By beauty15 Latest Reply 2011-01-31 01:59:58 -0600
Started 2011-01-21 21:00:18 -0600

I found out in Nov that I have type 2 Diabetes. I just have a question for all you type 2's out there are you on oral meds and insulin?? others that I have found that have type 2 they have said that 2 shpould be able to be controlled by oral meds diet and excerise

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Guardianstone 2011-01-31 01:59:58 -0600 Report

I started with Metformin, my sugar dropped for a short time, then I started having trouble with it, and the doctor changed it to Actos. My weight went from 175 to 240 in less than 6 months.
Insurance dropped me and no meds for over a year. lost 45 lbs and sugar dropped to below 140. November (no diet change) sugars hit over 300 and couldn't get them to drop. After a hospital stay in December I'm now back on Metforman er and now Lantus. Sugars below 125 most days.
Sometimes the meds and body just have to adjust to eacj other.
Good luck, and God bless.
Guardian stone

kweltina 2011-01-25 12:08:27 -0600 Report

when i was first diagonosed with diebetis, my blood sugar was way over 700. i was rushed to the hospital and eventually had to take insulin. i didnt want to take shots but since it was out of control, i had no choise.l now my blood sugar runs betwwn 112 to 185. is tht too high?
i am still working on it. i was doing great, but i have not been watching myself and i got mad at myself. i really want to lose weight and more. i am 66 years old

jayabee52 2011-01-25 12:57:18 -0600 Report

ii2 seems good. 185 is a bit high. When does your 185 occur? When you first get up (fasting)? or close to when you eat? Keep working on it.

kweltina 2011-01-25 14:34:23 -0600 Report

usually after i eat. some times when i get up it runs around 125
so i get concerned when it is higher. altho i didnt take any insulin the day abefore. i was in the hospital all day with family. i spent time with my foster sisters.

jayabee52 2011-01-25 15:01:29 -0600 Report

going to bed withou insulin might do it. Do you have Dr's orders as to when you take your insulin and when not to? I been told that taking insulin overnight if my bg is 150 or below. I should eat a snack and take my bedtime insulin (only 15 U of NPH).

jayabee52 2011-01-25 12:57:03 -0600 Report

ii2 seems good. 185 is a bit high. When does your 185 occur? When you first get up (fasting)? or close to when you eat? Keep working on it.

squog master
squog master 2011-01-24 23:06:40 -0600 Report

The diet & excersice only route didn't work for me. So my dr put me on oral meds. I've lost a lot of weight and am down to 1 low dose of 1 med now.

lkh6951 2011-01-24 20:15:54 -0600 Report

When I was first diagnosed I was tried diet and exercise only. Eventually I added oral meds. Although the dosage was increased over time and now decreased some, I've never used insulin injections. My niece, on the other hand, has only used insulin to control her type2 diabetes. so much depends on your personal numbers and your doctors preference for treatment.

octord 2011-01-24 11:25:32 -0600 Report

Does anyone have experience with combining exercise, protein, and amino acids. I been exercising for a while now and have used some protein at times but not often to really see if there are side effects that can contribute to complicate my diabetes 2. I have read articules about carnatine and arginine but I'm reluctant to try either. I have used glutamine on ocasions when I feel my muscles need some help to recover for intense workouts.

AuntieBear 2011-01-23 03:59:51 -0600 Report

There is no one size fits all cures all for diabetes. Different people have different medical needs and therefore need different meds to control their diabetes. Here is an example: My mom, myself and one of my friends are all Type 2 diabetics. My mom only uses insulin once a day. My friend uses insulin and meds both twice a day. I only use meds twice a day. I have another friend who only uses Januvia once a day and controls her diet and she does beautifully. It all depends on the person and what they can do.

Take care,

RedGloves 2011-01-23 15:27:03 -0600 Report

I have only known I have diabetes for about a month, but I have chosen to try the diet/exercise first. The holidays were hard because of the lack of schedule, and it took a while to get all my supplies due to mixups with dr, pharmacy and insurance. I have been eating correctly and exercising, although I need to build that up. At first I was testing in the 140s in the morning and sometimes 160 or more two hours after dinner. I've gotten that down to sometimes one-teens in the miorning and as low as 103 two hours after dinner. I know I need to do better, but I feel like I've done pretty good in one month. My plan is to lose 20 lbs and build up my muscles and I think I'll be able to handle this thing, but i realize I have a very short history to base that belief on. Good Luck!!

jayabee52 2011-01-23 18:11:25 -0600 Report

Those are pretty decent numbers, Red! Good for you!

judy makowski
judy makowski 2011-01-24 15:38:56 -0600 Report

Hi. Do you have any experience with Victoza? I have been on it for about 2 mos and some times after injecting it the medication stays in a knot at the injection site. I spoke with the people at nova and they offered no explanation. #2 My sugar goes up after exercise. Any ideas

kellables 2011-01-23 02:02:12 -0600 Report

I am currently taking Janumet, a combination of Januvia and metformin. I also go to Curves for my exercise. My problem is the food. I struggle to eat the right things so I don't have to go on insulin. I do not like needles, no matter how small they are. Good luck in your journey.

Jeannie Holmes
Jeannie Holmes 2011-01-22 23:11:11 -0600 Report

I am on 2 insulins and one oral med. I started off with just oral meds and diet for about 3 years. And them my BS went crazy. We all need to do what our bodies need no matter what that may be.

Kirk1 2011-01-22 20:18:51 -0600 Report

Also, I have done a little research on this and the "diet" or "sugar free" products. Limit your consumption of these. They all contain "PHENYLALANINE" or "PHENYLKETONEURICS". These are isolated ameno acids and my potentially be fatal for people with diabetes. The best solution is to eat only fresh produce and fat free or low fat meats. Also, keeping a low carb diet will help tremendously. The carbs metabolize into sugar once consumed. I suggest using different fruit juices as a sugar alternative. The type of juice would depend on what you are sweetening.

Kirk1 2011-01-22 20:13:16 -0600 Report

I have been on Metformin for 5 years since being diagnosed with type 2. I found that diet and moderate exercise are the best solutions to controlling sugar levels. Unfortunately for me, I have inherited the disease genetically therefore I am reliant on the oral meds. I can however controll the amount of meds needed with the diet and exercise. Also as a precaution, if you have family members who are not diabetic yet, and they use sweeteners instead of real sugar, convince them to stop. The sweeteners confuse the body's metabolic system and may result in developing the disease.

octord 2011-01-22 17:38:02 -0600 Report

I have read an awful lot about type 2 and insulin and it is quite clear to me that opting to use insulin early on is a bad move and should only be used as a last resource. Now, for some people unfortunately they have to go this route…for me the most viable options are exercirse and diet… constantly watch what I eat and a minimum of 30 minutes of good exercise at least 5 days a week. Sounds drastic but life will never be the same for me and I have to do everything I can to mininize the effects. I lost my dad to this disease two months ago…saw him go through amputations, transfusions, and a lot of suffering because he lost his kindnes over two years before passing away.

jayabee52 2011-01-23 03:19:15 -0600 Report

I also am sorry you lost your father, and that he went through all of that before passing. I too have had kidney problems and had to go on dialysis. Fortunately the infection that put me on dialysis cleared up so I could get off after 10 mos.

Blessings to you and yours


realsis77 2011-01-22 13:13:04 -0600 Report

Hi. Not everyone can control there diabetes with oral meds and diet. I couldn't. I shot up sooo high the pills did nothing for me! I take two different insulins now and feel so much better. I'm finally in control of my diabetes! My numbers are great now. Before insulin I was completely out of control. So you see, everyone is different. If your current treatment plan isn't working for you, talk to your doctor because you do have options. Remember that. If you can do it with pills and diet that's great too , but if not don't suffer remember you have options! Discuss these options with your doctor. I don't regret getting put on insulin, its been a God send for me. I feel sooo much better,and now my numbers are very good! I'm able to stay where I should be with the help of insulin.

MewElla 2011-01-22 10:18:52 -0600 Report

Each of us is totally different. I have Type 2 diabetes almost a year and have it under control with diet and exercise. I pray I can keep this up without meds, but if need be, I would take meds in order to stay as healthy as I could. It is a constant work for me with trying and testing foods to see how BG reacts and what I have to eliminate. Good Luck to you.

jayabee52 2011-01-22 03:27:53 -0600 Report

It's a wonderful and laudable goal to control your diabetes without meds. But like Harlen said, "If you work at it and still cant get it its not your falt it is what it is ."

I am on insulin which came after years of being on oral meds. I had renal failure which necessitated dialysis, and they put me on insulin. I like the insulin better than the oral agents. I don't take many units a day, currently 17 of NPH in the AM 15 in the PM. My bride ended up taking 3 insulins before she passed away, 65 NPH, and then siiding scales on a short acting ("R") and a very short acting insulin ("aspart").

If you want to try diet & exercise, I pray you have good fortune with that. But if it's not working for you after about a month or 2 don't wreck your health and give meds a try. You gotta do what is best for YOU. Each diabetic is different in reaction to different stimuli so if you can't bring your numbers down use what works for you.

Blessings to you and yours!


wyldone 2011-01-22 01:59:15 -0600 Report

I have to say i was told i had t2 back in april of 2008 and the doc i saw then did not da anything but tell me to ck it 2 times a day and watch what i eat, and all that. but with a bad back from a wreck, i am not able to walk or ecercise like i did when i was younger. now i am in a new town and new doc and he has put me on januvia 50 mg once in the morning which is oral and i still suppose to eat right, lose weight, and excersise but not going to well. still can not control my levels not as high as some ppl in my family but still higher then docs like. i do wish u the best of luck. and i pray for you that the oral meds, weight loss, eating right and exercise works for you.

Armourer 2011-01-22 00:31:10 -0600 Report

I advise from experience that if one can control T2 with oral meds, diet and exercise, this is so much better. I started there but life kept advancing and now I'm heavy on insulin (two types), gained 30 lbs from it, can't excersize due to two back problems & stomach problem. In my opinion stay off insulin as long as you can. Yet I know thin T! & T2 too, everyone is different.

Beerlilly 2011-01-21 23:07:08 -0600 Report

Right now I'm taking Janumet; twice a day, exercising, and watching what I eat. Yet every person is different and you just have to find out what works best for you.

Harlen 2011-01-21 22:52:26 -0600 Report

Each of us are difrent some can and some can not no matter how hard they work on it I know I was killing myself to stey off the shots and I tell you it just didnt work for me I am now on the pump and life is much better for me .
If you work at it and still cant get it its not your falt it is what it is .
Best wishes