Re: Is there an alternative to pills? (besides needle)
As Cora said, it may be quite possible to stay off meds IF you make some major changes regarding diet and exercise.
I want to caution you, however, that you absolutely MUST take this seriously...very seriously. If you try diet and exercise for a couple of months and are not able to keep your numbers down, then please do not further delay going on medication. The longer your blood sugars are elevated, the more damage will be done, and this is systemic damage, meaning it can affect every part of your body.
With dedication and appropriate help, however, you might be able to avoid medication. Ask your doctor for a referral to a registered dietician for advice on eating/meal planning, find a way to fit exercise in to your daily regimen, even if it's only 10 minutes at a time, and get other support if you need it (Overeaters Anonymous if that's your problem, a membership to a gym if you need support around exercise, etc.)
And if you do all of that and your numbers still don't come down, or don't come down enough, please don't consider yourself a failure. The course of Type 2 is not the same for all people, with some progressing faster while in others the disease progresses more slowly. The one and only thing that is important is that you find a way to control those blood sugars!