Learning you may need to start taking insulin could be difficult to accept at first. You may ask "Why do I need it?" Diabetes can change over time.
If it changes, it usually takes more than one approach to get the best results: healthy diet, exercise, pills, and now insulin.
Facts About Taking Insulin
If you're starting insulin, here are some facts that are good to know:
- Many people with type 2 diabetes may need to take insulin at some point—you are not alone
- You need to take insulin if you can't reach the blood sugar (glucose) targets recommended by your healthcare provider without it
- Some people fear taking insulin because they think the shots will be painful. However, many people who are taking insulin say their worries
about injections were worse than the shots themselves. It may be helpful to know that the needles used for insulin injections are short and thin
Taking Insulin Now May Help Reduce The Risk of Diabetes Complications Later
If you don't think you should be starting insulin, even though your healthcare provider has suggested it, you should know that you may feel fine right now, but high blood sugar (hyperglycemia) may put blood vessels throughout your body at risk and cause complications.
Concerns About Taking Insulin
If you have questions or concerns about starting insulin, it's important to discuss them with your doctor or diabetes educator.
Here are some of the most common questions people may have about starting insulin:
- Does taking insulin mean I've failed?
- Do injections (shots) hurt?
- Does taking insulin mean I'm sicker?
- Will I gain weight?
- How will I learn to give myself an injection?
- Will I have low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)?
- Will I have to change jobs or give up my hobbies?
- Will taking insulin be complicated?