Hello all. The name is Robert and I've been off and on tudiabetes over the past 3 years. I got on when I lost my insurance (with a high paying job) and when I began taking a very potent diabetes drug named GLYBURIDE. I couldn't afford a visit back to my doctor at the time and I was passing out because of my sudden change from running 200+ glucose down to 70 and below in a matter of days.
Thank God, I was able to find this site and I was able to find some very helpful information that helped me along the next few years as a diabetic without health care.
The year is now 2012, and I now have health care. Even though my diabetes is classified as "pre-existing condition" and for now not covered at all by my insurance, I am in a good paying job that has allowed me to afford doctor visits and tests. Also, I was able to find test strips at a very affordable price... lower than if I went through my insurance.
Right now, I'm treating my diabetes with a nightly dosage of Kombiglyze (2.5mg with 1,000mg) and a morning dosage of 2.5mg of Glipizide. I found with the addition of Glipizide, my body's initial reaction was great. I tested myself 5 times per day for the first two days and saw my glucose drop from an average of 160n per day to 110 per day. My lowest reading was 75. Because the Glipizide got my glucose levels so low, I found myself needing to eat more often to prevent my body from running too low of a glucose level. As a result, I've gained 5 pounds in the past month, which is what I don't need. I am 5'10" and now weigh 195. I know I need to lose at least 15 pounds. A few years ago, I was down to 170 and my glucose was at 130 without any medications at all.
I would like to hear from others my age or older as to how they are dealing with Diabetes at our age.