Even if you have been careful with your diet and exercise, the need for insulin is a natural progression of type 2 diabetes. Many people worry about starting insulin but the good news is that most people find that they feel much better once they start insulin, particularly if their blood glucose levels have been high for a while. It is likely that you’ll have more energy, your symptoms of high blood glucose levels such as thirst, urinary frequency and tiredness will improve, and you will have more flexibility with your diet. So don’t think that starting insulin as a ‘last resort’. Instead recognise that it will allow you to lower your blood glucose levels, reduce your risk of complications and in doing so, improve your overall health and wellbeing.
Before you start insulin it is a good idea to see a diabetes educator who can explain more about insulin, how it works, show you how to give injections and explain how to manage hypos and sick days. It is also recommended that you see a dietitian to learn more about matching your food intake with your insulin to optimise your blood glucose levels and reduce the risk of highs and lows. Together with your doctor or diabetes specialist, they can help you to make this transition.
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