Is humolog an efficient insulin?

By Niki45 Latest Reply 2015-03-28 07:32:50 -0500
Started 2015-03-25 03:22:39 -0500

My name is Niki I was diagnosed type 1 diabetic about a year ago and started using humolog right away as a short acting insulin. I went through a honey moon phase where my body was still producing insulin so I used to experience crashes more often. Now that I'm officially a diabetic I use my humolog before every meal to cover my carbs but I'm not sure if this insulin is efficient. Sometimes it will cover the carbs and other times my blood sugar will be sky high. Also as far as the shots go I feel like I'm not a professional because I still bruise myself (not as much as I used to) and I haven't figured out the right spots to give myself the shot. Is humolog a reliable insulin? And why isn't it consistent when it comes to lowering my blood sugar?

Thank you

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7 replies

Niki45 2015-03-27 17:56:21 -0500 Report

Type1Lou thank you for your feedback and kindness. I'm a 26yrs old female and just got diagnosed as type 1 diabetic over a year now so it is really tough to deal with the lifestyle and control it when you don't have much knowledge about how diabetes works overall. So I'm so thankful that you offered help. I will ask several different questions. I will also try to buy the book. Thanks again.

Niki45 2015-03-27 17:46:38 -0500 Report

Jayabee52, thank you so much for your feedback. I'm currently reading "Diabetes Solution" by Dr. Bernstein's and looking into switching to a low carb diet. I would love to look at your plan as I'm a bit confused on how it would work for me because I tend to crash when I have only few carbs a day and no insulin. Also, do you just abstain from fast acting insulin or also long acting insulin?

jayabee52 2015-03-28 07:32:50 -0500 Report

You are welcome Niki
I am T 2 so my meal plan helps me avoid injecting insulin altogether. I know that is not an option for T 1s. However it may help you in keeping your BG from getting high and needing to bolus your injected insulin.

Here is my meal plan ~ Please do me the kindness of after you've reviewed the plan that you'd post your reaction, good or bad on that discussion. It would be much appreciated.


Niki45 2015-03-25 18:10:29 -0500 Report

Thank you so much! All of this information helps. I think I might have been giving myself shots in the abdomen too often and that could be the reason why the insulin stopped its efficacy. When you said that you preferred novolog over humalog, what did you exactly mean by that?

Type1Lou 2015-03-27 17:00:51 -0500 Report

I've used both insulins which I find pretty much equally effective. I think I "prefer" the Novolog because my prior insurer, in January 2014, stopped covering Novolog and forced me to go back to Humalog since Novolog was no longer in their formulary. I would have had to pay for Novolog out of pocket, so I switched back to Humalog. As soon as I became eligible for Medicare, I switched back to Novolog…just because I could. I don't like insurers telling me what I need to do to properly manage my diabetes since I think I'm doing a pretty good job. One of the books I often recommend is Gary Scheiner's "Think Like a Pancreas: a Practical Guide to Managing Diabetes With Insulin"…it's my go-to manual for information and it helps to learn as much as you can about how to control this disease. Don't hesitate to ask any questions and hopefully, I'll have some helpful answers. I was diagnosed at age 27 in 1976 and gave myself insulin shots until 2011 when I began to use an insulin pump. I love my insulin pump which has given me tighter control with less overall insulin.

jayabee52 2015-03-26 08:09:29 -0500 Report

Howdy Niki
I used to inject myself in the abdomen twice daily with NPH. I'd pinch a roll of fat arount my midriff and inject. I'd occasionally get a bruise when I hit a blood vessel straight on, but most injections were bruise free. I kept the injection sites 2" away from my belly button but I injected over to each side as far as I could reach, so I had a lot of area into which I could inject.

I no longer need to do that as I discovered that I could manage my BG levels to between 80 and 130 mg/dl by eating a high protein, low carb meal plan. I have written it up and if you'd like to take a look at it all you need do is ask.

Praying you get your insulin problem figured out.


Type1Lou 2015-03-25 15:16:54 -0500 Report

Good question. I have used both Humalog and Novolog as my fast-acting (bolus) insulin. They are both pretty much the same although I have a preference for the Novolog. I've been using an insulin pump since 2011 which only uses Novolog since basal (24-hour) needs are dosed out in tiny doses of Novolog throughout the day based on individual metabolism. Prior to pumping I was on multiple daily injections (MDI) and I was only given one carb to insulin ratio for my meal-time doses. If I tested high after a meal, I was given a sliding scale for corrective insulin as well. With my pump, I have 3 separate carb to insulin ratios based upon the time of day. But even then, the same exact meal at the same exact time of day may result in different readings, some higher than expected. That may be because any stress or illness will also have an effect on blood glucose. It is important to accurately account for all of the carbs that you are eating. Prior to pumping, I had gotten lazy and would estimate them which led to frequent and serious low BG's. Not sure if this is helping. Variable readings are not unusual. Make certain to rotate your injection sites to avoid development of scar tissue which will affect insulin absorption and effectiveness. I use my thighs, hips, abdomen and sometimes upper arms for my pump infusion sites for the same reason: to avoid the development of scar tissue which will occur from repeatedly injecting in the same spot.

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