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Any tips switching insulin

Discussion in 'Type 1 Diabetes' started by Engineer88, Jul 11, 2014.

  1. Engineer88

    Engineer88 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Hey guys I'm going from novo rapid (only ever been on this) to humalog today in my animas vibe. Any tips hints or otherwise?


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    robert72 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I went the other way, but found them pretty much the same - unit for unit.

    My impression was that Novorapid was a bit more mellow in it's action (if that makes any sense).
     
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    anna29 Type 2 · Well-Known Member
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    Am not on a pump but use MDI regime .
    I have just very recently returned back onto Levemir insulin .
    More or less need same amount of units as old insulin type .
    Used porcine insulin previously - was on Levemir 4 years ago though .

    Ask your DSN/GP advice Engineer88 if unsure about anything best .
    Better to be safe than sorry .
     
  4. Engineer88

    Engineer88 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Yeah that's why I've changed @robert72, it was taking 2 hours for novo rapid to kick in and it's getting down to that fine tuning now.

    I'm not overly concerned just wanted to ask and get opinions thanks Anna


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    hale710 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    This is something I'm considering too. I often spike into the teens at the 2 hr mark but since Novorapid is slow acting ish (in comparison to others) I'm actually back in range at the 4 he point. I'm getting sick of it!


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  6. Engineer88

    Engineer88 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    ImageUploadedByDCUK Forum1405107449.286402.jpg

    Hope it carries on like this!

    60g of carbs at dinner (200ml coke 40g potatos) ate 1.5 hours ago so would expect to see a rise now. - 7.2 currently and trending steady.

    So frigging excited!


    Type 1 diagnosed 1990
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  7. Engineer88

    Engineer88 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Gimme a week and I'll let you know the difference. Are you pumping yet?


    Type 1 diagnosed 1990
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  8. Engineer88

    Engineer88 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Ok so one full day in - hell that's rapid insulin! Fantastic stuff - woke up at 8am bg11 so not great start but insulin I'm seeing working well within an hour but more like 30 mins.

    Testing it out by eating carbs - more than I have in a long time. It's coping well - had over 130g of carbs today and all is good. In fact a little low for bed normally at 5.7. Shall see what happens tonight


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    Great stuff, sounds like it's working well so far.
     
  10. ElyDave

    ElyDave Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    That's interesting, looks like it has a quicker peak, but is it also quicker overall?

    I'm on NR and can find with certain foods that it misses the peak adn then I go lower thna intended later. bread in particular needs me to dose a good 10-15 minutes early.

    It woudl also be interesting to see how that works in terms of reducing the time needed between a bolus and exercise.

    I'd always though NR to be one ot the most rapid acting/
     
  11. hale710

    hale710 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Yes for two weeks now. I've always known I spike but the need for the two hour test has highlighted how bad it is and I'm more aware of the symptoms


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    ohitsnicola Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    That's odd that the novorapid was only kicking in after 2 hours :O sounds stupid but didn't know what other quick acting insulin there was!!
    Good Luck though! :) x
     
  13. Engineer88

    Engineer88 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    It's always been the way. Been on novo for 15+ years and been telling them this for 6+ years. No one cared or took notice. Humalog is the bomb. Seriously impressed.


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    ohitsnicola Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Oh wow that's weird! Atleast humalog works for you though :)


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    kkkk Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I was reading this....and thinking about me and bread....I kind of stopped eating bread as my main lunch food as I'd spike up to 12 after and pasta and even potato are much better. So I tried pizza and went up too the teens...I did change my set though possibly prematurely, then I though lets give it another go - another big spike and then finally yesterday 2 slices of granary toast and again up into the teens!!!! (so if you stop eating a form of carb can it make you more sensitive to it when you introduce it back into your diet?) I am thinking it is not coincidence - but could be - why would it do that (I do give myself insulin before I eat 10-20mins depending on my level is and how much time I have) - but with bread I need more insulin for the same amount of carbs going on what has happened the last few times - it's weird! I guess I'll have another go at some point in a week or so and see if it is the same.
     
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    avalon67 Type 1 · Member

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    I changed from Novomix to Humulin M3 about 18 months ago, I find the Humulin a lot easier to control and the hypos, when I have them, not as harsh and easier to get out of.
    I've had a HBA1C of 46/6.4 for the last year, before this I'd been 6.8-7.3 regularly.
     
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    amberzak Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Oh my goodness. I need to change emails. I have the same problem on novo rapid
     
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