What insulin do you use?

sweetdiabetic
By sweetdiabetic Latest Reply 2014-06-26 10:22:02 -0500
Started 2014-06-25 10:49:48 -0500

What type of basal/bolus combo do you use? Are you happy with it?


10 replies

kindlekm
kindlekm 2014-06-26 10:22:02 -0500 Report

I am currently on Levemir 1x Day , my control has been horrible lately but that is my fault and not the insulin

i used to be on lantus got good numbers got switched to metfornmin then lost control of my diet and checking my numbers and my numbers got worse so i am now on levemir

comparing it to lantus it doesn't seem to work as fast or as well as lantus did although now that i am going to focus a bit more and get my diet back on track we will see if I still feel that way

Bittershweet
Bittershweet 2014-06-25 15:16:36 -0500 Report

I have been off and on the pump three times the first two didn't go well because I was too small framed so the insulin didn't absorb right but I have the pump now and love it well "loved" it my doctor has taken me off of it for a month but I'm determined to get it back. As for the sports with my pump I was told I could disconnect for an hour while I played. If I needed longer I was told to check my sugar and correct if needed and I could stay disconnected for another hour. The sports I did we're basketball, track, and softball and I had no issues with the pump that way the only problem I had was the tube would get snagged at times or it would fall off my belt loop and pull on my site. They have shorter tubes now and other accessories to prevent a lot of these issues now though. My cousin is on the omnipod and he actually wants to switch because it has been "ripped" off of him by his jeans and chairs. He also says it is rather bulky. But everyone likes different things so sorry of that was rather negative about the omnipod. Hope this helped!! :D

kimfing
kimfing 2014-06-25 14:46:11 -0500 Report

Currently i use levemir and humalog. Been happy w results although its just not insulin that helps me get those results. Meal plan and exercise go hand and hand w the insulin regimen. On Saturday i wlill be going on the pump so it will just be humalog

Type1Lou
Type1Lou 2014-06-25 14:10:24 -0500 Report

Because I use a pump, I only use a fast-acting insulin for both bolus and basal needs. Currently, I'm using Humalog because my insurer stopped covering Novolog in 2014. I just recently became eligible for Medicare and will be going back to the Novolog because I prefer it. Prior to pumping in 2011, I was on Lantus for my basal and used Novolog to bolus. I decided to start pumping because the MDI of Novolog and Lantus started causing increased and serious low blood sugar episodes. Those have been virtually eliminated with my insulin pump. I'm sorry I waited so long to try pumping insulin…gives me better control overall with less total insulin and greater freedom and peace of mind.

sweetdiabetic
sweetdiabetic 2014-06-25 14:23:34 -0500 Report

Do you have any complaints with the pump? And does it affect your lifestyle as far as being active? I am scared to play basketball or go surfing with a pump attached to me.

Type1Lou
Type1Lou 2014-06-25 14:42:21 -0500 Report

In general, I love my Medtronic pump but it has tubes which might nix it for you. Medtronic pumps are not waterproof and must be removed for bathing and any immersion in water. BUT, there are other pumps that are both tubeless and waterproof. Omnipod makes one such pump and they were offering a free "Trial Pod" to anyone who wanted to wear one to see whether it works for them. (The trial pod is not active but it gives you a feel for it and by wearing it ans surfing/playing basketball, you could test it out.) Pumping requires changing the infusion site every 3 days and that site must be rotated to avoid absorption problems (just like with insulin injections) If you are interested in checking out Omnipod, go to their website or give them a call. I had seen the "free trial" offer in my copy of Diabetes Forecast. Pumping does take commitment with counting carbs and bolusing for the carbs you eat, just like with injections. The difference is that the pump has carb to insulin ratios set in it based on YOUR metabolism. My pump's "Bolus Wizard" calculate my insulin based on the carbs I enter and based on my Blood sugar reading at that time…it does any math to compensate for low/high BG's. I'm sold on pumping and hope I never have to go back to MDI (Multiple Daily Injections.) The January 2014 issue of Diabetes Forecast had a great comparison of insulin pumps and their features. Your endo might also be able to guide you in choosing one that will work for you.

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