By Dano7 Latest Reply 2010-08-28 03:44:25 -0500
Started 2010-08-27 11:52:52 -0500

I'm a type 2 diabetic and taking 1000 mg Metformin twice daily. Would it be a good idea to ask my Doctor if I should start taking insulin instead of the metformin?

5 replies

monkeymama 2010-08-27 22:43:41 -0500 Report

I agree with Harlen here…if the Metformin is working and you are tolerating it well, I would not change to insulin. I gave up on orals 3 years ago because I was either having a bad reaction or after a very short time, my body would begin to reject the orals. Going on insulin injections and/or insulin pumps may seem like a easier solution at the time but there is much care and work with them as well. Do not get me wrong, I love insulin pumping but I also wanted to make sure you were aware of the work involved in injections and pumping. Weigh or the pro's and con's you are currently going through, talk to you doctor about how you are feeling and your thoughts, and see from there.

rwb 2010-08-27 18:51:49 -0500 Report

i agree with jayabee if the pill is working dont go to injections they r a pain in the rear

jayabee52 2010-08-28 03:44:25 -0500 Report

my rear is not MY injection site ~ LoL!~ so the pain is not in the rear (tongiue firmly planted in cheek)

jayabee52 2010-08-27 16:50:44 -0500 Report

What Harlen said. If you are tolerating the metformin well enough and it is lowering your BG#s to acceptable levels, I would not change.

One of the side effects of insulin is it tends to make some people fat. I had been on Met for about 7-8 yrs and it was not as effective as it used to be.
I had a collapse due to my kidneys shutting down because of an infection. They put me on NPH insulin in the hospital and I've been on NPH insulin ever since because my kidneys are compromised - a contraindication for Metformin. (I was also put on dialysis for abour 9 mos - but that's another story)

I had always hoped to stay away from insulin, but now that I am on it it is not so bad.

As I understand it, Metformin increases insulin sensitivity of your cells, and enhances peripheral glucose uptake. So if you can tolerate Met, stay with it IMO.

Harlen 2010-08-27 13:13:15 -0500 Report

If your having a hard time with Metformin or its not working
I would ask I was on met for three months befor they let me go to insulin
It was very stressfull.
Best wishes

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