Diabetes Treatments

By suecsdy Latest Reply 2018-03-22 16:52:13 -0500
Started 2018-03-12 13:33:40 -0500

I have actually never seen a discussion on treatments here, so I will ask.
What med are you using to control your diabetes? Is it working? Do you like it? Was ther a lot of trial and error involved?
I was not able to try metformin because the kidney issue developed so quickly after dx. I came out of the hospital on insulin and it worked very well for me along with lifestyle changes. After a little over a year, my dr suggested I try Victoza in an effort (unsuccessful) to shed some weight. It worked well for the diabetes, but was hard on my body and I think may be a contributor to the gastritis. When my ins made Victoza non-formulary, I switched to Bydureon which is a weekly injectable. I was skeptical that a once a week injection could control my Blood glucose, but after the first few rocky weeks, it started to work. And without all the upset stomach issues of Victoza. I really think that, for me, Bydureon works better and I am off insulin. I plan to stay off insulin as long as I can, but I won't be averse to using it if I need it.

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Chris Clement
Chris Clement 2018-03-22 16:52:13 -0500 Report

So glad to hear you found a treatment that works so well!

Having type 1, insulin is the main treatment by default. Unavoidable. My experience has been trying different versions of it. At first it was the standard old stuff; R & N. When I got a pump, went all Humalog. When formulary changed, went all Novolog. WHen I found pumping was no longer for me after 17 years of it, I went needle and Toujeo. When I learned about Inhalable insulin (Afrezza), I was using that and Toujeo for several months. It was the absolute best combination for me. When my samples ran out and I lost my fight for my right to the treatments that work best for me (insurance thinks they know better), I went back to Novolog. That and Toujeo are my meds now.

When it comes to A1c, I've found that the meds themselves aren't solely responsible for the highs and lows, though they obviously play a key role. For me, delivery system has carried a lot of the weight. Regular needles and a vial of insulin have been the 2nd best method; something about taking a needle for a meal has helped me remember that I need to medicate to eat. On a pump I often forgot until I was really high.

Pegsy 2018-03-14 07:13:15 -0500 Report

I was on Metformin for about 7 years. I lost weight, went on a low carb diet, exercised like a maniac and learned to deal with stress and sleep better. I started on 2000mg of Metformin daily and had a hard time handling that. Eventually I was able to reduce it to 1000mg daily, then 500mg daily for a short time. Now that I am off of it I am still doing well via careful diet and exercise. That has been my goal all along. I still deal with Dawn Phenomenon but Metformin doesn't really help that.

Type1Lou 2018-03-14 06:57:21 -0500 Report

For Type 1 diabetics, the only option is insulin or a pancreas transplant. So far, I've only needed insulin to control my BG's and haven't needed any other meds to treat any diabetes complications.

haoleboy 2018-03-13 14:03:26 -0500 Report

started taking metformin 11 years ago. 500 mg 2x daily. a little over a year ago we reduced it to 500 mg 1x daily.
seems to have 'helped', but the treatment that helped the most was lifestyle change (weight loss, low carb way of eating, exercise, stress reduction)
seldom (if ever) do we get a chance for a "do over"
but every single day we get a chance for a "do better"
☺ Steve

msann 2018-03-13 10:15:58 -0500 Report

hello me and hubby take insulin he was on metformin doctor took him off was messing with his kidneys so no more metformin for him we doing pretty good do you exercise and watch your diet

suecsdy 2018-03-13 18:25:38 -0500 Report

Yes, I do. Changed my lifestyle significantly after dx. I started with an Aic of 12.2. Within 6 months I cut it in half and have been under 6 for almost 3 years. I'm not the most strict diabetic, but I am careful what I eat and try to make better choices most of the time.

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