Treating Diabetes

Insulin can be a good option for type 2s too.

Theresa GarneroBy Theresa Garnero, APRN, BC-ADM, MSN, CDE

Many people with type 2 diabetes ask me how to avoid going on insulin. They feel insulin is a sign they have failed, or that they will get complications as a result, or that their numbers are so out of control it is merely the beginning of the end (all of which are myths!).

When other glands have trouble doing their job (like the thyroid or ovaries), as a society, we tend not to think much about taking the hormone they normally produce. However, when it comes to a weak pancreas, taking the natural hormone insulin is often held as a last resort. We go through every pill known to mankind, look at every possible alternative, and play the dangerous "let's wait and see" (the glucose levels increase) game. If you have type 2 diabetes, insulin may help you improve your control!

I'm not knocking oral medications – if they work. If you have a pancreas that is limping along and needs help, consider going natural with insulin. Not only will you protect the dwindling insulin-producing beta cells that remain in your pancreas, you will reap the benefits of tighter control. Once you and your healthcare provider decide on the important step of insulin therapy, see a certified diabetes educator to help you get started. At first, it is weird to come at yourself with a needle. You will experience how the new technology of really small, short, polished needles makes it completely do-able. Really!

Take Control of Your Diabetes
Insulin could be the beginning of the end — the end of high glucose levels and the end of an unrelenting struggle to have more control. Insulin could also be a new beginning, a step in a new direction, and the start of improved diabetes control.

From my perspective as a practicing diabetes educator, and the questions received as a columnist, the two biggest hurdles in providing competent care for our global diabetes community are:
1. Starting insulin earlier – We wait way too long for a host of reasons, resulting in continued high levels of glucose and pushing people unnecessarily into the staggering numbers of hyperglycemia-induced, laundry list of complications.
2. Adjusting insulin on an ongoing basis – The body's requirement for insulin changes over time and knowing how to safely update one's insulin therapy plan is needed).

Ready to take control of your diabetes? Insulin may be the answer. Learn more about it today!

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NOTE: The information is not intended to be a replacement or substitute for consultation with a qualified medical professional or for professional medical advice related to diabetes or another medical condition. Please contact your physician or medical professional with any questions and concerns about your medical condition.

Last Modified Date: June 17, 2013

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