Types of Insulins

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2013-03-25 22:40:32 -0500
Started 2013-03-21 20:00:46 -0500

Now that I am on insulin, I have learned a lot about the different types of insulin and how they work. I take Humulin N which I was calling a long lasting insulin, but have since found that it is an intermediate insulin. I found this chart on www.WebMD.com that helps give information on the different types of insulins and how they work.


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lanykins 2013-03-25 22:40:31 -0500 Report

I take 2 kinds of insulin. First thing in the morning and at bedtime I take Lantus which is a long-acting insulin. I have to take quite a bit of that each time. Then I take Novolog before each meal. It is a short-acting insulin that I take a small amount of and it helps me with the food I eat right after I take it. These two insulins keep my blood sugars quite stable. I do have to test my blood 4 times a day because I take so much insulin but I am used to it and like to know what my readings are. I've just started a real low-carb diet in hopes of bringing my sugars down to a point where my doctor can lower my insulin, I think I take too much, more than anyone else I know. So here's hoping that I can reduce my Lantus considerably since insulin really isn't that good for your body. You need it but taking it by injection isn't the way our bodies should be handling it.

Type1Lou 2013-03-23 17:48:29 -0500 Report

Gabby is well aware of her disease since she has been a patient advocate here at DC since I joined in 2010. I'm not sure where flo77 below got the idea that "This is a Type 1 forum". Insulin is used by Type 1's like me and may be used by Type 2's and probably LADA's and gestational diabetics too. I guess I don't get flo77's post. Gabby was providing a helpful link on types of insulin…for all insulin users, or for those interested in different types of insulins. Thanks Gabby!…we can never have too much information about our condition.

flo77 2013-03-23 17:33:37 -0500 Report

This is a Type 1 forum. You seem to be a Type 2, given your comment "now I am on insulin." Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease in which the beta cells of the pancreas stop making insulin. Type 1's must take insulin at onset of the disease. Although some Type 2s take insulin, they do not have an autoimmune disease. They have insulin resistance. This is often related to obesity.

Taking insulin does not make you a Type 1.

GabbyPA 2013-03-25 13:47:54 -0500 Report

I am sorry for the confusion. This this just a chart that talks about all the different kinds of insulin. I am not limiting it to a type 1 or type 2, it covers them all.

I also am not implying that I am a type 1 now. That is not the case. I am a type 2 on insulin. I am grateful that I am on it now, as the oral meds were not helping as much. I was excited to find this chart as it helped me understand how the insulin that I am using is supposed to work. My doctor doesn't give me too much info, unfortunately.

jayabee52 2013-03-23 18:16:42 -0500 Report

Flo, take a look at the tags right below the original discussion you will see type 2 listed there also, as well as type 1, as well as a number of other tags. DC is not a type 1 only site. ALL are welcome here even if they don't have diabetes at all. If you desire a all type 1 website you may wish to go to http://www.diabetesmine.com/

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