Hi, I'm new to the site

Dee31792
By Dee31792 Latest Reply 2010-06-26 19:45:34 -0500
Started 2010-06-25 12:36:43 -0500

Hi everyone,
Just joined site, I am 48 and my husband is 57.
I'm pre-diabetic , he's type 2.
Dr. told us last month it was time for him to think about insulin.


10 replies

Diane987
Diane987 2010-06-26 16:41:52 -0500 Report

Hi Dee,

I have had type 2 diabetes for 20 years. When I was diagnosed my doctor suggested insulin because the oral meds available at the time would have screwed up my stomach and I would probably end up on insulin within 10 years anyway. That was a long time ago, but things are different now. If I knew then what I know now, I might have taken my chances with those pills.

For years, I was an advocate for using insulin with Type 2 diabetes, but now I'm not. Sure it can provide great control of your diabetes. It allows for some additional flexibility when you overeat or indulge in something you probably shouldn't have eaten. However, insulin is the hormone your body uses to store glucose. If you are overweight and start using insulin, the deck is stacked against you being able to lose weight. If you aren't overweight and start using insulin you may find yourself putting on a pound or two and think nothing of it. You may attribute you weight gain to getting older or less activity but it may be just the insulin use that is the problem.

For years I would hear from my doctors that I need to lose weight. I would try and try and it just did not happen. They would look at me like I was just another fat diabetic that really wasn't trying but that is not true. Were there times when I could have done more, sure. Where there times when I did everything humanly possible to lose weight and it didn't work, sure. My point is that I could not consistently lose weight until I got off of insulin. Since I have been off I have lost 30 pounds. It has been two months. In the 20+ years of having diabetes I have never been able to lose 30 pounds in two months.

Is your husband on any meds right now? If now I would want to start with the oral meds. If he is on orals, perhaps a different kind of drug or an increased dose, or dietary changes, and/or more exercise might help.

My response in the link below explains another major reason to avoid using insulin unless you have no other choice. http://www.diabeticconnect.com/discussions/69...

Good luck and God Bless,

Diane

Emma2412
Emma2412 2010-06-26 14:57:10 -0500 Report

Hi, Dee
Welcome to DC. I joined in May and have met some really wonderful people here.
Don't forget to look at the professional advice that's offered here, too, and also try some of the recipes, and look at all the videos and other stuff that's offered here.
About the insulin, I wouldn't know anything about that because I've been trying other things and have been pretty successful so far. I'm hoping that I will never need to go there, even though my doctor said it would be good for me.
Well, I don't always agree with my doctor and feel that if I can get to where I'm supposed to be without the insulin, then that's what I'm going to do. Of course, it works for me but I'm not saying it's going to work for you, your hubby or anybody else. But I feel it's my body and it's my decision to make.
Don't forget to look at and read everything here. You'll also do yourselves a favor if you read as much as you can about diabetes from other trusted websites. You'll soon find that it's far more what you do at home (what you eat, whether you exercise, etc.) than what your doctor thinks you should try insofar as meds/insulin is concerned that's going to put you where you and your hubby should be from a blood glucose (BG) standpoint.
Good luck and it's nice meeting you.
Emma

runthe
runthe 2010-06-26 08:39:30 -0500 Report

Hello and welcome. Tell your husband that taking insulin is not so bad. Take it from a person that is afraid of needles. LOL
I am taking insulin twice a day with metformin 500 mg twice a say. My blood sugars hads been a lot better. You came to the right site for support. Good luck to you and your husband

Harlen
Harlen 2010-06-25 22:24:21 -0500 Report

Hello and welocme
Wish you both didnt need to be here as I know you wish as well
I am T2 and on the pump I did every thing that can be done like cutting out all carbs thats hard to do and just needed insulin and for 4 years I gave shots and I mean a lot of shots
like 10 to 14 a day but my blood sugar was going good so good that I was able to get my ins comp to pay fpr a pump I am 1 of 8 T2s in my state that has one that didnt pay for it out of pocket.If he dose go on insuli that dose not mean he didnt do it right and its not his folt or yours .
Insulin is not a bad thing it helps a lot and you can get a lot better #s
Best wishes
Harlen

alanbossman
alanbossman 2010-06-25 17:59:11 -0500 Report

Hi and welcome both you to the community,tell you hubby that insulin is not that bad. insulin does keep your bs in better range than pills. down side is you have to be careful of lows with insulin. I take both insulin and metformin. I dont take insulin when i excrise. Any questions just ask.
Alan

RAYT721
RAYT721 2010-06-25 16:04:34 -0500 Report

Is husband currently on oral meds? That may be a step stone between the diet-exercise routine and the insulin. Personally I am trying to avoid any kind of meds and doing well just with the diet and exercise for now. Who knows how long I can go before I need them but for me it's the last thing I want. What kind of a1c tests has your husband been getting. It's good that you will both have support for each other. It's an emotional condition as well as physical but while there is no cure, there are ways to control the diabetes. We are here for you. If I can help in any way, add me as a friend and let me know what I can do to help. I'm a newbie here also but have done a lot of research so while I may not have all of the answers myself, I would be challenged to help you find some.

MAYS
MAYS 2010-06-25 13:18:26 -0500 Report

Hello and Welcome to Diabetic Connect !

You are now a member of the greatest diabetes support group ever, great information and resources and most of all, great friends.

So join in, and once again, Welcome !

~~Mays~

petals
petals 2010-06-25 12:45:28 -0500 Report

Hi and Welcome to DC!! You have came to the right place to get the support that you and your hubby will need. Hang in there!

daniel velazco
daniel velazco 2010-06-25 17:16:07 -0500 Report

Hello and welcome to Diabetic Connect, this is the site for
anyone with Diabeties to be. If you have any questions about anything just ask and someone just might have an ans for you. So just jump in and enjoy making friends and learning about your conditions. Dan

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