If You Need Insulin


12 Myths About Insulin and Type 2 Diabetes

When you hear the word "insulin," do you picture giant needles? Many people find insulin to be less painful or scary than they expected. Find out what's fact or fiction when it comes to using insulin to treat type 2 diabetes.   View slideshow

Why One Woman With Type 2 Diabetes Uses an Insulin Pump

"I just wanted my freedom," says Jan Chait
Insulin pumps are used most often by people with type 1 diabetes, due to their more complicated insulin injection regimen. Only 5% of the more than 5,000 individuals who are members of, an online community for people interested in insulin-pump therapy, have type 2...  Read More

Why Insulin Use Isn't Always Permanent for Type 2 Diabetes

Unlike type 1 diabetes, people with type 2 can somtimes stop taking insulin
If your doctor puts you on insulin, it's not necessarily permanent. Unlike people with type 1 diabetes, who need insulin to survive, people with type 2 diabetes use insulin as just one more tool to control blood sugar...  Read More

Good News About Today's Improved Insulins

Andy switched to once-a-day insulin and uses shorter, thinner needles
Insulin has come a long way since 63-year-old Andy Mandell, executive director of Defeat Diabetes Foundation, a Madeira Beach, Fla.-based educational organization, began taking it. There are long-acting insulins to keep the blood sugar smooth all day and all night and rapid-acting insulins to keep blood sugar levels at bay after meals...  Read More

Needing Insulin Doesn't Mean You've Failed to Control Diabetes

Insulin gets the job done quickly and ultimately lowers the risk of complications
Yes, some people with type 2 diabetes can manage the disease with diet, exercise, and oral medications alone. But if you need insulin to manage your blood sugar, it doesn't mean you've somehow "failed" in your effort to control diabetes...  Read More

How to Know When You'll Need Insulin

If you can't lower your A1C with diet, exercise, or other medications, you may need insulin  Read More

Video: Perspectives on Using Insulin


Expert Advice: 18 Questions About Taking Insulin

 Stuart Weiss, MD
Stuart Weiss, MD
Clinical assistant professor of endocrinology, diabetes, and metabolism
Q: I have type 2 diabetes. Do I have to take insulin?

A: For people with type 2 diabetes, insulin is a very nice tool that's better if used sooner rather than later. (Unlike in type 2 diabetes, in type 1 diabetes insulin is a requirement, not an option.) What happens in type 2 diabetes is that physicians may use insulin as a threat, an “if you” thing—if you don't lose some weight, if you don't do some exercise, if you don't follow the diet, then you're going to wind up on insulin. That's really not how people with type 2 diabetes should view insulin—as a punishment. Insulin is a very, very safe therapy, and people should not hesitate to use it if needed.

The people with type 2 diabetes who must take insulin are those who are unable to control their blood sugar even while on several different oral medications. But if you start using insulin before you reach that point, you can help preserve the function of your insulin-producing pancreatic cells for a longer time. And the longer you continue to make your own natural insulin, the longer you can get by with a less complicated insulin regimen, possibly taking just one shot a day.
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Insulin Helped Reverse My Health Problems

Diagnosed with type 2 diabetes when Ronda Keys was just 19 years old, she struggled to control her blood sugar for years.
In my early 30s, I began to have complications like bruising and tingling in my arms and legs. So I started writing the symptoms down and talking to my doctor about them.   Read More

How Much Insulin Do You Need?

If you have type 2 diabetes and your doctor thinks it might be a good time to start insulin therapy, there are two important factors to consider.
If you have type 2 diabetes and your doctor thinks it might be a good time to start insulin therapy, there are two important factors to consider: How much insulin do you need to take? When do you need to take it? And both are very personal.  Read More

Why Insulin Makes Sense for People With Type 2 Diabetes

If you have type 2 diabetes, you have more options to control blood sugar than ever before. But just because one drug—insulin—has been around for 90 years , doesn’t mean it’s less useful or important than other drugs.
If you have type 2 diabetes, you have more options to control blood sugar than ever before, including no less than six classes of oral medication. But just because one certain drug—insulin—has been around for nearly a century , doesn’t mean that it should be considered as less useful or important than other “more modern” drugs. In fact, some doctors recommend it sooner rather than later in people with type 2 diabetes.  Read More


Insulin Is Much Easier to Take Than in the Past

I began taking insulin in 1988. I had type 2 diabetes and was going to nursing school and was just too busy to take care of myself.
Like so many people with type 2 diabetes, Daniel Wimer didn’t watch his blood sugar—even though as an RN, he had seen firsthand the serious damage caused by toxic blood sugar levels. He started using insulin more than 20 years ago, but stopped taking it until a few years ago. After a few health scares of his own, Wimer, now age 68 and living in Tampa, has his blood sugar and weight under control thanks to a combination of Byetta and insulin. Wimer shares his health struggles on his blog and in motivational talks as a member of the National Speaker Association of Central Florida.  Read More


I Was Upset About Needing Insulin

I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes when I was 50 years old. I had retired recently from work and all of a sudden I had to urinate a lot and was drinking a lot of water.
Carol Ayers lives in Los Angeles. She was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes shortly after she retired at age 50. After cycling on and off oral medication and gaining and losing weight, she found that her blood sugar still wasn’t under control. She started taking once-a-day insulin shots, and now uses an insulin pen three times a day. It hasn’t been easy, but her blood sugar is finally under control. Ayers hopes that if she loses weight, she may be able to reduce or stop taking insulin.  Read More

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Many people find that insulin is less scary and easier to use than they thought.


9 Factors That Affect How Insulin Works

Taking insulin can be tricky. A surprising number of factors can affect the drug's ability to reduce blood sugar. If you’re on insulin, here are some questions you should ask yourself to help determine the impact of this powerful medication.   View slideshow


5 Types of Insulin and How They Work

If you need insulin for diabetes, there’s good news: You have choices. There are five types of insulin.   View slideshow


Have Diabetes? 7 Tips for a Healthy Pregnancy

Pregnancy is full of challenges—and even more so if you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes.   View slideshow


11 Great Blogs and Websites for Insulin Users

Insulin-related blogs as well as sites that give detailed information about insulin therapies.   View slideshow