Do all type 2's end up on insulin?
She worked like a crazy woman to stay off insulin. And this was back in the day before handy little BG meters - she had to use urine testing.Sorry to hear. So your Mom had diabetes 10 years and no insulin? I guess it's different for everyone, I work with a guy who has it for 15 years roughly, still on metformin.
PC76, not every diabetic will require insulin, regardless of what the doctors and dieticians/nutritionists tell you. Jwags is right; some diabetics can maintain their bg's with diet and exercise, or diet and oral meds. Not all have to use insulin. Sometimes the oral meds may not be enough (like for me) so insulin is required because my numbers just don't come down very well without it. Also, once you are on insulin, it does not mean that you will need to be on it the rest of your life. If you are able to bring numbers down to a very manageable place, you can start easing off the insulin and see how well your body responds to it. I know some people who were on insulin and came off it and have maintained their diabetes with diet/exercise and perhaps an oral med.Sorry to hear. So your Mom had diabetes 10 years and no insulin? I guess it's different for everyone, I work with a guy who has it for 15 years roughly, still on metformin.
Diabetes being an inevitably "progressive" disease is not proven. Currently it's probably a safe bet that an overwhelming majority of T2s are indeed "progressing". An even safer bet is that an overwhelming majority of them are themselves doing things which guarantee progression of the disease like continuing to send lots of glucose and fructose into their bloodstream but just managing to keep levels within the limits "du jour" of their favored organization (which in some cases means just staying below 180!) by some combination of lower glycemic index foods, "portion control", drugs or insulin and the like.According to my Diabetes educator if you live long enough you will end up on insulin. the trick is to make that a loooooooong time away.
That also fits in with diabetes being a progressive disease