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Greetings from the City of Brotherly Love!

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Hi, I am a newbie here.

I want to learn how to get my Type 2 Diabetes under better control.

I'm a graying, aging middle-aged 56 year old baby boomer -- and guess what?!? -- I am not ready to throw in the towel and start shopping for a cemetery plot just yet!!:eek:hwell:

When I was first diagnosed 6 years ago at age 50, I was given Metformin (also Glucotrol) and everything was fine. It was like my "honeymoon period" with Diabetes ... checked my blood sugar, took my pills ... and it was under control!

Earlier this year my numbers became higher. Doc upped my Metformin dosage, but I couldn't tolerate it ... had constant and persistent diarrhea - just from going up from 850 mg to 1000 mg twice a day. Doc insisted I see the Endocrinologist. Endo has now put me on Lantus Solostar insulin pen.

I feel like a total failure and a pathetic loser. I can't believe I now have to inject insulin. I tried to be very careful about following a low carb diet, but I confess I would "cheat" now and then (I'm not the most disciplined person) but I did join a gym and started exercising more, lost a little weight ... I am "engaged in my health" as my Doc says ... but I still can't get the blood glucose under control!

Yikes! :eek:

Well, so far I'm NOT a "success story" and feel a bit depressed and think I'm just a sorry-a$$ failure who couldn't get with the program well enough.:Cry:

What next? Foot amputated? Blindness? Heart Attack or Stroke? Sheesh! :confused:
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Welcome, Philly Bud . . . please try to adjust your sights, because you are not a failure by any stretch of the imagination. If using insulin meant failure, we'd have a lot fewer members here, because many need insulin to survive at all. You can gain control of your blood sugar and insulin will help you - it's just one more tool in our big diabetes toolbox. And you aren't going to need a cemetery plot any time soon!

Take care and visit often . . . we're here to support you all that we can.
An A1c of 8.4 actually converts to an average BG of 194, so your reading yesterday was about right on target. The quickest way to get lower glucose is to eat fewer carbs, and you'll also use less insulin if you take in fewer carbs.

As I've said, I'm not on insulin, but some people have reduced their dawn phenomenon by adjusting basal insulin. I've only heard the term "leaky liver" from one source, which I prefer to not think about.
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