Insulin For Type 2 Diabetes Side Effects

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Insulin Therapy For Type 2 Diabetes 'may Do More Harm Than Good'

A new study published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine suggests that for older patients with type 2 diabetes, medications to lower blood sugar levels may "do more harm than good." Approximately 25.8 million people in the US have diabetes, with type 2 diabetes accounting for 90-95% of all cases. Type 2 diabetes is characterized by insulin resistance - the inability of the body to produce enough insulin or use the hormone effectively, which causes high blood sugar levels. Over time, high blood sugar levels can cause kidney, eye or heart diseases, nerve damage or stroke. Diagnosis of type 2 diabetes is usually determined through a blood test that measures hemoglobin A1c levels in the blood. This test reveals the average level of glucose the patient has had in their blood over the past 3 months. In the US, type 2 diabetes is diagnosed when hemoglobin A1c levels reach 6.5% or higher. The higher A1c levels are, the greater the risk of other health problems. Sometimes the condition can be managed through changes in diet, but other patients with type 2 diabetes may need medication - such as insulin or metformin - to help lower their blood sugar levels, and ultimately, reduce the risk Continue reading >>

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  1. h20fall30

    Just curious....How many units of insulin is everyone using???

    I was diagnosed with type 2 in Oct. of 2013, so this is all pretty new to me, although I am quickly catching on...lol... My doc and I have been "tweaking" my insulin doses since Oct to try and get me regulated. Slowly, but surly the numbers are coming down, into a "normal" range. I feel frustrated though, because I feel like I am taking A LOT of insulin. I was just curious, what everyone else is taking? If, you don't mind can you post your dosages? If, your uncomfortable doing so, no worries. I don't want anyone to slay me for being nosy...lol... I will share how much I am using... My levemir I take twice daily, so I take 20 units at night and 20 units in the morning. My Novolog I am taking anywhere from 30 to 45 units before a meal, depending on my carb intake. I feel like I am taking a lot of insulin. I have done everything by the book, and I am doing everything they have told me to do and I still need this much insulin.

  2. Nan OH

    I am T2 diagnosed in July 2005. Never been an option for me to use any thing but insulin.
    I use 65 units of Lantus 10 AM & 10 PM, regular bolus dosages of HumulinR U500 at meals (roughly 25 carbs grams) 3 times a day. The U500 insulin is taken as 22 units which converts for 22x5 = 110 units of other brands of bolus insulin. The 22 units may be increased depending on what my pre-meal number was and how well I return to a good number by 2 hours PP.
    To me, it is not the number of units any of us use. It is how well the insulin keeps us in a good range. I have a very fixed or tunnel vision of control - if it work for me, that is all I care about. You and your doctor find a way that works for you and More Power to You.

  3. lac123

    I take 18 units of Lantus at night and usually average 2 units of Humalog with meals. I have been keeping my carbs pretty low though. My numbers have been really good since I lowered my carbs.

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