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Insulin, Medicines, & Other Diabetes Treatments

Taking insulin or other diabetes medicines is often part of treating diabetes. Along with healthy food choices and physical activity, medicine can help you manage the disease. Some other treatment options are also available. What medicines might I take for diabetes? The medicine you take will vary by your type of diabetes and how well the medicine controls your blood glucose levels, also called blood sugar. Other factors, such as your other health conditions, medication costs, and your daily schedule may play a role in what diabetes medicine you take. Type 1 diabetes If you have type 1 diabetes, you must take insulin because your body no longer makes this hormone. You will need to take insulin several times during the day, including with meals. You also could use an insulin pump, which gives you small, steady doses throughout the day. Type 2 diabetes Some people with type 2 diabetes can manage their disease by making healthy food choices and being more physically active. Many people with type 2 diabetes need diabetes medicines as well. These medicines may include diabetes pills or medicines you inject under your skin, such as insulin. In time, you may need more than one diabetes me Continue reading >>

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  1. Justin Beller

    Not so much creepy, but odd nevertheless. There were three in my lifetime.

    While attending college for three years straight at the beginning of the fall semester I would always get a call asking for Barry. Same dude, every year, asking for Barry. I think by the third year he got the picture that Barry was gone.
    A few years ago I received a series of voicemail messages from a guy named Robert Ranyan of Las Vegas, NV. Mr. Ranyan mistook my phone number for a customer service line belonging to some sort of beauty product or healthcare product. I put together the messages into an audio file you can listen to here - The Robert Ranyan Calls
    The first 5 minutes is not much to listen to, but as each call comes in you hear the desperation of a broken man. It's funny, yet sad. I finally ended up calling the guy to tell him he had the wrong number, but interestingly enough he denied ever making the calls.

    I remembered another odd phone message recently. This one you could put in the creepy category. Awhile back I was traveling between my hometown and my current residence. It's a five hour drive and in that stretch of road between the two destinations there is no cell service. I get back to town and I check my messages. I see there is one message so I listen to it. The message had this frantic sounding man on the other end. He said, "Ricky! Mom ran out of medicine and I can't find any more. YOU GOTTA CALL ME!!!" That was it. There were no more messages after that. I sometimes wonder what happened. Did the guy get a hold of Ricky eventually? Did mom finally get her medicine? Did mom die? I would hate to think that just because this guy mis-dialed that his mom died all because he couldn't reach Ricky. That would be a horrible burden to carry.

  2. J. Benton

    This was creepy-turned-weird.
    While in graduate school my home phone number looked very similar to the number of a nearby construction company. I mostly used my cell phone, and only gave my home number out to businesses. I rarely answered the phone, and rarely was home to answer it.
    I’d occasionally get messages intended for the construction company, and would sometimes call the person back and tell them the construction company’s actual phone number. One day I got home and noticed several messages.
    The first went something like (with names changed): “Hi, this is Anthony York, Daniel had an accident. He asked us to call you. We’ve called 911, and they will be here soon.”
    The next message: “Anthony again. Please call me back as soon as possible. We followed the ambulance to the hospital. Daniel is in critical condition.”
    The next message: “Hi, this is Anthony York again. Apparently you don’t even care about your employees, let alone your customers. Daniel did not really get into an accident, but we’re sick and [email protected] tired of never getting any calls back from you. You’re the worst [email protected] company I have ever dealt with.”
    That was weird in itself, but then about a month later I got a call from a man with a similar sounding voice, claiming to be a hospital, and asking if I was Daniel [some last name]’s employer. I said no, and then he asked if I knew Daniel.
    “No, I don’t know Daniel, is this related to the messages several weeks ago? I think you called before…” He interrupted with an accusatory tone, “YOU HAVE BEEN EVADING US FOR WEEKS!!” and I just calmly responded with something like, “People call and leave messages thinking I am [company] a lot, and I wondered if it was the same person that said he was in the hospital before...” The guy just hung up on me.

    My message machine explicitly stated my first name, so I have no idea why he kept calling thinking it was this company. But after this instance, I added “If you are calling for [company], you have the wrong number. Their number is …”

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