U-500 Insulin - Anyone else out there taking it?

By Putterfly Latest Reply 2012-12-27 23:39:57 -0600
Started 2012-12-23 10:42:15 -0600

I was diagnosed with Type II when I was 27 years old; I'm 42 now. I started taking insulin about 5 years ago and within the last year my doc switched me over to U-500 because I was having to take such large doses to keep my bloodsugar under control.

Is there anyone else out there that is taking this type of insulin?
What have your experiences been like?

8 replies

Harlen 2012-12-24 09:17:12 -0600 Report

The pump cut my insulin needs by !/2
I use less and my #s are a lot better
Best wishes

Putterfly 2012-12-25 00:21:51 -0600 Report

Thanks, Harlen! Good to know! I'm trying to outgrow my "chicken" status before my doc appt in Jan! :)

manapua72 2012-12-23 14:28:41 -0600 Report

I've got one by Medtronic … Only draw back I don't care for is tubing … There is one , Omni pad without tubing but I've heard of problems I'd rather not deal with , with that one … On Internet learned about super fancy snazzy pump called Tslim by Tandem , various pumps out there yet they all do the same thing for the most part … I'm just happy to have mine !!!!!!!!!! Foremost because its really helping me and two because I was able to get it … I've learned that so many of our fellow diabetics want one and can't get one …

manapua72 2012-12-23 13:51:56 -0600 Report

Ahh don't be frightened of the pump … I didn't want it when doc mentioned it … Yet shots just weren't doing it for me … I was starting to have complications from diabetes and doc STRONGLY warned me that if I didn't get my #'s down that things would get worst quite rapidly … I finally got my butt in gear , said yeah get me a pump and have been doing better ever since … I've made diet changes too and of the new year one of my resolutions is to exercise on a regular basis … If your insurance covers most of the cost of a pump I'd say go for it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm a pumper and I'm new to it but I ADVOCATE IT !!!!!!!!!!!!

Putterfly 2012-12-23 14:14:24 -0600 Report

When I go see my doc in January, I will revisit it with her. I'm not seeing any of the complications from diabetes yet, but I don't want to! My numbers are just all over the place, so having a more stable reading would be such a relief and peace of mind.

What kind of pump do you have? If you could go back, is there a different pump or a specific feature you'd want added to what you have?

manapua72 2012-12-23 11:14:53 -0600 Report

I'm not taking that kind of insulin … I was taking large amounts of insulin , via shots … Got on the pump a little over a month ago … Numbers r so much lower & stable … I also use a lot less insulin … R u on shots ???

Putterfly 2012-12-23 11:26:20 -0600 Report

I am on shots. When I was taking Humalog, I was on about 50 units 3 times/day. Sometimes more, sometimes less. Now with this U-500, it's 5 times stronger than regular insulin (i.e. 1 unit of U-500 equals 5 units of regular insulin), I can take less insulin less often.

Before, in addition to the 3 injections of quick acting insulin, I was also taking 2 injections of long lasting.

U-500 replaces both, so I went from taking 5 shots to 2 shots/day. But I feel like the long-lasting insulin is running short on me. And when I have a low (and I start experiencing symptoms at about 70-75), the symptoms and effect feel really severe. The lowest I've had was 59.

I'm frightened by the pump, although everyone I know that uses it likes it. Just call me chicken.