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Re: [IP] To pump or not to pump
It sounds like you have Type 2 diabetes, not Type 1,
which is probably why you go to a GP in the first
place. I don't know of any Type 1's that are not
treated by an endo.
Please get referred to an endocrinologist. They will
have more information than a GP on insulin in general,
and pumps in particular - or at least more access to
Also, the DCCT clearly shows that more frequent blood
sugar testing followed by action lowers the risk of
complications in Type 1's - and this has been
concluded to be similar for Type 2's. It is
discouraging, but it's just a # - keep testing and
doing something about it now to reduce your problems
Shelly V., Austin, TX, mom to Luke, 6
My GP doctor mentioned about a month ago about
learning about insulin pumps. I've been reading this
list ever since.
Yesterday I went to his Nurse Practicioner for what
turned out to be cellulitis. In our discussion we
talked about blood sugars. I told her I quit testing
two weeks ago because I'm so discouraged. I am
normally in the high 300 to low 400 range. I take 20
U of Humalog and 20 U of R twice a day. I've gained
25 lbs in two months. Plus, it looks like my cardiac
condition is starting up again. I used my nitro for
the first time in over 5 years (it was fairly current
and did the job)
When I talked to her about pumping she said the only
advantage was not taking multiple shots daily.
I thought that even speading out the twice a day 40 U
might be of some help.
Should I just give it up as a luxury or are there
other benefits as well.
Chris (Diagnosed 1973 -- age 23)
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