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Hello all,

Just a very quick flying hello from a total newbie, Diagnosed as T2 over 8 years ago, and starting to find that the medication i was put on
Metformin Statins, Gliclazide and Canagllizion ( please excuse spelling ) have seem to be having no valid effects anymore. During my review with the DN today was told i may have to be injecting within the next 3 months. Guess who is totally crap scared of needles thrown me in to a real funk



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Well - as one who's only managed to stay alive for the last 48 years by injecting which hadn't used to be enjoyable - totally and utterly honestly using insulin pens and pen needles, you're exceptionally unlucky if you can even feel an insulin jab these days. The needles aren't that much thicker than a hair (and a damn sight finer than eg my dad's moustache) and only 4mm long since they only have to just go through the skin and no further. Nothing whatsoever like any other injection anyone has ever had before in their life!

Anyway - have you tried a lower carbohydrate diet to try and reduce your BG? Do you test your BG so you can judge exactly what effect this or that item of food has on your BG?


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Welcome to the forum @Cetim

Apart from the medication what other strategies have you used to reduce your levels?
A lot of people on here find that testing their levels before and a couple of hours after a meal helps them to find what impact different foods have on their levels. This can then help to make decisions about changes to foods and/or portion sizes in order to identify what carbohydrates they can manage to match the insulin that they are making.

As Jenny has said if you need to have injections the needles are tiny and you hardly feel them going in the short distance necessary. Nothing like those used for vaccinations.


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Hello @Cetim and welcome from me as well.
As Jenny and Sue have suggested it may be a good time to review things and see if there are some changes you can make that might help.
Not sure what you may have already tried, but if you would like any more information on self-testing and eating plans, let us know and we will give you some pointers.
There is also a lot of information and help on the 'Learning Zone' if you click the orange tab at the top of this page,


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Hello CETIM and welcome to the Forum

I know this will be easy to say, but try not to worry too much about injecting & needles
Things have moved on since the days of the horror films and Cold War spy thrillers, with the ol' syringes of scopolamine squirting all over the place!
Modern pre - set syringes are very easy to use, and their microfine needles just about painless; in fact less than a finger prick test

Besides that, injection will give you more control over your blood sugar level, so you feel better if you change to insulin injection

A couple of doctors have advocated losing weight to reduce the need for medication
However this does mean losing quite a lot of weight for most people, and quite quickly
The two best known doctors who support this idea, and their books, are -

'Life Without Diabetes' by Roy Taylor
'The Fast 800' by Michael Mosley

They have several videos on YouTube
Also on YT it's worth looking at Dr David Unwin, who has achieved the same sort of results with rapid weight loss; I'm not sure if he has a book though

That's when the fun starts - this idea has become very popular and there are now lots of people & videos all describing the same sort of thing, and once you start following the Links it can get a bit confusing & overwhelming; just do your best

A friend has lost 2 stones over Lockdown by following Roy Taylor's book, and has stopped injecting; now he controls his diabetes with diet & Metformin

Finally, when people ask me how I can manage to inject myself, my response is simple -
Given the choice of injecting or going blind, I tend to inject