By Harlen Latest Reply 2010-12-23 10:44:24 -0600
Started 2010-12-17 21:23:30 -0600

Hello all
I have ben waching and helping when and where can.
It seems to me that a lot of frends here and other sites seem to think that having to go on insulin meens that you didnt do as much as you needed too.
This is NOT right !!!!!
Diadetis progreses even if you do all the right things eat all the right foods work out ,it will still progres and you may need to go on insulin.
I was on pills first and they didnt work for me at all I was doing every thing that the doc asked and then some I starved my self worked out a lot and still it didnt work.So I whent on insulin and wow my #'s dropped and after just a little time and working on it I was able to get and keep my blood sugars good.
After 3 years of taking shots { I hate shots } I was abl to get a pump.
I havent given up I just had to do whats best for me.
And thats what we all need to do whats best for us even if we dont like it.
Best wishes frends

25 replies

CaliKo 2010-12-20 14:38:19 -0600 Report

Good for you, Harlen, for taking every step you needed to, to get your glucose controlled. That's exactly what we need to do, at every stage of our diabetes. Kudos.

realsis77 2010-12-19 15:28:42 -0600 Report

Yeah! I feel the same! You are soooo right and I always try to point this out to people! My insulin isn't a failure or a punishment! The pills just didn't work for me! Diets didn't work! Id raise up eating a carrot! I was struggling before insulin! I might add after insulin I actually feel beter! For goodness sakes insulin has been a blessing for me! I am not a failure! I just happen to need insulin! Thanks for this post hopefully people will realise the truth!

Harlen 2010-12-19 18:52:42 -0600 Report

I am there with you
with out it I would be dead

realsis77 2010-12-20 12:08:37 -0600 Report

Yes without insulin id likely also be very ill . Its really been wonderful for me giving me more enegery and stopping the "falling asleep" after eating where no one can wake me! Insulin has been a wonderful tool for me! Like I mentioned I was too the point id"fall asleep" and no one could wake me and id see double! It was awful! Now insulin stoped all that! Come on, I'm not a failure cause my body needed insulin desprately! People have huge misconceptions about insulin and diabetes! For me the pill didn't work one bit! It took two different insulins to get me under control. Now I'm under control but what some people aren't understanding is that diet and exercise does not work for us all! Ya know?

Doc 720
Doc 720 2010-12-18 23:17:29 -0600 Report

Harlen, you are so right and many of the folks that read this should take a moment and understand that eventually… Insulin. It took my mother about (+/- a few days) 20 years until she hit the needle. She is at 20 units of Lantus each night right now, and occasionally goes Hypo.

I, myself, have a different story. On my 40th birthday (Sep 2006), I was diagnosed and started a "Diet and exercise" regimen while I was in the US Navy. Worked pretty good until just before I retired in Jul 2008. Now I have to use pills. Until my sugars stayed in the 300's. Now March of this year (2010), I started with Lantus. and now have split my lantus dose in two (56 u am/pm) and I use 10 u of Novolog. Guess what! 284 avg past 3-4 day, ready to go to 60 am/pm.

My greatest fear was losing my job because of going on insulin. I can not go back to sea (Merchant Marine) because I am on insulin.

Hey, it beats the heck out of the alternative. With Fatty Liver syndrome, Orals are out!

Don't Fear the needle. they are so small, it is only a very minor discomfort!!

Doc 720
Doc 720 2010-12-19 20:30:03 -0600 Report

My physician noticed my liver enzymes have been a bit out of whack. High SGOT and SGPT otherwise known as ALT and AST. Depends on your physicians group.

The physician ordered an ultrasound of the liver which was indicative of Fatty Liver. Essentially, I am growing my own foie gras! Bon Apetite! The ultrasound shows a liver that is about 1.5 times it's normal size.

GabbyPA 2010-12-20 07:06:37 -0600 Report

So I should ask for a blood test or an ultrasound? ALT or AST...would they know either one?

GabbyPA 2010-12-20 07:21:03 -0600 Report

Ok, I am looking at my last lab report and it says my AST is 25 IU/L pretty much in the middle of the 0-40 range and my ALT is 28.

So my next question would be, if I want to reduce this and go more towards the 0 on the range, how do you do that? Loosing weight? Changing my diet? Or is it something that is hereditary?

GabbyPA 2010-12-19 13:24:15 -0600 Report

How did you determine your fatty liver syndrome? I am curious as to if I have something like that because my numbers are so stubborn.

Harlen 2010-12-19 18:55:56 -0600 Report

Good I would like to know too ???

GabbyPA 2010-12-23 10:44:24 -0600 Report

KD put in another discussion that it is in your lipid panel lab report. I got mine and looked at the AST and the ALT levels. Mine are in the middle, but now I am trying to find out how to reduce them.

GabbyPA 2010-12-18 14:04:46 -0600 Report

Thank you Harlen. This is one of the things that people don't realize. Even doctors use it to "scare" us into compliance. When I talk to my doc about the switch, he looks at me like I have two heads. He is encouraged that I would not mind the change, but he is determined that since I am so close to the goal, that he still wants to keep trying oral. Cost is a major factor for me and he is rightfully afraid I would not be able to be as consistent on insulin.

Harlen 2010-12-18 15:33:28 -0600 Report

Gabby it is cheepper for the ins comp if your on pills and not insulin A lot cheeper.
I had given up every thing but fresh veg and they still wished me to keep on the pills.If your close then keep at it ,The pills didnt work for me I was always 300 to 700 .

GabbyPA 2010-12-19 13:22:52 -0600 Report

I can get into low 100's with pills, exercise and diet. The below 100's escape me still. I keep trying to find a way. I don't have insurance, so it would be all out of pocket, and that is really the struggle. I will be glad when the economy comes back and I can actually make some money at my work.

RAYT721 2010-12-18 10:14:55 -0600 Report

Harlen… thumbs up for the heartfelt post that breaks through some of the myths and misconceptions about diabetics and insulin. So often people (diabetic and non-diabetic) fail to see that the cause of diabetes and control is in the body, not in the mind. We have come such a long way with diabetes but we have so much more to go for true understanding and awareness. What I feel is important is focusing on what we CAN and SHOULD do or have over what we CAN"T or SHOULDN'T do or have. Gone are the days of "the sugar" and references to "sugar diabetes." Hopefully with each day that passes we will learn more and DO more for our minds, bodies and souls. Being diabetic is not the end of the world … it's the beginning of a new one.

squog master
squog master 2010-12-17 22:04:14 -0600 Report

I have a young cousin,17, w/type 1. He's had it since he was 5. I'm not sure when he started using the pump. He loves it. He has a 1st cousin the same age who refuses to use the pump and my cousin can't understand why. Before I went out on disability I worked with kids in all my jobs. One young charge was diagnosed w/type 1 when she was 12. She and her parents opted to use the pump right from the start. In both cases it seemed like it was much more convenient than the shots.

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