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Do All Type 2 Diabetics Eventually Need Insulin?

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Type 2 Diabetes And Insulin

People with type 2 diabetes do not always have to take insulin right away; that is more common in people with type 1 diabetes. The longer someone has type 2 diabetes, the more likely they will require insulin. Just as in type 1 diabetes, insulin is a way to control your blood glucose level. With type 2 diabetes, though, dietary changes, increasing physical activity, and some oral medications are usually enough to bring your blood glucose to a normal level. To learn about how the hormone insulin works, we have an article that explains the role of insulin. There are several reasons people with type 2 diabetes may want to use insulin: It can quickly bring your blood glucose level down to a healthier range. If your blood glucose level is excessively high when you are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, the doctor may have you use insulin to lower your blood glucose level—in a way that’s much faster than diet and exercise. Insulin will give your body a respite; it (and especially the beta cells that produce insulin) has been working overtime to try to bring down your blood glucose level. In this scenario, you’d also watch what you eat and exercise, but having your blood glucose under Continue reading >>

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  1. sheepie123

    I keep reading this on various medical forms. I am 28 and it appears I am likely to be on Insulin by the age of 45 which is extremely sad for me.
    Can someone tell me though, I know people who are on Type 1 who struggle to keep their blood levels right even with Insulin so why is it painted that people with Type 2 dont experience the same problems?
    Does anyone else have diabetes around my age - I feel so hopeless perhaps I can make some new friends here.

  2. Bluetit1802

    Hi,
    It is very common to be told that T2 is a progressive disease and that insulin is inevitable. But you know what? It isn't. Providing your pancreas is still working there is no reason for it to progress, and every reason for it to improve and even go in remission. Plenty on this forum have done that. The reason the powers that be think it is progressive is because most of the patients they see do progress. We have to ask ourselves why, and one very good reason is we are told to eat carbohydrates with every meal. So patients eat carbs. Their diabetes worsens and they are given more pills and told to eat carbs. So they do. They worsen and then all that is left is insulin. Of course some patients just carry on regardless, eat what they have always eaten and take the pills.
    All carbs convert to glucose once inside the system. Fact. So why are we told to eat them? It is ridiculous and just puts more and more glucose in our bloodstream that our bodies cannot cope with. Result - high glucose levels and more medication. Answer - cut the carbs right down which means less glucose in the bloodstream and less medication needed.
    T2 is a dietary condition. Solve the diet and control the disease with less carbs and less medication.
    Of course, if the pancreas isn't working well enough, medication is needed but diet is still the key.

  3. daisyduck

    Hi @sheepie123 and welcome .
    Ditto what @Bluetit1802 said
    Here is an inspiring thread of people on here,who have great control and even remission after following the low carb approach.
    http://www.diabetes.co.uk/forum/threads/low-carb-success-stories.3763/page-24

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