Great minds think alike—which means that people who are new to diabetes and the world of self management tend to come up with the same questions.
So for those of you a bit too shy to inquire directly, here’s what your fellows are curious about.
Every Monday, we will be posting a common diabetes-care question along with the answers I give patients. If there is a question you are dying to know the answer to, let us know.
How do I avoid taking insulin?
It may not be possible to avoid taking insulin, and that shouldn’t be your goal. Diabetes is a progressive disease. The longer you have it, the more likely your beta cells (insulin producing cells in the pancreas) will wear out and you will need to take insulin by injection.
This can happen despite taking excellent care of yourself. It is the nature of the disease. Insulin isn’t a death sentence.; it is a savior. It will control your blood glucose to help prevent both acute complications (hyperglycemia) and long-term complications. And insulin injections are virtually painless.