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Ellen Griswold
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Date Joined Dec 2008
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   Posted 12/9/2008 1:25 AM (GMT -6)   
I have been taking Byetta for well over a year now (10 mg) twice a day.  I take 42 units of Lantus at night and glucose reading have been very good. I have gained about 20 lbs since starting on Lantus.  Tonight for the first time ever, I took Byetta instead of Lantus. I do not know if the extra dose of Byetta will hurt me.  Has anyone ever made this mistake?

Ellen Griswold
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Date Joined Dec 2008
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   Posted 12/9/2008 7:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Well it didn't kill me, I was fine and my fasting bg was 119 this morning. Are any of you having a problem with the Byetta pen? Sometimes it works and other times when I twist it to the 10mg, the liquid shoots out before I get to the 10.  I called the Byetta hotline and I was told I have to make sure the 10 is in the middle of the little window.  I think this pen has a design flaw.  I never have a problem with the Lantus pen. Anyone else experiencing the same thing?

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Date Joined Apr 2004
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   Posted 12/10/2008 10:38 AM (GMT -6)   
Sorry that no one has responded to your questions, but most of our Byetta users are on the forum for a while, get their program all straightened out and then vanish. Hopefully, one of our more experienced Byetta users will show up and help you out.

In the meantime, welcome to HealingWell. If you read back in the posts you will learn some of the things we have done to cope with diabetes. I was on Lantus and Avandia and could no longer afford my meds (no insurance) so my friends here helped me change my food plan. After two weeks on the 'nothing white except cauliflower' food plan which is essentially no grains, no tubers, I was able to drop the Lantus and Avadia and am just on metformin now. I also lost 42 pounds in the process, although that was not my goal. Lower blood glucose was my aim and it's working. Wish I could be more helpful.
~ Jeannie, Forum Moderator/Diabetes & Fibromyalgia
I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much. ~Mother Teresa

"People are like stained glass windows: They sparkle and shine when the sun's out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within."- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

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Date Joined Jan 2009
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   Posted 1/3/2009 10:14 PM (GMT -6)   
What was on your nothing white food plan I am very interested in starting it. BJH

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Date Joined Nov 2006
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   Posted 1/4/2009 11:16 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to the HealingWell Forum, BJH.  I'm sure you'll find a lot of useful information here and please take your time by going through our past topics here for information on food and meds.  You'll find lots of people taking the same thing and dealing with the same problems.  And post your successes too so we can all learn.  The "nothing white" refers to a diet that eliminates: flour, sugar and potatoes and everything made from them.  This means all kinds of bread, cakes, cookies, etc.  Now, some of us can eat whole grain bread or cereal without spikes in their blood sugar, but you have to test yourself after you eat the particular food.  Remember that the way our bodies metabolize carbs differ from person to person; some of us take meds and some don't; some of us exercise more than others.  We all have to learn what drives our blood sugar up.  Generally speaking, simple carbohydrates create spikes but the complex carbs may not.  Again it's up to you to test yourself to see how you react.  Exercise and strength training (lifting weights and resistance exercises) help keep the blood sugar lower.  I hope this helps.

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diabetes controlled so far by low/no carb diet and exercise; no meds

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