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When is the right time for insulin

Discussion in 'Type 1.5/LADA Diabetes' started by Millie74, Apr 17, 2021.

  1. searley

    searley Type 1 · Moderator
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    If you’ve been on insulin many years and only rotated around the belly the area can become less effective and it’s worth trying other areas

    Pretty much any fatty/flabby area can be used.. but different areas absorb differently arms if not overly fat can absorb faster than the belly/bottom

    But you do need to move around the belly not always use the same spot or it will become fatty/lumpy and less effective…. At one point the dsn’s were giving out the injection ‘clock’ A card with holes in it going around the belly and should only use one hole then move onto another and use all before going back to the first
     
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    Hertfordshiremum · Well-Known Member

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    That’s interesting, I get terrible bruising after injecting, I try and avoid the bruises but sometimes it’s difficult. Do you know if they effect insulin absorption?
     
  3. Millie74

    Millie74 · Well-Known Member

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    The clock card sounds useful. I have felt bloated since injecting in stomach and being on Lantus, but the DN said it is not related to injecting insulin in the stomach?
     
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    searley Type 1 · Moderator
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    Not it wouldn’t be.. you only going into the layer of fat beneath the skin.. so ant bloatedness is internal

    What I’m on about is small fatty lumps can form under the skin that make insulin less effective
     
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  6. gardener612

    gardener612 LADA · Member

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    Hi Millie! The exact thing happened to me. Seems that if you're not a child, the medical profession has a hard time believing that you're in the Type 1 category. It took me 5 years to get a correct diagnosis and, like you, I had to research and then ask for the GAD65 antibody test, which confirmed suspicions. From what I've read and also my personal experience, you can "coast" with LADA for about 5 years before needing insulin. Like others have written here before me, you'll most likely start on long-acting insulin (like Levemir) before you begin to require the fast-acting type (Novolog or Humalog). I've read that starting the long-acting sooner can actually prolong your natural insulin production, obviating the need for fast-acting insulin for a longer period of time. Regarding exercise, I'm a fiend in that department. Eventually, you'll figure out where your numbers have to be before starting activity and how much insulin you need or don't need. It's a little tricky but not insurmountable.
     
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    Kaydee59 Type 2 · Newbie

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    I was diagnosed as having Type 2 about 10 years ago - I actually have Type 3C which was caused by 2 slow growing tumours in my pancreas which basically killed off most of the pancreas. I have since had my pancreas and spleen removed and am on basal insulin which I take at night and rapid acting insulin with lunch and dinner. I got Freestyle Libre 2 about 2 months ago from the Specualist Diabetic Centre I now attend, but GP’s had to approve it as they now supply it. NHS guidelines say that if you have to test more than 8 times a day, you are a candidate for getting it on prescription. My 2nd sensor was a nightmare and I was being woken with apparent hypos but when checking by finger prick, my readings were okay. I contacted Abbott and gave them 3 readings of sensor and finger pricks and was told to change sensor and they sent a replacement one out.
     
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    Thanks. Not been in here for a while. I am on 8 units of Lantus before bed and roughly 1 unit of Novarapid per 10g carbs. It has been a steep learning curve. I have treats, but hate the roller coasters that can follow. Love the CGM, but gives me anxiety with high and low alarms. It’s hard to adjust to insulin. I still find low carbing easier for a more predictable day of blood sugars.
     
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