new to insulin

By Michelle54 Latest Reply 2012-01-16 18:35:50 -0600
Started 2012-01-16 12:02:05 -0600

Hi i just joing today … i wanted to know how long it takes for the insulin to start showing my numbers are going down im on my day 2 of insulin thanks

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red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-01-16 18:35:50 -0600 Report

Welcome, very happy you are here. I have always been an insulin dependent diabetic since an early age, juvenile. My first shot in the drs office showed a significent drop when checked 30 min. later. It will depend on several factors, so I'll ask some questions. Do you do insulin only and if so, what kind, how many shots do you take a day and when? Also, how do you decide on the amount you take? How many times a day do you check your blood glucose level?

If you are only doing insulin and the dr has you taking the same amount each time, you need to call and ask to use a sliding scale. The dr will tell you bg range and how much insulin to take according to it. exp: bg 150 to 200 = amount of insulin, etc. Also, did they give you any kind of eating plan to follow, like carb counting and portions. You can't just eat whatever and think a shot will always keep your numbers in range. Also, do you exercise as this affects bg as well. You need exercise to help fight off/delay other issues diabetes can cause:)

Have you gone to any diabetes/nutrician classes yet as they are wonderful, very informative. You need to feel free to call the drs nurse with any questions you have since you are new, they expect it. I can help you more once I know the answers and you can friend request me and we can talk privately if you would rather.

That being said, you should keep glucose tabs with you in case you start to feel funny and notice your bg level is too low. These are fast acting carbs to raise it, oj helps as well, but drink small amount or your numbers will soar, 1/2 cup of milk works also. It will be a challenge at fisrt, but once on a routine and knowing how your body reacts, it'll get easier. You might want to journal your daily activities (all) to take to the drs.

I hope this helps and please ask more questions.

Uncle Lew
Uncle Lew 2012-01-16 16:22:24 -0600 Report

For me I saw no real changes immediately. I was doing well on oral meds but the meds were frying my kidneys. After switching to insulin it took about a month to get even better results than on meds due to having to adjust my food regiment and then adjusting my insulin. These adjustments went back and forth but after a month I was on track. Be patient. Remember what the Great Buddha said: “righteous persistence brings good fortune”. Just keep plugging away and your numbers will become better.

Young1s 2012-01-16 14:07:19 -0600 Report

Two days is too early to say but I guess that depends upon what you are doing to supplement the insulin. What I mean is, whether your changing or refocusing on what you eat and portion control, how much daily exercise you get, what other diabetes medications you are taking, and possibly how high you are to begin with. Some of us also get good results with drinking plenty of water daily, but this doesn't work for all. But mostly, it takes time for your body to adjust to the new meds, so because we are all different, noone can give you an exact timeframe.

jayabee52 2012-01-16 14:11:39 -0600 Report

well said Patricia! I neglected to remember the exercise. It is also true that each person with diabetes (PWDs) is unique in his responses to medication and food/drink!

Young1s 2012-01-16 14:36:13 -0600 Report

Thanks James. It's funny, I usually forget to emphasize the importance of exercise. I guess my mind is no longer opposed to the thought of getting more in.

Caroltoo 2012-01-16 14:46:28 -0600 Report

So what exercise are you doing today, Pat?
I'm still trying to convince myself to do some today.

Young1s 2012-01-16 14:57:38 -0600 Report

On the days that I don't feel like leaving the house for a walk, I do step ups on a cinder block that I have. I also do jumping jacks, squats, leg lunges, knee lifts, sit-ups, push ups, and have a collection of work-out dvd's but don't use those at the moment. Not that I can't, it's just that when I bought them, I was heavily into exercise so their all high impact. The only low impact aerobics tape I have can't be used anymore since my vcr is no longer working. In the process of finding one for the dvd player. We also have a weight machine that can be attached to the wall, but is currently propped up against it. I know…I know.

Caroltoo 2012-01-16 15:02:55 -0600 Report

No recriminations from me … just a loving laugh of identification. It just isn't happening right now!!!!

I found an inexpensive VCR at a pawn shop recently…inexpensive cause they aren't exactly "news" anymore, but I didn't want to give up all the VCR tapes that I love too.l

jayabee52 2012-01-16 12:57:06 -0600 Report

Howdy Michelle! WELCOME to DiabeticConnnect! Sorry you qualify for inclusion in this "little party" but since you do I am glad you're here.

Your numbers should be going down almost immediately UNLESS your dose is not right, or you are not on the right type of insulin (what do you inject?) OR you are using insulin to lower your Blood Glucose (BG) readings because you're unwilling to control your eating style.

I would look at your eating style witrh a sharp eye. Perhaps it would do you good to do a diary/log of EVERYTHING which goes into your mouth. Also how much of it you're eating. It would be good to do that for a month or so.

I had been on insulin for about 4 yrs. Then before that, Metformin for about 11 years. Things happened in my life which got me questioning that if I ate carefully, and low carbphydrate, could I manage my BG levels on the insulin my pancreas cranks out per day. I came up with an eating plan for myself which is very low on carbs and high on proteins. Started on that "experement" in Feb 2011, and continue it to this day because it has been extremely successful for me.

That's why I think it MAY possibly be what you are eating or the amounts you may be eating.

I pray your insulin starts working for you quickly.

Blessings to you and yours, michelle!

James Baker.

PS I just sent you a friend request. Please accept it so we could use the DC email service (only friends can do that here)