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TIME TO STOP TAKING DIABETES MEDICINE

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TIME TO STOP TAKING DIABETES MEDICINE

How to do list

1 Review the medications you’re currently taking and the reasons for each.

2 Evaluate your specific risk of experiencing the harmful effects of a drug in order to determine whether it makes sense for you to reduce the dosage or discontinue the drug altogether.

3 Compare each drug’s current or future potential benefit with its current or future potential harm.

4 Categorize the drugs you’ll discontinue, giving priority to those that are least likely to cause withdrawal symptoms or a rebound effect, as well as those for which the potential harm of staying on the drug outweighs the benefit. If you’re going off of multiple meds, you’ll likely do it one at a time so your physician can better manage any symptoms.

5 Going off of unnecessary medications can get rid of unpleasant or dangerous side effects, make it more likely you’ll take your other meds as directed, and lower health care costs, among other things.

6 The other high costs of drugs, the financial costs are not the only downside of our complete dependence on drugs to address type-2 diabetes. All medications come with side effects; some are only annoyances but others can be deadly.

7 Some of the older diabetes meds that stimulate insulin secretion, including insulin itself, can increase the risk of heart disease and interfere with weight loss. For an obese person with diabetes, just losing weight can go a long way in improving blood sugar control and lowers risk of complications. You may not be aware that your treatment may be making you worse.

8 Some of the newer drugs are associated with an increased risk of pancreatitis, various cancers, kidney and gall bladder problems, infection, and recently reported severe joint pains. Not to speak of the very high costs associated with newer drugs.

9 Make an informed decision ultimately, the reason to stop taking diabetes medicine and make better lifestyle choices is not to avoid taking drugs. It's about living healthier and improving the quality and duration of your life.

If you believe that you're healthy enough to stop treatment but your doctor advises against it, try to listen as closely as possible to the reasons. You are not being punished, and the recommendation doesn't mean that you're in "poor" health. It's simply that the benefits of treatment may outweigh the possible consequences of stopping.

The one thing you should do it is create a plan of action to stop medicine, including how your doctor will monitor your progress. Share that plan with your caregivers and everyone else on your health care team.  Be sure in the end, it's your choice to make.

 

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