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Date Joined Jun 2005
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   Posted 6/14/2005 4:40 PM (GMT -6)   
 I have been diagnosed as pre-diabetic and my endocrinologist has enrolled me in a clinical
trial of a low dose of Lantus insulin to keep me from full blown diabetes.  The target is 95 for secutive five days.  OtherwiseI increase it one unit every week. When she first started me
on the insulin shots I asked her about cocktail hour.  She repllied this was a baby dose
and not to worry about discontinuing cocktail hour.  I am now up to 58 units once a day of
Lantus insulin.  I am wondering if this is still considered a baby dose.  I don't see her until
September so would appreciate any input from this forum.

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Date Joined Feb 2003
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   Posted 6/15/2005 12:21 AM (GMT -6)   
I am a type on on Lantus and my dosage is 32 units so to me it does not sounf like a "baby dose"
If it was me I would stop the cocktail hour. Alcohol is always a bad idea for all Diabetics.

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Date Joined Feb 2005
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   Posted 6/15/2005 10:44 AM (GMT -6)   
I agree, that sounds like a big dose to be taking. Sometimes taking too much insulin can have the same reaction as taking not enough, if that makes sense. You should probably go see your doc and ask about this. Also when you say cocktail hour, what are you drinking? Alcohol does funny things. Depending on what you're drinking your sugars could jump or drop drastically. When drinking i would stick to sugar free stuff like rum and diet coke, but make sure you still eat food to keep your sugars level. Coolers and beer have lots of sugar and carbs in them. Hope this helps.

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Date Joined Jun 2005
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   Posted 6/15/2005 11:10 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Cushion & Devine for your input.
I am going to see if I can move my appointment with
Endo to this month instead of September.

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   Posted 6/18/2005 9:10 PM (GMT -6)   
I've been on meds for type 2 for about 10 yrs and have been off alcohol since I started my meds. Also, I've been on Lantus, 10 to 12 Units at bedtime since April. Your doctor's casual attitude about alcohol use with Lantus when it is plainly stated in the enclosed literature that you should not use alcohol in concurance with it makes me think you may have misunderstood her or she is not aware of how much insulin you are using. Just my two cents here, but I would think that someone using almost 60 units of insulin a day isn't pre-diabetic anymore. It might be time for some nutrition and diabetes classes for you and your significant other. Prediabetics can often control their sugars with correct diet and exercise.

Good luck with your doc visit.
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