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Diabetics, which do you use?
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Diabetics, which do you use?
As I was giving myself my nightly injection of insulin, this question popped into my mind: Pens or needles or nothing, yet? Oh, I use the pens because the less I have to deal with needles, the better.
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RE: Diabetics, which do you use?
I thought we had a lot of diabetics on the board; guess I should have posted this one on the Main board, instead of the MM board. Oh well, live and learn. Cool
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RE: Diabetics, which do you use?
(04-18-2014 10:44 PM)PollCat Wrote:  I thought we had a lot of diabetics on the board; guess I should have posted this one on the Main board

I moved it to the Main Forum, Bob.

I'm a type II diabetic and I voted that no insulin yet... not looking forward to the day when it will be necessary for sure!

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RE: Diabetics, which do you use?
I voted for my wife (to make you feel not so alone). She likes the pens, easier to carry, to use, and compared to the years filling needles for her blind Mom, not as much work either.

*I* am not a DOCTOR or any type of Health Care Professional. My thoughts/suggestions/ideas are strictly only my opinions.

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RE: Diabetics, which do you use?
Not using insulin although my mom uses the pen. When she was ill a few years ago and was on mega steroids in the hospital, they started giving her insulin. Now she needs it once a week or so. I don't think she is using it right. She didn't know how to use it, for one, which tells me she's not using it as often as she should. She said "it's a new one". Riiight. Anyway, it was safer for her than having her measure anything, that's for sure!

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RE: Diabetics, which do you use?
(04-19-2014 06:14 PM)PaulaO2 Wrote:  Not using insulin although my mom uses the pen. When she was ill a few years ago and was on mega steroids in the hospital, they started giving her insulin. Now she needs it once a week or so. I don't think she is using it right. She didn't know how to use it, for one, which tells me she's not using it as often as she should. She said "it's a new one". Riiight. Anyway, it was safer for her than having her measure anything, that's for sure!

She may be partially right. There are new medications for Type II diabetes that are once a week injections. They come only in pen format. However, my very dim understanding is that they are not insulin; rather they act to reduce resistance, something like the *glitazones or metformin, but without the bad side effects.

They are also outrageously expensive - hundreds of dollars a month.
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RE: Diabetics, which do you use?
No, it is insulin. I was impressed though on how well she ate. Used to, she considered breakfast to be a HUGE bowl of sugared cereal. Lunch was the same size bowl of frozen yogurt. Dinner was something from a can or microwave, usually something pasta. Her illness (Guilliam-Barre) had her in a physical rehab hospital in Philly (3x) then at a really cool "halfway" facility in NJ. They did her a lot of good including teaching her nutrition.

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RE: Diabetics, which do you use?
Longest acting insulin is Insulin Glargine (aka Lantus). 24 hour duration. It's used as a basal insulin.
Paula - is your mom testing? Eating like that, seems like she should be injecting insulin lispro (short onset -- short duration) mealtime insulin.

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RE: Diabetics, which do you use?
She's not eating like that any more, thank gawd. She has a meter and uses it fairly often. I was really impressed with how serious she is taking it finally.

I have two meters that I can connect to my computer and upload the data. Bayer Contour USB Next. I'm doing good. If only I could get rid of the sudden drops, I'd be doing better. No insulin, just Actos.

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(04-19-2014 10:00 PM)justMongo Wrote:  Longest acting insulin is Insulin Glargine (aka Lantus). 24 hour duration. It's used as a basal insulin.

Hmm, I use the Lantus SoloStar pen and only have to inject once a day, (usually) around 11:30 at night. Doc told me it's very important to get the insulin the same time each day. But, it's hard to do when you're driving home from a concert during the time you should be injecting. Thinking-about
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