levamir vs lantus! new to the site.

By type1diabetic Latest Reply 2014-10-22 09:02:14 -0500
Started 2014-10-21 04:15:13 -0500

hey guys. is 5:08 sm I just stumbled across this site. I broke a vial of lantus the other day. so inbetween now and going to my pharmacy my friend gave me a couple of levamir pens. I was familiar with it. but I wanted to make sure it was the same. googled quick slow acting ok I can take this in place of it no problem. I took my normal dosage of 36 units. I just woke up now. didn't feel so great came downstairs checked my sugar it was 35. so I started eating like normal but not excessively. I googles levamir vs lantus and stumbled on this site got a lot of useful information from experienced diabetics. just wanted to say thanks, I see levamir def peaks shorter time and works diff because lantus I haven't woke up with a low like that in idk how long. like posted in my profile I do competitive bodybuilding strict diet, hours of cardio and train intense. I have tried several ways of dieting and really try and understand diabete in order to maintain a healthy life. feel free to contact me .

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Type1Lou 2014-10-21 10:45:52 -0500 Report

I just began weight training (although will never have the sculpted body you have; I am a 65 year old 5'3" 120 lbs woman). What I have noticed is that shortly after completing my 80 minute workout (30 min cardio and balance on weights), my blood sugar will rise rather than go down as I would expect it to. 24 hours later, I do appear to be more sensitive to my insulin. I have only been working out twice weekly. I use an insulin pump and for pure cardio exercise, I reduce my basal insulin rate to prevent low BG's. That has always worked well and my BG's do not spike afterwards. It's only since I began the weight resistance training that I've seen the higher BG's after exercising. Any insights you could provide will be appreciated.

type1diabetic 2014-10-21 11:12:04 -0500 Report

I always find cardio in the makes it easier for me to have to worry about lows. due to the dawn phenomenon. body releases certain hormones at night growth hormone cortisol etc that makes you more insulin resistant during the earlier hours of the morning. hmm the high sugars directly after a work can be due to stirring up sugars in the blood and moving them around. how high is high? what is it prior to the workout. and when I first started really training this wud happen to me but if I wud go to correct my sugar levels after a workout I would an hour or so after I would end up going low.

type1diabetic 2014-10-21 11:15:04 -0500 Report

and by the way that's great your working out. never can put an age limit on it! ur hearts the most important muscle. how do you like the pump?

Type1Lou 2014-10-21 15:42:16 -0500 Report

I love pumping! I've had diabetes since 1976 (dx at age 27) but only started pumping in 2011. I had been experiencing way too many sever hypos which is what finally decided me to try a pump. Now I'm sorry I waited so long. I usually work out about an hour after eating lunch and bolus appropriately for my lunch carbs. For example, on Sunday, my BG was 87 prior to lunch. My lunch consisted of 45 grams of carbs (apple and peanut butter). I reduce my basal to 50% for the 80 minutes I exercise to prevent any hypo. After working out, I tested and my BG was 133, then, without having eaten anything, before dinner, my BG was 219. I'm thinking I may need to increase my basal to maybe 150% after I work out…will discuss it with my endo in November. I'm also familar with Dawn Phenomenon and have increased my morning basal insulin (from 3 am to 9 am) to try to keep that within acceptable ranges…that's one of the beauties of the pump. You can have multiple basal levels based on specific times of day and/or activities. Thanks for the input.

type1diabetic 2014-10-21 19:46:46 -0500 Report

I think its ur basal insulin. if my basil insulin isn't correct my humolog will almost do nothing. also remember when you work out certain hormones are released. gh and cortisol as well. these are very insulin resistant and can cause a rise. I might look into the pump in the future myself I see a lot of people are using it now. the idea of its cool. I just like manually administering my stuff. I dotn even use the pens anymore I went back to the vial do to priming issues not always getting the correct dosages yada yada… good for you lou stay it maybe touch the basil up a few notches..

jayabee52 2014-10-21 09:59:26 -0500 Report

Howdy Type 1

Of course you have learned, by experience now, that it is not a good thing to switch up different insulins without consulting your Dr. The result could have been much more serious, fatal even. I thank God you did wake up in time.

You may not know (although anyone having diabetes should) the better way to get out of a hypo situation without getting on the BG (blood glucose) roller coaster. You can find that better way here ~ http://www.diabeticconnect.com/diabetes-discu...

God's best to you and yours


BTW I just invited you to be my friend.

type1diabetic 2014-10-21 11:14:21 -0500 Report

yea foolish mistake. I just know if I didn't take any basil insulin I wud be high sugar all next day. I didn't realize how much the slow actings differ. yea I don't eat much and pig out. I took a few table spoons of jelly and sweat it out.. it doesn't take much to blast It back up. when I was younger I wud get nervous and eat till my stomach hurt by then my sugar was 300. no more of that thou.. cool I got ur request don't mind me im very new learning how everything operates here.. thank you mike

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