By Phoenix65 Latest Reply 2017-07-08 22:38:53 -0500
Started 2017-07-02 06:32:53 -0500

How can we decide about taking insulin? If blood sugar level is between 180-200 with oral medication, should we start taking insulin?

Tags: insulin

5 replies

gallenp66 2017-07-08 22:38:53 -0500 Report

"How can we"? Not much to go on here. What is your diet? What is your weight? How long have your blood sugars been this high? These are all questions that will be asked by a Dr. and I highly recommend that you consult a Dr. before you do anything.

WASHED OUT 2017-07-05 12:09:28 -0500 Report

You really should discuss this with your doctor. But if you want my opinion I will tell you this. If you cannot get your glucose level under control using oral meds, by all means if you have to use insulin to get it under control then please do. Anything over 140 over a period of time will give you major health complications from diabetes. I use insulin both a long term and a short term insulin to maintain my glucose levels. The idea is to do whatever you can to ward off disabling or fatal diseases caused by uncontrolled glucose. That includes oral medications, diet, exercise and yes of course insulins. In my opinion if you have 180-200 glucose readings while using diet and oral meds. then you do need to be put on insulin, even if it is a temporary treatment.

suecsdy 2017-07-05 10:06:34 -0500 Report

Wouldn't this question be better asked of your dr? I see in you profile that you're not currently taking any meds. I was dxd in Aug 2014 while in the hospital. They told me everyone gets insulin in the hospital, so when I was discharged, it was with insulin and not much else, i.e. Information. I did achieve excellent control and have successfully transitioned to Bydureon. Perhaps your dr will want to try a different med or combination of meds first. How do you feel about using insulin?

GabbyPA 2017-07-04 08:52:06 -0500 Report

That is a discussion for you and your doctor. What have you been trying besides your oral meds? A low carb diet often helps and so does exercise like resistance training.

cynicl12000 2017-07-04 16:41:39 -0500 Report

^^^ This. Your doctor knows your medical status and background, and is the best qualified to discuss your options and treatment plan with you.