Insulin Resistant

Gabby
By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2012-10-14 08:40:24 -0500
Started 2011-01-21 10:27:00 -0600

Here is a thought I am throwing out to you all. Many of us who are type 2 are insulin resistant. I exercise to help with that, but my doctor keeps increasing my meds that "push" my pancreas to produce more insulin. Now, if we are resistant to that insulin, what is the point of increasing it in some of us? I really feel like I am barking up the wrong tree with insulin increase when my body just resists it anyway.

Is there a way other than weight loss and exercise to decrease our insulin resistance?


82 replies

Kirla
Kirla 2012-10-14 08:40:24 -0500 Report

Gabby

I clicked this link on the homepage today and reviewed some of this discussion. I never took drugs that forced my pancreas to produce more insulin. The Doctor at the clinic who first prescribed me my meds spent like a ½ hour explaining how oral meds force the pancreas to increase more insulin. Said that these drugs can and often lead to damaging the pancreas even more. Told me that eventually the drugs will someday completely destroy the pancreas’s ability to produce insulin and one day I will need insulin.

When I got home with the bag full of meds I googled them to see how they worked and was happy to find that the doctor prescribed a med that didn’t force the pancreas to produce more. I think if the time comes that I can no longer control with diet, insulin is what I’ll do my best to get on.

Have the drugs you been taken, do more damage than good, we will never know for sure. If you did all you can do by drinking plenty of water everyday, Stopped eating high carb starchy foods like most food made of flour and grains (of any kind) and you went on a low carb diet and lost some weight and still cannot control your blood sugar you should do some research on how your going to pay for insulin. I read some articles were low carb vegetables were supposed to help lower insulin resistance. By drinking 8-10 glasses of water and mostly eating low carb vegetables I lost a lot of weight and was able to get control in less than 2 months.

If you have done everything you can do and have gone low carb and it doesn’t work for you than get the insulin. I believe low carb will help most people. But in life there are some that what works for most people doesn’t work for them. \

Wishing you the best
http://kirla.wordpress.com/

jigsaw
jigsaw 2012-10-13 07:09:38 -0500 Report

There are medications that increase insulin sensitivity, and don't push the pancreas to produce more insulin. Metformin is one example, which is why it is frequently used in conjunction with insulin.

lacat87
lacat87 2012-10-13 14:44:42 -0500 Report

I have a sensitivity to insulin. So am I in my own category and is it that way with type 1's?

jayabee52
jayabee52 2012-10-13 15:11:55 -0500 Report

several years ago (before I had diabetes myself) I was acquainted with a lady who was allergic to her own insulin. Didn't know or learn much about it.

lacat87
lacat87 2012-10-13 15:18:35 -0500 Report

thanks for replying jayabee! but not speaking of allergies here. i was told instead of being insulin resisitant, that i have insulin sensitivity. i asked the experts about it and it's posted on discussions if you want to read about it.

Dan360
Dan360 2012-10-09 14:08:31 -0500 Report

Hi Gabby,
You hit on a subject that I have often puzzled over. In addition to the question of not producing enough insulin or just being resistant to it, there is another caveat. The insulin your pancreas produced might be defective so that it doesn't work very well. It would be nice if we didn't have to guess which one of these conditions we are having to deal with in our individual selves. I also had doctors prescribing medications that was supposed to stimulate my pancreas to make more insulin. In my case it was Januvia. I was having some discomfort in the area of my pancreas during this time. I still was not getting good BG control and I was doing all the right things like eating low carb diet and exercising.

I decided to try going on insulin and it worked very well for me. Everybody was talking about me being brave but I did not see the insulin injections as a big deal if it would control my BG. It did and I am happy with the results. So, in my case it seems insulin resistance was not so much a problem as my pancreas not producing enough good insulin. It is hard to argue with what works. Good luck.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2012-10-10 10:04:33 -0500 Report

I wanted to do that, go on insulin. But my doctor won't because I am not insured and he knows how expensive it is. I don't know how I would afford it, and he wants me off meds anyway. So I keep working in that direction. I am not getting very far though, I'm afraid.

Dan360
Dan360 2012-10-10 11:02:23 -0500 Report

Three years ago I had a doctor who told me that tight control of BG was not necessary, that those who tried for tight control fared worse than those who didn't. Then I found an article from NIH (National Institute of Health) that said over the long haul sloppy or loose control could be quite detrimental. I had a mild heart attach at the end of my year of loose control and had two stents put in.

If type 2 runs in your family I would be skeptical of a doctor telling me I should shoot for getting off meds altogether. For one thing Metformin has been shown to have other positive effects such as prevention of certain types of cancer. As long as your kidneys are in good shape metformin has no ill effects that I have heard of. Anyway, I don't want to contradict your doctor but you might try for a second opinion. Many drug companies will help out if you can't afford your medication. You might look into that. Good luck.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2012-10-11 10:11:04 -0500 Report

Unfortunately, I am kind of restricted to the clinic doc because of my finances. The meds don't really work for me. They work for a short time when first introduced, but about a month or so, it is like I am not taking meds anyway. It is very frustrating.

Dan360
Dan360 2012-10-11 10:29:35 -0500 Report

I would be very honest with my doctor. Like — the meds aren't working and I am doing everything I can! I hope you find a solution. I wish you well.

jigsaw
jigsaw 2012-10-12 19:09:39 -0500 Report

Gabby, I chose to go on insulin about two years ago. My doctors agreed. I feel much better in general, and my bg is definitely better controlled. I believe that insulin resistance exists with all that have diabetes with few exceptions. It exists to different extents with different individuals. As you know, there are many variables with diabetes, and insulin resistance is only a part of the condition.
I have discussed potential side effects of insulin with a few physicians, and potential weight gain was the only concern. I have not gained weight thanks to portion control. So, If insulin is what you need and want, go get it TIGER, there has got to be a way! I sincerely hope you succeed.

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northern cold
northern cold 2011-01-25 17:07:21 -0600 Report

HI i am new to this group and have a question. I have been a diabetic 2 for about
5 yrs now. I am on glugopage and also use the Byetta injection of 5 mg. 2 x's a day. I am tired of the injection and heard of a new pill out and was wondering if anyone has heard about it or the name of it? My A1C is 6.5. I have more problems when I don't eat regular and it goes down to the 70-80s count. I hate the shaking that goes along with it. I am over weight and try to exercise at least 3 times a week by walking 1/2 hr. I would appreciate any response. Thanks ladydi

dancinglady77
dancinglady77 2011-01-24 21:16:36 -0600 Report

I found that once I really paid attention to my carbohydrate intake, my numbers jumped into the safe zone and I was able to get rid of the Glipizine…in fact I was having a lot of low blood sugar. In one Diabetes official booklet, it said to keep your carbs to no more than 35 per meal. That has truly been the biggest difference…and once I got used to less carbs, I am not nearly as hungry and dropped 17 pounds (to my amazement !) It's free and worth a try. The one place where I didn't count strictly was fruit…especially with fiber as it also slows down your sugar spikes.

Jocy

Gabby
GabbyPA 2011-01-25 08:24:02 -0600 Report

I think that is a good idea. When I was first working just with diet and exercise, I almost eliminated carbs. I did much better. But everyone kept telling me I need more carbs, so I added them (gladly I might add) and it has been a struggle since. I really need to just drop them way back again. I keep them between 120-160 a day, but that is just too much for me.

dancinglady77
dancinglady77 2011-01-25 21:21:29 -0600 Report

I agree that 120-160 per day can be too much. I also do not limit the amount of food I eat. I eat TONS of vegetables, I use spaghetti squash as pasta, so I can eat a roll with my spaghetti and sauce. I eat meat only 1 or 2 times a week and eat 2 fish meals each week. The other four are vegetarian. It took a while to find good recipes, but my husband (has terrible cholesterol) involved and it has been a great thing for both of us.
Good luck !

Gabby
GabbyPA 2011-01-26 09:08:02 -0600 Report

I keep trying the vegetarian thing, but the family is not on board with that. I can slip in a meal or two, but not a lot of them. I need to explore that more. My problem is at night. I do good during the day, but I get night time munchies that are just a waste. We eat a lot more fish and have cut the red meat down to 1-2 times a week. I am growing some spaghetti squash in our garden this year, so I am looking forward to that being on the table more. I like mine with salsa.

BIRDY
BIRDY 2011-01-24 16:43:12 -0600 Report

Hi Gabby ,

My husband has no diabets problem but he was diagnosed with a high insulin resistance. He was overweight that time.The Dr put him 2x day Glucophage and sent him to a diet expert. He started eating right and at the same time he started exercising and swimming regularly.He lost 60 lbs in 9 months by keeping eating and exercising well.He is now off meds and all he is doing is keeping the good habits in his life.His HOMA-IR (this is the level of the resistance) was around 8 (the normal level is 1,13) when he was diagnosed and he is now around 1,69.
I believe anyone can manage the same thing but it takes time like other successes in the life…
All the best.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2011-01-25 08:35:05 -0600 Report

I lost 60 pounds too, but now it is stagnate. I need to loose more and I know that will help with the resistance as well. I have never heard of the HOMA-IR. Is that something I can have my doctor order in my lipid panel?

BIRDY
BIRDY 2011-01-25 09:42:35 -0600 Report

Gabby HOMA-IR is the number that showing your resistance level and it is another test than A1C. So far I understand in the States the insurances cover A1C test only so that it is not applied when you go to doctors.Here the doctors test both A1C and HOMA.I'm pretty sure your Dr test it for you but not sure if your insurance covers.Better if you speak to your insurance company in advance.
By the way my husband never left the carbs totally but he followed the low glycemic index diet only.Maybe this helps you.
Hugs
Birdy

Gabby
GabbyPA 2011-01-25 09:45:23 -0600 Report

I am self pay, so I will ask if that can be included in my next test in March. Thank you. I have a glycemic index cook book. I need to use it more routinely.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2012-10-10 10:10:55 -0500 Report

Can I just go to a lab and have them do the test? My doctor is not really willing to think that far out of the box. I really think it is beyond his pay grade...LOL.

kdroberts
kdroberts 2011-01-24 06:24:49 -0600 Report

The very basic route is that even though diet and exercise are the best options, they don't always work 100% for everyone or people don't want to do what it takes for them to work. Since the only drugs available for insulin resistance are avandia and actos which are relatively new and safety is a debated topic, that pretty much just leaves drugs that increase insulin or insulin itself.

squog master
squog master 2011-01-24 14:23:27 -0600 Report

So what is suppose to be wrong with Actos? I take 15mg a day.

granniesophie
granniesophie 2011-01-25 08:49:46 -0600 Report

Here is my personal experience with Actos- I was on Avandia and asked to come off after the first heart scare several years ago-and got put on Actos. Then asked my new dr why I was taking 3 Diabetes meds and he said"I don't know, just keep taking them'! Great, huh??! After the 2nd Avandia heart scare I was reading something about Actos in that article, and it said something about ankle and leg swelling, groin and leg pain and some other stuff, all of which I had and the dr couldn't tell me why! So I took myself off of the Actos cold turkey, and guess what, immediately no more swelling in ankles, no more groin and leg pains, and I walked with no pain. And my BG numbers didn't go up! Told my dr at my next appt and he said ok, and didn't give me anything else to replace it and I feel much better overall, and never have any swelling or leg pain!

Make of this what you will, but I would research everything carefully, ask questions and see if there is something else that might work that won't damage your heart-

I am just so afraid of these drugs-we have enough to deal with without waiting for a heart attack to happen too!

Please take care of you-you are all part of my new family and I care :)

squog master
squog master 2011-01-25 09:09:15 -0600 Report

I haven't had any problems like those that I know of but I do have RA. Got that before the Diabetes. I will definately be talking to my Dr about it though. Heart has been strong. Had a lot of checking up on mine when I was in the hospital after hernia surgery June 2009. I was having a few other problems at the time, like fatigue & very low protein in my body. Very low blood pressure. But my heart was strong through it all. The docs said if it hadn't been, I probably would have died.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2011-01-25 08:56:09 -0600 Report

My mom was on actos for a while and she had trouble with swelling of her legs and feet. She couldn't get her shoes on anymore and they had to give her a cream for her skin. Once she stopped taking it. all gone.

Kirla
Kirla 2011-01-23 20:04:19 -0600 Report

Gabby

I believe that drinking 8 plus glasses of water and eating lots of low carb vegetables everyday helps to lower insulin resistance. Also following a low card diet helps in controlling blood sugar.

When diagnosed I had blood sugars in the 300 plus range. By following my advice listed above I was able to quit all meds and get pretty good blood sugar control in only a matter of a several weeks. I never had a problem with blood sugar control after following the above advice. I have been on here for over a year now telling people what has worked for me. I know it may not help everyone but I do believe most people can benefit form drinking lots of water and eating lots of low carb vegetables.

When diagnosed I started to eat a salad every day along with a cup or 2 of broccoli. I started to make coleslaw with shredded cabbage and grated carrot and mixed it with some mayonnaise and vinegar. Worst coleslaw I ever ate. When I started using splenda I added a tablespoon to my coleslaw and now I eat coleslaw that I feel is just as good as any. When I got tired of broccoli I started to eat cauliflower. Sometimes I mix them together. Since being diagnosed I have a salad almost every day and some kind of low carb vegetable.

Good luck
Kevin

Krystina Powell
Krystina Powell 2011-01-24 16:33:04 -0600 Report

I also started a low carb diet when insulin failed. Insulin made my heart beat hard and gave me sharp chest pains. My doctor continues to increase my dosage and believes this is the reason my numbers are coming down. What he doesn't know, is that I haven't taken a shot in almost a year. Included in my diet are supplements with blood sugar stabalizing herbs that are working wonders not only with my diabetes but with my RA. Since I have quit taking my insulin, I have gone from BS in the 300 + to an average of 120. I am very pleased with these results.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2011-01-25 08:36:17 -0600 Report

That is great! I think I am going to stop listening to my "more carb" advisers.

BLUEYETXAN
BLUEYETXAN 2011-01-29 16:06:42 -0600 Report

I agree, eating the low carb or low glycemic vegetables and some protein work better for my husband and me. Occasionally, I will make soups with some beans and corn in it and we manage to do ok as long as we don't have too much of it.

Kirla
Kirla 2011-01-24 18:37:20 -0600 Report

I too love the low carb diet. I even wrote a blog about how I got my blood sugars under control. I wish more people would consider going low carb. Its just that a lot of people would rather take the meds and insulin than give up the bread and most foods made of grains along with pasta, rice, corn, potatoes, oatmeal, cereals, chips, crackers, cakes, cookies, candy, soda, milk, fruits, fruit juices and most foods that contain more than 5-6 net carbs per serving as found on the package label. I gave it all up and don’t miss any of it. Congratulations on your success. I wish more people could find the way to good blood sugar control

Gabby
GabbyPA 2011-01-24 10:05:44 -0600 Report

I use your almond milk almost daily now (and used the flour in some baking the other day, yum) I love slaw and broccoli and cauliflower. So I will give that a whirl. I eat a lot of salads and I make my own dressing often, not all the time. I am drinking a lot of water so I will see if that helps me. I could eat slaw every day. I know you also have some recipes for pumpkin...are those in our recipe section?

Kirla
Kirla 2011-01-24 18:28:05 -0600 Report

I ate the slaw twice a day for a couple of months after being diagnosed. I ate it at least once a day for over a year. I now eat it once in a while. Not as much as I used to. As far as the broccoli and cauliflower I eat ½ to 1 cup per day everyday since being diagnosed. I find if I go a few days with out my salad or low carb vegetables my blood sugars will start to raise a little bit. Then I redouble my efforts to eat the vegetables and drink the water.

I believe I have 3 recipes that use pumpkin. I bought the large can of plain pumpkin at Save a Lots. I bought around 20 cans. I use 2 cans a month. It’s hard to find after Thanksgiving. Save a Lots sold it for $1.79 a can. It tastes good also. Aldi’s sells a smaller can for $1.29 a can. Hopefully I don’t run out.

I experiment a lot with recipes. For pumpkin pie I replaced the sugar in the pudding with splenda and used soy flour in the crust. I think it taste just as good if not better than one made with real flour and sugar. I used the regular baking splenda for the white and brown sugars. Not to sure if the sugar substitute you use will work or not. You just have to try it and see. Last year I made a pumpkin cheesecake with ground up Almonds for the crust. Came out real good. Only thing is its high in fat so I decided to stick with the pumpkin pie instead.

I also make a pumpkin bread or cake. I think of it as cake more than bread. I just replace the flour with soy flour and I think my soy flour cakes are great. You may want to experiment with almond flour and see how well it works. I add the almond pulp from my almond milk and some flax seeds to the cakes and it works pretty well.

Last year I bought an ice cream machine from Aldis for $20.00 and it works pretty good. Its best when eaten out of the machine right after you make it. I seen one in Big lots for $25.00. It’s the kind where you freeze the bowl and add the ingredients and it makes ice cream. I freeze 3 cups and eat one out of the machine. Mrs Atkins said to use a non-stick spray in the bowl before you add the ingredients and it helps with it sticking to the bowl. I make pumpkin ice cream. I blend 1 cup almond milk, 1 cup pumpkin, 1 cup Chobani plain Greek non-fat yogurt, ½ teaspoon cinnamon, ¼ teaspoon ground ginger, a pinch of cloves, 2 scoops of vanilla protein powder shake mix and 1 tablespoon of peanut butter. Add to machine and let the machine do its work. I have been eating this for several months now. I think it taste great. If you freeze it, it gets as hard as a rock. I take it out of the freezer before I start-eating supper and it softens up in about 20 minutes. Or microwave for 20-30 seconds and that works also.

I don’t post any of my recipes anywhere but my website. I started to post them on Dlife but have taken them off their site. Had some problems with the moderators over there and don’t go there much. Had nothing to do with the recipes. Just the moderators. Dlife can be a hostile environment at times. People get pissed there a lot, I now stay away.

Kevin
http://kirla.wordpress.com/recipes-3/

Gabby
GabbyPA 2011-01-25 08:33:10 -0600 Report

Ok, now I have finally bookmarked your site so I can keep all your handy info close at hand. Thank you.

CaliKo
CaliKo 2011-01-24 16:47:25 -0600 Report

Gabby, Have you tried the almond flour in the tortillas yet? My last batch was with whole wheat flour and buckwheat flour and canola oil. It worked fine, and they are very tasty, just not as elastic as the softer white flour ones.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2011-01-25 08:30:17 -0600 Report

The almond flour had no elasticity, so it doesn't work in that recipe. Live and learn. I did use it in oatmeal cookies the other day and that worked great. I also used it in some chocolate chip cookies as over half of the flour and it was good. I am going to try it in some soda breads and see how it rises.

CaliKo
CaliKo 2011-01-25 09:13:41 -0600 Report

How do you make the almond flour? I also wonder if you could add gluten to it to help with elasticity.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2011-01-25 09:17:29 -0600 Report

My almond flour is a by product of my almond milk. I make the milk, then strain off the pulp. I put that in my dehydrator and make my flour. The point of it is to eliminate the gluten, so I guess adding it to it would defeat my purpose. I am trying to get away from wheat (ha, ha) and gluten. Boy is that hard to do.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2011-01-25 09:40:46 -0600 Report

I don't "have" to get rid of gluten, but it is an inflammatory food and since the whole family suffers from arthritis as well, I am trying to find ways to sneak it out of our diets. LOL

MAYS
MAYS 2011-01-23 07:49:33 -0600 Report

Gabby,
This link may interest you, and others.
Ignore the advertisement links on the page, the article is both informative and interesting!

http://ezinearticles.com/?Strategies-to-Overc...

~Mays~

Dev
Dev 2011-01-23 12:17:55 -0600 Report

The article was very informative but now I am also a little confused about their claim that IR is reversible and curable. So if the insulin resistance is reversable and/or curable then doesn't that mean diabetes is curable.
As per my understanding, Type 2 is caused by insulin resistance and most of the times, at least initially the pancreas are doing just fine secreting insulin. So if insulin resistance is reduced or overcome, then diabetese is gone. But we also say that diabetes is not curable, you can only manage it.
Is there anything else going on in addition to the insulin resistance that I am missing?

Kirla
Kirla 2011-01-23 19:45:03 -0600 Report

Insulin resistance may be curable but diabetes is not due to the damage it has done to your pancreas. Once your pancreas is damaged due to over production of insulin, that damage cannot be fixed at this time. When they find a way to repair the pancreas we will all be cured, but until then we have to do what we do for the rest of our lives to control our blood sugar the best we can.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2011-01-23 07:53:39 -0600 Report

Thank you, this has some different ones from Kaiyle's so I will use them both to try to see what I can do to help myself out.

Kaiyle
Kaiyle 2011-01-21 11:15:50 -0600 Report

Gabby, I came across this site. Check it out.

http://www.howtolivealongerlife.com/2009/07/1...

jjhnpa
jjhnpa 2011-01-23 09:35:08 -0600 Report

wow, thank you for sharing with gabby because with me reading theese post it helped me so thank you.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2011-01-22 19:39:41 -0600 Report

That is fantastic. Okay, now I have a list of things to try!! Thanks. I have it bookmarked on my computer to keep it handy. I do some of it, but there are a lot of new things to try.

Harlen
Harlen 2011-01-21 11:14:07 -0600 Report

Hello
Being one that is resistant as well
I gave up on makin more insulin I just cover for what I eat and test test test
still need to work out a good bit but I like it lol
Best wishes
Harlen

CaliKo
CaliKo 2011-01-21 11:06:31 -0600 Report

I'm curious how do you know whether increased glucose levels are due to insulin resistance or less insulin production? Maybe by whether or not the increased medication is helping or not?
I think aerobic exercise in particular, managing stress and eating a healthy range of vegetables, whole grains, little meat, fish, Omega 3 oils etc., all help with insulin resistance.

Dan360
Dan360 2012-10-09 12:38:55 -0500 Report

There is a test called the C-Peptide test that measures your insulin production. If that is low than the problem is more one of insulin production than insulin resistance. That is the way I found out that I needed to start taking insulin. I really don't understand insulin resistance. I must not have much of it because insulin works wonders with me.

granniesophie
granniesophie 2011-01-23 05:40:38 -0600 Report

I wonder as well! I never did understand the difference. I am due a dr appt next month and I will ask him the difference and which one I am and if there really is a difference. That is, if I can keep him in the room for more then 10 seconds LOL!
That link is very helpful-I am going to try some of it and some I already do, so we shall see how it goes!

MewElla
MewElla 2011-01-23 07:43:10 -0600 Report

Let us know what you find out about the insulin resistance when you speak with your dr. I sure don't understand this myself.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2011-01-22 19:36:57 -0600 Report

I am presuming that I suppose since I was diagnosed type 2 not one. I am overweight and have read that contributes to insulin resistance. I have been steadily increased on the insulin producing meds. They work well at first then my levels seem to go back to where they were. I exercise every day, eat a lot of whole foods and try to avoid processed items. I eat a lot of veggies and salads. That is why I am wondering if I am kind of overworking my pancreas for nothing.

Beachbaby2903
Beachbaby2903 2011-01-22 22:56:57 -0600 Report

Hey gabby, what medicAtion do they have you on?! Most medications that are prescribed for type 2 diabetics aren't to push your body to produce more insulin. They are actually medications to help open up your cells to allow sugar in to lower bs levels!! I have always explained it to others as a key and a lock, your cells are the lock and insulin is the key, except with insulin resistant people the key doesn't fit, so medications go in and change the key to unlock your cells!! Bitter melon is a natural supplement you can take that helps unlock your cells and so does nopal cactus!! I hope this helps you to understand it a bit more!! Good luck, and keep working on it!!

Gabby
GabbyPA 2011-01-23 07:50:09 -0600 Report

The glipizide is a pusher so to speak. I take it 30 min before a meal to get my body to produce extra insulin to deal with my meal. That has increased from 5 mg to 20mg. I am worried about taking so much of it. It seems to do well when I first start taking a new dose, but within a month or so, it drops off in effectiveness. I have tried the bitter melon but not the cactus yet. There is a supplement I have used before that seemed to really help, but it is $100 a month. I am trying to work out a way to get that in my budget. It has a complex combination of many of the supplements that help unlock the resistance.

I do like the link that Kaily left me. That is a great starting point too, that can be there without money. I keep trying to find natural or inexpensive ways to deal with it, because prolonged money draining ones are just out of the question right now.

judy makowski
judy makowski 2011-01-25 16:19:44 -0600 Report

Gabby thanks for the lemon or lime juice idea I will try that. Question I was never told to take my glipizide 30 min before meals. Does that make a difference? I'm also on Victoza. Does anyone know anything about this. I take 1.8 once a day. Twice now after giving myself the injection I have hada hard lump at the injection site and no one can give me a reason for this. The site is also sore where the lump is. I have talked to the people at Nova and they can't give me a reason either. They told me to ask my dr. who also doesn't know why

Beachbaby2903
Beachbaby2903 2011-01-23 14:06:18 -0600 Report

Have you talked to your doctor about it gabby?! I'm sorry your body isn't responding to your medication very well! Maybe your body is very resistant and they need to put you on a different type of medication to help your body use the insulin!! It's not good to have all that extra insulin floating around since you can't technically use it! I hope you find the perfect plan that works! I'm so sorry you're havin to deal with complications of your medicine!! Good luck and keep us posted!

Harlen
Harlen 2011-01-21 11:17:33 -0600 Report

That is the trick lol you just keep working on it till you get it right.
And your right eating good and working out helps a lot
Best wishes
Harlen

rj
rj 2011-01-24 01:15:19 -0600 Report

I know this is a stupid question but ..are you on metformin and how much do you take a day???? generic for the infamous Glucophage doc tells me i might get off the Glypezide one day with diet and exercise but will probably be on the metformin (Mantenance drug) the rest of my life > I also take Lisiniopril fr kidneys..is also a blood pressure deal but i take it for Kidney protection

Harlen
Harlen 2011-01-24 07:09:25 -0600 Report

No I am not on that anymore I was swiched to the pump the pills just didnt work for me and I worked hard on it and was taling in only 500 cal a day and only 15 grams of carbs and still didnt help my BS.
There are no stupid quwstions ..
We are each difrent and what works for one may not work for some one els
So we each work on D till we get what works for us.
For me it was shots till I was able to get on the pump
Hope this helps
Best wishes
Harlen