Is it possible to live without insulin while having T2?

By IrinaIoana Latest Reply 2014-09-27 16:31:02 -0500
Started 2014-09-07 16:30:33 -0500

Hi! I found I've got T2 diabetes a month ago. I started my insulin medication right away and after I've left hospital, many people advised me to try eating stuff like blueberries or drinking some specific type of tea. I know it's effective for T1, but is it for T2 as well?

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Stuart1966 2014-09-27 16:31:02 -0500 Report

The short answer is sure… the hard part are those "pesky" details. Consider before you had a name for it, you were LIVING, right? You felt bad, were not doing particularly well, but you were "alive", right?????

You start with a plan which the doctor has. It is a generic plan. After modifications, tweaks, it will in time become a VERY specific and intimately personal plan where you will take serious part and they certainly do.

You are not their first diabetic, as such they had plans!

But there were some very specific rules you had to follow. It is the same kind of thing.

There are no magic pills… no secret things which none of us have heard of!

You like us are a diabetic which means some basic and fundamental things.

Phoenix Eye
Phoenix Eye 2014-09-08 01:58:09 -0500 Report

Honestly you should take whatever meds needed and stop listening to hearsay and rumors. Your physician and a dietician can help you choose your diet. Many supplements are not regulated and make boastful claims. If there really was a snake oil that worked your medical professionals would have heard about it through various medical publications or their continue education courses.

Glucerna 2014-09-07 16:42:05 -0500 Report

Some people with Type 2 manage diabetes with lifestyle changes in their diet and activity level. Others need oral medications (these aren't insulin, and work in various ways to either increase insulin production by your pancreas, or help your body utilize the insulin it makes more effectively) and sometimes people with type 2 may also need to use insulin. Talk with your physician about what combination is going to be best for you now, and realize that may change as you make changes to your diet and activity level. Also, attending a diabetes education class will give you a lot of information and knowledge to help you manage diabetes. ~Lynn @Glucerna

IrinaIoana 2014-09-07 17:24:07 -0500 Report

Sorry, I meant T1. I read some articles about T2 before I wrote this post and I don't know what I was thinking.

haoleboy 2014-09-07 17:41:26 -0500 Report

by definition Type 1's are insulin dependent.

Glucerna 2014-09-08 18:54:52 -0500 Report

T1 vs T2, especially when you're newly diagnosed and trying to learn so much new information, can get really confusing. The pancreas has stopped producing insulin in people with T1, which means that they have to take insulin in order to survive. Sometimes people have a honeymoon period when their pancreas will secrete some insulin. The honeymoon phase can last a few weeks or possibly even a few months, but it won't continue forever. Please talk with your physician and/or diabetes educator to learn more about how you can best manage diabetes. You're making a good start asking questions here! ~Lynn @Glucerna

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