different per filled insulin pens

By bigcats012076 Latest Reply 2014-04-29 07:08:58 -0500
Started 2014-04-16 10:03:02 -0500

I take two insulins, one is Novolog and the other one is Levermi
I been on these two for about 2-3 yrs.. Is anyone else on these and do you feel it helps?

Then I read articles on this one: Lantus is a long-acting insulin used to treat adults with type 2 diabetes
how do you know which one is better than the other???


10 replies

GabbyPA 2014-04-27 09:45:05 -0500 Report

You say you have been using them for a while. Is the reason you are questioning because you are not getting the control you want? There are many, many kinds of insulin out there. It may be your doctor is more failure with one over the other. What it all boils down to is if it is working for you or not.

MrsCDogg 2014-04-27 06:56:32 -0500 Report

Lantus helped control my blood sugar well for a while. But, it also helped me to gain about 60lbs.

GabbyPA 2014-04-27 09:46:05 -0500 Report

I am struggling with the same problem. And while I know why it does that, I cannot seem to get a grip on stopping it from happening. I have gained about 18 pounds back and I do NOT want to continue on that trend at all.

MrsCDogg 2014-04-27 12:00:01 -0500 Report

I wasn't able to get a grip on it either. I was able to loose about 20lbs at one time but it didn't last long. The only way for me to take it off was to eat absolutely no fat of any kind and that is unhealthy too.

GabbyPA 2014-04-29 07:08:58 -0500 Report

I am hoping that once I am able to see a specialist, I can find out ways to combat it. Exercise is the best way and I am looking forward to the 45 day challenge.

Type1Lou 2014-04-18 15:23:33 -0500 Report

Lantus is also a long-acting insulin, 24 hour insulin and is used to provide the "basal" insulin levels we all need to stay in balance regardless of any food that we eat. Novolog, like Humalog, is a fast-acting insulin used to "bolus" for any food that is eaten. Prior to starting on an insulin pump, I took one injection of Lantus in the morning and bolused with Novolog when I ate.

bigcats012076 2014-04-18 17:37:47 -0500 Report

Thanks…how do u like the pump? Does it keep urlevels more normal? I am always on a roller coaster…which is a lot of my fault…

Type1Lou 2014-04-19 08:14:29 -0500 Report

I'm kicking myself for not having used a pump sooner. I've been a Type 1 since 1976 and resisted the pump until 2011. Pumping has given me better control with less insulin and did away with the serious low blood sugar episodes I'd been increasingly having. It does take a good deal of commitment and I find I'm testing my BG about 8 times a day. It is essential to properly count your carbs to make sure you are "bolusing" properly. I hope I never have to go back to injections! If pumping is an option for you, I'd encourage you to pursue it. I use a Medtronic Minimed 523 pump but Medtronic now has a newer model, the 530G with Enlite (a CGM: Continuous Glucose Monitor), that is the closest device to a natural pancreas which is on the market today. Unfortunately, Medicare will not cover the CGM portion for me, so I haven't upgraded.

Glucerna 2014-04-16 15:51:23 -0500 Report

Novolog and Levemir are both insulin, but they act in different ways. Novolog is a rapid-acting insulin that people typically take 10-15 minutes before eating, because it works quickly with the food from that individual meal. Levemir works much more slowly, and is a long-acting insulin that can last up to 24 hours. Some people need both types of insulin to manage their blood sugar. This is a great disscussion to have with your physician and diabetes educator, to make sure that you understand the difference between the types of insulin, how they work, and why you need both of them. ~Lynn @Glucerna