Justin Delgado is husband to Kacie Doyle-Delgado, diagnosed at age 11. After more than a decade together, he considers himself to be an expert carb counter and Dexcom inserter. He graduated with his Master of Science in Finance from the University of Utah in 2013 and has been working in commercial banking since then. He attended his first Friends for Life conference in 2015 and is looking forward to volunteering with the teens.
September 17, 2001
Question from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA:
Last year, my fasting glucose was 156 mg/dl [8.7 mmol/L] which I foolishly chose to ignore, and two weeks ago, a glucose tolerance test showed my initial fasting glucose to be 237 mg/dl [13.2 mmol/L]. Based on that, the test was not continued and my doctor put me on a diabetes pill. Now, careful carbohydrate and calorie counting combined with walking nightly on a treadmill my pre-meal blood checks are 62 to 122 mg/dl [3.4 to 6.8 mmol/L], with most numbers hovering below 100 mg/dl [5.6 mmol/L]. Because I was often weak, dizzy and shaky, I was taken off the pill I was on, and put on a different pill. My dietitian feels I should not be on medication at all given my diet and exercise, but my doctor feels otherwise. She also feels that if any medication, my doctor should have given me a different one. Now I'm wondering about both opinions. I see my doctor in one month. I obviously plan on following my doctor's orders, but was I put on medication prematurely?
I do not feel you were put on medication too early. I do agree that your first pill would be a good medication since it has minimal risk of hypoglycemia. It is not necessarily better to be on no medication, if the prescribed medication is doing well for you.