Struggling with Insulin

By Crie Latest Reply 2011-04-04 18:37:33 -0500
Started 2011-04-03 15:15:28 -0500

I have just started on insulin and that in itself makes me feel like a failure. I have taken the highest dose of metformin for a year now and still take it with the addition of insulin. I am only up to 12 units but still my morning blood glucose is over 140. I feel stupid here. When at bedtime is the best for taking the insulin? After my night time snack? What is the best snacks or should I just avoid eating after dinner all together? My bg has been out of control for some time now. Exercise is pretty much out of the question because of physical issues so I really have to rely on diet. When I think I am doing everything right, my numbers dont reflect that. Do I need to relax and continue uping the insulin every couple of days (dr ordered this going up to 30 units) until the numbers are under control? Any suggestions?

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Erin P
Erin P 2011-04-04 18:37:33 -0500 Report

You are not a failure, believe me I felt that way when I got put on insulin. I'm on 5 shots a day now. I can't afford the pump. I would ask ur dr about the insulin pump. My dr has me on a correction scale for my short acting insulin, which means whatever my sugar is I give one unit of insulin. For whatever carb I eat I have to add another unit of insulin. I take Lantus at breakfast and before bed. I take 20 at breakfast and 10 to 15 depending on my nite sugar before bed. I've read a lot of diabetes books, they really help. The favorite one I read is the 50 longest living people with diabetes, it was AWESOME! Highly recommend it. Believe me u are not a failure, it's giving u more control. I would love to hear how u are doing. Take care, ur in my prayers.

Armourer 2011-04-04 13:00:53 -0500 Report

I was on the highest dose of metformin and in time it was ruining my kidneys, and the doc took me off it and put me on insulin and surprise my kidneys stopped hurting! In the course of four years my insulin has steadily increased to where I'm at 100 units of Lantus a day, and 20 units Humalog plus sliding scale at each meal. This still didn't do it. Then a Diabetic Educator had me add carb counting (1 unit insulin to every 5 carbs,) this has finally worked! I can hardly eat any carbs, but lots of veggies and protein. I have trouble with the protein part because I don't eat meat. So it is eggs, cheese, peanut butter & qinoua (South American grain, use it like rice) a complete whole protein. Remember each diabetic is different. And don't stress out!

Harlen 2011-04-03 19:09:19 -0500 Report

Hello and welcome
Cut way back on the carbs ,as much as you can.
Carbohydrate counting is the only way I know how to keep my BS inline
I use a book cald The Calorie King to help me count carbs and a scail
Hope this helps
Best wishes

alanbossman 2011-04-03 17:55:50 -0500 Report

Hi and welcome to DC family, just remember you are not a failure because of insulin. Since i was DX in 2008 i was put on 1000mg of metformin 2times a day and 24 units of lantus one a day.Metformin is still the same i have lost weight and have gone down on my insulin to 15 units per day. Best snack i find is some almonds,or walnuts a hand full. Also if you are stressed out because you think its your a failure will keep your BS high, relax take it slow your numbers will come down.

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