Insulin Resistance and Insulin Injections

By molly1844 Latest Reply 2014-02-02 10:53:38 -0600
Started 2014-02-02 09:10:18 -0600

I am new to the DC community. I am learning so much already! I was diagnosed Type 2 Diabetes and Insulin Resistance in August 2013.

My insulin levels are quite high …151 at my last blood draw a few weeks ago. My A1C is 6.3. I take a low dose (20 units) of Levemir daily. I don't undstand why I am taking insulin if my insulin levels are already too high. I asked my Dr and she changed the subject. I asked my health coach and she said I needed the extra insulin to help push sugar into the cells. But everything I have read leads me to think high insulin levels are very dangerous. I just can't get my head wrapped around this. Does anyone have have a good explaination?

3 replies

GabbyPA 2014-02-02 10:53:38 -0600 Report

Do you have an endocrinologist or just a primary care doctor? Having too much insulin in our blood is not good either, those of us with insulin resistance have that. It is worrisome if your doctor just changed the subject. That is a red flag to me, and I would ask again and wait until you get an answer you can understand.

kimfing 2014-02-02 09:55:05 -0600 Report

Are u talking insulin levels or blood sugar are high?? From the 151 and a1c levels, i am assuming your blood sugar are high. U are taking a long lasting insulin to bring your blood sugar down

molly1844 2014-02-02 10:39:17 -0600 Report

Both. My fasting BGs were over 400 last August when I was first diagnosed. My A1C was 7.8.

Dr started me off with meformin which I simply could not take. I was switched to Glucotrol and Levemir. My insulin levels became so high that I was taken off Glucotrol but still take Levemir.

With diet and exercise my fasting BGs are down to 130-150. Still too high but certainly an improvement from where it was in August. However my insulin levels continue to be much too high. It feels counter intuitive to be taking insulin when my insulin levels are already high.

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