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Extreme Insulin Resistance - An autoimmune disease?

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  • Posted By: julie312
  • February 22, 2008
  • 04:11 AM

In 1999, I was diagnosed with diabetes 2 yrs following my recovery from breast cancer. I am cured on the cancer, and am ready to fight the good fight with diabetes.

After unsuccessful standard protocols of pills to treat my high sugar.
In 2006, I finally found a doctor who was willing to prescribe insulin.

Immediately, unit doses rose to 80 units Lantus/day and 80 units Novolog/meal.
We tried large needles but that did not help.

By 2007, I was out of control again with a 8.3 A1C.
So, I found a doctor through MiniMed and insurance plan willing to support an insulin pump.

Using the pump, daily doses dropped immediately to 150 units/day.
THEN...doses have to be increased to the point, my doctor switched me to U500.

I have put on 80 pounds in the last 2 yrs since I started in insulin.

I am very concerned the continued increase of U500 dose will be harmful.

So, here is the question:
Is diabetes a progressive disease?
Do I have 1.5 diabetes?
Will a pancreas transplant help someone with 1.5 diabetes?
Is Bariactric surgery/lap band surgery the only solution?
Are there any auto-immune solutions to this extreme insulin resistant disease?

All my hopes and fears are in your hands!

Julie Thompson, FLORIDA

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  • In 1999, I was diagnosed with diabetes 2 yrs following my recovery from breast cancer. I am cured on the cancer, and am ready to fight the good fight with diabetes.After unsuccessful standard protocols of pills to treat my high sugar. In 2006, I finally found a doctor who was willing to prescribe insulin.Immediately, unit doses rose to 80 units Lantus/day and 80 units Novolog/meal.We tried large needles but that did not help.By 2007, I was out of control again with a 8.3 A1C. So, I found a doctor through MiniMed and insurance plan willing to support an insulin pump.Using the pump, daily doses dropped immediately to 150 units/day.THEN...doses have to be increased to the point, my doctor switched me to U500.I have put on 80 pounds in the last 2 yrs since I started in insulin.I am very concerned the continued increase of U500 dose will be harmful.So, here is the question: Is diabetes a progressive disease? Do I have 1.5 diabetes? Will a pancreas transplant help someone with 1.5 diabetes?Is Bariactric surgery/lap band surgery the only solution?Are there any auto-immune solutions to this extreme insulin resistant disease?All my hopes and fears are in your hands!Julie Thompson, FLORIDAJulie...Maybe Jenny's site can help! http://www.phlaunt.com/diabetes/index.phpJenny has been dealing with diabetes issues for many years and has put a lot of research into the information she has on her site.
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