When I was first diagnosed with gestational diabetes twenty two years ago, my diabetic doctor put me on an insulin regimen I hated. Every day I would sit and stare at the insulin bottle and syringe and cry before I took it. I wasn't put on any other drug but insulin. My doctor told me if I lost weight, ate right, and exercised daily I would not need to be on insulin once I delivered the baby. I watched my parents and my grandmothers on both sides give injections to themselves while growing up.
Diabetes is so prevalent in my family I wasn't surprised that I got it. But I didn't expect it so soon at the the age of twenty eight. I worked as hard as I could afterward and lost more than forty pounds. I didn't look at the medications for almost another ten years. Then, slowly it started creeping up on me. I became a diabetic with poor control over my living habits.
I started on pills first and didn't think about it much. My doctors over the years changed medicines on me several times before they started me on insulin eight years ago. By this time, I was totally ignoring the fact that I had any problem. All I thought I could just take insulin and eat whatever I wanted because the shot I took would protect me. Insulin was the magic medicine for me. Now, after many years, I am on Janumet 50/1000mg twice a day along with four units of novolog twice a day and thirty units of Lantus insulin once a day.
From the days of my parents and grandparents till now, a lot has changed in the medical industry. So many advances in medical technology changed our lives forever. There used to be one or two medications to be considered for diabetic treatment. I remember doctors prescribing insulin as soon as they found a patient was diabetic. My mother never had the chance I have to consider different options . I do and I want to take full advantage of it.
Now, everything said and done, there is only one problem with today's situation. I am always confused with the variety of medications that are flooding the market to treat diabetes.
How do I know which one is good for me? How does my doctor know what is good for me?