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Calling All Diabetics: Anyone have stubborn, pesky lumps at old injection sites they can't get rid of? Lumps that may reduce in size but still remain despite years of avoiding the injection site area(s)? I have three particularly stubborn lumps that I've had for over ten years. These lumps (fancy term: lipohypertrophy) are located on my left upper arm, right quadrant of my abdomen, and a small lump on a cheek ('nuf said).
Disclaimer: I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in 1989 and injected "Regular" and "Lente" insulin at least twice daily for many, many years.
While I am on an insulin pump, I tend to avoid the abdomen area for sites because of this reason. Diabetics who've been around for a while like me have likely dealt with this issue at one point or another. Lumps at various injection sites was a major problem with the older so called "impure" insulins, and while the problem improved quite a bit with the advent of "better" insulins over the years, it is not ...
As I’ve gone through the menopausal transition, I’ve noticed some interesting changes starting to emerge. One example – I’ve seen an increased number of bruises show up on my limbs and I’m not even sure about what I did to cause them.
It turns out I’m not alone. As people age, they often start bruising easily from minor injuries, especially to the forearms, hands, legs and feet. That’s because aging skin loses some of its protective fatty layer and collagen as we age, thus becoming thinner. Furthermore, if you worshipped the sun when you were younger, the thinning of the skin can happen much faster. And if that’s not enough, the aging process weakens tissues that support capillaries end up becoming more fragile and prone to bleeding. It can take only a slight bump that you’re not even aware of to cause a bruise.
As we age and those capillaries become even more fragile, you’ll start seeing dark purple bruises on the hands and ...
Sorry to hear that you have joined us! Type 2 diabetes is a lot to live with, but it is really manageable! And if you are depressed, I can understand. Being depressed is pretty common with us, especially right after a diagnosis. In fact, if you take care of yourself, you will be healthier and happier than you ever were. That paradox is something many of us experience. Controlling diabetes may not be easy, but the list of things that you need to do is a short one: 1. Exercise daily. Most of us prefer to walk. But for people with leg problems, swimming may be the best alternative. You almost certainly have a nearby health club that you can join. 2. Eat less. Eating fewer calories improves our blood glucose even before we have any weight loss. And losing weight is usually a beneficial side effect of eating less. Almost everyone with type 2 diabetes (myself included) is overweight. I know how hard it is to get down to the right weight, but every pound you take off gives you better contro...
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