insulin question

By RainSoul Latest Reply 2014-06-02 05:15:44 -0500
Started 2014-05-30 01:12:43 -0500

I start taking humulin tonight 10units at bedtime (to start)

My only question before I take it- and I should have asked my diabetic case manager this but I forgot, if I START taking insulin I can STOP taking it eventually if my a1c is low enough right?

I just don't want to do something permanent. I don't want my pancreas to stop working because I'm adding insulin from an outside source…

Anyone have any thoughts?

29 replies

RainSoul 2014-05-31 00:29:55 -0500 Report

Alternative 1- oh sure let me fit 10 miles of walking into my 10 hour work day. By the time I get off work I'm so fucking depressed its hard just to function without swallowing a bottle of glipizide so NOTHING is working for me right now.

alternative1 2014-05-31 00:02:58 -0500 Report

why are you taking insulin in the first place? are you exercising? and sticking to a good diet or lifestyle…are they not working for you…and yes you can get off of insulin…but why start?

MrsCDogg 2014-06-02 05:15:44 -0500 Report

How about because her doctor prescribed it? Geeze. Insulin is NOT sin. It is a MEDICATION. That's all just another tool to help treat diabetes.

jayabee52 2014-05-31 00:10:32 -0500 Report

one of the most obvious reasons is because what he is currently doing is NOT working for her and more control seems to be needed..

RainSoul 2014-05-30 16:21:15 -0500 Report

I took 10 units of humulin plus 10mg glipizide and 1000mg metformin and I woke up and my blood sugar was 190.

That's the average for my morning results my day/evening #'s are much better

RainSoul 2014-05-30 16:22:27 -0500 Report

Also I had my a1c checked yesterday and it was 7.6 :D I've gone from 11.3 to 7.6 in 5.5 months yay!!

alternative1 2014-05-31 00:07:55 -0500 Report

WOW, i can't believe you are on insulin…and glipizide and 1000mg of metformin…why all 3 meds…doesnt just the metformin do it? with good diet and exercise?

RainSoul 2014-05-31 11:53:33 -0500 Report

Alternative do you know how the medications work? Metformin works with your liver to reduce the release of GLUCOSE. Metformin alone was never working for me. That's why we added the glipizide- which works with your PANCREAS to release more insulin. One of the problems with type 2 diabetics is that in a lot of cases (like mine) we don't produce enough insulin.

Are you even diabetic?

jayabee52 2014-05-30 15:40:46 -0500 Report

Yes, I did it successfully.

I started on Met, and then was switched to NPH insulin when I needed dialysis for my kidneys, and about 5 yrs later discovered my pancreas was producing my own insulin and could manage my diabetes without diabetes meds IF I ate very carefully.

So, yes it can be done, because I did it.

The way I looked at it, I just gave my pancreas a bit of a rest when on the NPH

Glucerna 2014-05-30 15:33:43 -0500 Report

Taking the insulin isn't going to make your pancreas stop producing insulin, but it will improve your blood sugar levels and your overall health. Think of taking insulin as helping out your pancreas while you also make changes in your lifestyle to become more active, choose healthier foods, and lose weight. As all of these work together to lower blood sugar and A1c, you may be able to decrease or stop taking insulin all together. ~Lynn @Glucerna

alternative1 2014-05-31 00:11:01 -0500 Report

if you are on insulin, you will have a harder time loosing weight ..period…it is best to exercise along with a good diet..get off of the insulin all together…it will keep you from loosing the fat around your belly..

Type1Lou 2014-05-30 13:21:36 -0500 Report

As a Type 2, there are things that you can do to increase your sensitivity to the insulin you still produce naturally. This would involve exercising more, losing weight if needed and carefully considering what and how much you eat, particularly carbohydrates. By hitting on the right mix of these things, you may be able to stop taking the insulin injections.

jigsaw 2014-05-30 07:49:01 -0500 Report

It all depends. If your losing excess weight, that would probably help lower your insulin needs. Your food plan is another crucial part, that can determine the answer to your question. How much exercise do you do? Exercise increases your sensitivity to insulin! So, not knowing much about you, it is difficult to be more specific. What ever you do, make sure it's is with your doctors approval!

alternative1 2014-05-31 00:13:38 -0500 Report

yes, your doctor can help with your meds…but you need to take control of your lifestyle and habits…exercise is an excellent addition to your life.