Possible change in my insulin

By bluerose2 Latest Reply 2008-07-04 02:43:59 -0500
Started 2008-06-24 02:10:28 -0500

I go to my drs today and if my A1C insn't improved I am going to have to go from Lantus once a day to Humalog 3 times a day . This will be such a change for me and am really scared. Do not know if I can handle such a drastic change, especially with feeling that I have failed. I stay away from carbs for the most part, but still have high numbers - ranging in the 200's - 300's.Have alot of stress in my life and wondering if that has more affect on my bs than my diet does. Anyone can help me with some answers or ideas you may have?


23 replies

Paula - 14421
Paula - 14421 2008-07-04 02:43:59 -0500 Report

Hi this is my first on this site. I've had diabetes for two years now and I 'm having the same problem. AT TIMES i FEEL VERY DEPRESSED OVER IT AND I WON'T BE SURPAISED ON MY NEXT BLOOD WORK CHECK IF SHE DOESN'T DO THE SAME WITH ME. bUT at this point I don't really care because maybe thats just what our bodies need to bring down our numbers. Yes stress, lack of sleep other health issues can be playing a part in your numbers. Just do the best you can. And like me you'll just do what you have to do if the changes are made. Take care and hang in there feel free to e-mail me to chat.


CYNLYN72 - 16215
CYNLYN72 - 16215 2008-06-30 08:20:51 -0500 Report

It was a big adjustment for me too. I am now on Levemir twice a day and novolog when I eat. Try not to stress about it. I did and my sugars went through the roof.

auntheidi - 18305
auntheidi - 18305 2008-06-30 03:15:55 -0500 Report

You are doing the right thing going to the doctor and I'm sure s/he will not think you failed. You just need to be doing something different. They say change is scary but control of diabetes is worth it. I'm having control problems due to an infection and am going to my doc today. Good luck.

dj7110 2008-06-29 12:25:26 -0500 Report

I recently started the humalog myself and it seams to be helping me tremendously, I'm type 2, started out with diet, than diet & pills., than insulin, currently on 40 units of Lantis at night and the humalog everytime for meals. It's not that bad after you start it. actually feel alot better when the blood count numbers stay in better range. been getting normal readings for the first time in months. David

Punkie200 2008-06-29 02:28:19 -0500 Report

Hello, I have been taking 20 units of Lantus at night for about 2 years and it helps tremendously. I also take twice a day 10 units of Novolog and 10 units of Byetta before breakfast and before dinner. I take Actos (a pill) once a day as well. I have had type 2 diabetes for about 30 years. Unfortunately, yes the stress does raise your blood sugars. Each time you go to your Doctor ask for free samples of your medicines. Ask each and every Doctor you have, they will gladly give them to you. Write to the companies that make your medicines and sometimes they will help as well. Good luck to your husband on getting a new job. Good luck with gettings your sugars to where they need to be.

lhpowell 2008-06-29 01:38:27 -0500 Report

Don't let the humalog scare you. I have been a type 1 diabetic for 44 years. In the last 3 to 4 years I have been taken Lantus twice a day and humalog 4 to 6 times a day. My A1c averages 6.4 and my lab. test show my blood sugar under control.

Evilannie 2008-06-28 08:43:03 -0500 Report

Yes, stress can play a large part in your problems with high blood sugars. Also other things that you may be eating thinking they are a good food could also be the problem. Lots of starches, starchy vegetables, lots of fruit, especially those with a lot of sugar in them. Have you talked to a dietician?

Evilannie 2008-06-28 08:47:54 -0500 Report

I am sorry about your husband being laid off and your being on unpaid medical leave. It is so hard. MAke sure your talk to the doctor and tell her everything. She needs to know and maybe can get you some help.

teddy bear - 17161
teddy bear - 17161 2008-06-28 10:54:49 -0500 Report

hi guys
just browsing thru your situations
i am type 2 and am on humalog 75/25
40 units in pm b4 bed and
10 units of lantus in pm
20 units of humalog in am

my humalog originally was until i talked the doctor into the above was 20 in pm along with the lantusand 40 in am
this contolled everything but i had hypoglycemic situations around lunch time
causing blodd sugar to go down around 60 - 70
now that i reversed the humalog i am much more consistent with no low sugar episodesand my numbers are 90 - 120 in am and throughout the day at meal times are 110 - 130 and post meal 2-3 hours later 150 - 175 depending on what i ate

i've lost 30lbs since my hospital stay and my numbers truly were impacted
i did not lose the weight crazily but rather roughly 2 - 3 lbs per week

there is also a food supplement available by the name of himalayan goji juice that i have tried while on oral meds and it showed some promise
this juice contains a natural sugar that like cinnamon assists the body into metabolizing sugar more efficiently
the sugar molecule is called
there is plenty of info on the web on this
good luck

the main thing guys that no one stresses is weight loss
lose the excess baggage and watch your numbers stabilize
i walk everyday approx 1-2 miles
remain active throughout the day and watch what i eat
i found that not eating after 8 pm really has a major impact on my am number
it was dramatic
when i eat late ( after 8 ) ( with the same dosage )my number was much higher in am around 160 -185 with it now stabilizing around 90 - 120 i was recently in hospital for A-FIB and prior to the hosp stay i was on metformin, byetta and amaryl twice per day, they were ok but my work schedule and eating schedule was doing me in, so the endocrinologist in the hosp stressed to go on insulin and that with the heart condition i had to get my sugar levels in order and i am glad i listened
i know its hard but remember diabetes is a serious disease and must be dealt with accordingly
you follow proper eating habits and execise regularly and your A1c number will be just fine
just do not expect immediate results
as long as you show an improvement in the right direction things will work out

Ricky10749 2008-06-28 04:37:40 -0500 Report

Nothing to worry about. Lantus is a wonderful insulin and maybe the addition of novolog will improve your sugars. I have been on both for the last couple of years and am doing great. I know the extra shots are somewhat of a hassle, but it works. The nov0log will allow you to have much more flexibility in your eating habits. The novolog also gives you more opportunities to correct your sugar during the day if you miss judge who much a certain food raises your sugar. Please do not be scared. You will soon get used to the extra shots. The shots put into the stomach is mostly painless and the freedom of diet is a blessing.

Patricia Bass
Patricia Bass 2008-06-28 04:34:08 -0500 Report

Hi, my name is Patty. I'm Type 1 and I take Lantus at bedtime and Humalog every time I eat. That's about 3-4 shots a day. I know it will be a big change for you if they switch your doses and insulin but I think you can do it. It just takes a little getting used to. Just remember that Humalog works fast so try to eat within 15-20 min of taking it. I'm happy with how the Humalog works. Good luck. I hope everything works out and the change will help you to get better control of your bs.

LeighG 2008-06-24 02:15:35 -0500 Report

stress can make your sugar go up my docter told me.so i try really hard not stress and dont let the small stuff get to me.i know it is really hard not to be stressed.maybe if you can find a way to help releave your stress it would help like go for a long walk to finding a spot to sit and read or whatever it is you loved to do as alone time for your self.i hope everything comes back good.let us know what happens.

bluerose2 2008-06-24 02:23:07 -0500 Report

Thanks Leigh - taking walks is one of my favorite things to do. I have a park nearby with a little stream. Very relaxing while I am there - The little things are easy to let go - I am talking BIG stressers - husband laid off work and me on medical leave (unpaid of course !). Any way, i will let you know how appt goes tonight.

bluerose2 2008-06-24 02:23:09 -0500 Report

Thanks Leigh - taking walks is one of my favorite things to do. I have a park nearby with a little stream. Very relaxing while I am there - The little things are easy to let go - I am talking BIG stressers - husband laid off work and me on medical leave (unpaid of course !). Any way, i will let you know how appt goes tonight.

LeighG 2008-06-24 02:31:15 -0500 Report

your welcome.i am sorry your going through so much right now.life just throws to maney curve balls.i am glad you have a nice park to go to.it sounds like a great place you go to and relax and enjoy the air yea know. i really do hope everything works out for you and i am always here if you need a ear hugssss.

Dancehawk 2008-06-24 04:23:01 -0500 Report

Your not a failure, never feel that way unless your pounding back ice cream cake and chocolates with fried chicken…lol

Walking is good, you can let things go for a short time,
I sorry about your hubby, in the world right now there is so much termoil and stress.
Are there any companys close by he can get on with?
do you have family close by?
can you relocate?
Is there a nuke plant in your area? reason asking they hire for security, they pay well and carry medical ins.

it is a thought.

we are here

bluerose2 2008-06-24 05:54:05 -0500 Report

DanceHawk -
No, not doing that with the ice cream etc…! It is just so frustrating - like just a little bit ago i was shaky and so went to check my sugar and it had gone way down ! The highs and lows drive me crazy - even though i have been diabetic for several years, haven't really experienced this much change except for recently. And my eating habits aren't so erratic that it should make that much difference. Well, i see my dr tonight so will talk this over with her. Thanks again

LeighG 2008-06-25 02:52:27 -0500 Report

you just have to find the right foods that work for you yea know.it took me sometime and i am still learning more to see what foods work good for me to what makes my sugars go nuts.i eat six times aday to keep my sugars good and one i skip one or eat alittle more they get all wacked out.i try to stay on a e4ating time line so they stay on track.

morris.js 2008-06-25 03:59:23 -0500 Report

Bluerose, You have not "Failed" at anything. I've been type 2 for over 13 years, and I am still finding that my body changes as time goes on and different things will need to be adjusted.
Keep doing those right things, and make the adjustments as needed and it will work for you. I started off on different insulins, and different dosing schedules, and so on. Now with persistance, support from GREAT people like you find on here, and time, I am now well in control of my life and my Diabetes with only 2 oral meds.
Keep up the good work, and know that we all are going to be here to give you that supportive kick in the butt when you need it… LOL

Sloan 2008-06-28 04:32:01 -0500 Report

Hi, I read your post and I certainly understand about stress as we all do. Your numbers are just too high and as you know diabetes is a progressive disease. It does not go away. Sometimes it goes into a "honeymoon phase" but always rears its ugly head again sooner or later. You have to get those 200's and 300's down. Lantus or Levmir are just the "background" insulin. They won't usually work alone and if they do not for very long. Novolog, Humalog, or Apedria are great fast ascting insulins that are taken right before the meal. You will see such a diference in your BS numbers. You will remain on the Lantus, the fast acting insulin will just be added. You are not a FAILURE. As time goes by with this disease, we have to add other drugs because the pancreas either gets too lazy or just gets too tired to work anymore. I went from pills, to Byetta injection, to 4 shots. And yes, I became depressed. I felt like I was a failure. Now I am on an insulin pump. Now my BS is nevr over 110. It ranges between 90-110. Pumps are great but shots have to be used first. If you have a problem sticking yourself so much, there is the "Iport". It is inserted into the abd. fat and has a rubber port. You give your shot through this and you never feel the needle. This is what we use in the endocrinologist's office where I work as a nurse, pump trainer and CDE. PLEASE don't feel like you have failed cause you have not. We all go through this and all of us are in different stages of our disease. If I can help you in any way, I would be glad to. Good luck and remember you are stronger than DIABETES. There is nothing you cannot do. We are all here to help you…Sloan

bluerose2 2008-06-28 08:24:26 -0500 Report

Sloan - thank you for the encouragment. My dr has decided to give me till next A1C test. Is increasing my Lantus by a few units and also taking my metformin at morning and night ( used to take in am and afternoon). So we shall see what happens. My am bs today was 110 , so that right there is an improvement. Hopefully i can get my numbers down. Will keep you posted

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