When you received your type 2 diabetes diagnosis, did you feel as if you failed yourself in some way? I know I did. Then the hammer really dropped when I was told I needed 4 insulin shots every day. The first question I asked myself, “Why can’t I be like every other diabetic I know, and just take a pill?”
They say God works in mysterious ways! If I only had to take a pill, my life would be in a very different direction. As I look back, most likely down a road of deteriorating health.
As I researched information about insulin and asked my doctors, no one would ever say it was bad to be prescribed insulin. Ever get that nagging feeling that you just can’t shake? I had it. I was worried about the long-term effects of insulin and medication, especially combined.
Taking insulin shots everyday can be a very scary and depressing thought; even a second layer of failure.
I have read articles that say with the right insulin you may not have to worry about weight gain. What if your insurance does not allow your preferred insulin? You may struggle more and eventually give up.
High glucose levels over a period of time will wear out the beta cells of your pancreas. Some medications can do the same. Insulin may not wear out your beta cells, however, it can promote weight gain, low potassium, headaches, water retention in joints or swelling, mood changes, and much more. Over 300,000 patients end up in the ER each year due to hypoglycemia, the main culprit of injecting insulin.
To make matters worse, type 2 diabetes patients typically do not receive proper training on insulin dosing. This usually causes a patient to increase dosages as you age.
I found it took more effort and frustration to calculate my food, current glucose level and needed dosage. After all that work, I never reached a normal A1c level.
Once I learned to reverse my diabetes, insulin and medication was eliminated, and I finally reached a normal A1c. It was easier to make some lifestyle changes that I could count on reducing the glucose variability. In my opinion and experience, if you absolutely need insulin, then do not avoid taking it. Be sure to obtain the proper training and understanding. Your goal should be to use the minimum amount needed, not used to overcompensate for a high glucose meal. It becomes a game of cat and mouse.
If you feel insulin is not for you, be sure to take the proper steps to reverse your diabetes. It takes work, but it’s just not that hard.