Type II Diabetics: Quick Insulin Question

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  1. Pima Pants

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    I have Type II diabetes and I am trying to control it through oral meds i.e. Metformin, Glipizide and Actos. I'm not having much luck and my A1C level is around 9. I will probably need to start using insulin soon.

    My question is: Did you feel any different when you began using insulin? Did you feel better, worse or no change?

    Thanks in advance for your replies.
     
  2. txgolfer45

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    I also have type 2 diabetes but it is under control and I don't have to take insulin. I take Janumet. Have you addressed your diet in addition to the medications? I pretty much have eliminated simple carbohydrates and apply portion control on complex carbohydrates as well as making sure i eat balanced meals.

    Have you started an exercise program? If not, you should. Exercise helps you burn off glucose.
     

  3. JerryO

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    I had my A1C go up to 11+.

    This caused the retina to go bad in my eyes. I should have started insulin sooner, but one eye still has fair vision.

    I have been taking insulin for 8 months now. It is a twice a day shot of 70/30 mix from a pen with 300 units which lasts me about 9 days. I have had two A1C tests taken with both under 7.0. I'm using a 32 gauge needle and replace it after 10 uses. Many times I can't feel the needle penetrate my stomac.

    Kinda strange, though.
    The insulin is intended for a normal breakfast with a light lunch. Then super and a light snack later. I often miss the snack and wake up after midnight with symptoms of low (around 50) blood surgar (sweating, blurry vision, or just unable to sleep). I have been taking 12 oz of orange juice and sleep well for the rest of the night.

    As to how I feel, I felt good before taking insulin and don't notice much difference with taking it. EXCEPT FOR MY VISION. And early morning low blood surgar.
     
  4. cannoneer

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    My Dr. has me on Janumet 50mg/1000mg and I have not had a shot snice the first week and that has been almost a year. Janumet works great for me. hope it help's you

    When I found out I had it, it was 495 and I had to use insulin for the first week to get it down I did not feel any different when I took it.

    I was taking both day and night kind of insulin.
    I can feel it when it is low (I feel tired and sleepy) and I can feel it when it is high (My head hurts) I check mine at least three times a day.

    If you have to go on insulin go with the dial up pin, you just dial up the amount you need and stick your self.

    A friend gave me his old test metter and I used it (with new needle's) for a few weeks and then I called Accu-Check to ask them some questions about it. make a long story short they sent me a new test metter FREE

    Best of luck
    ask your Dr. about Janumet 59mg/1000mg
     
  5. Westicle

    Westicle Canadian... Eh

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    I am a recent insulin dependant type 2 diabetic...

    my A1C from Oct 2008 was 11.3.... I am down to a 6.5-7.3 range now....

    I found that with insulin I am less drowsy, I used to get very drowsy around 10am and needed anap.... I still do If I skip my insulin.

    I take 40 units of NPH 2x a day, once in morning and once at bedtime, and then with meals I take 5 units of rapid per 10g of carb's, so an average meal I will take between 25-40 units of rapid insulin. (novorapid)

    I have found my sugars are way better managed and life is better overall....I still have a diabetic ulcer on the bottom of my foot I have been dealign with for over a year now andI highly suggest EVERYTIME you see your doctor take your socks and shoes off and get him to inspect your feet..... as a diabetic your feet are going to go bad, not a matter of IF just a matter of WHEN.
     
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    I've been diabetic since 1984. Had fairly good control (A1C's 7's, still liked some drinks) on oral meds until after my transplant. Watched my diet, got good exercise, and took advantage of my exchanges. Post transplant my doctor put me on insulin because one of my anti rejection meds is prednisone. I check 3+ times daily. I now run in the mid 6's. The one thing I tell anybody that ask my advice is Go To an Endocrinologist. Very few take that advice, because " my GP is very good" or my family doctor is one of the best doctors I've ever been to, been going to him my whole life. And they may be good, but they still aren't a specialist.
    Good luck.
     
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