Is it true that once you're on insulin, you're on it for life?
It depends on what type of diabetes you have. If you have type 1 diabetes, the answer is “yes” you will need to take insulin for the rest of your life. If you have type 2, however, the answer is “yes” and “no.” Most people with type 2 diabetes who start insulin will usually stay on it, but not everyone. Sometimes, if the blood glucose levels are really high, especially if someone is newly diagnosed, insulin is taken to stabilize the numbers. Once the numbers are lower, the oral medications can work better and the person may be able to eventually get off the insulin. The other situation in which insulin can be reduced or eliminated is when a person loses a significant amount of weight and starts to be very physically active. However, for most people who have type 2 diabetes, once insulin is started they will need to continue taking it to keep their blood glucose levels within a healthy and safe range.