Hi from Jenny from Tn.

By jennny Latest Reply 2015-10-08 15:07:22 -0500
Started 2010-05-27 14:58:33 -0500

What is the strongest and best insulin to take? I am taking Levimer-long lasting and Novolog-short lasting 5 times a day. I am Type 2 diabetic. I have been on insulin for 3 months and still have a high blood sugar reading from the 200s-300s

7 replies

scribbles 2010-05-30 01:04:19 -0500 Report

Hang in there, Jenny. It took me 4 months to get my numbers down. 4 months of 7 injections a day. Now I'm down to 5, but it's still 2 different types of insulin. Basically, if it tastes good, you should not eat it. ( I'm kidding!)
BEWARE what you drink! I had a meal with a calorie count of 65, but did not find out (till it was too late) that my cold drink was 18,000 calories with 85 mg sugar and 60 mg sodium! Messed all my numbers up! Now I just order water and save the 'fancy' stuff for home.
Don't let the dietician overwhelm you. Remind them that they can hand you some papers/pamphlets that you can read later. Also, make sure they stay in touch with reality. The specialist here made up a menu for me that would have cost $64 a day!
This is the best place for a new diabetic to be. We will back you up, talk some sense, and share some jokes. You can 'vent' here, and no one will hold it against you. I wish I could hug you, but I know you'll be fine. Just try to be patient.

ston3xc 2010-05-29 09:24:37 -0500 Report

You need to take a good hard look at your diet. And a book that really explains the ins and outs of diabetes. I'm sure that someone on this site will have a good recommendation. Alot of things that we think are healthy to eat are a little different for diabetics. Did you know that starches are turned to glucose in our systems after we eat them? That also means that some vegetables turn into glucose…carrots, corn, peas, potatoes (white). Those foods should be limited. If you can't talk to a nutritionist like Gabby suggested, again get a good book that you can refer to whenever you get stumped. And, of course, log on to the site whenever you need advice and help!

GabbyPA 2010-05-27 17:08:11 -0500 Report

Hey Jenny,
I am sorry, but I don't have an answer to your question, but I have something you might want to ask your doctor. He is the one that is having you do all the things you are posting here, and trying to figure things out. Sometimes it takes time for things to improve.
There is a condition called Brittle Diabetes, but I think it is a type 1 condition typically. It means that your body doesn't respond to the treatments. It may be too soon to ask, but you might want to do some research on it and decide what you can talk to him about.

Here are some discussions on it: http://www.diabeticconnect.com/discussions/6482-brittle-diabetes

jennny 2010-05-28 10:53:30 -0500 Report

Thanks for the advice,I dont have The Brittle Disease, my doctor told me if my BS doesnt go down I will have to stay on insulin the rest of my life,because my pancres wont produce enough sugar.

GabbyPA 2010-05-28 21:05:12 -0500 Report

Well...your pancreas doesn't produce sugar. I think maybe you just have a typo there. Your pancreas produces insulin to help your body use the glucose in your blood. Insulin should help your numbers to come down, so I imagine you must be so frustrated because they are still high. Have you had a meeting with a nutritionist yet? That would help you so much.