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I'm type 3C also was posted 01/08/2017 12:13 pm by Anonymous
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Hi. I am type 3C after Whipple surgery which I had years ago. I also was concerned about long term effect of the oral meds used for Type 2. They were prescribed for me when first diagnosed and I had lots of low blood sugars, plus serious problems with a few - like Actos. I successfully got off meds and was able to handle the diabetes with diet and exercise for years. Fast forward to today. My A1C started climbing, regardless of fact I continue to exercise regularly, and that I restricted carbs in my diet even more when the increase in A1C and daily blood sugars started.

So, I started insulin about a month ago. Once a day - evening - low dose Lantus via an easy to use preloaded pen Solostar. In this short time, it has made a difference already in my readings, especially morning or fasting numbers. And as much as I dreaded and did everything possible to delay the day I had to have insulin, it is not a really big deal. I still need to follow dietary limits on carbs, but not as severe as before. My biggest concern was weight gain, but so far, not a problem. My research on diabetes that develops after Whipple surgery, was that it is closer to Type 1 and the most effective treatment is insulin therapy.

The oral meds have many possible side affects - liver damage for many but also for a some of them - damage to the pancreas. I think your concerns are well founded. My suggestion is - speak with your doctor about starting long acting insulin and getting off the oral meds. It hopefully would relieve your concerns about the oral meds, and also improve your blood sugar control, and thus your quality of life.

Good luck, whatever path you take.

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