type 2 -- when you can't eat

By denipink57 Latest Reply 2013-12-18 08:48:54 -0600
Started 2013-12-15 17:57:36 -0600

i am type 2 on insulin. sometimes i can't eat but i need to be taking my insulin. my Endo told me to not take my insulin if i am sick and can't eat.

what do you do when you can't eat and need to take your insulin?


10 replies

GabbyPA 2013-12-17 09:45:12 -0600 Report

If you are not eating, why do you need to take insulin? What kind of numbers are you having? Taking insulin without food can cause really bad lows, so be very careful.

When I cannot eat solid foods, I stick to things like teas, coconut water and broth with some eggs. But if I am not eating a lot I just keep testing to see where my numbers are to see if I should take my insulin. Mine is long lasting, so it may be different if you are taking a meal time insulin.

denipink57 2013-12-17 10:00:05 -0600 Report

see i don't know how to take my insulin according to my meals or by counting carbs. have not learned to do that. i learned how to increase my Lantus (long acting or short i am not sure) by 2 units if my blood fasting sugar is too low. i always take the same amount of my Humolog (long acting or short i am not sure) regardless.

all i know is sometimes i don't want to eat but i am supposed to take my insulin 3x daily with each meal. what if i don't want a meal i asked the Endo or no i said what if i am sick and can't eat. she said then don't take your insulin. but i am afraid that if i just don't want to eat and don't take my insulin i will be messing up the amount of insulin i need in one day.

this is all a big puzzle to me. i guess i need to talk more with the diabetes clinic.

Glucerna 2013-12-17 21:45:25 -0600 Report

Gabby is giving you some good information, and definitely talk more with your doctor and diabetes clinic. It's important to understand the difference in how Lantus and Humalog work, and get your doctor's specific guidelines for when to take these medications. You're right that there's a lot to learn about diabetes, and I'm glad you're looking for more information. ~Lynn @Glucerna

GabbyPA 2013-12-17 10:26:59 -0600 Report

Insulin is needed to convert your glucose into energy for your cells. If you don't have glucose in your blood to convert, or if you have very little because you are not eating a meal, then you can cause lows, and you don't want to do that.

Here is some information on your Humulog fast acting. Here is some on your Lantus, long lasting: http://www.webmd.com/ (sorry my other links didn't work)

iamme57 2013-12-17 15:44:29 -0600 Report

hi, i am married lol. 25 years. but my body has an auto immune issue called crest syndrome. it has twice made me unable to breathe in rt lung and they give me massive steroids which makes me instantly diabetic with insulin. and now i am home and trying to eat well all they want is type 2 onglyza and levimir 17 units at nite. i hate this and really want to get it under control. but don't have much appetite so it is a roller coaster on the numbers most days.

good to meet you - i have 2 sons and a great hubby. i have a persian cat and i love to read and research things on the computer. so i hope this is informative about me. at the moment my life is attempting to get our of therapy from hosp and getting the diabetes under wraps. Merry Christmas.