By arie Latest Reply 2009-11-24 09:51:04 -0600
Started 2009-10-01 11:49:31 -0500

I do not want to start on insulin I'm afraid once I start I will not be able to go off insulin.I have heard so many things about insulin and how it will make you gain weight. so many people have told me not to go on insulin. can anyone please explain to me about insulin…

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jamsmyles 2009-10-22 15:49:25 -0500 Report

I am on insulin and I hate it. I'm T2 and it has really be difficult for me to get a handle on this. I can get my levels in control for a while.then its out of controll again.

2catty 2009-10-28 15:46:27 -0500 Report

Yep that is the famous diabetic roller coaster. It happens, but hang in there. I have been on that ride a lot until I got a pump. Now it is smoothed out so much.

roger 2009-11-24 09:51:04 -0600 Report

i to am on a pump but did it with out for years have had my pump for almost 7 years now whish i had looked in to it sooner i mite not have so many side aff to deal with try to cut out as much carbs as u can it will help alot hope this will help u ROGER

Momma Shirley
Momma Shirley 2009-10-11 13:25:30 -0500 Report

I have been dealing with Diabetes for almost 10 years now. Started on the pills and about 6 months ago went on Insulin shots 4 times a day.

My sugar dropped to low last week, 60 and I went into a semi concious state.
While on my way to the doc. (my daughter was driving thank god) we stopped and got a candy bar. Wrong thing to do.
When we got to the doc, I could not be completly awakened. When my daughter told the nurse what had happened, she was told that chocolate only made it worse. Because it goes straight to fat and I needed protiens not fat. We were told to get a packet of sugar or a small tube of decorating cake icing to carry with us at all times. Boy that was scary.

2catty 2009-10-11 18:53:46 -0500 Report

Mine drops about once a week. Mine dropped today as a matter a fact. My family and I was headed to town and I started the real bad sweating thing and I started feeling like I could eat everything and shaking. It dropped to 52 and I got a slice of pizza and some ice cream. Yeah chocolate is not the best source to bring your sugar up. Then got sick cause I ate them to quick. I get low sugar in the 30's sometimes but mainly in the 60's. I don't get to where I am out of it or nothing just really hungry and shaky.

Richard157 2009-10-11 20:56:54 -0500 Report

KD is correct. If I had a 52 I would eat 3 glucose tablets and nothing more. Each tablet raises my blood sugar about 12 pointsand they work faster than pizza or ice cream. If I ate both pizza and ice cream that would be way too many carbs and I would be sick from having blood sugar that was too high.

kdroberts 2009-10-11 20:29:24 -0500 Report

When you go low you need straight up sugar - glucose, corn syrup, table sugar, etc. If you eat anything with protein or fat in it it will take longer for your blood sugar to come up. Straight up sugar will start raising your blood sugar in about 5 minutes, a candy bar may take 30 minutes or more depending on the fat content.

2catty 2009-10-11 22:50:11 -0500 Report

It was lunch time for me anyways though. So the pizza was my lunch. I have been down the hypo road enough to know. Plus the training I had when I went on my pump. They told me to go a head and eat lunch if it is near time. But if not then get something in me that is 15g of carbs and check 15 min. later. I just ate it to fast though cause I was so shaky.

vgarrison 2009-10-03 02:08:33 -0500 Report

I was on 4 shots of insulin a day and now I'm down to being able to take metformin. I may or may not have to go back onto insulin, but for right now I'm doing good with the pills. This is a sign that hopefully you may not have to be on insulin the rest of your life, our bodies work in such weird ways some times.

Good Luck

2catty 2009-10-02 21:33:24 -0500 Report

I am on insulin via a pump been using insulin 11 years. Some say you can or cannot. But my endo and primary said if you are on a high dose of it, it can make you retain more of the fat that you take in when you eat. So therefore it can make you gain weight. You really have to watch what you eat and exercise. But I am on a high dose of insulin so maybe low dosers do not have that problem. I use the u500 insulin before I used that I was using 200 units of novolog a day. But I have to do it no matter what because even though I am T2 I have to have it to live. My pancreas is crapped out.

Richard157 2009-10-02 19:27:21 -0500 Report

I have used insulin for 64 years and I am very healthy, with no complications. Today's insulins are a synthetic form of human insulin, made by using human DNA. What could give you better control than human insulin?

kdroberts 2009-10-02 21:23:33 -0500 Report

The modern insulin aren't made with human DNA. They do use Recombinant DNA which is essentially a genetically modified 'thing' In most of the insulins the thing is the ecoli virus but some use yeast. They are made to synthesis human insulin but they don't use human DNA.

liz10255 2009-10-01 20:11:26 -0500 Report

I have been on insulin for about 35 years and I have tried all kinds and No matter what kind you use a pump is so much better than shots.just remember that insulin has peak points and you need time before eating when to administer the insulin. any questions feel free to ask. good luck

arie 2009-10-02 10:16:26 -0500 Report

I really don't know anything about the shot or the pump…
How does the pump work?…what ever I decide to do…I trust my doctor will make the right decision for me…I'm really thinking about going with the Insulin now…because I need to get my A1c down…if Insulin will help me get that down… I will know I have made the right decision…I just have to get over my fears of using Insulin…

Sarguillo 2009-10-01 19:04:51 -0500 Report

if you can get your numbers down with pills alone, then by all means, stick with the pills. That is a sit down you need to have with your doctor. Tell him your concerns and talk it out with him. If hes game and can help you control with pills alone, God bless and enjoy it. I myself am on insulin because of choice. I too am on both pills and a slow acting insulin. I dont have to eat right away, but I do have to eat regularly. as far as keeping candy or somting with you, it doesnt have to be hard candy, there are fast acting glucose tablets that you can buy that work just fine. I carry them with me at all times. In fact, you can put some at work, some in the house and some where you usually go an not have to carry them. They are cheap so its not like its going to break the bank to buy them. Remember, this disease is degenerative. That means, it usually gets worse over time. Ive been a diabetic for 12 years now. Pills worked good for the first 10 years. Then they started not to work so well even though the douses got larger. So insulin I went. Im not looking back, but looking forward to the rest of my life. Hopefully, they can figure out what his causing diabetes so that the next generation does not have to go through what we are going through. And then again, the previous generations had it harder then we did. If you really want to know about that, try asking Richard about diabetes when he was younger, back in the stone age of the disease. When they didnt know what they know today. Just the thought of the big needles and the daily shots that they had to deal with. Oh boy. Nope, we have it good compared to the previous generatations.

jtausch 2009-10-01 20:00:27 -0500 Report

I read how you had to sterilize the needles all the time.

I will try to stay on insulin and not go back to pills at all I like the control it gives me. My last a1c was 5.9 28/09/09 started at 12.2 in dec o8

arie 2009-10-02 10:20:40 -0500 Report

My A1c right now is 9.0 so if I can get mind down to where you have yours …I will feel a lot better…my doctor want me to get to at least 6.0…so if I have to go on Insulin…then I will give it a try…

arie 2009-10-02 10:07:54 -0500 Report

I guess you are right about the diabetes going up…because I started out on something small..then I had to go on Metformin over the years…so it is giving me something to think about…my fear was that I didn't think I would be able to get off Insulin one day…but like someone told me I have to think about my health…and maybe I would have to start out on a small dose… I just need to use my own mind…when I talk to a friend who have diabetes she told me that I shouldn't go on Insulin because I will never be able to get off of it…this is the reason why I'm happy I found this web site…so many people have respond to me in all kind of ways…which is very helpful…knowing that so many people are on Insulin…makes me feel so much better…as to what I should do… because it is all about me keeping my sugar in control…

ONeil 2009-10-02 18:50:20 -0500 Report

well when I was frist was told that I was a Diabetic I was put on metformen and did not work then they have me on avandin whitch I still am on then just one week ago then my Dr, but me on insulin and my suager still is runnig in the high range but all I do is hope that it will start going down in the right range that he would like it to be in the range of 90 to 120. but other then that I am trying to understand all this . In time I feel that I will , and learn to deal with it as part of my life.

lipsie 2009-10-01 17:05:56 -0500 Report

I just wanted to say that I had to go on insulin at one time regular twice daily…and about a year, year and half I went off it…then back on only as needed, and again my MD just took me off of it. Roller coaster but insulin may not be forever in my point. Or at least at all times. Good luck with whatever way you go! Hugs! Sheila

arie 2009-10-01 17:10:23 -0500 Report

Thanks …I just wanted to know if I could go off of Insulin when ever I get my sugar down…because I plan on getting my sugar down so that I don't have to take Insulin…

roger 2009-10-19 10:50:41 -0500 Report

my bad i have been very out of the fast lane but trying to get back what most of us are trying to say is it is not up to you or your DR it is all up to your body if you can come off of it or not. but dont let your self get so bad you do other damage to your self i wish my first DR had given me the op to go on it i mite not have so many side prob at this point to deal with

Sarguillo 2009-10-01 13:22:04 -0500 Report

Hello, I too am an insulin dependent T2. PIlls stopped working for me. I think some of it was mental and I stopped trusting them, am more reliable to take my meds with my insulin so it seems to be a more reliable method of meds for me.
At first, I was afraid of needles and it took about half an hour to push the first needle into my belly as my Diabetic instructor watched. She said it would only feel like a pop and it would go in with no pain. It did, but to push it in that first time, was a struggle.
Two trains of thought on inserting needles, some like to go fast in, plunge and fast out.
I like to find an area that has less pain receptors. I start to push in slowly, if I find no pian, it goes all the way in, it it starts to hurt at that location, I find another location to inject.
Dont be afraid of insulin, be it needles, the thought of gaining weight, or any other issues.
Its just a medicine that would help you live a healthier life.
Hope it works out for you.
Please feel free to ask away.

hbkunkel 2009-10-01 14:02:18 -0500 Report

I am right there with you on insulin. I was soooo upset when I was forced into starting it but now I wish I had started sooner. I feel better most of the time. I am a t2 and give myself 4 injections a day and once I got used to it, it really wasn't bad. I use the pens and they are very user friendly - I just dial the corect number of units (which my doctor has assigned me) and give the shot - even in public as discreetly as possible. When people do see me do it I smile and say - yes, I am a diabetic and let it go. Don't be afraid of it. I went to a great diabetic educator who helped me get started. I have been doing it for over a year now and am happy.

arie 2009-10-01 16:33:55 -0500 Report

I heard that when you start Insulin you have to eat right away,and that I would have to keep candy and O.J. in my purse because insulin would make my sugar go down very fast, is there some truth to that…

John Crowley
John Crowley 2009-10-01 16:51:42 -0500 Report

Absolutely, having your blood sugar drop low is always a concern when you're using insulin. You do need to be careful and it's always a good idea to keep some sugar with you in case you need to treat a low.

However, for many, the tradeoff is well worth it to have better control of blood sugars.

arie 2009-10-01 17:07:12 -0500 Report

That's what make me afraid, I 'm not used to having candy or any kind of sweets in my purse…and what if I forget to put some in my purse…I don't want my sugar to drop down low…and get into trouble with my sugar…

John Crowley
John Crowley 2009-10-01 18:22:09 -0500 Report

Well, in the world we live in, it's generally not hard to find some candy or soda close by. With my son for instance, we keep a couple of juice boxes in our cars and he keeps a few things in his school locker and other than that, we really don't worry about it.

The only time we really plan for it is if we're going camping or somewhere way out of the way. Then we know if he had a low blood sugar, we really could be in trouble.

roger 2009-10-19 10:45:25 -0500 Report

i work in remote job sites from time to time and candy or juice was to temptin for me to have so i was told to buy jel frosting in the little tube it last for ever and i dont see it as a snack and fits any place .

kdroberts 2009-10-01 20:24:27 -0500 Report

It depends on the type of insulin. Some you don't need to eat at all, some you need to eat within 45 minutes or so and some 10 minutes or so. Insulin is designed to lower blood sugar but different ones are designed to do it in different ways. I would guess that you would start on one that you take once a day and you do not need to eat when you take it, it would be a low level 24 hour one.

grizzy 2009-10-02 14:21:35 -0500 Report


Ms Kat
Ms Kat 2009-10-01 16:43:41 -0500 Report

I take Lantus solostar pen, 26 units along with 1000 x 2mg's of Metformin. I've been on this since Aug 21, 09. My Dr told me it would be difficult to loose weight being on the Lantus. To date I have lost 3lbs. I follow my diet, don't eat sweets and walk on the treadmill twice a day for 25 mins all for 3 lbs.

arie 2009-10-01 17:20:32 -0500 Report

I was wondering why you take both…Metformin and insulin..
are you type 1…or can type 2 diabetes take both…My sister is type 1 and she take both…I thought taking both would be to much…I also walk on my treadmill…maybe I should walk on it twice a day…if that's going to help with my sugar…

kdroberts 2009-10-01 12:16:11 -0500 Report

Why are you afraid? Insulin itself won't make you gain weight but it will make you utilize what you eat more efficiently so you can end up over eating and gaining wight. Unfortunately there is a lot of misinformation and old wives tales about insulin out there that many people think it's the end of the world. For a type 1 insulin is not an option, it's a requirement. For some type 2's it's the same away. If you don't produce insulin you have to inject it or you will die. If you do produce insulin then it becomes more optional depending on your circumstance. Personally I prefer insulin to pills and so do a lot of people. There are also people who feel the opposite.

The question you have to ask yourself is what's worse, taking insulin potentially for the rest of your life or maybe ending up with diabetic complications because you can't control your blood sugar?

arie 2009-10-01 16:44:27 -0500 Report

you are right, I don't want my sugar to get out of control, but I did tell myself that if I can't get my sugar down to 70 to 124 level I will start on the Insulin…right now it's like 189 to 200

roger 2009-10-01 12:10:25 -0500 Report

i have a pump but started on the shots what would you like to know and i will try to help you understand

arie 2009-10-01 16:22:57 -0500 Report

what I would like to know is, if I start to use insulin would I have to be on on insulin for the rest of my life? or would I be able to get off of insulin, when I get my sugar level in control right now my A1C is 9.0 I brought it down from 11.0 this is why I didn't know if I should go on Insulin. I just don't know what to do…

Glove48 2009-10-02 20:55:13 -0500 Report

Actually, you have been on insulin all your life. What may be happening with you is that you are not producing as much insulin as you used to, or the insulin you produce is just not working as effectively as what you used to produce. Going on insulin really means that you are supplementing or replacing the insulin. Granted that uncontrolled insulin use can lead to weight gain, but so can not using supplemental insulin. I use an insulin pump and I can control very closely my insulin intake, my carbohydrate intake and thus my weight. It can be done.
Best of Bgs,