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Is anyone on oral meds and insulin?

Discussion in 'Type 2 with Insulin' started by lcarter, Jan 17, 2022.

  1. greybags

    greybags Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    So glad it's not just me... Tried low carbs but no change in BS or weight loss :(
     
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  2. masonap

    masonap Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I'm type 2 (20 years) and on insulin (5years) and I do not take any other meds.

    Abasaglar at night (14 units)
    Humalog before 3 meals (2 units at breakfast, 4 units at lunch, 4 units at dinner).

    For the Humalog I have a chart of readings/units to inject to follow, but I rarely if ever deviate from the standard units that I worked out with my Diabetes Dr/specialist when I lived in Germany a few years ago and it works very well for me. My average readings are 6.3 and my latest HbA1c reading was 37.4

    I try to eat low carb but I'm not excessive about it, I might eat some cereal for breakfast, and I eat 2 small slices of Hovis Nimble Low Carb bread most days. I avoid potatoes and other obvious carbs though I might have one small portion of air fried oven chips once a week. I do have an occasional small treat but I usually have those when I'm out exercising (walking or cycling). I need to watch how much fruit I eat as a few times recently I've been over 9 and that for me is very very unusual. Obviously all sugar is out, I never eat cakes, biscuits, sweets, chocolate, pizza, etc, but I do enjoy a couple of squares of 85% dark chocolate most days. I also avoid most low calorie soft drinks as I don't think too many are good for you anyway.

    I haven't tried Keto so I couldn't give an informed opinion about it, but I think its extreme and therefore can't be followed long term, whereas low carb can easily be a lifestyle that anyone can stick to, though yes I do get cravings for some sweet stuff most days!

    If I had readings of between 12 - 20 I would be very concerned, are you sure you're not eating or drinking something you shouldn't?

    Are you getting lots of exercise? It's really important that you do.

    All the best on your journey, I hope you get lots of ideas and help/support from the Diabetes community.
     
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  3. Annb

    Annb Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Perhaps I should have added that I take lots and lots of insulin to gain even the control that I have, which isn't good. I take: 52u Tresiba as a basal dose and 60u Humalog before any meal, whether including carbs or not. I can't take any more insulin, even though it only seems to work after a fashion. If I don't eat at all my BG usually jumps to between 16 and 20. When that happens I use my 60u Humalog as a correction dose, which will usually bring it back down to around 10-12.
     
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    kaisoe1690 Type 2 · Newbie

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    I am taking the following medication for my type 2 .. I take 44units of Humalog three times a day and 54units of Lantus at night also 2 glycacide. My control is all over the place between 10 and 22 I have been taking this for about 2years and been diagnosed type 2 for 15years. I am really sick and tired of taking this amount and it never seems to be within the range. I am now finding it very hard to inject myself as I have Parkinson’s disease. Surely there is something else that I can do to help with this thanks
     
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    Zilsniggy Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Jardiance makes you excrete sugar in your urine, that's how it works, so urinary tract infection and frequent urination is a well known effect of this medication
     
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    RHitch · Newbie

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    I was also classified as type 1 and on insulin for over a decade as a 40 year old and fairly skinny. then I went keto and got off insulin was reclassified as type 2 but now consultant input is suggesting MODY, Maturity Onset Diabetes of the Young. Does this fit you- I always called myself type 1.5!
     
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    ickihun Type 2 · Master

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    I'm a type2 but have had a low(ish) level of self insulin when low carbing and on basal insulin with one 500mg regular metformin daily.
    I lose weight on insulin alone and in the past hv lost weight on regular metformin. In these incidents however I did not hv a C-peptide blood test.
    I'm happy to not argue which type I may hv been or could be or want to be. I'm now happy to just manage my bgs in the best way for my longterm health. Mentally and physically.
    I'm working OK with no insulin but I too don't lose weight partly due to physical activity is off and on due to undiagnosed tiredness but could be from many tablets I take which tiredness is a side effect. I have nipped nerves in the bottom of my back and in my neck effecting both limbs on my right. Hence little typing and little walking, swimming or anything else. Some days I just want to sleep alot.
    I too want to lose more weight and I only lose weight on low carb and low calorie. Permanently. So I've had the opportunity to get great weight loss on reduced insulin and low calorie intake from a bariatric procedure 2½yrs ago. I'm looking to lose a few more stones but I'd take any loss. I'm happy in my skin but medically I'm still too heavy. I'm still on alot of medications but luckily being helped more to physically repair my back problems and severe IBS. I'm looking forward to no strong opiods to function every few hours of my day. I'm looking forward to typing again, swimming again but most of all walking unaided. I'm in a positive situation right now. I'm full of hopes. Even to weight loss in my imminent future. ;)
    Weight loss is different for everyone. We are all different ages, nationality and stature. Our starting point is sometimes at fair or unfair advantage/disadvantage.
    I'm restarting mine at a far better position than I was but many are already hugely better off than my current restart point. This can be used to fuel my ambition. Of which I'm very rarely short of. I been told. I did however feel healthier on basal insulin rather than glimepiride and metformin. Metformin still irritates my IBS but I'm looking forward to support to reduce or aliminate IBS severe symptoms. Full of hopes which I know some will workout and some will not. That's life. Isn't it?
     
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