benefits of going to insulin

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worriedgirl
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   Posted 10/29/2017 9:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi,
I haven't posted in awhile but I figured I could use some information and you guys have always been so helpful. I have switched schedules to third shift because I needed to. which has been good for me especially with my daughters wrist issues, she had wrist pain and multiple drs couldn't figure out what was wrong and took 6 months to determine that was missing a ligament and her wrist bones never separated and then had surgery and still dealing with that to get her healed. so my life is basically eat, sleep, dr appts, and work. so I haven't been able to eat as well as I would like to and with working third shift its hard on managing sugars.

I feel like I need a break but as we all know diabetes never gives us a break so I have been doing research to determine whether or not insulin would benefit me. I feel it would and here is why.
1) could help me get better control over my diabetes with my current schedule
2) will give my pancreas a rest because I feel like the meds are not working anymore but it could be im having a hard time with my schedule and dr visits over the last 9 months and I still have months to go before I am done with this.
3) it is only temporary I want to do it like 6 months to a year

ive thought long and hard on it, researched it, and talked to fellow diabetics on it. I have my support system at work set up so if I have any reactions I have people who will look out for me. I have 3 people on my team who are diabetics and one of them is on insulin so he knows exactly how it is.

I am just tired and I need a break. most my meals are at night time now which is affecting my sugars and I cant seem to get it under control. I feel like if I don't do this I am going to lose my sanity or start having complications. Diabetes is hard and frustrating and I am just so tired. I need this or I am going to lose it. Please maybe give me information on insulin you can think of and the best way to approach this with my doctor.
"No one really dies because they have loved. Because they love they stay in the hearts of the people they have touched so in that their memory lives on." Ghost whisperer-i know corny but this touched me deep down and i see so much truth in it.
ADD-diagnosed 2010
Diabetes- diagnosed 3-29-2012. only using low fat and low carb diet and victoza .6 mg at night

Lanie G
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   Posted 10/30/2017 6:07 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi and welcome back. I'm sorry about your daughter's wrist problems. I hope she's doing better!

I think you're on victorza, aren't you? What's going on with that? Have you changed what you're eating? I thought that you're last blood results were good!

As for going on insulin, I don't think that's a decision to be taken lightly and I don't think a doctor would prescribe that temporarily unless it were a particular situation like having to be on steroids for another problem.
Lanie

diabetes moderator
diabetes type 2 controlled by diet and exercise and
metformin
very low carb way of eating

Check out the following site for more info on blood sugar:
www.phlaunt.com/diabetes/

worriedgirl
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   Posted 10/30/2017 12:42 PM (GMT -7)   
I am not taking insulin lightly it is something i have thought long and hard about. It is hard to eat as perfect as i like when on the go. With her dr appts and overtime i am eating out more than i should and hoping it will cool down soon. With her dr appts and physical therapy and trying to sleep the hours i should since i work 3rd shift now by time i wake up i dont have time to cook so we eat out or when i have overtime i have to eat out. Plus with sleeping during the day i eat more at night now which isnt good. The victoza doesnt seem to be keeping my sugars where they should because of the food and eating at night versus the day. I just feel with the drs and work schedule i need something stronger and i am trying to get my diet back in control. Going back to first shift is not an option i can choose because it would be a loss in pay.
"No one really dies because they have loved. Because they love they stay in the hearts of the people they have touched so in that their memory lives on." Ghost whisperer-i know corny but this touched me deep down and i see so much truth in it.
ADD-diagnosed 2010
Diabetes- diagnosed 3-29-2012. only using low fat and low carb diet and victoza .6 mg at night

Lanie G
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   Posted 10/30/2017 1:23 PM (GMT -7)   
You need to speak to a doctor. Taking insulin when you are still producing enough insulin can induce hypoglycemic episodes.

I wish I could help you more. I know that I've explained food choices in the past and shared the website in my signature, but I don't know how else to help you.
Lanie

diabetes moderator
diabetes type 2 controlled by diet and exercise and
metformin
very low carb way of eating

Check out the following site for more info on blood sugar:
www.phlaunt.com/diabetes/

worriedgirl
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   Posted 10/30/2017 5:30 PM (GMT -7)   
I will or maybe adding another medicine to victoza could help. I am working on trying to get diet back in control just hard with everything going on. I get it good and life kicks me down. Plus i know its changing from what it was. The victoza is definitely not enough.
"No one really dies because they have loved. Because they love they stay in the hearts of the people they have touched so in that their memory lives on." Ghost whisperer-i know corny but this touched me deep down and i see so much truth in it.
ADD-diagnosed 2010
Diabetes- diagnosed 3-29-2012. only using low fat and low carb diet and victoza .6 mg at night

Lanie G
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   Posted 10/30/2017 6:35 PM (GMT -7)   
I know that when some situations change in your life that it can throw schedules/routines/meals our of whack. You do need to talk to you doctor about medication. Maybe he can suggest seeing a registered dietitian who could give you some advice, too.
Lanie

diabetes moderator
diabetes type 2 controlled by diet and exercise and
metformin
very low carb way of eating

Check out the following site for more info on blood sugar:
www.phlaunt.com/diabetes/

worriedgirl
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   Posted 11/9/2017 4:10 AM (GMT -7)   
So I went to my dr. Fasting sugar was 131 and i felt so sick without eating. Don't know a1c yet will know next week. I will be staying on victoza but taking it in the morning before bed and added januvia for night time. I have to give it at least a month before I call him if my sugars dont go down. If after a month i dont see any improvements i can call him and he will switch me to prandin. If after that no improvement then i will be referred to a endocrinologist. Im hesitant on the januvia as I heard bad things about it but I will try it. Plus now that life has calmed down in the doctor department as my kid has one more surgery and we should be done I can prepare healthier meals and start walking at least. Have you guys heard any thing on januvia
"No one really dies because they have loved. Because they love they stay in the hearts of the people they have touched so in that their memory lives on." Ghost whisperer-i know corny but this touched me deep down and i see so much truth in it.
ADD-diagnosed 2010
Diabetes- diagnosed 3-29-2012. only using low fat and low carb diet and victoza .6 mg at night

Lanie G
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Date Joined Nov 2006
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   Posted 11/9/2017 6:10 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, first of all I'm glad things have calmed down. I hope your daughter is doing better! I don't know about Januvia but with many of these drugs, it may cause stomach problems at first and if the directions say to take with food, make sure you do that. And stay hydrated, too. We think of this in the summer but it's all year round that we need to make sure we're drinking enough water.

I hope this works for you but always remember that control starts with you and what you're eating. Blood sugar rises directly in response to carbs. The more carbs you eat, the higher it will be. There's no getting around that.

Coming into the holiday is a particularly tough time for diabetics and I think having good snacks around will help stop over eating. I have lots of different nuts and snack sized cheese in the house. And keep peanut butter and cream cheese to put on celery, too.

Good luck!
Lanie

diabetes moderator
diabetes type 2 controlled by diet and exercise and
metformin
very low carb way of eating

Check out the following site for more info on blood sugar:
www.phlaunt.com/diabetes/

worriedgirl
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   Posted 11/10/2017 4:36 PM (GMT -7)   
So yesterday my sugars were alot better. Tested more often and i had a false low. I felt like i was low but was at normal numbers but i know that happens when sugars come down so the meds must be starting to kick in. Went out and bought 2 diabetic cookbooks to get ideas for dinners and lunches
"No one really dies because they have loved. Because they love they stay in the hearts of the people they have touched so in that their memory lives on." Ghost whisperer-i know corny but this touched me deep down and i see so much truth in it.
ADD-diagnosed 2010
Diabetes- diagnosed 3-29-2012. only using low fat and low carb diet and victoza .6 mg at night

Lanie G
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   Posted 11/10/2017 7:41 PM (GMT -7)   
I hope your blood sugar continues to come down to normal numbers. Remember: if you're really cutting out carbs that you've been eating before then you might need to adjust your medication so you don't go low. Normal blood sugar in non-diabetics is usually in the 80's when taken at random.
Lanie

diabetes moderator
diabetes type 2 controlled by diet and exercise and
metformin
very low carb way of eating

Check out the following site for more info on blood sugar:
www.phlaunt.com/diabetes/

worriedgirl
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   Posted 11/12/2017 10:21 PM (GMT -7)   
I have been testing my sugars and logging them so now I wont have to remember what they are. I am noticing that bread no matter how small is bringing my sugars up where I used to be able to have a small amount of bread but i know diabetes changes so i guess i get to learn what new things affect my sugars. had some leftover bad for us food we had to eat so we don't waste money. i am also learning that pineapples don't go well for my sugars even if it is just 1. but i will do without some of the foods i love for the betterment of my sugars. although my sugars didn't go as high as they were without the Januvia.
"No one really dies because they have loved. Because they love they stay in the hearts of the people they have touched so in that their memory lives on." Ghost whisperer-i know corny but this touched me deep down and i see so much truth in it.
ADD-diagnosed 2010
Diabetes- diagnosed 3-29-2012. only using low fat and low carb diet and victoza .6 mg at night

theHTreturns...
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   Posted 11/13/2017 3:46 AM (GMT -7)   
processed anything is usually white, ie, bread, pasta, rice, noodles. these are bad. (starch-breaks down to sugar and will spike your readings). things like potato will spike you a few hours later.
other products in cans, packets etc-you can read carb levels. a lot of no sugar products or low, are full of other sugars. dextrose, sucrose etc. just thought i'd share.

worriedgirl
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   Posted 11/13/2017 5:16 AM (GMT -7)   
I love mashed potatoes so was wondering if i turned butternut squash into mash potatoes if that would be good.
"No one really dies because they have loved. Because they love they stay in the hearts of the people they have touched so in that their memory lives on." Ghost whisperer-i know corny but this touched me deep down and i see so much truth in it.
ADD-diagnosed 2010
Diabetes- diagnosed 3-29-2012. only using low fat and low carb diet and victoza .6 mg at night

Lanie G
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Date Joined Nov 2006
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   Posted 11/13/2017 7:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Turtle is absolutely right! Food in packages (cans, tins, boxes, etc.) contain lots of extra ingredients that affect blood sugar, so it's best to stay away from them. Salad dressings, for example, almost always contain sugar or dextrose (sugar) or flour in different forms, so it's best to make your own from oil and vinegar with your own added herbs.

There is no escaping the truth that carbs, even the few we think of in one piece of bread, will raise blood sugar. Fruit is notorious for this, too. Most diabetics do better with berries like raspberries, blueberries or blackberries but then only a very few at a time eaten with something else, like cream cheese or yogurt.

I never eat potatoes anymore. For Thanksgiving, I make mashed cauliflower for myself and flavor it with butter and some salt and pepper. Squash might be better on your blood sugar than potatoes but if you eat a large portion, then it will still raise your blood sugar. Gravy and sauces from cans and packets contain flour, or corn starch or other carbs that raise blood sugar. In fact, a typical Thanksgiving dinner can totally wreck your eating plan with the starchy vegetables, gravy, cranberry sauce, pies. Even plain apple juice used in mulled apple juice has a lot of carbs.

Is this fair? No, it's not! mad But now, instead of being mad at what's on the table and eating it anyway, I tackle this my way: I make mashed cauliflower for me and anyone else who wants it and mashed potatoes for the rest of the [they'll be sorry] family at the table. I don't eat the rolls. I don't put gravy on the cauliflower - I put butter. I eat the turkey, ham or whatever meat we have. I "might" take part of a spoon of the cranberry sauce, maybe not, depends. I make pumpkin pie without a crust, with half the sugar and with some artificial sweetener and eat a small slice. I drink wine. This is a 180 degree turn around from the past.

I have my reasons for keeping my blood sugar as near to what a non-diabetic's blood sugar is: my grandmother died from diabetes, my mother had to have a leg amputated from gangrene (she had neuropathy and wounded her foot) and died of a heart attack after the operation, my brother had triple by-pass surgery and has neuropathy in his feet and my sister is teetering on dialysis. They all were under their doctors' care and following the guidelines of the blood sugar levels recommended by our national organization for diabetes. (I am not naming names anymore but you know who they are.) Read the link in my signature for more information about where our blood sugar levels should be! That's why I stand on my soap box! smile
Lanie

diabetes moderator
diabetes type 2 controlled by diet and exercise and
metformin
very low carb way of eating

Check out the following site for more info on blood sugar:
www.phlaunt.com/diabetes/

worriedgirl
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   Posted 11/13/2017 1:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Not a big fan of cauliflower but i think i will try some butternut squash mash potatoes. If course not a big portion. So today in the morning my sugar was 92 and when i woke up it was a 94. Been awhile since i seen the 90s. My fasting bg just last week ranged 127 to 140. So i have some improvement. Had 2 hard boiled eggs for breakfast. For lunch i just had strawberry salad, which is good but not a big portion, and tuna egg salad without bread. Both of which are good. I made this squash apple bake two days ago which is delucious which I've been having as a side dish. Im making lime ginger chicken for dinner tonight. So i am eating healthier to. Will monitor my sugars and if they go to low then i will lower the meds but right now the meds are working.
"No one really dies because they have loved. Because they love they stay in the hearts of the people they have touched so in that their memory lives on." Ghost whisperer-i know corny but this touched me deep down and i see so much truth in it.
ADD-diagnosed 2010
Diabetes- diagnosed 3-29-2012. only using low fat and low carb diet and victoza .6 mg at night

theHTreturns...
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   Posted 11/13/2017 6:47 PM (GMT -7)   
i reckon a diabetic educator will benefit you greatly. diabetes is a creeper, alike lanie's gran my mum partial amputation and gang green. me diabetic retinapathy, i blown eye, 2 yrs of laser on both 5 intra occular injections on both and loeft vitrectomy due to a constant blood bleeds. double by pass, and peripheral nuropathy and all teeth removed. it creeps in the background, symptom free mostly, then bang. it is a disease, not a condition, a lot of people don't realise this, not saying you. not here to scare you, but to advise you be vigilant. keep strong. ht.

Lanie G
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   Posted 11/13/2017 7:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh Turtle, I'm sorry for the complications you've faced. I hope you're doing better! Worriedgirl, you say your fasting recently is now in the 90's compared to 127 to 140. That's a much better result. Andy it's because you've been watching and changing what you've been eating. If you had a fasting of 140, then imagine what it had been the night before. You can get control of your blood sugar! Keep it up!
Lanie

diabetes moderator
diabetes type 2 controlled by diet and exercise and
metformin
very low carb way of eating

Check out the following site for more info on blood sugar:
www.phlaunt.com/diabetes/

worriedgirl
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   Posted 11/13/2017 10:00 PM (GMT -7)   
that is the plan. I have not eaten out since last Friday and I don't plan on it. I made a pepper salad for lunch tomorrow to go along with my tuna egg salad. the pepper salad has red, green, yellow peppers, red onion then a dressing that is vinegar, veg oil (small amt) and basil then you put it in the fridge for at least 6 hours. it is supposed to be low carb and looks delicious. I really am trying but I think the Januvia and the Victoza is helping too. plus my husband has high blood pressure that hopefully the dr will give him meds on Thursday for it and according to my daughters school is also saying her bp is high(I took her to the dr two weeks ago and they are saying her bp is fine but now the school wants her to go to the dr and send a form back to them because they have had 4 test and they all were high. husband talked to the school and they said it could be stress, diet, or hereditary but I am taking her tomorrow for a check up so im hoping this diet helps the whole family
"No one really dies because they have loved. Because they love they stay in the hearts of the people they have touched so in that their memory lives on." Ghost whisperer-i know corny but this touched me deep down and i see so much truth in it.
ADD-diagnosed 2010
Diabetes- diagnosed 3-29-2012. only using low fat and low carb diet and victoza .6 mg at night

worriedgirl
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   Posted 11/14/2017 3:30 AM (GMT -7)   
today I was told that sugar alcohol is bad to but I really never heard of that or seen that so does anyone know about that. while I know a lot about what I have there are new things im learning.

btw today I had one bad number and a couple of just ok numbers and mostly good numbers. one of which surprised me. the other day I ate a snack of 15 pcs of wheat thins which did not spike my sugars but this time I ate them and it put me at 147 which has me so confused. why did it not raise my sugars the other day but today raise them higher. I know crackers aren't good for you but I only ate 1 serving and it is wheat and only has 21 grams of sugar and didn't effect me before. I know 147 isn't two bad so im not to mad about it just confused. anything else I can snack on in the middle of the night? Idk maybe celery and peanut butter? Turkey sausage? I don't like peanuts so that is out. Fruit?

I guess I will find out as I go along by eating to my meter again. although it seems like there are foods I used to be able to eat that I am not able to eat now. I love spaghetti but I cant have it now but I am going to try spaghetti squash and see if that is any good so I can still have it but healthier version, without the garlic bread. im sorry I am asking so many questions just don't have the time or funds for a nutritionist so I want to learn more on my own. I am gonna look at more cookbooks to see if I can find more recipes for side dishes so I am not eating the same sides.
"No one really dies because they have loved. Because they love they stay in the hearts of the people they have touched so in that their memory lives on." Ghost whisperer-i know corny but this touched me deep down and i see so much truth in it.
ADD-diagnosed 2010
Diabetes- diagnosed 3-29-2012. only using low fat and low carb diet and victoza .6 mg at night

Lanie G
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Date Joined Nov 2006
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   Posted 11/14/2017 5:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Worriedgirl, please make sure you are reading all the topics in the link in my signature. You will learn more about carbs and blood sugar there. Also, I would highly recommend the book Diabetes Solution by Richard Bernstein. The information you get from booklets about diabetes or from most doctor's offices might tell you 147 isn't too bad. Yes, it is. When your blood sugar is frequently over 140 on average, it can create complications in your health.

Here is an article of recent findings about high blood pressure www.cnn.com/2017/11/13/health/new-blood-pressure-guidelines/index.html. There are several reasons for this but diet, activity and weight are mostly the cause of it. And it's hitting children more and more. I hope you can take steps to turn this around for you and your family. Fast food not only puts weight on people but it has a lot of added salt.
Lanie

diabetes moderator
diabetes type 2 controlled by diet and exercise and
metformin
very low carb way of eating

Check out the following site for more info on blood sugar:
www.phlaunt.com/diabetes/
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