About the food cost: When was the last time you (or anyone else) could buy food at the grocery store that had only one serving? Even a can of soup has 2.5 servings. Unless I eat all of it, I throw out the remaining. Food cost is something I have to pay close attention to.
About insulin cost:
Yes, the analogs are very expensive. Generally between $225 and $300 for a box of 5. Regular insulin in a bottle costs $25 at walmart and a box of syringes is $14.
NPH is a bit more expensive though. Last time I bought some it cost around $50 I think.
I had the same results you did - ideal numbers and low blood pressure. With one exception - my cholesterol went down to 103, not under 100 (LDL).
My blood pressure went down to 80/48 - dangerously low according to my doctor. And I kept having problems eating enough calories in a day. I went to bed at one weight, and woke up 5 pounds lighter the next morning. I had to eat a whole bakery style cheesecake per day just to maintain my weight.
Then I got insulin. Most if not all my numbers returned to normal non diabetic ranges. Weight shot up. Gained 40 whopping pounds in 3 months.
If the weather would cooperate, I could reduce or eliminate the need for insulin by means of exercise. Just far too rainy this year.
Here in a few minutes, I will shoot some insulin, eat a bowl of cereal, then go outside and mow the lawn. Then go for a walk. I should be able to only dose 1/2 of what I did without the exercise.
I don't mind taking the shots at all. It gives me a chance to eat real foods, like a piece of my wife's birthday cake with ice cream last night.
I do get one enjoyment out of taking shots though.
When I am in a restaurant and see some FAT kids sucking down pop, shakes, 5 pounds of fries, etc, I make sure I get out the BIGGEST needle I have.
I prep up for a shot, making sure they see it. The horrid looks on their little faces is priceless when they see me act like it's killing me in pain when I inject.
Then I look at them and say "see, you keep eating that junk, you get to do this soon too"
I know that sooner or later, if even one kid stops eating that cr@p, I may have saved them from a lifetime of health problems or possibly their life.
Think of the old TV show "Scared Straight".
Initially, when I went on that all meat diet, I ate about 1,000 calories a day for the first 3 months or so. Then when my blood sugars and weight came down, I ate more meat. But for some reason I couldn't stop the weight loss.
From what I gather, my 1st phase insulin release is very defective. And that may be the explanation as to why my numbers did what they did.
I had to live for treating my disease, to the exclusion of all else. This is not a life, it is an existence. That is how I got insulin. My spikes went crazy when the summertime heat arrived and I couldn't keep my weight up.
They checked my meter to see if I was lying. They immediately gave me insulin, skipping the pills altogether.
It's not hard to control the disease with diet and exercise alone. It's just very time consuming and expensive. Cost more than the insulin does to maintain that control.
Jan, I never have eaten veggies with a scant few exceptions like corn, potatoes, yams, and sweet peas. I will never eat them. Severe food abuse issues when I was a young child that went on into my mid teens.
Also, females need about 1/3 to 1/2 the calories that an active male needs. 1400 calories per day is fairly cheap. 3,000 to 5,000 calories per day for an 'outdoors' type man is very expensive. I used to eat around 2,000 per day with my level of activity.