Type II Diabetes and medication

Mr. Hummer
By Mr. Hummer Latest Reply 2010-06-29 11:16:44 -0500
Started 2010-06-28 16:35:34 -0500

I was diagnosed back in 1993 and it was found to be related to agent orange. No history of anyone on either side of the family having diabetes. So I started on Glipizide 5mg and metformin 500mg after 5 years of holding my own my blood work went to 7.2 then 7.6 and now 8 yet my tests show 115 130 150 105 108.
Now I am taking 10 mg glipizide twice a day and 1500 mg metformin otwice a day.
Now the internal medicine people tell me I should NOT be afraid to go on insuline.
Yet everyone I know who was on insuline lost ten years off their lives. They are gone and I am still here. I have lost 12lbs in one month and am determined to stay away from insuline as long as possible. Pray for me!

2 replies

kdroberts 2010-06-29 11:16:44 -0500 Report

Have a look at this site.
It is a marketing site for a specific brand of insulin but it does have some good information. Regarding the 10 years on insulin to death, you have to ask yourself how well were they controlling their diabetes and did they die of diabetic complications? Other than the fact that it's an injection insulin is really no different that taking any of the medications you are already on, they are all designed to control blood sugar. As Gabby says, you may want to address meal times because it seems that might be where your problems lie.

GabbyPA 2010-06-28 16:53:38 -0500 Report

You want to meet Richard Vaughn. He is one of our members who has been on insulin for 64 years and doing quite well. He will help you understand insulin. It is one of the best medicines for our disease because it offers good control with fewer side effects. If I had insurance I would be on it now. I did find a website that can get me on insulin for as little as $40 per month, so my next doctor visit I am going to be asking to be put on it.

I don't understand your A1c numbers though. Your test numbers are in a good range, so you must really spike after meals. Do you test 2 hours after you eat?

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