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Date Joined Mar 2007
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   Posted 3/25/2007 11:06 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone,just wanted to share my story and get some feedback from other diabetics out there.I'm a female who has been dealing with diabetes in one way or another for 24years now.Up until Jan/07 i was strictly on insulin shots.I had blood work done in Dec./06 after deciding to give it one last shot that someone would listen to me and prove to me i was type 1 and not type 2 like i had suspected all these years.Will lo and behold the blood work comes back and proves i'm not type1 but type2 all these years!!Anyway to make a long story short i'm now trying to wean off the insulin by taking metformin,avadia,gluconorm plus my humulog and the new insulin lantus .Some of these medications are really hard on the stomach and generally leave me feeling wasted most of the days.Yes i work outside the home too.Has anyone out there experienced this and if so could you come off the insulin with time?The health professionals say "maybe "since the insulin has preserved my pancreas but of course has gotten lazy and will need time to produce some of its own.This is extremly frustrating but i'm in it for the long haul.Thanks for listening. cool

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   Posted 3/26/2007 6:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi mtjc and Welcome!

Wow! So there are folks who go from insulin to shots. How long were you on shots for? What type insulin? What was the blood test that determined you weren't Type1? Was it a GAD65 or some other anibodies test?

Sorry for the questions...just trying to understand. I'm quite interested because my situation had me as being hypo-glycemic for years before being DX'd with Type2, which turned into a Type1 within 2 years. I'm a LADA, slow-onset Type1 but have never had any tests to confirm it (I've asked). My Type1 onset was quite rapid (2 months); signifying the last struggling beta cells' impending demise.

You're right about the Type2 drugs being harsh on the system. I was on all of them at one time. Lantus is a great insulin. You'll find a number on this board that think it's great. I switched to Levemir about 9 months ago - works great for me.

I hope the best success for you in the transition of your medications. It's all in the attitude so, I think you'll do just fine :-)
- 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

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   Posted 3/26/2007 8:38 PM (GMT -6)   
If you're having issues with metformin and diarrhea it may be because you are eating too many carbs. Metformin seems to make carbs explosive in the intestinal tract. I can only suggest that you keep a food diary for a while to determine which carbs are causing the upset. Wish I could be more helpful.
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