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By yumyum1948 Latest Reply 2010-04-08 19:34:04 -0500
Started 2010-04-01 18:41:34 -0500

Hi my name is Barbara age 61 and from Wisconsin.Been a Type 2 Diabetic for 10 years.I lost one kidney because of the diabetes.My blood sugars are way high.I take pills for it now.But if I don't get it under control my doctor will put me on insulin.I am on a carb diet which is hard to stay on.I weigh 324.I need all the morale support to stay on my diet.

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KarenH 2010-04-03 16:20:23 -0500 Report

I must have been the most reluctant patient my doctor ever had in regards to going on insulin. He tried talking to me about it for a couple of years when my meds were not working that well and I fought it every step of the way. I guess I was afraid of the needle but let me tell you it is absolutely the easiest thing ever. My insulin is in a pen form and you just dial up the units you need plus the needles are tiny. It is so much less painful than checking your blood sugar that you hardly feel it. Please don't be afraid if it does come to that because it just could be the best thing for you.

EvelynA 2010-04-07 19:14:38 -0500 Report

I just joined this group. I have been on insulin for about a yr now because my bg was out of control. I fought it because Im needle phobic , for a long time but had to give in. My bg is somewhat better but the injections hurt me. Am I doing it wrong? Im on the Levimer pen.

GabbyPA 2010-04-08 08:35:08 -0500 Report

Hi Evelyn and welcome to our community. I hope you find it a great experience. The needles of your insulin should be very small and they should not hurt. They might sting or prick, but it shouldn't hurt. Here is a video that might help you. It is about injecting insulin and shows you how. I hope it helps.

EvelynA 2010-04-08 19:34:04 -0500 Report

Thank you for the video. I dont know why it hurts when I give myself insulin. I have bruises and sometimes it leaves a bubble on my skin.

Miminv 2010-04-03 00:53:49 -0500 Report

You found the right place to go to. I too have just came to this site and wished I had found it sooner. I am type 2 for the last 15 years and weigh about the same. I put off going on insulin for 5 years and now I am not sure why I thought it was bad. I am on 24 hour lantus insulin. I do one injection at night before bed and that is it. My levels are much better and I feel more awake then I had in years. Don't be afraid of the insulin and get all the information you can about it.
Good luck and keep coming back.
I know I will because it makes me feel better to know I am not the only one going through this.

spiritwalker 2010-04-02 15:55:10 -0500 Report

Barbara, welcome to DC. You will find much offered here. The site has
people who are open and sharing. Anyone here will understand what
you have to share. I am a type 2 diabetic now on insulin. I have been
diabetic for 25 years. The first 10 years I managed with diet and exercise.
I had another major medical problem which changed everything. I found
when I was put on oral Rx that I had reactions to most. My Doctor put me
on insulin and I have been doing fine ever since. Again, welcome to the
DC community.

MAYS 2010-04-02 08:07:51 -0500 Report

Don't be afraid of insulin, understand what it is and what it does.
The recommendation and final decision will come from your doctor.

Knowledge is just as important as support, the two can go hand in hand and coexist.

Understand diabetes and it's complications :

Here is some additional information that may be helpful :

Managing your diabetes is very important.


GabbyPA 2010-04-02 07:39:10 -0500 Report

Welcome to the site Barbara,
I know you will find all kinds of great support here on the site. Edie has a Diet and Exercise post that she does every month where people go on and share what they are eating and doing as well as encouraging each other. Here is te link if you want to join in.

Don't look at insulin as a punishment. It is shown that many type 2 patients would do very well to be on insulin. If I could afford it, I would be on it myself. My mom made the switch about 9 months ago and she really likes it. The most important thing is getting your levels lowered. Your one kidney is working overtime, and high sugars don't help it a bit. So I would ask him to put you on insulin now and you will be amazed.

Anonymous 2010-04-01 21:02:11 -0500 Report

Hi Barbara - Welcome! I am 60 years old and have been diabetic at least since about 1979. I am also overweight by about 100 pounds. I am currently working very hard to keep a food diary as I have come to accept that is something I have to do to change my blod sugar and weight. I am sharing these facts to give you morale support!!!! How is it that you lost "one kidney" to diabetes? I understand diabetes leading to microvascular pathology that does alter renal function, but that affects both kidneys not just one so I am puzzled by your comment and would like to learn if you are willing to explain.

Harlen 2010-04-01 20:24:41 -0500 Report

Hello and welcome
You know insulin is not giving up
They gave me the pills and they didnt work for me at all no matter what I did
Insulin worked real good I am T2 for the last 5 years and I now am on the pump. Life is good for me I can eat well and right and still have some carbs.
I dont like the word diet I am not on a diet I just eat a lot better then I did befor .I am dropping lbs slowly but all the time.I am able to be happy .
I still work at eatting right every day and I will never stop.
Thats the way of Diabetes
I wish you the best

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