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12 Myths About Insulin And Type 2 Diabetes

Insulin facts vs. fiction When you hear the word “insulin,” do you picture giant needles (ouch!) or pop culture portrayals of insulin users with low blood sugar (like Julia Roberts losing it in Steel Magnolias)? Either way, most people think of insulin as a difficult, painful, or potentially scary medical treatment. The problem is that if you have type 2 diabetes, you need to know the real deal before you can make an informed choice about whether or not this potentially lifesaving therapy is right for you. Here, we take a look at the facts and fiction about insulin when it comes to treating type 2 diabetes. Diabetics always need insulin Not necessarily. People with type 1 diabetes (about 5% to 10% of diabetics) do need insulin. If you have type 2, which includes 90% to 95% of all people with diabetes, you may not need insulin. Of adults with diabetes, only 14% use insulin, 13% use insulin and oral medication, 57% take oral medication only, and 16% control blood sugar with diet and exercise alone, according to the CDC. The point is to get blood sugar—which can be a highly toxic poison in the body—into the safe zone by any means necessary. Taking insulin means you’ve ‘fai Continue reading >>

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  1. ritahelen

    My doctor told me about a year ago that my fasting blood sugar was a little high. This surprised me because I am very, very active. I run and swim and bike. I am also thin, I am about 5'6, 100 pounds, 51 and female. I am very strong, very athletic, NOT a candidate. How can I be pre-diabetic? Last year, when she first told me fasting sugar was high I got an A1c. It was 5.8. Now, a year later with extra care, I just learned that it is 5.9. Diabetes is in my family, yes, but if anything, I have trouble being too low, not high. Sometimes I wake up in the night, dizzy, nauseated, feeling very bad. I will sweat what feels like ice water, I think I am going to die. Then, I have a juice or an orange, and I get better. My diabetic brother taught me to do this. Believe me, it is horrible to crash like that. I hate it, but it makes me wonder, how can my sugar be high if this happens? And how am I supposed to eat? How can I have the energy that I need to run? I am training for my 9th marathon. I need to eat! For example, if I eat right before a run, in my 3rd mile, maybe 15 minutes in, I will start to crash, clammy, cold, dizzy, disoriented. Sometimes it is very bad. I get through it, and I have learned to eat an hour before the run to avoid it. What does this mean? Will my blood sugar keep going up?

  2. catheryn

    Just because you take care of yourself doesn't mean your risk is 0%. If it's in your family sometimes you will get it even if you do everything you're supposed to be doing. Your age and the fact that you have a family history is just seemingly outweighing the fact that you are active and not overweight. The fact that you have it in your family and the fact that you're over 45 does make you a candidate, unfortunately.

  3. Oleander53

    My brother who is slim and athletic became an Insulin Dependant Diabetic at age 48. He has never smoked, rarely drinks, had a very clean diet..... Well that was 12 years ago...Our Grandmother had Diabetes...our parents did not.
    I am on medication now for Insulin resistance. I am average, very athletic, clean diet, do not smoke....I started having trouble with my weight and knew something was up. I also had a change in my energy...... My blood sugars are great but my 2 hour PP Insulin was sky high so I am on Janumet in hopes of preventing diabetes....I feel great on it.
    You had better get a 2 hour PP glucose and Insulin done and see what is going on with you.. How high is your fasting blood sugar? Hypoglycemia can be connected to Insulin resistance and pre diabetes. Make sure you are eating enough protien and frequent meals while training....
    Make sure to take care of yourself........O

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