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Hi I'm Lou and I've been a Diabetic well forever and at 46 it's caught up to me. 20 plus years on and off insurance and with and without treatments I've lost all of my lesser toes and am suffering with severe neuroapathy in legs and hands. My upper thighs seem to be jelly and loss of strength is an issue for me.
 

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Hi Lou! What are you doing about this? Are you seeing a diabetes specialist (an endocrinologist)? Are you a type 1 or 2? You should be taking a medication if you are type 2, or using insulin if you are type 1. I have been type 1 for 66 years and am very healthy. If you take very good care of yourself, and see the right doctor for treatment and prescriptions, you can stop having so many complications. I hope it isn't too late for that, Work very hard at it so you won't lose more than your toes.

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Welcome to the forums, Lou! We're the same age but I was only recently diagnosed this year. It's always good having some veterans on the forum, especially those that have gone through what you have. Sometimes, it's stories like yours that wake people up and gets them to start taking care of themselves.
 

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I'm type 2 that is now insulin dependent. I have no insurance so care is sporadic. I'm currently in the hospital and they've got my numbers to a reasonable level but that's with large amounts of Levimir, Novalog and R. I likely can't afford the pens so I'll be using N and. I've told the Dr that I need some education on the differences between long term and short acting insulin as I'm lost on all this. My numbers have been as high as 800+ and my A1C is above 11.
 

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Welcome aboard, LNM. While you're right there in the hospital, check with your patient advocate about agencies that could help you get the meds & supplies you now need to manage your diabetes. We can suggest modifications to your way-of-eating that can help reduce the amount of insulin required to maintain good blood sugar & you can begin mapping out an exercise regimen, which will also reduce the amount of insulin you need.

Good to meet you - thank you for joining us.
 
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