Over time, as your body produces less and less insulin, your need for medications will change. Tablets and pills can help at first, but most people with type 2 diabetes will eventually need to add insulin.
Sometimes doctors use insulin as a threat to motivate patients to make changes in food choices and activity levels. But being prescribed insulin doesn't mean that you are getting sicker. It just means that your body needs more help to keep your blood sugar levels in the normal range - and that you're doctor is trying to keep you healthy.
Worried about Insulin?
If you are worried about starting insulin therapy, openly discuss your concerns with someone from your diabetes care team. This can really help. Your diabetes care team is there to answer all of your questions - none of your questions are silly and having your questions answered will make you feel better.
How insulin helps you
Many people with diabetes don't realize that insulin can actually help them to feel healthier. How? Insulin reduces high blood sugar levels. High blood sugar levels can make you feel sluggish, thirsty and tired - especially after you eat a big meal. High blood sugar, or hyperglycemia, can also cause muscle pain and stiffness, or even sexual dysfunction.