Which Diabetes Requires Insulin Shots

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Do You Worry About Getting Insulin Shots For Type 2 Diabetes?

When your doctor says you have type 2 diabetes, you may worry about getting shots of insulin to control the disease. But that’s seldom the first step, and some people don’t need insulin for years — or ever. When you have type 2 diabetes, your body doesn’t make enough insulin, as the body is unable to use it properly. Without insulin, blood glucose (sugar) levels rise. High blood glucose levels can damage your organs, including blood vessels, nerves, kidneys and eyes. But with lifestyle changes and medications, many people are staying healthier longer with type 2 diabetes. Endocrinologist Richard Shewbridge, MD, says there is lot you can do to live well with diabetes. What’s behind type 2 diabetes? Type 2 diabetes develops because the body becomes resistant to insulin. Insulin is a hormone made by the pancreas to turn blood sugar into energy. “Type 2 diabetes means the process to turn food into energy isn’t working as well,” says Dr. Shewbridge. Poor choices in diet and lack of exercise work to worsen insulin resistance, he says. And genetics can play a role, too. Additionally, people with type 2 diabetes tend to make less and less insulin over time and that causes a Continue reading >>

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  1. SPHTN

    Can Metformin take your blood sugar levels too low if you take too much??

    I just started treating the diabetes I was diagnosed with 10 years ago.
    For the past 3 weeks I have been taking 1000MG of Metformin per day.
    The first two weeks my sugars were in the 220-320 range... and I was eating perfect... very few carbs... but my sugar was still high... so I took it upon myself (after reading on the inet) to double my Metformin to 2000MG per day )5 days ago). The first 4 days my sugars were in the 160-190 range with no readings over 192... (still eating right)
    Last night I had a reading of 138... my lowest that I have seen ever in my life.
    Tonight I had a reading of 106. (30 mins ago)
    It makes me nervous because I didn't take my evening dosage. Only my morning dosage. I ate dinner at 6ish.. (93% lean angus hamburger patty (about 8-10 oz) w/ mushrooms and swiss cheese and broccoli.) Then I fell asleep around 7:15 until 9:30... and woke up and took my blood sugar reading... and it was 106... I only took 1 pill instead of two (500 mg) but worry that overnight it could take my levels too low...
    I guess my question is... can taking too much Metformin cause my sugar to drop too low??
    Sorry for the rambling...

  2. CalgaryDiabetic

    Not likely. at 2000 mg/day may be the minimum you need.

  3. epatsellis

    After being diagnosed with T2 in November (with a BG of over 500!), my doctor prescribed 1000mg/day. After talking to the NP at school (ret'd to school after 30 years off..), she took over my care.
    Now several months later I've gone from uncontrolled BG swings between 150 to 400 to a solid 90-140 range. My dosage went from 1000mg/day to 1000mg in the morning, one 500 mg before lunch and dinner and one at bed. Hopefully, as my weight decreases (I'm about 50lbs overweight), the dosage will go down.
    Some people's insulin resistance is higher than others, it seems that the "standard" starting dose is around 1000mg/day, but few people I know find that effective, working with your doctor and some serious diet changes can get your BG in control, I promise you.

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