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Expert Advice: 18 Questions About Taking Insulin

Stuart Weiss, MD, is a clinical assistant professor of endocrinology, diabetes, and metabolism at New York University's Department of Medicine, NYU Medical Center, in New York City. Q: I have type 2 diabetes. Do I have to take insulin? A: For people with type 2 diabetes, insulin is a very nice tool that's better if used sooner rather than later. (Unlike in type 2 diabetes, in type 1 diabetes insulin is a requirement, not an option.) What happens in type 2 diabetes is that physicians may use insulin as a threat, an “if you” thingif you don't lose some weight, if you don't do some exercise, if you don't follow the diet, then you're going to wind up on insulin. That's really not how people with type 2 diabetes should view insulinas a punishment. Insulin is a very, very safe therapy, and people should not hesitate to use it if needed. The people with type 2 diabetes who must take insulin are those who are unable to control their blood sugar even while on several different oral medications. But if you start using insulin before you reach that point, you can help preserve the function of your insulin-producing pancreatic cells for a longer time. And the longer you continue to make yo Continue reading >>

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  1. Sameer

    Guys i think my insulin is making me sick so giys if i stop insulin what will happen because from tommorow i am stopping my insulin .... Guys i need input pls help me and advice me ......
    Do u think my sugar level will go up ....
    Actually i want to set my insulin levels again .... So i am stopping it or should i reduce it to good level .....
    I really dont know i think too much insulin in my body making me sick !!!!!!
    Newly daignosed , novomix 30 , 21units in morning and 17 at night , have issues in eating and sleeping pls help me , why my morning BS is always high ???? Late night eating is the problem , so please help me guys
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  2. mo1905

    Re: Guys if i stop insulin what will happen ????? Or should
    Sameer, I think you need to talk to a doctor. It appears you're struggling at present but your doctor can advise you better than we can ! Good luck !

  3. iHs

    Re: Guys if i stop insulin what will happen ????? Or should
    There is a reason why your doctor prescribed insulin for you to use. It is because your blood sugar levels went very high and you were in danger of dying.
    Do you not think it is a bit silly of you to contemplate stopping it? What do you think will happen to you if you stop?
    If you are having hypo feelings, its either because you are not eating enough carbohydrate at set meal times or if you are eating correctly, maybe the insulin doseage needs to adjusted. What you must not do if you want to live, is stop insulin.

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