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jdiakiw (@jdiakiw)

Insulin; what’s to fear ?

Diabetes/Endocrine System | Last Active: Nov 20, 2020 | Replies (11)

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@marvinjsturing

@jdiakiw My doctor started me on insulin when I was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. After surgical removal of most of my pancreas, I have no choice but to use insulin. Between the basal and the bolus, I am taking 50 units of insulin a day. For me, the greater risk would be not taking insulin.

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I totally agree with you, marvin. I am not arguing about whether or not using insulin is good. Of course, it is a lifesaver for many. My concern in about not getting to high blood sugar numbers in the first place, because of the potential damage long term. Insulin is necessary for some whose pancreas may not be working well at all. I know that my system works, but not well enough to eat every carb I want and have good health. If my system shuts down in the future, I will be on insulin the remainder of my days. Doctors believe that using insulin is easier for controlling blood sugar in some cases. Since I like to cook from scratch, I can choose diet for good results.
My college professor indicated that he believed my pancreas would shut down totally in the future. He said it would wear out and die from the low blood sugar problems. That is when I chose a controlled diet and started eating six times a day. I am in pretty good shape right now but staying cautious about everything. I can get by on eating three times a day and having a glass of milk in the evening. Dorisena