Yup, it is nice to meet a Type 2 on insulin. I have been fortuneate. My primary care physician is as interested as I am to reduce my A1C under 6%. It is currently 7.2%, and climbing. Last month, she added glipizide to my concoction, but it did nothing for my glucose readings and it seemed to make me even more sensitive to glucose. Foods that used to send me into the 200’s would double my glucose after using glipizide. worst of all, it made me ravenously hungry! Now, I am taking 1000 mg of metformin, twice a day, and I started NPH last week. The difference has been astonishing. I have more energy, and my between meal sugars are more stable. I am still spiking pretty good after meals I’m confident that problem will come into line as my insulin is adjusted…in due course.
Now, I’m not a doctor, so i can only tell you how I was affected by glipizide. You have to judge for yourself. Glipizide made me go low too often. Usually in the afternoon, if i could not eat enough carbs and 3 - 4 times per day to boot. The side affects are weight gain among many. I also found out glipizide decreases a hormone (don’t remember its name) that regulates hunger, so I was fighting outrageous hunger and hypoglycemia simultaneously. The day I decided to dump glipizide I made the mistake of eating just a hand full of Captain crunch cereal. I flat could not stop once I started and didn’t stop until I had found the bottom of the box. I was still starving, too. I checked my BS and it was 478 and stayed over 200 the remainder of the the day, and it made me sick and weak.
When I first started NPH, I was also having some high morning numbers. What worked for me is a slice of cheese and about 8 crackers at bed time. It takes about 6 hours to digest cheese which is about the time for NPH to peak. Since I started the cheese/cracker at bed time my morning glucose has been within 5 points of my bedtime sugar.
Peanut butter cookies keep well in my truck, so when I’m out and about I’ve got something the munch. Four of them will send my glucose into the 200’s, but much better than going low, because it seems when I do go low I feel bad the remainder of the day.
I’m still new to the insulin, but I’ll be delighted to share info/experiences with you. I look forward to figuring all this out with someone with a stake in it lol