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Can taking diabetic medication on and off impair the other blood parameters?

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Dr. K. Shobana

Published At December 26, 2022
Reviewed AtOctober 16, 2023

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

My husband is 39 years old. He has diabetes and has been taking Metformin 500 mg on and off. His fasting glucose level is 125 mg/dL, after the meal 207 mg/dL, total cholesterol 206 mg/dL, LDL 130 mg/dL, HDL 46 mg/dL, and HbA1c 6.8 mg/dL. Is this dangerous? He is sick and coughing. Please give me information about this. Thank you.

Hello,

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Firstly, there is nothing serious in the present reports. Also, I would not be able to say anything about his blood sugar levels, as he is on and off his medicines. For three months, let your husband try a healthy diabetic diet and exercise for atleast 30 minutes four times a week. Repeat the tests; if they have reduced, he can continue the lifestyle modifications. If not, he would need medicines for the same. Please visit the physician who started your husband on Metformin 500 mg and discuss dosage adjustment. Thank you.

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