I have been a PWD T2 for 11 years now, for most of that time I have been able to control my diabetes for the most part with 1000mg of metformin and 30 mg of actos, diet and exercise was something I didn't worry about I am ashamed to say.
For most of that time I was working construction, living out of town 6 days a week grabbing something to eat where ever I could and stopping for a couple of drinks or 3 or 4 after work. The reason I got away with this was my job. I worked on large construction sites and was responsible for over looking all our temporary help and safety on the site. I was allways on the hustle for a minimum of 60 hrs a week. I used to kid and say the should pay me by mile not the hour. Back then PAD had yet begun to effect my legs
Anyway I retired 18 months ago, 9 months ago I asked my doctor to take me off of Actos due to long term usage of the drug and he up my metformin to 2000mg a day and dropped the Actos
Long story made short I was no longer hustling a gazillion miles a week and my diabetes even with a diet change started to get way out of control.I felt like sh*t and started to feel depressed my BGL was up around 400.So 4 1/2 months ago I started on Lantus insulin a long with a low carb diet and exercise and the results have been dramatic, I have a new lease on life
I know this is due to a combination of diet, exercise and proper medication. I have a goal and that is to get off Metformin not the insulin. My A1c 6 weeks ago was 6.5 my doctor agrees that that if it keeps going down we will drop the Met and cut back on the units of insulin.
I know that many out there have the goal of staying off insulin and will do what ever it takes and thats great.. But as you get older and your body metabolism slows down along with other health issues, that might change things. You shouldn't feel like you failed or the world is coming to an end or just plain old fashion freak out and not take the next logical step
For me it's the lesser of two evils. PAD prevents me from working out as hard as I would like and I feel that insulin gives me more control then oral meds could..Does anyone else feel this way or is it just me???
Don't get me wrong I am not advocating the use of insulin over oral meds!!!!!!!!!! What works for you today might not work tomorrow and starting on insulin if needed is not the end of the world
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