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As far as is it mandated to take medications, no one here can tell you that. That is a discussion you need to have with your medical team. Many variables play into that decision. Do your research and ask questions! We have a file on different medications as well that might help you #T2DSTMedications.
Personally when I was first diagnosed, it was suggested that I go on Metformin. I chose not to with my doctor's blessings to give it 3 months with diet alone to see what I could do without meds. I was able to control with diet alone. My levels at the time were just in the diabetic range which influenced my decision.
No. If a person is willing to avoid all the foods that raise blood sugar, that can bring levels down. A number of us here have never taken medicine in spite of very high sugar at diagnosis.
No. once on med does not mean always on meds!
From having an A1c of 10.3 I am now on 5.4 and gonna have my doctors appointment on Monday, I think she'll take my meds off.
Just because you start on medication doesn't mean you're always on medication my husband will probably be leaving his sometime later this year or next year. He is taking medication following this woe his last A1C was 5.3 he's leaving last meds when he hits 4.5
My doctor told me me at my appt if I can get my numbers down lower in 6 months and can stop the medicine too.