switching to insulin

By doglover86 Latest Reply 2018-10-15 10:07:24 -0500
Started 2018-09-27 20:49:21 -0500

I was wondering if anyone using meds as a 1.5 has ever switched over to insulin for better control on numbers. I've asked about it before with my doc. But he's afraid of the weight gain component and also that my sugar levels could drop too low. I was wondering if I should switch over to insulin so that I can better manage and know my numbers.



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Type1Lou 2018-10-15 10:07:24 -0500 Report

How are you controlling your diabetes? As a 1.5, it's my understanding that you will eventually need to use insulin (but I may be wrong…I'm not an MD). If your control is less than ideal, insulin will help you to regain better control providing you also control your carbohydrate intake. Less carbohydrates eaten, less insulin is needed. I've been Type 1 since 1976. I eat no more than 115 carbohydrate grams per day, substantially less than the average person. I've been able to maintain my weight at 118 pounds (BMI of 20.9) and my last A1c was 6.0. I also regularly exercise and I test my BG 8 times per day, making insulin delivery adjustments with my insulin pump as needed. I would highly recommend reading Gary Scheiner's book "Think Like a Pancreas" which will give you a better idea of how insulin use impacts your body. It has become my go-to manual and gave me a better overall understanding of my diabetes and what factors affect blood sugar.

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