U-500 & Byetta experience

By Armourer Latest Reply 2012-02-11 15:37:08 -0600
Started 2012-02-10 03:25:36 -0600

Visited with neighbor yesterday who is a young internist about my high BG & back problems. When I told him I was up to 110 units of Lantus he got bug-eyed and stated that over 120 units of insulin is just wrong, that studies show that over 120 units is a waste of a lot of insulin, that the body just doesn't absorb it, so tell my doc to subscribe u-500. It's a more concentrated insulin at a lower dose.

Then to try byetta to see it it will help me lose weight since my back is so bad and I can't exercise, perhaps it will help me lose weight, lighten the load so my back gets a break and I can exercise. It isn't what I eat, nor my portion size that keeps the weight on. If anything I don't eat enough or have a high enough caloric count. It's a catch-22 situation. What I ate two months ago and did insulin accordingly. Two months later the same food and portions I'm having to increase the units a lot.

Anybody have experience with this?

4 replies

MEGriff1950 2012-02-10 14:15:43 -0600 Report

Hello Armourer. You didn't mention how often you eat? Are you a type 1 or 2? I used to eat once a day and did what I thought was my best to eat the right foods. After attending a diabetes education class I learned that our diabetic bodies need to be nurished at least 3 times a day and if we keep our carb intake leveled throughout the day it will help. I am a type 2, when I started watching my carbs and eating 3 meals a day I took off 40 pounds, got off of insulin and glyburide.
Bad back? Mine is very bad also. I have been partially disabled for almost 6 years. After losing the weight I am able to do a bit more. I no longer need the handicapped parking or the electric carts when shopping. My daily pain levels went from 7-9 to 4-5 now. I do not take pain meds but do take Lyrica. Lyrica has not only helped my neorapthay pain but also my siatica pain but other nerve pains cause by pinched nerves.
I hope this helps you. Our disease is so hard to live with.
God bless,

Armourer 2012-02-10 16:32:15 -0600 Report

I'm T2 for the last fourteen years. I have $50 a month to spend on my food, since I eat different then my wife. Most days I eat just one meal a day, as for fresh produce, can't afford it. I don't eat meat so protein is limited. I eat scrambled eggs almost everyday, with a half cup of quinoa. That is basically all I eat with a cup of Greek yorgut here and there. Since on insulin I've basically gained 25-30 pounds. Best to you on the back problem.

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red flower lady 2012-02-11 11:49:45 -0600 Report

You have to eat more then once a day! Your body will do what it needs to do in order to keep working, and it won't be healthy. To lose weight, you need to fuel the body and exercise. I wish there was a magic pill that lets us lose weight regardless of our eating style and no exercise. Anyway, you need to eat small meals/snacks throughout the day (healthy) and you'll also have more energy which will help you to find exercise that you can do. I too have bad back problems and am putting off surgery, but getting tired of all the things I have gone through with it and think I'll have to do it soon.

Being type 1, I have to do things alittle different then you. Insulin puts weight on which is why the proper amount for you is so important, and this is based on what you eat, when you eat, etc. I think you need to be reassed on the Lantus.

Good luck

Armourer 2012-02-11 15:37:08 -0600 Report

I agree on the meals, just haven't found out how to add more with the little dollars I have. Thanks for your input.

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