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Old 12-16-2011, 17:32   #11
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Insulin has a learning curve. When you start out, there is no way to know how much you will need, so those that know what they are doing start people off with small dosages, and very gradually increase (titrate) the dose. It can take weeks to find the right dosage, but if you go at it slowly and carefully, you will get there without getting too much. If you get too much insulin your glucose will go too low, this is an unpleasant experience, to say the least.
If you have questions, please ask away. I've been on insulin about 6 years, and a type II about 18.

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Old 12-23-2011, 02:07   #12
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Thanks all that responded. My A1C started creeping up back in 1998 or so. I wasn't able to get it down (my fault, not dieting, not exercising seriously), so the VA started me on metformin and glipizide. I still didn't take it seriously enough, till last winter, when I got sober, and started exercising in earnest. I found out after I stopped drinking that my liver numbers were high, so they pulled me off metformin. I was able to get my A1C down to 7.0 with exercise, and some diet. But then it went back up again into the 9s, so I agreed to the insulin. I am taking 12 units of Novolin 70/30, and it has been going well. I am seeing this as my last chance, so I am back exercising again, and dieting to the point of counting carbs, measuring portions, etc. In other words, what I should have been doing ten years ago. My numbers these last few days have never been so good, so I'm psyched. I always said, if nothing else, I'm at least good for being a bad example of what NOT to do...

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My numbers these last few days have never been so good, so I'm psyched.
Congratulations! Stay psyched and don't let up. If we can help in any way, just say the word.

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Old 12-23-2011, 07:57   #14
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Well done! One of the things I find helpful with keeping on the straight and narrow is posting my fbg every morning in this thread.

 
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Hello and welcome tot he forum.
I am also new here and I also want to know about diabetes and how to treat it because I am suffering from this disease

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