NO! Are you nuts? Are you trying to kill them?
I was looking at the stats for my blog and saw someone searched for “latest research – should you withhold insulin for a diabetic.” I have seen several similar searches the past month or so and since I was trying to think about something to write about, decided this would be my new topic. I actually wrote about this happening to me and several other people in Hospitals Are Dangerous Places for Diabetics Part 1 and Part II. I can assure you, if anyone ever tries to do that to me again, unless I am unconscious, I will be going to different hospital.
I know that I do not have to explain this to anyone that is diabetic, but there are obviously people that “think” it is OK to withhold insulin. There are basically two insulins. One is basal insulin – Levemir, Lantus and NPH. The other is bolus – Apidra, Novolog, Humalog and Regular. There are also mixed insulins that combine the two.
Basal insulin is your background insulin and you take that regardless of whether you eat or not. When I do basal testing to make sure my levels are set correctly, I take my Levemir and do not eat – I do my test for 24 hours. If my levels are set correctly, my blood sugar should stay within 30 points of my starting blood sugar. Your bolus is taken with your meals and should be based on what you eat. Bolus insulin is also taken as a correction to get your blood sugar back in range.
For you people doing these searches, do you even understand the difference between Type 1 and Type 2? Type 1s are generally producing little to no insulin on their own. What do you think is going to happen if you withhold their insulin? I had a c-peptide done last year before getting a pump and that came back as <0.1 with a range of 0.9 – 4.3. Guess what that means – I am NOT producing insulin. What do you think will happen to me if you withhold my insulin? A Type 2 is producing some insulin but they are not producing enough insulin on their own. They need that insulin also – they are taking it for a reason.
How would you like it if we took your pancreas away from you for 24 hours or more? Think about that the next time you think about taking away someone’s insulin. I believe in karma and hope that what you do to others happens to you so you learn your lesson. So, just DON’T DO IT!