Is Diabetes Medication Habit Forming?
Medication habit forming
QUESTION: Dr. Alba,
Is it true that if you are diagnosed as a Type 2 Diabetic and put on medications for a long period of time, then your body gets used to it and one will never be able to come off the allopathic medications?
ANSWER: Hi Varun,
Generally, when a drug resistance occurs (i.e its effectiveness is reduced by time); it involves antibiotics or antineoplastic drugs.
With regards to lowering blood sugar drugs, the resistance involves mainly insulin (the substance normally produced by our body).
Specifically, type 2 diabetics do have insulin resistance (insulin is not produced or not working properly).
The use of drugs in type 2 diabetes aims to improve insulin resistance. So, the main goal is to help pancreas produce and secrete insulin or to help insulin in the peripheral cells while trying to put inside blood glucose.
Now, all these functions are not accomplish if drugs are used alone. Type 2 diabetics need to make changes in their lifestyle and diet strategies to have better success.
To help you understand better. If you are using Metformin, its main function is to:
- suppress glucose production in the liver
- improve insulin resistance (as mentioned above)
- inhibits the absorption of glucose from intestines
If you, let's say eat too much high-carb food; then, Metformin cannot succeed in its work although higher doses your doctor would prescribe.
Or, if you conduct a sedentary life; Metformin alone cannot improve insulin resistance because there are other factors (such as sedentary life, etc) that negatively affect its role.
At the end, it is crucial to understand that drugs alone or foods alone cannot help you succeed in beating type 2 diabetes.
Instead, altogether they can help you a lot. Furthermore, if your body gets to its normal activity (no excess production of glucose or no insulin resistance, etc); then, it would not be necessary to use drugs anymore.
However, you should be firm in conduction a healthy lifestyle, diet, and herbal use.
Hope it helped!