New guy

By Diefleu Latest Reply 2015-09-02 10:57:27 -0500
Started 2012-08-02 03:01:00 -0500

30 years old, diagnosed when I was 14 with type 1, new here nice to talk to others and heres my first question. I don't have health insurance and I'm stuck at the moment with only regular and nph, I do ok with my levels but its a roller coaster. I feel like I lost a bit of control and I'm currently confused about how to figure out my correct doses of insulin. I stopped testing for awhile and was just going off feeling (bad idea) and now I'm testing constantly but my levels bounce from low to high. Im going with about 8r/8n per meal… But how is the best way to get a proper idea to know a better dosage plan. for example one unit takes me down x points or 1 unit per x amount of carbs? Thanks in advance to anyone that can help.

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red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-08-07 20:05:03 -0500 Report

Ask who ever gives you your insulin for a chart for a sliding scale. This will tell you how mush to inject based on the bg number. Also, you need to follow portion control, try to cut back on the carbs and get daily exercise in. This will help you to better manage the diabetes. I am also a type 1 since early age and this takes work but will become second nature after awhile:)

Good luck and you can do this.

Diefleu 2012-08-10 01:18:13 -0500 Report

Also I understand sliding scales I do eat healthy and I do work out. I was really just asking if anyone knew the method to figuring out ones sliding scale.

Diefleu 2012-08-10 01:16:44 -0500 Report

I would but I should have been more clear red, I dint have insurance and I don't have enough cash to pay a doctor out of pocket, I buy my insulin over the counter which is why im on r & nph you don't need a script for them. You do need a script for better stuff like lantus and humalog, but then were back to insurance and affordability. As for free clinics there aren't any. I live in florida and they dont offer insurance for pre x. The job I have is great for the fact that I make enough to support my wife and child but no health insurance. Switch jobs get insurance… Won't make enough to provide.

livetodance 2015-09-02 10:57:27 -0500 Report

I don't much about the life in Florida but do they have medical out there? I received it thru covered cal 'cause like u I was without insurance and payinh out of pocket for doctor visits and everything else. I wasn't thrilled about going with medical but I'm getting the medical help I need. Much luck to u.

GabbyPA 2012-08-10 18:44:16 -0500 Report

I never knew you could buy insulin over the counter without a prescription. Wow.

Diefleu 2012-08-10 19:19:55 -0500 Report

It may vary in areas and only certain types of insulin reg, nph, 70/30. Oddly I can't but syringes here but I can buy them in the next county with out a script.

GabbyPA 2012-08-10 20:31:44 -0500 Report

That is just weird. My hubby buys syringes with no problems. We also live in Florida, that is why it caught my attention.

Diefleu 2012-08-10 21:45:34 -0500 Report

The sad part you can't buy the good insulin because of people that abuse it for weight loss or working out.. I can't get proper tools to take care of my health because done testosterone junkie would likely abuse the same medicine and kill himself. To save then I suffer. (sad face)

Detrice 2012-08-17 03:29:38 -0500 Report

I didn't know you could either. What is the good insulin? I'm taking Novolog and Levimir. It made me gain weight. I would love to be on one that actually helps you to lose.

Detrice 2012-08-17 03:29:37 -0500 Report

I didn't know you could either. What is the good insulin? I'm taking Novolog and Levimir. It made me gain weight. I would love to be on one that actually helps you to lose.

Set apart
Set apart 2012-08-03 06:02:46 -0500 Report

Welcome to DC, everything depends on your body weight, exercise, etc, to determine your insulin intake. For example I weigh 125 lbs, exercise, am on Lantus 23-26 units in a 24 hr period. I take novolog 1 to 15. G of carbs and won't correct for my BG unless I am Over 115. there are days I don't need the novolog due to my strict diet! Good luck and try to connect with a D educator at a clinic, etc, they will determine what works best for you.

ShellyLargent 2012-08-02 17:49:40 -0500 Report

Welcome to the group! I just came off of taking both N and R insulin multiple times a day. I also had the same problems as you. My numbers would be up and down. My A1C was still at a 6.9, but I still felt crappy from the inconsistency. I was taking 15u of N in the mornings and 20u at night before bed. Then for my R insulin I was using a sliding scale: 1 unit of insulin for 15g of carbs. If I needed to correct for a high, I was figuring 1 unit of insulin to drop my number by 10 points. This worked for me, for the most part. But everyone's different. Weight, muscle mass, exercise levels, and insulin sensitivity plays a huge role in dosing. I was finally taken off my injections and given an insulin pump to better keep my numbers under control and consistent (working like a charm too). I would suggest keeping a log of all your meals with carb counts and the amount of insulin you took. Record your before and 2-hr after meal numbers and see if a pattern starts to show up. You can then show these to your doctor and they should be able to recommend the proper changes. Hope things get worked out for you!

forsakes alive
forsakes alive 2012-08-02 13:59:56 -0500 Report

Hey, I had a problem with being resistant for a little while,I was taking the same insulin as you,though had been for 38 years. From beef to humalin types over the years. Now I am taking a pen style(synthetic types of insulin(levimir and humalog). I was able to get into a free clinic to get the help needed. Get incontact with your local hospital to get some information about different programs available to receive the proper help you are in need of. A case worker at the hospital should have the information about different programs or to direct you to the right person who knows, pertaining to your location.

CJ55 2012-08-02 11:32:40 -0500 Report

Welcome to DC. There are a lot of wonderful people on this site. They all are caring, kind and very diabetes friendly. Have a wonderful Thursday. :-)

eristar 2012-08-02 06:12:24 -0500 Report

Hi and welcome! I don't know for sure how it works, but a couple of years ago I was still on insulin (at the moment I am on Metformin instead) and when I was in the hospital for surgery they used a sliding scale - if my sugar was 120 I got 2 units, if it was 150 I got three, etc. Not sure exactly how they worked it out, though - whether weight and or age had anything to do with it. Sorry, I guess that's not too much help. Anyway, glad you decided to join us and I'm sure someone will have a better answer for you! :)

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