Insulin for my diabetic husband ?

Insulin for my diabetic husband ? Topic: Insulin for my diabetic husband ?
June 16, 2019 / By Amalee
Question: My 36 yr old husband has been having type-2 diabetes detected in his late 20s. His blood sugars are off and on like 120s -130s fasting. He is taking Glimipiride, Onglyza and a couple more tablets for his cholesterol. We don't want to start the insulin yet. Once we start insulin and blood sugar levels are under control, we think we will lose the desire to eat well and exercise for sure + our impression is that his body will get used to outside insulin and will completely stop producing insulin whatsoever. Are we thinking wrong here ? Should we start insulin pumps as advised by our doctor? Is A1c around 7 really bad? He has perfect weight for his height, his eye health is good and he never had problems healing his wounds and such things. He walks at least 45 minutes every single day if not more and his diet is good with lots of raw food and veggies. Please share your thoughts. Thanks !
Best Answer

Best Answers: Insulin for my diabetic husband ?

Wainamoinen Wainamoinen | 6 days ago
Is your husband being treated by an endocrinologist or a family practitioner? I would suggest seeing an endocrinologist if he is not already. Here is some info on the A1c: What A1C target should people have? People will have different A1C targets depending on their diabetes history and their general health. People should discuss their A1C target with their health care provider. Studies have shown that people with diabetes can reduce the risk of diabetes complications by keeping A1C levels below 7 percent. Maintaining good blood glucose control will benefit those with new-onset diabetes for many years to come. However, an A1C level that is safe for one person may not be safe for another. For example, keeping an A1C level below 7 percent may not be safe if it leads to problems with hypoglycemia, also called low blood glucose. Less strict blood glucose control, or an A1C between 7 and 8 percent—or even higher in some circumstances—may be appropriate in people who have •limited life-expectancy •long-standing diabetes and difficulty attaining a lower goal •severe hypoglycemia •advanced diabetes complications such as chronic kidney disease, nerve problems, or cardiovascular disease
👍 280 | 👎 6
Did you like the answer? Insulin for my diabetic husband ? Share with your friends
Wainamoinen Originally Answered: I am a diabetic on insulin with ED how often can i expect to have sex my wife want it everynight i cant do it?
My husband to be and a friend of mine are both young men with diabeties on insulin. I know that there will be a time when my fiance will not be able to rise to the occasion (if you know what I mean) ever again and that's okay with me because Iam marring this man for better or worse, sickness or health, untill his death (laugh!!). Even now its time that we don't have sex as often as he may want to but Iam fine about that. We have talked about it and I've made him understand that Iam not going anywhere. As long as he has his lovely manly hands and his beautiful full lips he will always be able to turn me on. Plus talk to your doctor, with supplements, excersing and good dieting you could be making good to your wife for a long time.

Royston Royston
A1C is reported as a percentage. The normal range for A1C levels for non-diabetics is 4%-6%. An A1C of 6.5% or higher on two separate occasions indicates diabetes, and between 6% and 6.5% indicates prediabetes. Diabetics should aim to keep the A1C level below 7%. As the A1C level increases, so does the risk of complications. If you have had uncontrolled diabetes for a long period of time, your A1C level may rise to as high as 25%. If your husband is still making his own insulin, then adding insulin won't make his body stop making it's own insulin. Basically, Type 1 diabetic don't make enough insulin to handle living. Type 2 (which it sounds like your husband is) make enough insulin but our cells have become insensitive to glucose because something has gone wrong with the insulin connection. Insulin acts sort of like a bridge between the hungry cells and the glucose in the blood and somehow that bridge has gotten damaged in some way. As more and more cells become damaged, the need for additional insulin increases if the oral meds don't do the trick. And A1C of 7 isn't horrible, but he'd be better off if he could get the number lower. And you do know that most veggies have carbohydrates in them--and it's carbs that mostly increase our blood glucose (because it's in almost everything). If his doctor does recommend he start taking insulin, he needs to have a serious talk with his doctor, make sure he (your husband) feels comfortable doing that, see if there are alternatives (maybe pump up the type of exercises he does? Maybe cut back on his food amounts? something else the doc may suggest?). And of course your husband can get a second opinion--possibly from an endocrinologist who specializes in diabetes. Taking insulin doesn't necessarily make you "lose the desire to eat well and exercise"--unless you let it, unless in your mind you expect the medication to do the whole job for you (which it can't, it's there to "help" you keep your glucose under control--you still have to do your part of things will go way out of control and you will have diabetic problems). My brother is on insulin and injects before each meal (and maybe before bed but I'm not aware of that one) but he still has to watch what he eats, how much he eats, and (he's supposed to at least) does his daily exercises just to keep his glucose level where it is now. He needs to talk to his doctor and make sure he understands everything.
👍 120 | 👎 2

Morris Morris
120s and 130s are not bad at all. The suggested range for diabetes (in good control) is 80 - 140. idk why your doctor is talking insulin, let alone a pump. Most low level diabetics take medicines for awhile that help the pancreas produce more insulin, and others that help the cells accept it in more readily. Read up on diabetes and get a second, even a third, opinion. {I may be missing something in your question.} But no, he will not lose the desire to exercise or eat well / properly if he starts using insulin.
👍 115 | 👎 -2

Keir Keir
Exogenous insulin will not reduce the endogenous production. You should help your husband accept his disease and the need to care for himself. Insulin will be part of your husband's care.
👍 110 | 👎 -6

Keir Originally Answered: Can a type 2 diabetic stop taking insulin and just take metformin?
Ultimately this does not depend on what 'type' of diabetes you have but on the very very important question of how much insulin does your pancreas produce. The only way to find this out is to do a test called C-peptide testing. This test will then answer the question whether you can stop taking insulin. If your pancreas produces little or no insulin, then there is no alternative to insulin. Every human being on earth is insulin dependent. Either your pancreas makes the insulin, or you inject it. All Type 1 diabetics make little/no insulin, that's why for a Type 1, there is no alternative to insulin. (Well there is - early death.) Some Type 2 diabetics still make lots of insulin. For these people, weight loss will help to improve their sensitivity to insulin. A low carb diet will also help them to maximise the insulin they already produce themselves. But if you are a Type 2 who makes little insulin of their own, then no amount of weight loss, no diet, will stimulate your pancreas into making more insulin. To give you a comparison, it's like the difference between someone who is a little short-sighted and someone who is totally blind. You can give one person a pair of spectacles, but spectacles will not help the other at all. There is another issue here, which is, are you really a Type 2 at all? Many doctors immediately jump to the conclusion that if a patient if fat, they must be Type 2. But being fat does not prevent one from getting Type 1 diabetes. The C-peptide test will also help to establish this. It is very important that you get the right treatment for your diabetes because uncontrolled high blood sugars can do terrible damage to your body, and kill you prematurely.

If you have your own answer to the question Insulin for my diabetic husband ?, then you can write your own version, using the form below for an extended answer.