By edvel54 Latest Reply 2011-04-29 20:59:33 -0500
Started 2011-04-29 19:10:54 -0500

What is the reason that some of you take more than one kind of insulin?
Do you also take pills?
What's the reason behind it?

4 replies

bizzach 2011-04-29 20:06:04 -0500 Report

I take a longer acting insulin that i take at night but i have a short acting insulin that i take on a sliding scale if my sugar goes above 250, but i also take glucophage pills twice a day too.

jayabee52 2011-04-29 19:52:19 -0500 Report

I only take a longer acting insulin — Novolin NPH. But my bride "Jem" ended up taking 3 different kinds of insulin by the end of her life: The NPH, the Novolin R, and Novolog "Aspart".

Her Endo told her to take those and provided a sliding scale to take the "R" and a different sliding scale for her "Aspart". She had to take prednisone pills or cortisone injections to ease the pain when either her Lupis (SLE) or her RA flared up. When her BG#s spiked due to the pred. or the cortisone, we had to use the R and the Aspart. The NPH was for a baseline dose as it was longer acting, and the R was short acting, to try to get her BG#s down quickly as possible. The Aspart was even shorter acting than the R and was used to bring BG#s down even quicker.

Neither of us took any oral antiglycemics with our insulin.

From what I've read on other discussions, the oral antiglycemics are trying to get more insulin output from the pancreas to add to the insulin which is injected. The person on both insulin and oral antiglycemics is most likely insulin resistant.

But that's only my guess, Ed.

Erin P
Erin P 2011-04-29 19:32:32 -0500 Report

I take 2 different kinds insulin because I put on them because my pills quit working. I was being treated as a type 2. When in reality i was a type 1 all along. I'm on a short acting insulin that I need to take right before I eat. I also take long acting insulin at night and at breakfast. Usually the long acting is taken before bed, but I have to take it in the am to help mr through the hump I get between breakfast and lunch. Some type 2 diabetics take pills only with diet and exercise. Others have to take pills in the am then take long acting insulin before bed. Some can end up on both insulin if their dr thinks nothing else is helping.

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