"What we do initially depends a lot on on how high their sugar is running" (1:32)
William Bornstein, MD, explains why some patients need medication right away to lower blood sugar.
Many people with type 2 diabetes want to try using diet and exercise to control their blood sugar, before resorting to medication. However, doctors often use medication right away to get blood sugar down to acceptable levels. If diet and exercise work, you may be able to reduce or stop medication later on, says William Bornstein, MD, an endocrinologist at Emory Clinic in Atlanta.