I have tried everything,will I ever get off my insulin?

By jennny Latest Reply 2010-05-10 05:51:59 -0500
Started 2010-05-09 13:30:52 -0500

hi, this is Jenny, it is nice to be able to communicate with other diabetic people! I get so lonely fighting my type 2 diabetes by my self, I dont think my husband understands what I am going through, even though he is diabetic too. My diabetes is worse than his, he takes pills, I take insulin 4 times a day.

4 replies

kdroberts 2010-05-10 05:51:59 -0500 Report

No persons diabetes is worse than another persons, everybody is slightly different though. You may need insulin because your body doesn't make enough but your husband may make a lot but his body cannot use it correctly. If you want to get better control then start by looking at what you are eating and what physical activity you are doing, then start to look at the amount of insulin you are taking and when you are taking it. Little changes here and there can give you big results.

Harlen 2010-05-09 17:26:50 -0500 Report

I will never get off insulin and I had the same prob with oral meds but I now can eat normal less carb but what I like so I am happy as can be ,rather not do insulin but the stress of hunting for extream low carb foods so its better for me.
Best wishes

spiritwalker 2010-05-09 13:57:43 -0500 Report

Hi jenny. Welcome to DC. I am a type 2., have been for 25 years. I was diet and exercise controlled for 10 years. then
had a major health crisis nothing to do with diabetes. I at
that time needed to add medication for diabetes. I found I
had bad reactions to several oral Rx. I was put on Insulin.
At that time 4x a day. I with a great deal of work am down
to 1 shoot per day. My Dr. said if I get my A1C down to
5.5-6. He will take me off insulin and let me do diet and
exercise again. That is the goal I am working toward. I
hope to reach it by the end of the year.

This is a good place. I am glad you joined us. The people
are daring and willing to share their diabetic experiences.
Ask questions, join in discussions and you will get to know
many fine people. There are videos, books, recipes and
much more. Again Welcome.

GabbyPA 2010-05-09 13:39:09 -0500 Report

Hi Jenny, welcome to the community. There is so much support and care here, I hope you never have to feel alone again in this battle.

Insulin is not really a bad thing. For so long doctors have threatened us with "If you don't get control, I will have to punish you with insulin" Nothing could be farther from the truth. You are less likely to have side effects and adverse reactions from insulin than from the pills, so you may not really want to get off insulin.

I know I wish I could control my diabetes with just diet and exercise, but the truth is, that I need more. It doesn't mean I have failed, it just means that is the way it is for me. It could be the same for you. If you are keeping good control on insulin, then why ruin a good thing?

You can talk to your doctor about reducing your treatment, but you will have to show that you can control it with lower doses thru diet, exercise and discipline. As we age, it gets harder to be off the medicines that keep us going. It will take some drastic attention to your lifestyle to see about getting off your insulin. But if you can do it, go for it! That is the ideal world of a diabetic.