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Old 04-08-2010, 18:59   #1
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I am taking a diabetes self-management class for T2 on insulin. There are several people in the class that are not new to diabetes. I was amazed at how little some people with diabetes know about the disease and how to treat it. People with diabetes who are using insulin really need to be educated about the use of it. Most doctors do not have the time to sit down and explain the ins & outs of insulin. Insulin is a wonderful drug to treat diabetes, but I think that it is a drug that needs to be customized for each individual and this takes time and is best explained by a doctor, nurse and diabetes educators. If you are new to insulin, do some research on the use and how to make the most out of the regimen you are on.

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I agree. I have to wonder how much of it is " I dont want to know". I know that if I have a disease that is affecting my whole body I sure at least want to know what it is about.

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Even if your not NEW there are still some wrong and bad assumptions, people think they know about diabetes or didn't know they didn't know about it.

Education is always a good idea

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Being new to this forum, I'm not sure recommending books is OK, but here goes!

When I started using the magic elixir (insulin) my husband got me two books: Think Like a Pancreas by Gary Scheiner and Using Insulin by John Walsh. Fantastic references for those new to insulin, or experienced users who are encountering problems. Walsh's Pumping Insulin is also invaluable even for MDIers - it really torked my thinking on basal.

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Excellent choices on books, Jen. Those are the same three I recommend most frequently.

I will add Complete Guide To Carb Counting by Hope Warshaw; The First Year: Type 2 Diabetes: An Essential Guide for the Newly Diagnosed (First Year, The) by Gretchen Becker; Diabetes On Your Own Terms by Janis Roszler; and the Calorie King.

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Excellent choices on books, Jen. Those are the same three I recommend most frequently.

I will add Complete Guide To Carb Counting by Hope Warshaw; The First Year: Type 2 Diabetes: An Essential Guide for the Newly Diagnosed (First Year, The) by Gretchen Becker; Diabetes On Your Own Terms by Janis Roszler; and the Calorie King.
Thanks for the book recommendations. I want to read Diabetes On Your Own Terms, sounds interesting. You can never know enough about diabetes.

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LOL! Don't you sometimes feel that you're taking graduate courses in physiology and nutrition? Hey - where's my diploma?

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I have taken a couple of classes, but the scope of the classes were carbohydrates and emphasis on weight loss. As a type 2 I have never been encouraged to test. My doctor never mentioned it, whether I had a monitor. My original monitor was given to me by my daughter who is a nurse and was working a clinic where they worked with severe diabetics doing injections with sugars and insulin to stimulate the body into producing more insulin.
The reason for ignorance is attributed to insurance companies and coverage. The insurance company I was with offered no covered classes. For me, avaialability of classes and a doctor who emphasizes diet and exercise.



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I am taking a diabetes self-management class for T2 on insulin. There are several people in the class that are not new to diabetes. I was amazed at how little some people with diabetes know about the disease and how to treat it. People with diabetes who are using insulin really need to be educated about the use of it. Most doctors do not have the time to sit down and explain the ins & outs of insulin. Insulin is a wonderful drug to treat diabetes, but I think that it is a drug that needs to be customized for each individual and this takes time and is best explained by a doctor, nurse and diabetes educators. If you are new to insulin, do some research on the use and how to make the most out of the regimen you are on.

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I have taken a couple of classes, but the scope of the classes were carbohydrates and emphasis on weight loss. As a type 2 I have never been encouraged to test. My doctor never mentioned it, whether I had a monitor. My original monitor was given to me by my daughter who is a nurse and was working a clinic where they worked with severe diabetics doing injections with sugars and insulin to stimulate the body into producing more insulin.
The reason for ignorance is attributed to insurance companies and coverage. The insurance company I was with offered no covered classes. For me, avaialability of classes and a doctor who emphasizes diet and exercise.
I understand your situation. I have taken 2 other classes that were more for the newly diagnosed. The class outline was basically testing, diet & exercise. I went online and googled diabetes self-management class for my city. There was a at least 10 classes available. I researched all of the classes and was lucky to find the T2 class for those using insulin. As a matter of fact, the class was being offered through the main office of the group of doctors under which my doctor is a part of. He wasn't even aware of its existence. I do understand that many insurance companies do not cover classes. You might want to call your local chapter of diabetes associations. Columbus Ohio local chapter offers classes. If you do not have insurance, they will work with you and agree on an amount that you can afford to pay for the class. I found the book Using Insulin by John Walsh, PA, CDE was a good investment. I bought it so I would have it around all of the time and could highlight important info. Just doing research on the internet and being a part of a forum has been helpful.

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I was amazed at how little some people with diabetes know about the disease and how to treat it.
Why would you be amazed? I would think it's like that with most any medical problem people have. As a example, ie:

A person goes to their Dr. for their general checkup and finds out on the return visit that they have a higher than normal LDL count. In addition.. their HDL is on the low side, Triglycerides are elevated and Lp(a)'s are out of whack.

Now let's be reasonable. How many patients are going to go home, jump on the computer and spend a few hours looking up information on the above? I would dare say very few.. if any.

What will happen? Their Dr. will write out a couple of scripts, they'll go to the drug store, return home with the meds and start popping pills.. all without knowing what's going on.

And why would most people do that? "Because it's the easy way out!"

Why go through all the time and trouble to learn why and how it happened, what needs to be done through life style changes (and in most cases that's the hardest part), when all one needs to do is just open up that little brown plastic bottle.. and supposedly it's all taken care of for you.

That's my thoughts from this side of the monitor.

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