Sorry to hear about
your troubles, Rhonda. Sometimes the progression of meds can be a challenging process to go through, albeit a necessary one. Meds are usually started in small doses and increased incrementally or with supplementation (i.e. insulin) but it's all in an effort to get your BGLs in range. That is always the goal.
Basal (or "background") insulin therapy means to supplement your body's existing insulin production by adding a once a day long-acting insulin injection to your regimen. Lantus or Levemir are the 2 most prescribed.
I'm reading more and more about
the benefits of starting patients on insulin sooner rather than later as, it seems to be less harder on the body than some of the oral meds' side-effects. Don't fear the insulin needle - it's NOTHING like the needles we get for other things. The ones I use are so tiny that I actually fear the testing lancet needle far more
The insulin therapy is is one route. There are others... more oral meds. Other than that, the only extra efforts to make might be to cut carbs out completely or amp-up the exercise.
- Phishbowl (Type 1 since Jan'05 - Levemir, NovoRapid)
"What's Not Measured Is Not Managed"
"It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows"-Epictetus