New here, but not to diabetes.

By L.Harless Latest Reply 2011-11-26 03:33:52 -0600
Started 2011-11-23 15:08:03 -0600

Howdy folks. I was diagnosed type 2 about 6 years ago. I am a 45 year old male. I am considering asking the Doc to check to see if I have become a type 1. I lost my job earlier this year and my insurance with it. I spent over a month without my Insulin and learned how bad it could be. I was averaging a BGL of over 400 all the time. No energy, foggy-headed (actually got lost on regular freeways I had been on 1000's of times). Was spending my days urinating as fast as I could drink liquids. I was given mercy by a case-worker for the Oregon Health Plan and she expedited my enrollment. Thankful to say that I am now back on my meds though still looking for work (with insurance). I can't take a job without it. My wife MUST have healthcare or she would die faster than me. At least for now we are getting what we need. I hate not being employed and the uncertainty of our future has added much stress to our lives, so we are forced to take it one day at a time. Anyway, I hope to be able to share some of my experiences as a Insulin dependent diabetic.
Thank you.

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L.Harless 2011-11-25 12:00:00 -0600 Report

Well, I am pushing a mix of Novolin N and Novolin R 72/36 pre-breakfast. 36 R pre-dinner and 72 N Bedtime. 2000 mg of Metformin as well.

jayabee52 2011-11-26 03:33:52 -0600 Report

Just because you are using insulin does not make you a T1. I used insulin for a number of years and I was always a T2.

jayabee52 2011-11-23 16:38:24 -0600 Report

Howdy Laney. Again WELCOME to DiabeticConnect!

I don't know about the possibility of you turning into a T1. I guess it is possible There are tests your doc can do to check how much insulin your pancreas is cranking out. You could just be really, really insulin resistant. I read something just this morning about the differences in pancreas outputs of the 2 types. If I remember correctly T1s can put out up to 10% of "normal" output and still be T1. Above the 10% one is considered a T2.

I was on oral meds for diabetes, My kidneys went bad and those oral meds were discontinued and I was put on a tiny dose (compared to what others were taking) of insulin.

Since I was on such a low dose, I decided to try an experement and really limit my carbs and see if i might be able to manage my conditon by what I ate and didn't eat. It has been successful for me. I manage to keep my Blood glucose levels close to normal, have an A1c of 5.5, and have lost about 50 lbs.

I am glad you have your insurance. Your situation with your wife reminds me a lot of when my bride Jem was alive and with me. She had many many "medical challenges" and was very fragile medically. she eventually succumbed to one or more of her challenges and I miss her tremendously.

Praying Gods richest blessings to you and yours. And praying you have a blessed thanksgiving.



annesmith 2011-11-24 20:10:28 -0600 Report

HI…this is Anne. You're right on target with the insulin output percentages. I ended up in the emergency room in 2009, and they did a test that measured how much insulin my pancreas was making…the physician said on that day I was making 5-6% insulin. He said he could definitely tell that on a good day I was making 8%, up to 10%, and that on a really bad day I was making 3-5%. Thanks for the reminder on insulin resistance…On another occasion in the E.R. they ran an insulin resistance test, and the doctor came back in with my results on that——he said I had one hell of an insulin resistance, and he said it was not normal. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!!!!!—-sincerely, ANNE

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