"I don't have the bad kind of diabetes like you do."
"Hopefully I won't have to go on insulin."
"There is no way I could take shots everyday."
I have heard all of those things several times in my life and that last one I said myself a few years before I was diagnosed. Insulin is scary stuff but necessary. Necessary for all of us to live.
Some of us are lucky and our bodies make all the insulin we need. Not to mention the other side of that luck which is that our bodies use that insulin correctly. Some of us have to inject it manually and others can take pills to help our bodies use the insulin we are making.
Any which way you look at it, you need insulin.
Many health care professionals use Insulin as a "motivator" for their type 2 patients. I would call it a scare tactic but tomato toe-mah-toe. "You better get your blood sugar in control or else you are going to end up on insulin!"
That is not cool.
I understand the need to get your bg in control. No doubt. But to use insulin as a scare tactic and to make insulin the enemy is not fair. How does one feel if they need to start using insulin?
Insulin is necessary to live. Just because you need to take it doesn't make you a failure or a screw up. It means you need to inject insulin to keep your bg in control. Some people need different tools for the same job. There is no need to beat yourself up about it.
Using insulin in your diabetes management may mean the differerence between a healthy life and an unhealthly one.
WHATEVER IT TAKES TO MANAGE YOUR DIABETES IS WHAT YOU SHOULD TAKE!
Let's not judge a hormone by the disease. Insulin is not the enemy here. Diabetes is and insulin may be the right tool you need to get your diabetes in control.