasting blood sugar and/or A1c indicate that your blood sugar is frequently outside of the target range. If you consistently follow a low-carb diet, get plenty of physical activity, and engage in stress relief measures, yet your blood sugar remains too high, you will need to take some sort of diabetes medication, at least temporarily.

Answered By dLife Expert: Franziska Spritzler, RD, CDE

Certified diabetes educator and registered dietitian living in Southern California.


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