What Happens If A Diabetic Stops Taking Insulin

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What Are The Consequences If A Patient Stops Taking Insulin In Type 1 Diabetes And Is Type 1 Is Curable?

Thank you for A2A. I guess I am qualified enough to answer having worked at the treatment of T1D for almost 1.5 years. TLDR : There are adverse effects of insulin weaning. There is no cure of T1D yet. But we do have promising treatments under Phase 2 and 3 clinical trials (later stages of drug development) so there is hope. We might see a successful drug in coming decade. Animesh Agrawal has covered etiology (the cause of disease) very well. I will add a few things here. You are not alone : Type 1 or juvenile diabetes affects approximately 70,000 children under the age of 15 every year and around 3.2 million people in the world die due to diabetes or its related causes per year. We don’t know our enemy and hence winning it is difficult : Type I diabetes is an autoimmune disorder (our defence mechanism offends our body) and it may develop at any age. Incomplete understanding of the mechanism of disease development and progression prevents the development of any rationally designed drug. The reasons of T1D are varied and include susceptible genes , enterovirus infection, etc. Presently the treatment involves insulin administration by injection or pump. Both are invasive methods, pa Continue reading >>

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  1. Jim Edwards

    Stopped taking my Insulin

    I have been very discouraged as of late with my BG readings. I left my insulin home by accident when i went to my daughters recently. guess what? My numbers are about the same whether I inject or not. this is discouraging enough that I don't even want to bother testing my sugar levels. As long as i eat fairly well my sugar levels don't vary much, usually in the high 200's low 300's. My doctor says he wants me to test more frequently. I say why bother? If the insulin isn't making much of a difference, why inject it into my body? Example: the other week my morning BG was 340. My normal injection for the AM is 60 units of 70/30. I also have R (fast acting) which is suppose to be injeted in units of 1-5 according to the RX. Out of curiosity, I injected 60 units of R, knowing i needed to watch it closely. After 2 hours my BG was 290. Never dropped below 175. Frustrated, discouraged and ????

  2. fatdad94

    Jim, I understand your situation. I am right there with you. If my Endo doesn't make some headway on controlling my BG I too think I will just stop injecting. My results often act opposite of what they should. My morning BG is the lowest of the day. If I exercise my BG goes up. If I eat properly my BG goes up. If I eat poorly mu BG goes down. What is a person to do but blow it all off! I also went off for a weekend and forgot my insulin. Ddin't take any all weekend and BG stayed in the high 200s, go figure!

  3. jayabee52

    Howdy again Norm,
    I believe your confusion may be alleviated by knowing how diabetes works and how one's body generally works.
    For instance your fasting morning BG SHOULD BE the lowest of the day. After all you have been fasting and not consuming carbs or calories all night.
    To understand what may be a seeming contradiction with excercise, it would be important to know when in the day you were exerising and how long you were exercising. If you exercise before breakfast I could understand why your BGs would rise. Your exercise drops your BG levels during exercise, but your levels get low and to protect you your liver dumps its glycogen stores, which raises your BG levels to keep you from going too low. (EVERYBODY'S body does this. Only people with diabetes (PWDs) don't have the insulin response needed to keep the BG levels at a normal level, so for us, it rises.
    I don't know what you mean by "eat properly" or "eat poorly" because sometimes what we THINK is proper eating may not be the best for us.
    When first Dx'd Dr told me to eat right. I figured that eating right meant to eat light. So for about a month I ate rice cakes. They were not heavy sweets like cakes or pies, they were light and so I thought I was OK. Turns out I was wrong I didn't understand at that time about carbohydrates, and a carbohydrate even a lite one like a puffed ricecake could pack a BG whallop for me since it was essentially a "simple" carb.
    I am not hinting that you are doing exactly that ,Norm, but perhaps something similar. So to define the words eating properly and eating poorly with specific examples might clarify what is going on there.
    About the weekend without insulin and your BG stayed in the high 200s all weekend, we don't have to figure. To go without insulin for those days, BGs of over 200 may be expected.
    If you said you didn't take your insulin and kept your BGs at a normal range, then we would have to go figure out what happened there.
    I would recommend that you NOT blow it all off! Perhaps more education is what is needed as to the why and wherefores of diabetes. This, I believe is an ideal place to get such education, from those of us who walk in the same shoes every day, and who've battled this beast to a standstill.
    Blessings to you and yours my friend!

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