isulin production

By suecsdy Latest Reply 2014-12-10 12:23:14 -0600
Started 2014-12-08 11:27:41 -0600

If I am taking insulin, does this mean that my body doesn't make it anymore? Confused about insulin and pills.

9 replies

rhett t
rhett t 2014-12-10 12:23:14 -0600 Report

This I pin that I just started on is to help my body to produce the hormone that my body needs to work. The pills I was taking was to help regulate my sugar

Glucerna 2014-12-08 18:32:22 -0600 Report

You can also talk with your doctor about why she started you on insulin, and have a conversation about how diabetes is affecting you personally and what she expects for you in the future. ~Lynn @Glucerna

Type1Lou 2014-12-08 17:57:15 -0600 Report

Insulin is used by both Type 1's who no longer produce insulin or by Type 2's who either produce insufficient insulin or have developed insulin resistance. There is a blood test called C-peptide that determines if your pancreas still produces any insulin.

jayabee52 2014-12-08 16:22:03 -0600 Report

Not necessarily Sue, It means your pancreas is not producing enough insulin on its own to deal with the load you're putting on it by what you are eating.

I had been on Met, until i developed kidney disease, then I was switched to small doses of NPH insulin twice a day. When I discovered I could eat a high protein, low carb meal plan I was able to discontinue the insulin injections, and haven't gone back to them in 3 + yrs. I was able to keep my BG (blood glucose) levels in the 80 to 130 mg/dl range, achieve an A1c of 5.5%, and lose 65 lbs over 5 mo, All from eating a meal plan which was high protein and low carb.

I have written up that meal plan as a discussion and will send the link to it to anyone who asks.

Praying for improving health for us all


Bertiez 2014-12-08 22:00:17 -0600 Report

Can you send me the meal plan to small

Thank you :)

suecsdy 2014-12-08 17:36:01 -0600 Report

Thanks guys. I've been trying to figure out why I went straight to insulin instead of the pills. Maybe because the surgery aggravated the situation. Major surgery, not prepared…Major shock to system. I take 4 units of Novalog with meals and 20 units Lantus at night. I feel lucky because I know others take a lot more. Right now my before meal readings are in the mid to low 90's to less than 120's. Still trying to learn stuff. So much I do not know.

RosalieM 2014-12-08 11:59:08 -0600 Report

No it doesn't necessarily mean your body doesn't make insulin anymore. It may mean that your body is not making enough insulin. About 10% of all "type two
diabetics" are really type 1 1/2. They are often misdiagnosed as type 2.
If you don't make enough insulin to cover the carbs you eat, than you can lower the carbs you ingest. If you are already on a low carb diet then you need to take just enough insulin to replace what you are short. If you take more insulin that a proper balanced diet with only the carbs and calories that you need, you will put on weight. Pills don't work for a type 1 1/2 if their diet is low carb because pills
don't replace insulin. This is my situation. I finally figured it out for myself.
Many older people are diagnosed as type two and given pills. They are often not over weight. The pills can't replace the insulin they are short. I know a number of older people to which that applies. I had to figure this out myself.
Grandma Rose