Our expert says:
It is difficult to say if it is possible to stop using insulin if you have been using it for 5 years. Factors that would play a role, are: 1) If you have been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes - in this case, you would probably have to use insulin for the rest of your life; 2)If you have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and use insulin in addition to other oral diabetic medications such as sulphonylureas, etc, then improving your diabetic profile (losing weight, doing exercise, adhering to your diabetic diet very strictly and using the oral diabetic medications correctly), may result in such an improvement in your prognosis that the doctors may remove the insulin from your list of medications. I would recommend that you discuss this with the dr who is treating your diabetes, as well as with your dietitian who is assisting you with your diabetic diet and weight control.
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