I was diagnosed with diabetes, shouldn’t my doctor suggest Metformin?

I was diagnosed with diabetes in 2015. I had been able to bring my A1C down through lifestyle and diet changes, which allowed me to avoid medication. However, I have been trending up for over a year. My last A1C taken in late April was a 7.0 and my doctor still feels I should stick it out with diet and exercise and to come back in 6 months for another A1C test. Is this normal advice? Shouldn’t he suggest Metformin to try to avoid long term damage for not being in a normal range? I appreciate any advice on this matter. Thank you.

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Ayman Darrag
2:41 pm

İn my opinion ,you should stick to diet and life style modification in addition to medical treatment yes as this can be harmful as you diabetes is high still..

Ahmed Fawzy
3:03 pm

Yes your doctor should have prescribed metformin, however you levels are not high enough to cause damage and you doctor is very good he is not trying to manage your diabetes he is trying to treat it, I would stay with him if I were you
Good Luck

Dr.Honey Arora
3:43 pm

Thanks for the query..

HbA1c levels above 6.5% is considered to be diabetes.
And you already have 7.
Diet and lifestyle will definitely help but you should monitor your blood sugar levels by checking your fasting the post prandial blood sugar levels.

In case if they are consistently high then it is always better to take oral hypoglycemic drugs like Metformin and others under supervision of a Diabetologist..

So my advice is to check for 15 days regularly and consult a Diabetologist..

Hope this helps..

Masr Fawzy
6:20 am

As long as your levels are within the range with the diet modification and exercise, so no need to be given metformin
What is your weight now please??