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Transcend Warrior – Deb Costea

August 19, 2019

My Story:

My name is Deb. At age 50 my gynecologist said I had sugar in my urine and needed to get blood work. It was decided I had type 2 diabetes (or rather prediabetes according to my doctor but type 2 according to my insurance). I lost 70 pounds over the next 5 to 6 months, ate very little carbs on a low-calorie diet, and exercised a minimum of 60 minutes a day. After about 4 years I needed to go on medication and was given Glipizide. I lost another 30 pounds during this time but my diabetes worsened. My Glipizide was increased, Tradjenta was added, and then Invokana (which was changed to Farxiga by insurance), and then long acting insulin over a period of 8 years. My A1C was rising, so I got blood work and wore a continuous glucose monitor for 2 weeks. The results indicated I had antibodies and was reclassified as Type 1 and was removed from the pills and a fast-acting insulin was added. Over the 1.5 years of adding insulin, I am always hungry, tired, and have regained 45 pounds. My A1C has averaged between 7.3 and 8.3. I hate having to be reliant on insulin and the inconveniences involved. My endocrinologist would like me to use a CGM and insulin pump, but I do not want anything attached to me or more work. Obviously, I am an unhappy camper.

Type 1 Diabetes

Low blood sugar instances per week: 1-3

Daily number of times checking blood sugar: 1-3

Managing Diabetes with: Insulin Shots

How has Transcend helped treat your low blood sugars:

It brings it up quickly. Makes me feel more secure

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