Insulin, especially long acting Lantus is easy to take, almost painless and has saved my sight and toes. I have been a diabetic for probably 30 years... That's how long I've had the symptoms and wasn't diagnosed until about 12 years ago when the cut off numbers were lowered. I have neuropathy in my hands and feet, mild but there, and some kidney damage. I have also had eye changes from my diabetes.
I felt as you do before I started on my Lantus, but I was maxed out on Metformin, already taking Avandia and there was no where else to go... My numbers still weren't good and especially not good for the long haul. My doctor's wife had joined the practice and she didn't beat around the bush... she just said, "It's time." I whined and cried and then she said, "It's made from cloned human insulin, low side effects and I'm starting you on 6 units at bedtime." (That's about 6 drops!) My first insulin post may still be in here if you look back far enough... And my morning numbers which had been anything from 124 to 148 EVERY SINGLE MORNING... went to 107 overnight. Just like that.... She and I worked on diet, exercise and dosages and I now take about 12 - 13 units at nite.
I keep it in the fridge. I pre-load my syringes for trips and keep them in my glucose testing pack. My sugars are great!!! No side effects. Feet quit hurting and went back to their normal semi-numb state. I'm still decorating wedding cakes and life is just fine!
It's not the needle you need to fear... It's those numbers. I had fasting sugars of about 125 for years and years before they got tough with the cutoff point and my health shows it. I don't care if you need to do the chicken dance or paint yourself green to get those numbers down but every second that your blood sugar is over 150 more than two hours after a meal you are doing irreparable damage to your eyes, ligaments, blood vessels, kidneys and the nerve endings in your fingers and toes, not to mention the nerve endings in the rest of your body.
Listen to your doctor and use the insulin until you can lose the weight and get the numbers in line. Time lost is health lost. Been there... done that...
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