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Hi there guys. My name is Prita. I'm a 4th year medical student doing a research project on insulin and diabetes. Could anyone who has has been diagnosed with Type 1 or type 2 diabetes share a little bit with me what it feels like to start insulin therapy. The difficulties you experience and how you overcome them. anything really would be very much appreciated. Please help me out.
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Hi there guys. My name is Prita. I'm a 4th year medical student doing a research project on insulin and diabetes. Could anyone who has has been diagnosed with Type 1 or type 2 diabetes share a little bit with me what it feels like to start insulin therapy. The difficulties you experience and how you overcome them. anything really would be very much appreciated. Please help me out.
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I've been using insulin for about a year and I hate it. Maybe I'm not doing it right, but this morning I injected four units of rapid bolus (my fasting BG was 9.4) and forty minutes later it had actually gone up to 10.4. I hadn't eaten anything. This happens frequently.

Another issue is that my BG meter (Accucheck compact plus) often shows wildly fluctuating results: My BG might show as 7.6 one minute and, if I check again immediately, the very next minute as 10.5. I have to check three times and take the mean, since there is a lot of difference between the bolus needed for a BG of 7.6 and one of 10.4. This gets painful and expensive.

I am injecting it in a semi-circle just under my navel, and never on my thighs or upper arms.

I hate the fact that insulin's main job is to store fat, and think that since I am T2, I am just making the situation worse by using it. But I have had a liver transplant and cannot use some of the newer and promising drugs.

The insulin, strips and needles are expensive and using it is inconvenient and often painful.

Another problem is that I often forget to take it prior to a meal; so I am often halfway through or finished a meal before I remember, if I remember at all.

Nevertheless, between insulin and some of the older orals that flog the overworked pancreas to produce more insulin, injected insulin wins hands down. That said, I think the use of insulin for T2 is really the last option.
 

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Hello Prita :), I have been a diabetic for 37+ Years and can remember those old days of the Inch long needles and the whetstone sharpening tool and boiling the injecting kit. The first is the most daunting as all that you can think of is the pain, Then you get used to it. I generaly go an look at the numb places as I think that the nerves are so close to the vein and you do get some bleeds occasionly. The nurses are just so mindless to injection as they complain that there is so much to do.

Thankfully those days are gone and enter the 21st Century!!! :D Today it's far much better as no drawing up the doses and screw on needles in a non provocative pens. ;):D Dosing is easier as you just dial the dose. The only draw back is you cannot draw back prior to injecting and the injecting is longer as to ensure that the whole dose is taken up before remoing the hypodermic needle. :D
 

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Coming up on my first year anniversary of being a insulin user -- I was misdiagnosed last Feb and was put on pills then right before Memorial Day weekend I finally convinced my PCP that I needed insulin and that I was not type II but actually type I... I can say that my experience first off was a miracle... Now I am on a sliding scale with my novalog and also with my lantus... I can say that it can be tricky and I am still learning my doses and exactly what I need to do --but as my endocrinologist said it is a science and it takes time to get it right and then of course anything can change it--stress.. sickness... hormones... so since it literally saved my life I can't say to much bad about it --- cause without it I wouldn't be here to enjoy my kids or my life... I just wish it was just a bit easier to have control... but that will come with time I am sure!!!
 

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I am on novorapid and levemir too and think it is the best possible combination outside of the pump - and maybe better.

I just bought the book "Think like a Pancreas', and that is helping with getting the right amount of basal and bolus. My endo was absolutely no help at all - putting me on NPH was her idea of control and she didn't even ask me what my eating patterns were - these make a morning and evening dose of NPH dangerous and even useless. By joining up on a low carb diet site I was able to get enough info about eight months into this to demand levemir and rapid, and then demanding metformin. She ignored my request until my dietician - the most helpful of the entire team of people, talked to her.

With this regimen, I now have an A1C of 5.2 vs a starting A1C opf 7.5, however, I have high morning readings and no matter how much basal I take it makes no difference. I am in the middle of reading that book and hope to get some good tips for T2 and insulin use.

The MOST useful tool I have, by the way, is exercise, which lowers my BG dramatically and for hours.
 

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Hi there guys. My name is Prita. I'm a 4th year medical student doing a research project on insulin and diabetes. Could anyone who has has been diagnosed with Type 1 or type 2 diabetes share a little bit with me what it feels like to start insulin therapy. The difficulties you experience and how you overcome them. anything really would be very much appreciated. Please help me out.
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Dear Prita
i am 32 male from India and just this week i diagnosed for diabetes. it was just an incedent. one of my relative buy glucometer and he was not assure about it reading. so also make a taste and all was surprising. my glucose level was 298mg/dl that time. but still i did not take it seriously beacz i was confident to be a healthy person. after 2 days again i chek my gluse level it was 370 mg/dl. i was really shocked and think make a proper testing in some pathology lab. it was more surprising my blood glucose level was 138 mg/dl fasting and 212 mg/dl PP. i really shoked to know that. i still could not consult to a physian here due to holiday here. but i m following strick deiting shedule and going for morning walk and physical exercise to loose my wait...in real i never feel something wrong with me during these days only i go micturation more than my normal shedule...can u suggest what i should do to keep me healthy and normal life?
i m really anexious about my disease
 

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Update:

A few weeks ago, I started eating raw vegan food, just vegetables, especially greens, nuts, seeds and some fruit.

My Bg has nearly normalized and my insulin use has dropped dramatically. I need no bolus unless I eat banana or other sweet fruit, and my basal insulin use has dropped to only 6 units morning and evening.

I had seen a video clip featuring Gabriel Cousens and how he was able to get six diabetics off meds by this method. I am not off - probably because I still eat fruit, but I am nearly off.

This was fast - only a few days reducing a unit or two at a time, and it was dramatic. Perhaps the young man from India could give this a try (omitting fruit) until he sees a doctor. However, he may be type one and ought to go to the doc FAST!
 

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Oxalisinfo, please see a doctor as soon as you can. Watching your diet and exercising is good but you may need more than that. Let us know what you find out.
 
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