Once under control, should we stop medicine?

The aim in prescribing medicines to a person with diabetes is to achieve & maintain good blood glucose (BG) control through out the day. It will provide sense of well being & will help in preventing or arresting the development of serious heart, brain, eye, kidney and nerve disease.

Abruptly stopping medicine may be detrimental to your health. But under the guidance of your health care provider, you can definitely reduce the dose of medicines gradually. Follow healthy life style; consume diet prescribed by expert & perform aerobics regularly. If you are medically fit, play outdoor games. Yoga (flexibilities, asanas & pranayams) will help you a lot. Try to maintain ideal body weight. If you are overweight, reduce weight by at least 5%.

Before reducing the dose of medicine, make sure that BG values during other part of the day (i.e. before & after dinner) are normal, HbA1c (blood glucose control profile over preceding 90 days) level is less than 8% & you are not be having any complication of diabetes.

Dr. Mayur Patel


Chairman and Chief Diabetologist

All India Institute of Diabetes & Research

Swasthya Diabetes Care,

6 Replies

  • Hi ,

    The blog is valuable one . In case of good control over one`s diabatic , the patient is estopped to take any indipendent opinion .

    He has to consult his Doctor and he has to act , according to the advise of the Doctor.

    Doctor will advice in a better way . This should be the advice to all the fellow members

    who are ailing with Diabatics.

    Karan ( Pravakar)

  • Control on food, getting enough exercise to various parts of body, drinking enough water, cleaning body everyday and getting enough rest including sound sleep shall save you from further damage / or re occurrence of the diabetes.

    Consume balanced food everything you like in rotation but only as much it is required for the time being. Have vegetable food and dish always in your menu. When you insist non-vegetarian eat vegetables or fruit 50-100 grams un- cooked.

    Avoid canned foods, biscuits, sweets, beverages and foods that used colors and preservatives .

    Liquors, tobacco in any form, drugs and sedatives of all types should completely be avoided.

    Drink 12-14 cups of water (children 8-12 cups or in proportion) including coffee and tea. Do as much work or exercises everyday as all the muscles of internal and external parts and organs of the body get enough movement.

    Let you have good sleep about 6-8 hours at night but avoid sleep in day times. Don’t go emotional, control anger, hatred, selfishness, pride and jealousy. (Remember all these emotions

  • sir,

    Please let us know why diabetics are not given Medical Insurance even after 3 years of the same in control ?

  • Thank you

  • sir,

    Please let us know why diabetics are not given Medical Insurance even after 3 years of the same in control ?

  • Several companies have started giving insurance to people with diabetes. You can refer my interview on front page,in Times of India last month (I forgot the exact date)

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