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Old 08-29-2015, 21:34   #1
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I am in my early fifties and have been challenged with Type Ii for a few years now. Despite careful diet control and oral medications the medical opinion now is insulin.
Feeling as I failed and somewhat depressed with this latest news

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Welcome, Arthur.

Tell us more about "careful diet control" meaning tell us about your typical food choices, or a typical meal.

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Who made you feel like you failed - a doctor trying to keep you on oral medications?

What way of eating are you following or using? Sometimes insulin is necessary because our pancreas can no longer produce enough insulin. Actually, insulin is the best tool for managing diabetes and using Dr. Bernstein's Diabetes Solutions book and his advice about small numbers can be a great help.

I have been on insulin since four months after diagnosis and am very happy about this. My doctor asked if we could discuss insulin and I said I had been researching insulin and felt I could maintain better management with it, which I have.

Forget about having failed and take the positive attitude that insulin could be what you need.

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Please describe for us the careful control and the meds you've employed to manage your high blood sugar. What is your way-of-eating, and what oral meds? Please understand that using insulin is not failing. If you need it, you need it. Insulin is one more weapon in our arsenal, and there's no shame in using it. Doctors should probably order it sooner rather than later. Insulin is a natural hormone and if our bodies don't make enough of it, we need to supplement by injection.

We also need to know your most recent A1c, your fasting numbers, and most of all, your postprandial numbers for one and two hours after meals.




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Hi
I'm new here
I am in my early fifties and have been challenged with Type Ii for a few years now. Despite careful diet control and oral medications the medical opinion now is insulin.
Feeling as I failed and somewhat depressed with this latest news
Typically the recommendations and medication given by the medical community are the source of failure, even if you strayed a little from their recommendations. The main source of high blood glucose is from carbs. Their recommendation for carb intake is way too high for the majority of diabetics - failure 1. Their answer to too high of a BG reading is add more medication - failure 2. Then they prescribe that forces a already overloaded or weak insulin production system to speed up which hastens it to further failure - failure 3. None of these things are your fault, you are having to deal with the mess they failed to do right.

One would think that they would step back and see that the recommendations that they practice are not working and that something needs to change. I think some of them are smart enough to know that, but the problem is they are smart enough to realize that by following those misguided recommendations that come from the ADA (American Diabetes Association) is keeps them from being liable for the consequences bestowed on the patients.

Exogenous (outside source of) insulin is used as a last resort by the medical community. It should really first resort, when diet and exercise can't tote the load. Aside from insulin, metformin would be the only other medication I would even consider for myself for diabetes.

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I know several type 2 people who reached a point that diet, exercise, and oral medication was not keeping their blood sugar at safe levels. They started insulin, and things changed so much. Two of them have used insulin for many years. They have excellent control and they are using insulin pumps and a CGM. Their doctors are very pleased with their progress.

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Hi Arthur,
I am a 65 year old that has been diabetic for a little over 8 years. Initially, my doctor put me on metformin. that worked for a while, but in time my A1c started to creep up. He then put me on slow acting insulin (Lantus) that I injected nightly. He told me that I could increase the dosage in 3-4u portions waiting 3-4 days following an increased dosage. All of this was to be based on my morning fasting blood sugar readings. If to high continually, increase dosage by 3-4u. I thought great now I can control this disease. Of course exercise and diet, staying away from 'bad carbs' was all part of it. In January of this year those nightly injections were up to 126u, and still not giving me good results.

Jump up to the beginning of this year, and my second A1c had crept up to 7.9! I did additional exercise and more diet control and after 3 months my A1c dropped to 7.3.........! Really, that's all?

In April I found this website and started reading the posts, which led me to reading all of the information noted by the long-term folks on this site. I even ordered and read the book Blood Sugar 101! I also researched many of the references listed in that book (all are also on the website Blood Sugar 101).

On 5/1/15 I decided to give this a try, and purchase a new meter with 300 strips to get me going. I followed the LCHF eating, tested my blood sugar (BS) frequently and also tested many foods to see what I can eat and what I cannot. Since then I have had remarkable results!

My A1c after 90 days was at 6.0! My weight dropped by 27 lbs. so far. My blood cholesterol was improved across the board well within healthy limits for diabetics. My blood pressure improved from 135/89 to 125/75. AND...to top it all off since I began this life style...I have been able to DROP my insulin dosage from 126u in April of this year, so 55u this week. And my morning BS are running in the 80's, which says, in a few days, I will again, drop my dosage of insulin.

Other than finally, feeling like I have control of this disease, I understand that modern medicine treats diabetes with more meds, which in time becomes part of the problem! Don't look for medication to fix your disease. Thank God we have drugs that help, but it all seems to be a losing battle if that is our only weapon. LCHF lets you treat yourself by eating properly and taking less med's....WHAT IS NOT TO LIKE ABOUT THAT? It worked for me and most others that have tried....Do your homework and give it a shot!

Good Luck

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Perhaps you might re-evaluate the concept of "bad carbs" as they are all the same to your body, irrespective of the source. (if that's what you meant by the term)

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Old 08-30-2015, 21:59   #9
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Carbs is Carbs.....! As requested above, give us more information an these folks can help you take control of this disease....they have done it for me and many others......

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