I have had type 2 diabetes for about 15 years. Until now my a1c has hovered around 7. It has jumped to 9.5. So I guess I will be starting unsulin now and I feel defeated and anxious. I know it's a progressive disease but I always thought pills would be all I would need. I also suffer from chronic depression found a pill that really worked but upped my numbers so I take pills that sort of work and suffer through. Ok my question is does insulin make you feel better ie: less tired,less irritable. Does it manage the highs and lows better? Is it going to help? I am seeing my dr. to get started on it on Tuesday, anything I should know? Thanks
Hi Karen, Insulin will make you feel better if you do your homework and learn how to use it. It is no walk in the park, it's use takes some work on your part.
With that being said I feel starting insulin was the best move I have ever made. I have achieved a level of control that I was never able to have on oral meds. I have taken them all including the injectables Byetta and Victroza. About 6 years ago I was given a choice of Byetta or insulin I chose Byetta. I wish I had chosen insulin if I had I would be 5 years ahead of where I am now.
I don't look on my switch to insulin as having lost a battle. I look at it as when I finally started winning the war. Some people look on T2 insulin users as having a worse form of the disease. I instead look at T2's on insulin as having a better controlled disease and are better off not worse.
I so appreciate your reply, I feel encouraged...thanks
Please don't feel insulin is a failure. It is just a medication, one that is totally effective and frees me from having to feel that no matter what I do I can't control my diabetes. I am a T2, I started insulin a year and a half ago. I am actually very happy to have started insulin. I do feel better, but I can't tell you that it will fix all your problems.
Stemwinder makes great point. I am 64+ and 30+ years as type 2. I have been on just about all the things he mentions and now on insulin.
Way better answer and wish I never had bothered with starlix/glyburide et all.
Far better veriable control and complements any insulin prodction still left in your body.
Insulin is not failure and in Europe I am told they go direct to insulin.
Are you on metformin? It may be your liver has upped the low level glucose feed it provides when it should be fasting.
Best wishes and good luck with your health.
I'd always thought of insulin as a last resort, I guess I need a changed mind set. Yes I have been on metformin for years, so that's interesting. Thanks
Just for grins, you should see the latest research from Salk Institute and
John Hopkins Childrens on how that stuff really works.
The other side of insulin story is it takes a little to learn and manage.
pharma originally thought that just taking a pill was easier overall for doc and patient to manage. in the end there really no shortcuts without costs/disadvantages. on the pills - glyburide/starlix one has to eat to what pill does. With insulin, one adds just that necessary to manage carbs you eat
I am 20 years plus T2, currently self treated, I had leg pains AKA neuropathic complications just as any long term T2 do, now living a life of a non diabetic,
currently I don't need to use any diabetes meds nor insulin shots at all, for the last 18 months, my A1c consistently coming down to 5.5%. No more leg pains, sleep very well at night as in my 20's. I know that many of my fellow T2 have doubts about my claims, please look at the pics. to prove my claims that I posted in my profle.
Half of my success is follow DR. Beinrstein formula(6,12,12)
I am not against using any diabetes meds or insulin shots to fight this horrible malady which thee most painful, and costliest disease ever.
Why, ask any long term T2 about the horrendous pains that last for years .
Hi Tombcx, Bernsteins diet can work wonders. I imagine the other half of your success was your dedication to bringing this monster under control. I applaud you, you're doing what I dream of doing. I have read Bernstein and have also had success but not as much as you. With it I have lost almost 30 lbs. My weight is normal and I have cut my insulin requirements by 75% but I still need it.
I still say that taking insulin doesn't mean you lost a battle. It means your winning the war.
Thanks bsc glad you are feeling better, maybe I will too
Hi Karen, My story is similar, I posted a couple of things relating. After 10 years on orals my numbers were getting very high. For years I stated "Ill do anything not to take insulin" and after a blood sugar of 400 and some blurry vision and a 20lb weight loss , I changed it to "I will do anything to keep in control!" Over the past 6 months I have been checking my blood numerous times a day and taking insulin and now can wake up in the 70's which I never had on pills. I didn't know that any of my glucose monitors even had numbers under 140!!!! My A1C went from 10.5 to 6.3 in 3 months. Everyone is different and you have to experiment for yourself but for me I'm off all the pills I took other then Metformin and so happy to see the low numbers that only insulin can give me. I also feel much healthier, not as tired etc. When people tell me they are sorry I now have to take insulin, I tell them its the best thing I ever did!
How encouraging, interesting that you have remained on metformin. I guess I'll see on Tuesday if I will be too. I'm thinking though I would like off all pills. To see such a dramatic positive result is amazing, not looking forward to all of the poking but it's a small price to pay. Thanks so much!
Thank you all for your replies, helps a lot.