Which is better, pig insulin or lantus??

Sally
By Sally Latest Reply 2015-01-27 06:54:28 -0600
Started 2015-01-25 15:43:07 -0600

I am a type 2 diabetic, and have tried to avoid all the pills due to severe side effects and long term illnesses they cause. I finally started on lantus, only to find out it is not "real" insulin..it is synthetic, made in a factrory. My feeling is that as close to natural as possible is best…anyone else have any input on this?


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Sally
Sally 2015-01-27 06:54:28 -0600 Report

Thanks for all the input! I am disappointed to say the least. I just don't trust the FDA anymoe when it says a drug is safe…There are too many recalls and blackbox warnings on medications. I will ask my dr at tmy next appointment if there is any "real" insulin available.. As if dabetes isn't scary enough by itself, we have to worry about the long term illnesses these drugs may cause in the future.

Sally
Sally 2015-01-27 06:54:24 -0600 Report

Thanks for all the input! I am disappointed to say the least. I just don't trust the FDA anymoe when it says a drug is safe…There are too many recalls and blackbox warnings on medications. I will ask my dr at tmy next appointment if there is any "real" insulin available.. As if dabetes isn't scary enough by itself, we have to worry about the long term illnesses these drugs may cause in the future.

Stuart1966
Stuart1966 2015-01-26 15:02:34 -0600 Report

You will have severe problems getting the porcine and bovine insulins if you live in the us. There is nothing natural about the long acting insulins. The dna insulins are much closer chemically than either the beef or pork versions.

Used the beeef and pork for decades as it was the only insulin that existed period. Nph has some boomerang issues; duration & peak problems. Nph can peak more than once, which is why most would never use it again. The new stuff quickly out of the body, very short acting stuff.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2015-01-26 09:31:21 -0600 Report

Unfortunately, I don't know that pig or bovine insulin is even available in the US at all any more. The discussion that James posts says it's still available in
Canada and the UK. I don't know if you have access to that. I am sure your doctors can figure out if it's needed or helpful for you to choose the natural over synthetic.

jayabee52
jayabee52 2015-01-25 16:13:52 -0600 Report

Howdy Sally
Try to find an insulin which is not "made in a factory". It is not available here in the USA. There is a discussion from a while ago which you may find interesting ~ http://www.diabeticconnect.com/diabetes-discu...

I myself do prefer natural when I can get it, however I was on NPH insulin for about 4 yrs and had no medical problems with it, I did drop a vial once and discovered while waiting for the replacement that I could manage my T 2 diabetes by what I ate and didn't eat without the need for external injections of insulin. Perhaps as a T 2, Sally, you could ask your Dr to perform a test to determine the level of insulin production by your pancreas. That would be most natural of all insulins for you, your own!

God's best to you
James

Sally
Sally 2015-01-26 06:49:11 -0600 Report

Thank you James and I will talk with my doc about that. Its not that I havent gotten good numbers with the lantus, it just makes a little nervous about long term side effects.

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