Hello from new member

Mz Tara
By Mz Tara Latest Reply 2013-02-19 12:17:19 -0600
Started 2013-02-18 10:53:23 -0600

Hi everyone … I am so glad to be a part of this community. I am recently diagnosed (2011) with DT2. I came from my diagnosis blood sugar of 1016 to pretty normal. I started out on insulin but am now on metformin. I do have a burning question. I do much to keep my blood sugars low… how does one go from being on metformin to having to use insulin? Does your pancreas just stop working at some point?

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jayabee52 2013-02-18 13:05:07 -0600 Report

Howdy from "fabulous" Las Vegas, Tara!

To answer your burning question, yes you MAY need insulin sometime during your "lifetime" with Diabetes Mellitus Type 2 (DM T2).

Sometimes one's body becomes resistant to one's own natural insulin secreted by their own pancreas. When that gets to the point where the oral antiglycemics are not doing the job they are supposed to do on their own, then it is time for injected insulin.

In my own case, I went from Metformin, which became useless for me when I developed Kidney disease, to small doses of injected insulin twice a day.

Through an accident I discovered that I could manage my DMT2 without DM meds IF I ate VERY carefully!

So now I have a meal plan which I follow, and I use a mimnmum of medications.

So yes it is possible!

Praying for a healthier future for you and yours, Tara

James Baker

Mz Tara
Mz Tara 2013-02-19 09:28:55 -0600 Report

Thank you jayabee52. I stared out on insulin, both humalog and lantis but worked myself off of both with careful planning. Initially I was afraid that I would go blind, and lose my foot :) but my dr assured me that I'd be okay if I continued doing what I was doing but we never discussed whether or not I would end up back on insulin. When you get a chance, I'd like to know what your typical meal plan is…to date, I'm taking metformin 2x's a day. I'd like to be free of meds altogether if that's possible. Thanks for your feedback :)

jayabee52 2013-02-19 12:17:19 -0600 Report

Yes I am happy to do so.

It is not the plan I use today, but is based on it. I have had to modify mine to account for changes necessary due to my kidney dialysis treatments. The following is what I wrote up about a year ago for DC ~ http://www.diabeticconnect.com/discussions/14...

Please do me the favor of commenting or asking a question on that discussion after you read it.

I pray that will be of benefit to you.


SandySilvers 2013-02-18 12:06:25 -0600 Report

Welcome! You can still have a working pancreas and need insulin. I am T2 and I take Lantus each morning. Sometimes your body will still make insulin, but it doesn't make enough. Or it can't use what it makes efficiently enough. Hence the need for insulin. Because this is such a progressive disease, your body can change over time and your need for insulin may increase. It doesn't mean you've failed at anything. It just means that your body's needs had changed. Best of luck to you!

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