As I was speaking to a friend who was pre-diabetic, I advised him to comply with the medicine prescribed by his physician and start changing his diet and start exercising regularly. When he heard about the lifestyle change, he quickly replied that he would rather take the medicine. He said: “May gamot naman” (“There is a medicine anyway”).
This is a very common misconception among patients regarding the management of diabetes, especially when we see on television, some dietary supplements portraying the notion that people can eat and drink all they want as long as they take a certain health supplement or medicine. This creates a very bad impression in the minds of viewers that health can be swallowed in a pill. We’ve become a pill popping society accustomed to running to doctors to fix us.
Management of many lifestyle related diseases such as diabetes mellitus, hypertension, heart attack, stroke is never an “either-or” proposition. Control of blood sugar, for example, cannot be left to medicines alone. Diet is extremely important although by itself may not be sufficient for some patients especially when the diabetes has already existed for a long time.
Lifestyle and medicines always go hand in hand. They synergize when used in tandem. “Either- or” can prove lacking in efficacy and can be dangerous.
Disclaimer: The information above is not intended to substitute for appropriate consultation with your doctor.