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SUPERDUPER26
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2/27/10 10:15 P

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Glad to hear things are heading towards normal for you!





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2/27/10 2:53 P

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Thanks for both of you're answers. I really appreciate it.

SUPERDUPER26 thanks for the info, yes you're right the main reason my doc wants me to try it, is the longer coverage. Right now i'm taking Apidra before meals and Lantus at night time. The only other insulin i ever took is Novolog. But both are rapid acting. So i'm not really familiar with the regular insulin. But my sugar is getting better, even though i've had lows after lunch and dinner. I'm talking about low 50. Hopefully it will go back to normal.

HVALITTLEFAITH thanks so much for the tips. The insulin is still good i just opened it 2 weeks ago. Works great. I inject in my thighs. My diet is ok, i guess. :P I usually have problems with my evening snacks. This is about the time when i go over usually. Especially since i quit smoking. 7 months ago.

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2/26/10 2:00 A

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Not to be nit-picky or anything, but...
"Humulin" is actually a brand name for a bunch of types of insulin made by Eli Lilly. Check it out on Wikipedia en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Humulin if you want cool details on how they actually make your insulin. : )
Regular, or R insulin, can be made by different companies, but all Regular works the same. The terms can't be used interchangeably.

K, the only reason I can think that your doctor would want to put you on R for a while is because its longer lasting that humalog/novolog, and if you are having problems normalizing after your bout of DKA, he might think it will give you more "time" coverage, and therefor help you stay lower longer.
Because humalog/novolog are such quick and short acting forms of insulin, they only last for 2-3 hours tops. That means if you need more around the clock coverage (at least temporarily) moving to a different and longer lasting form of insulin might help. R has a lifespan of 4-6ish hours, so maybe the idea is that it will help you stay lower longer? I'm no expert though, and don't forget that its always a good idea to ask your doctor WHY he wants to do things, and to keep asking until you get an answer that you understand.

As for my experience with R, I did 13 years on twice daily injections of R + NPH (longer lasting, 8-12hours or so) which worked so-so. I never used R by itself, so its hard to say for sure, but I'm pretty sure most of my problems came from the NPH. As long as you trust your doc to know what he's doing, it doesn't sound like you've got much to lose by giving it a shot (ha ha, bad joke!).



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HVALITTLEFAITH
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2/23/10 9:46 P

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Well first off, is there any way it could be just a bad batch insulin? Been there done that, too way to long for me to figure out too, I would open a new bottle of the fast acting (hold on to the old until you verify $$$$ stuff we use) and give that a try next shot. Second, where are you injecting? I find that I have issues if I OVER inject one area, or if I have been in one area and jump way way far away. Or if I over eat (who me???) and need too much, it is better if I spread it out that one lump sum.

Lastly did you know that insulin is only about 70% effective, sometime it just doesn't work, but no one tells us... we find out on our own and then the dr will confirm, yikes!!!

Last thought if you are willing, cut out simple carbs for a few days - bread, pasta, muffins, potato, even diet soda (the body doesn't care that it is diet) just to bring a balance back. Eat almost like you are sick, broth, eggs, steamed veggies.

What about switching to fast acting Novolog? My educator told me that it was the same as Humulin and than it just lasts a half day longer in my pump, so I switched on her say so. No issues that have not been my fault so to speak, see above.

Lisa




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KISZSALA
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2/23/10 6:48 P

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I had my first DKA a week ago and my blood sugar is out of control ever since. I need at least 3x more insuin what i used to take. Hopefully all this is just the DKA 's after affect and soon everything will be back to normal. This is the reason my doc wants me to try Humulin until everything is back to normal. With the regular insulin i have to wait at least 30 minutes before i eat? Thanks.

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2/23/10 6:31 P

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While I am on the minimed pump now that only uses the fast acting, I do remember using a combination of Regular and NPH way back when, as in when I was first diagnosed 30+ years ago. Thankfully I was switched to fast acting and NPH (before the pump, took up to 5/6 shots a day). What I remember is I really HATED that with the regular insulin you HAD to eat at a certain time or face lows, and it really felt like the medicine was controlling me and not the other way around. Again that was the old old old method of control.

What did the doctor say his reason for the switch was? I did use Humulin for many many years and now use Novolog, as it has a better life outside the refrigerator - so I was told.



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2/23/10 6:03 P

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Hi guys.
Are any of you using this insulin? My doc wants me to try it, but i'm really unfamiliar with it. I use to a rapid acting one, just shoot and eat type. I inject 10 minutes before meals. Can anyone give me any advice about this regular insulin it will be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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