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7 yrs Excellent Control - Considering Insulin?
2 years ago  ::  May 08, 2012 - 11:14AM #19
sherigibson1958
Posts: 526
type2

Copperhairpin - I agree, my insurance I'm certain wouldn't cover a pump - given my medical history.  I'll even bet my doctor won't approve the insulin unless I insist.  I've tried to change meds and she wouldn't do it - indicating, there's not a problem so why do you want to do that???  Well, we'll see!



Thanks for the input.Cool

2 years ago  ::  May 08, 2012 - 10:16AM #18
copperhairpin
Posts: 861
type2

In all honesty I would be shocked if they offered you the option of a pump.  You have had excellent control with pills and diet so far.  I bet you can switch over to insulin.  But I am pretty sure that you would start with a very small amount of it.  As I understand it type 2 diabetics are only offered a pump with doctor's request and that is justified if your diabetic type 1 or type 2 if all other means to control it are exhausted.  At least that is how it is with Medicare and wouldn't you think other insurances would follow that policy too?  Pumps are very expensive.


If you are like me they would start you with a very small amount of insulin to start with.  IT is really no big deal to have insulin shots at all and they make short needles and small syringes for small amounts of insulin.  The scale on them is more accurate for small amounts than the regular size syringes are. Remember to ask for ultra fine needles too.  Hardly can tell you have given yourself an injection with that.


I wish you well with whatever you and your doctor decide to do.  I take oral meds and insulin injections and that is ok for me.  I do not mind it at all because it gives me a chance of control.  It is up to me with these aids.  But I so wish I could just control it with one medication.  But for most it is usually a progressive illness and many eventually go to insulin later. 


I love insulin for sure.


Sally

Sally
2 years ago  ::  May 08, 2012 - 7:23AM #17
sherigibson1958
Posts: 526
type2

Stephanie, that's news to me - hadn't heard of complications related to the pump.  I've always thought it was a no brainer for diabetics - but it clearly makes sense why everyone doesn't have on.  I've never been on an insulin regimen - it's something I'm considering for even better control.  I've been reading that individuals have opted to insulin rather than staying on pills.  At this point, it's just a consideration and I greatly appreciate this even greater insight from the posts here.


I will accept your blessings and thanks for taking time to share.Laughing

2 years ago  ::  May 07, 2012 - 7:57AM #16
Stefanie
Posts: 1

Hi Sheri, I have been a Diabetic for 38 yrs ( I'm 40). So I have used Insulin pretty much my whole life. Dr's have tried to get me on the pump for years. But I have met SEVERAL people that have been in the hospital because their pump has a problem. Most recently, my husband's employee. He is in the hospital every month about.  But don't let this post discourage you either. I have met a few people that have had good luck with it. One being another client. She has Type I and had the stomach bypass then went on the pump. And she has done WONDERFUL on it. In fact she almost convinced me! And I have been a skeptic for a long time. I think that it is all in your choice and how you want to try it. If it doesn't work for you, Can't you just go back to regular shots?



Blessings and prayers,


Stef

2 years ago  ::  May 06, 2012 - 4:00AM #15
sherigibson1958
Posts: 526
type2

Didn't think about the pump as being an option?  Curious and curious.  Thanks again everyone...Laughing

2 years ago  ::  May 05, 2012 - 10:50AM #14
Mitchell
Posts: 1

Hi Sheri,



I'm a big believer in getting on insulin sooner rather than later. You have a lot more control; when your bs are high you can adjust your shot. I also believe like you that you have a lot more freedom in what you eat. While it is best for a miriad of reasons to eat healthy most of the time, not just because of diabetes, being on insulin does allow you to indulge from time to time on foods you might not consider when just controliing your blood sugars with oral meds. You might even consider an insulin pump--it gives you an enormous amount of independence around food and rather than rely on long-acting insulin for your basal needs, you can adjust if necessary when for whatever reason your blood sugars spike for awhile. Good luck on your decision.



Mitch

2 years ago  ::  May 04, 2012 - 10:19PM #13
furball64801
Posts: 6,969

May 1, 2012 -- 7:05PM, sherigibson1958 wrote:

Any thoughts or feedback welcomed.  I've read where there are individuals who opted to go on insulin vs. continuing the pill regimin?  Any examples out there?  I'm fortunate to have had 7 years of excellent control,  however, the sugar devil has increased tremendously and I want what I want when I want it and I'm thinking insulin will afford me this luxury.  Am I dreaming?


  I have been on insulin for 27 out of the 28 yrs of my diabetic journey.    Being on insulin for me does not mean I can eat what I want when I want I wish it worked that way for me.    I take insulin because if I eat any carbs my bs goes up,   if it only  went up to 180 I might not even need insulin but without insulin I hit 200s to 300s even on just general carb foods does not matter what carb it might  be. 

2 years ago  ::  May 04, 2012 - 10:16PM #12
furball64801
Posts: 6,969

May 4, 2012 -- 2:08PM, Karen wrote:


Interesting, I just brought up this possibility to my doctor yesterday. I was diagnosed type 2 in December and have been making good progress, but suddenly my daily numbers are up. I'm allergic to metformin and have bottomed out on several other oral meds. As a former nurse, I suggested a sliding scale of regular insulin. In that case, if my blood glucose level reached a certain point, I would inject a predetermined amount of insulin to control it. Regular insulin is rapid acting so I wouldn't have to fear bottoming out when I'm by myself (I live alone). Using regular insulin would be dealing with what the situation is rather than trying to anticipate what it could be. Of course, it would mean injections, but I can live with that. It would allow me much tighter control. It's something that we're thinking about for the future. In the meantime, I'm redoubling my efforts with diet and exercise.


Of course, I also got a laugh out of my doctor when I suggested she prescribe abdominal liposuction since studies are showing that removing belly fat reverses diabetes.



Correct R is a rapid insulin but I would be very careful with it.    It an absolutely bottom you out  I used it for severall years.      This is just my experience,   my aunt is still 85 lbs and has no belly fat but yet still type 2  so could liposuction help,    I guess but what if you have no belly fat and are still diabetic no reversal there. 

2 years ago  ::  May 04, 2012 - 7:56PM #11
sherigibson1958
Posts: 526
type2

Another note, I've never seen a 300-400 number (thank you Jesus) since the diagnosis, but I have seen 250.  However, any and everything I basically eat which is mostly low-carb will spike my numbers to close to 200 and it saddens me when I see posters who numbers get under 140 after 2 hours.  I don't eat fried foods (rarely ever), I eat organic primarily (Whole Foods is a block away) and I have a bowl of steel cut oatmeal every morning with canadian bacon (which I've eaten consistenly for over 6 years) and lots of nasty vegetables.  My lunch every day is a turkey sandwich and apple. 




2 years ago  ::  May 04, 2012 - 7:50PM #10
sherigibson1958
Posts: 526
type2

This feedback is awesome, thanks everyone!!!  Sorry for the slow response, been on the road!  Yes I will advise and even if a decision is made to make the transition, I wouldn't for a second think it's a quick fix - of course I'll eat the same as I do now.  My biggest concern is why my fasting numbers won't get to a normal level.  Albeit, I've never really exceeded a 6.5 A1C in the 7 years.  All in all - excellent diabetes management, as well as the good and bad cholesterol, tricyerides (sp?) and protein.  I'm good!  So, again thanks and I will keep you apprised.  And, I will continue to seek out testimonials of those who have decided to go this route.

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