I'm 26 and type 1 for about 14 years. I was first on 2 injections and after a couple of years I went to 4. I've never regretted it and I've found that, although I have to do injections when I am out, it actually gives me more freedom. If I am eating late then I can do my injection later - I don't have to eat at exactly the same time each day. I've been told at the hospital that if I really want I can miss a meal (and therefore an injection) but not to do it too often! Perfect if you are going out and really can't eat a meal. The only injection I make sure is the same time each and every day is the long acting insulin which I take around 10 pm (I usually try to eat at similar times each day but I'm not tied into it, so on a weekend when I get up later I can eat breakfast a bit later). I've actually heard that some people eat smaller meals and more often and have about 6 injections a day. I personally would seriously consider this as I sometimes need more than 4 a day anyway. I really do think that 4 injections really do give better control and also more freedom, but it's best to discuss with your doctor. Diabetes seems to affect everyone differently so it really is what suits you best.
Do you have a mobile phone? Set the alarm on it for the time you need your injection, then you have no need to clock watch! And also, if you go to 4 injections you are more likely to be using insulin pens (this is what I use and I guess if you are taking 2 injections you'll be mixing insulins and therefore using a syringe, though I may be wrong although I do have to use a syringe for the long acting one as I found the pen for that particular insulin painful but that's a different story!) and so you don't have to mess around with using syringes. Just click to how much you need and inject (I usually can get away with doing it at the table in my tummy and no one ever notices, as long as it's discreet). It's not the end of the world if you occasionally give yourself the long acting insulin a little later than usual. The whole point of using 4 injections a day is that you don't become a slave to your diabetes. I hope you find what's best for you.
I have never used syringes, I am on a novomix flex pen that has 30% fast acting and 70% slow acting insulin.
For first 5 months my sugars were good morning, noon, evening and night but now my sugars are high at night and in the morning. Also I started excercising every night and eating a chocolate bar to avoid hypos but sometimes my sugars went to high and other times I had a hypo so just trying to find the right balance.
I'll discuss it all the next time I go for a diabetes check-up
Thanks for taking an interest.
Yeah I am in Scotland. I have a diabetes centre in my local town but due to strain on the NHS I get a checkup every two years rather than every 6 months. In between times I go to my gp for a check.
I will see how things go for the next wee while then i will make an appointment at the hospital if I think I need to speak to diabetes specialist.
How do you get on with exercise - do you have many hypos?
I was playing some golf in the summer and taking a chocolate bar at the start of a round and that worked pretty well. Now the golfing season is over I have started the exercise bike and weights but that is causing hypos.
In the main I recognise hypos and deal with them effectively but occasionally I don't realise I have one till my sugars go very low and I've had a couple scares.
I lost alot of weight when I as first diagnosed and the diabetic nurse said I would put it back on once I started insulin. I never did but my diabetes coincided with a really stressful time in my life and I am naturally tall and lean so that prob explains why I never regained much weight.
Light exercise accompanied with a choc bar seems to work for me but I've been to scared to try anything really exhausting like five a side football etc.
Just one more question about 4 injections a day.
Could I take the long lasting one during the day rather than late at night. That would mean I could take that at dinner time and then if I had a night out I could just skip the short lasting one?
Thats great Claire - Im def gonna talk to the doctor about this because 4 inj a day with the longer lasting one in the morning could be the answer for me! Dont worry about giving advice cos I would always check with the specialist as I am sure you would aswell.
As for eating I have not been given any information about GI diets. I basically follow as healthy and balanced diet as I can. I prepared my own diet sheet I could maybe email you that. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
Hi Claire and Kevin,
I used to use the Lantus or long acting insulin and the graph for its efficacy shows it at a constant level in your blood for 24 hours (basically a flat line from injection out 24 hours). My Endocronologist said when I take it is really a matter of preference as long as I do it the same time each day. So, ask your diabetes doc, but mornings should not be a problems as the release and effect on your blood sugar is the same all day long!
Well as I mentioned earlier I am a type 2 for about 6 years. I maxed out on oral meds and still wasn't under control (8mg Avandia, 2000mg Metformin, 20 mg Glucotrol/glipizide, and numbers still in the 200's). My Endo guy put me on Lantus and bingo, my numbers all came into the normal range. One of the problems was I was having spikes after meals...big spikes, into the 200's. Well Lantus wasn't designed to handle the spikes, but my fasting BS in the mornings was great.
Then my Endo put me on 5mcg of Byetta and did away with the Lantus. Voila!! postprandials are now sub 100's and fasting is normal. In fact I've had enough hypoglycemic incidents after meals that I've just cut my oral meds in half to see what the overall effect will be. Now I know as a Type 1 this isn't much help for you as Byetta was designed for type 2's. But for me it seems to be doing the trick. Next week I see the Endo guy and hopefully we'll check the A1C and see where I am.
Incidently, I think that Lantus is a wonderful drug, and if you have to take insulin, it provides a really stable baseline to work off! My goal is to get off the orals all together before they destroy my kidneys, and hopefully just use the BYETTA.
AND, after reading the article on Cinnamon, Im going to introduce that to my regemin next week and see what doses affect my BS in what ways. After a couple of weeks I'll leave some feedback on that!