Insulin in my future?

By sugarbaby07 Latest Reply 2013-12-13 20:15:29 -0600
Started 2013-12-12 17:23:38 -0600

Hi DC family…just curious as I have been reading posts about insulin therapy. Currently I am controlling my type 2 on diet and exercise and I have a friend who was diagnosed with type 2. 6 yrs ago and within 2 years she was already on insulin therapy…is this just part of the progressiveness of the disease ? I am losing weight and I plan to lose as I found an exercise plan that I enjoy :) (I joined a gym) So I am just wondering are we on diet controlled all destined to go on insulin in the future or is there some cases where an individual never has to go on insulin ? Can you tell me your knowledge on this or any experiences that you know of? Thanks DC family. ~happy holidays~

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Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-12-13 20:11:27 -0600 Report

Diabetes is different for everyone. My cousin was diagnosed T-2 twenty years ago. She failed to take proper care of herself and is now on insulin. Another cousin just got out of ICU. He doesn't take care of his T-2 and is now on insulin, heart medication, cholesterol medication and dialysis.

There is a disadvantage to what has happened to your friend because she more than likely told you only what she wanted you to know. She could have other medical problems that you know nothing about. People will only tell you what they want you to know which is why I pay very little attention to what a lot of people tell me.

As Lynn said the progression rate of diabetes is based on how well you take care of yourself. I think you are trying to predict your future based on what has happened to your friend. You cannot do this. Take care of your own diabetes and stop comparing it to others. What happened to some people may never happen to you. The better you take care of yourself, the better you communicate with your doctor the better your chances are of living a long healthy life. My best friends mom was T1 for over 50 years and died when she was 75 and it wasn't because of her diabetes. She died from pneumonia.

Glucerna 2013-12-12 18:51:22 -0600 Report

This is a great question! You're right that T2 is progressive, but how quickly it progresses and to what degree is very individual and at least partly based on diabetes control. Managing diabetes helps slow down the progression for many people. There are many cases where people never need insulin, and by exercising, making healthy food choices, losing weight and staying in touch with your doctor you're doing the best you can to take care of yourself. ~Lynn @Glucerna

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-12-13 20:15:29 -0600 Report

I love your repsonse. I think people should never compare their diabetes to other diabetics. What works for me may not work for others. I think those who are in denial or are not responsible enough to take care of their own diabetes are the ones who end up having the most problems with the disease.

Remember when you were growing up and you wanted to do things because someone esle did it and mom said if Johnny jumped off a bridge would jump off the bridge too? You cannont compare yourself to others and I never ever take medical advice from anyone but my doctor. I don't even do supplements since I read that most of the ones sold in the U.S. are not what they are suppose to be because they are not regulated.