Be sure and check your blood sugars often. When they are on the high side it can cause you to be tired. On the low side the same thing. I only feel super good when my blood sugars are tightly controlled throughout the day and eating right and getting enough exercise .
You may want to mention that to the Dr. as well to be sure no other problems are happening. Even stress can ware a person down.
I am not sure where you live but this hot weather in Las Vegas with humidity which is unusual for Las Vegas is causing me to be real tired. Be sure to drink a lot of water in case you are slightly dehydrated from the weather.
If you go on to the Lantus website the side effects will be listed. I have been on it for a very long time and the biggest side effect listed of course is a low blood sugar which is why the Dr. should prescribe correctly. I take it before bedtime and other mealtime insulin as needed. Others take Lantus twice a day,morning and evening depending on the bodies response to it.
Everyone responds differently to the amounts of insulin they take whether it is short acting, intermediate acting or 24 hour acting like the Lantus. Lantus is a basal insulin like a base line to set a level blood sugar for your body for 24 hours. Some people that are type 2 do very well just on Lantus with the correct diet and exercise rather than pills which are not Insulin. The diet and exercise are the number 1 and 2 things that will help you stay near or at your baseline blood sugar.
Are you experiencing any side effects from Lantus? I have not had any side effects. If I felt different in any way besides an occasional low blood sugar during the night I would check the Lantus sight and read the list and call the Dr. to discuss the dose I am on. If I have a low sugar during the night it is usually because my mealtime insulin works for 5 hours and still can reduce my blood sugar 50 points in an hour which is why I check my bedtime blood sugar and if it is 100 or less I have a carb snack. If it happens to many times I cut back the Lantus just 1 unit to help avoid that lower blood sugar during the night because it still has a moderate peak time just not a dramatic peak like the meal time insulin.
Let us know if you feel you have had side effects besides a low blood sugar. It would be interesting to know.
Has to be the gap. I think if you can show no gaps it may have been ok. These insurance companies ask about what meds a person is on and in the private market they turn a person down for blood pressure meds. 1 med and your out! Makes me sick.
At least we may have a prayer on the Obama plan but I am not sure they will get it together. Already problems that Obama is extending the employer mandates out a year to 2015 but not at this time holding off on the penalties for individuals that do not buy insurance. There is hell in Congress for all of this. The employer part was that insurance had to be provided by companies of over 50 employees I think. That mandate has been put on hold. Please correct me if I am wrong on that. I just know that something was extended out a year benefiting the employers and not the public or consumer.
Auriga 1, When did your last coverage end? Or when did you end Cobra if you were on it? Usually if you had coverage and a small gap under a certain amount of time you should be eligible for insurance. Your prior company should have sent you a certificate of eligibility for your next insurance and most plans must cover unless your state law is different. Or the worst case is that if you have a pre existing condition their is a waiting period of 6 months to a year to get it covered. Is the company your husband now works for a small company? Which insurance company is this? I know when I got married and went on my husband's plan no questions asked. I did not even have to provide evidence that I was on Cobra. Who did you talk to, the insurance company? Or the employer? Something is not right here.
I am not the Dr. but these sugars look good to me which may be why he/she is not starting you on any meds at this time. You are active as can be. Only thing I would do is stop the Chinese food if you can, the sauce on it is the killer even more than the noodles. Keep the pasta to a minimum roar and go lite on the deserts and keep testing your blood sugars and get to know what exercise has the most impact on reducing your blood sugars. See if you can fax a log to the Dr. of your blood sugars just so they know you are on it and concerned about it.
Their are probably not going to be big swings in A1Cs and daily blood sugar readings in a Pre Diabetic. It means more about seeing the baseline blood sugar raising a bit in comparison to 10 yrs. ago as an example.
The body someday may need the help of a medication to avoid swings if they start or if the baseline of your blood sugars are over 99 fasting or 120 to140 2 hours after a meal. About 4 hours after the meal a nice drop back to a normal base line should happen. You may want to track it hourly for a couple of days and see if the blood sugars are dropping nice or dragging slowly back to normal.
I am a type 1 Diabetic on insulin and I know that 1 hour of vigorous activity with a smaller dose of insulin drops my blood sugar down at least 100 points. I would just keep a close eye on how far up and how fast or what it takes to bring it back down to normal (for your normal at this time).
Go lite on certain higher carb fruits, read carbs and sugars on labels. Eat plenty of salads (watch dressings) and moderate protein amounts and some whole grains. Try to avoid processed food.
See a Dietitian to start early on this and keep logging the blood sugars. For some people if they follow the diet and exercise to the letter they may never need a medication and that is the good news. You are in a great position to revise things in your lifestyle if recommended. Sounds like you have most of it in line at this point but we learn a little every day and if we find one more small thing we can do to improve the overall picture it just reduces the headaches later if we let something slide a bit.
If the Dr. said annual A1C checks for now I would go with that unless your blood sugars are slipping up to far and not coming back down steady.
First thing to do is see what damage has set in from ignoring your medical condition. Then you can start from scratch with the Dr. and Dietitian and once you get a grip on it you will do just fine. You have to be motivated though to get it right! We have all been there and done most of that while learning about our Diabetes but I am sure the majority did not wait over 11 years to challenge it. If you need therapy as to why you choose to ignore it that may not be a bad idea before all the damage starts to set in if it has not already. You made the first step now by expressing yourself on here and that might mean you are ready.
I would begin your journey with therapy and us for support. I am surprised your Dr. has not called you in about how you are doing? If I were a Dr., and a patient told me I was going to ignore my Diabetes or did not show up for another appointment about it, I would be a wreck.
Get proactive on this. I am sure all of us relate to the frustration you are feeling. You just have to learn to accept the fact you have Diabetes and get ahead of it
Good luck and keep us informed, we are here to help walk you through it but be sure you get to the Specialist and Dietitian right away and we can support you while you make the lifestyle change that was recommended for your situation. Type 1 or 2 with insulin is easy once you know how much you need based on diet and exercise. Keep it simple and listen and do not freak out about it!
Auriga 1, you also have a great 4th of July! I know you are on top of this as much as I am for myself. You are right, if you can stay on the less expensive NPH and it works that is great. Now you have insurance though so take the one that you and the Dr. decide together Let me know the outcome. Also, you will have to make sure if you decide Lantus after all that it is one that is covered by insurance. I am noticing now that insurance companies are dictating and providing lists of which vials are covered like I just went through switching to Apidra from Humalog. It is working great. It amazes me now the clout these Insurance companies have. Very disturbing controlling costs while putting the patient at risk.
I read NutriJoy's response which did jar my memory since I was on NPH once upon a time about 25 years ago and for certain it is an intermediate acting insulin and I remember using it twice daily since it reduces its power at about 6.5 to 7.0 hours. It worked much slower than a rapid acting insulin does but much harder than a Lantus long acting. I also remember the morning sugars were not that great on NPH since the dinner time insulin was done and I sure do not recall taking it at bedtime back then. I just remember always knowing it was intermediate acting in intervals throughout the day and maybe even early evening for the night effect. I know for a fact back then it was not designed as a basal or 24 hour insulin unless the formulas have changed and their are more types of NPH. Also, back 25 years ago I am not sure a faster acting mealtime insulin was available which gets back to the reason more NPH was used throughout the day about every 6-8 hours in small doses for each individual usually at breakfast and dinnertime. In the 90s is when I got the carb counting formula and the mealtime insulin to be taken in conjunction with NPH. I am pretty sure I took REG and NPH at that time. Maybe the NPH was switched to bedtime and mornings at that time for the overnight control. I cannot remember.