How long does humalog take to work

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Hello Worthy, You came to a good place to get some answers and I find a few questions embedded in your posting. I'm not a physician, but I have had diabetes for ~35 years. Often we diabetics will lose weight if our blood sugars are running consistently high. The reason is that, since the sugar is "swimming" in our blood and not nourishing our other cells (muscles, skin, organs), we urinate out lots of calories taht we consume.
Yesterday was told by a nurse that the Lantus I take is really low compared to amount of Humalog I take, but she never told me HOW much she thought I should be taking. I take 1.5 u Humalog per carb for all meals (for last 3 weeks - has changed many times). I'm supposed to take 11 u Lantus in am. My morning BS is usually 300-500. I think the Lantus is not lasting 24 hours. If I try to split the dose, I'm wondering if I need to just take 5 and 6, or if I need to up the overall dose.
Vprrchk, I've never heard you have to take med.exam to work as an EMT, I know over here firefighters might but nothing was said about that.(although,did have to state it (medical concerns) on application) Just as something for them to be aware of,not as deterrant to hiring, none of RS HR people said anything about that.(so they said,application still pending,I'll be most upset if that information makes it past the HR person)Instructer hasn't said anything about that either..
I have type 1 diabetes and sometimes at work take anywhere from 3-5 shots of long acting Humalog. I also take Humalin twice a day. Once in the am and once in the pm. I have had a hard time losing weight since I have had to take the insulin. Insulin will make you retain weight. The best thing that I have done to lose weight is to eat every 2 hours. Eat a good breakfast and supper with a small lunch and a small snack in between.
All of them have happened at night, usually after a long day at work when he did not take time to eat . He is not living at home but does have roommates. Thank you for your help.
He may do a stomach sonogram and or a biopsy depending on what shows in your blood work. I personally can't tell you how to diet, my daugh who also has fatty liver is not hugh, but has gained weight since she had children & then some more weight since she quit smoking about 8 yrs ago. ( I think since they work they eat too much fast food.) You probably would do best on the diabetic diet, I know it is hard to diet, but sometimes it is absolutely necessary.
The point is knowing the exact condition of your liver may help you make tx protocol decisions. As to how aggressive you want to be, if there is greater damage some are recommending longer tx times, choicing intervention and how the sx effect you and when enough is enough. If you are ever faced with the decision to end tx, your damage would play a huge role into how much risk you should trully take.
I notice the fat in the center of my stomach seems to be a different consistency than the fat more to the side, and I'm wondering if that causes it to take longer to get into my blood stream. Anybody else notice a difference?
I'm having trouble with how to know his carbohydrate-insulin ratio. I think I'm goind to start at 12 carbs/ 1 unit...Does this sound like a reasonable place to start? Also, what would be a good website to read up on this?
ever since I've been diagnosed, *everything* seems to not go right or you have to work extra hard in order to get something done or answers. :^( The pump I have is one of the Pardigm 712s ....
The manufacturer of the product does as well. Who else? The doctor, because you have to make an office visit to get the prescription! (Even if you don't feel that you need to go to the doctor because you are perfectly healthy!) Syringes are a piece of plastic and a tiny piece of metal. How much do you think the materials cost to make them? Four cents each? Maybe five cents including the ink needed for the dosage gauge? Then why are they so expensive? That's simple...
You might have to take the humalog 15 to 20 minutes before eating. Humalog had a curve to how it works the curve need to match the food ( in your case rice which is a very fast BG riser. yes even brown rice) I think you get shaky when your BG is high. b.
I find it curious that your doctor keeps increasing your Lantus dose even if you are having lows that don't seem to be related to your humalog. Perhaps you need to have a discussion with your doctor to find out why he or she believes that tthis is necessary. I would guess that your glucose levels are running high at times when not covered by humalog, and that this is the reason for the Lantus increase.
I am waiting for supplies to come that will allow me to change from shots to the pump, but in the meantime, my after dinner blood sugars still dive very quickly. I cut my Humalog and NPH doses in half and eliminated the use of Ultralente but I am still having the same problem. My blood sugar will go down 100-150 mg/dL or more within an hour of eating (even when eating carb-rich meals). No matter what I seem to do, this trend occurs. Are there any other individuals with this problem?
I do know of the occasional person who uses a pump for a while but then opts for one reason or another to go back to shots. This should be the patient's choice as long as he or she can test often and adjust the numbers in order to maintain good control. Most people do love their pumps, though. And most people find that their a1c numbers go down closer to normal with a pump rather than with shots. I hope more people who use pumps will post here to encourage you.
They key is to understand the activity profile of whichever insulin we use, to understand how to correct highs and avoid lows, and to understand how to adjust our dose for our food, exercise, stress, illness, etc. Here is one reference that describes the activity of insulins: http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/449887_4 The article is written largely for professionals and aimed at Type 2s, but there are sections that make perfect sense to the rest of us!
Now I've cut back the amount of Lantus to 22 units in the morning and I take 1-2 units of Humalog before breakfast and then occasionally at times during the day if I find that I'm eating more than usual or if I eat something very sweet that may spike my blood sugar level. I take the Symlin before lunch and before dinner. And if I'm not going to be eating a big meal, I have the ability to decide whether or not to take the Symlin. Symlin is not for everyone.
Your doctor can advise you as to how the Lantus is affecting you, and how to adjust your food, and time you take the insulin. You might also want to ask about the insulin pump, Which does the same as the Lantus. It gives you a base line of insulin and you just dose your self when you eat according to the amount of carbohydrates you eat.
I take the levimir, however, it doesn't seem to matter how much or how little I take. In the morning, I have been experencing many more lows, like lows (35 or so). I had been on pump therapy for 15 years, so I guess I'm still getting used to this.
I don't know when you got diabetes, but it can take a while to figure out how this disease looks on your body and how to live your life the way you want to and still take care of yourself. I have had diabetes for 39 years and for me flexibility was always a big issue. About 5 years ago, I went on the pump and that has given me the most flexibility yet. I can sleep in when I want to and eat or not eat when I feel like it. I'm not suggesting that the pump is the answer for you.
I am not a physician, but am a long-time type 1 diabetic who also takes Lantus and Humalog insulins and who has also done weight training at times in my life. I think you may be able to understand what is happening if you look at how your body immediately responds to both kinds of excercise and then look at what happens hours later after both kinds of exercise. In cardio exercise, you are working hard for a reasonably short period of time, burning LOTS of carbs and calories quickly.
Okay - I know when you eat, Carbs turn to sugar and in order to keep your Blood Glucose down you take insulin so you can turn Carbs into energy. So then - why would you want to "reduce" or "SUSPEND" your insulin pump basal temporarily during your active period when you go jogging or hiking or cycling or anything active? Don't you need the insulin to convert sugar to energy in order to be active?
I have been a diabetic 40 years (Type 1), and started on Lantis about a year ago, replacing NPH for my basal insulin (I also take Humalog with a pen). I injected Lantis with a syringe, and as I never had a problem with NPH when it sometimes entered a vessel, I did not draw back before injecting. The result, when I hit a vessel in my leg, was a drop in blood suger from 180 to 30 in 1/2 hour!
I wanna ask him for the Humalog pen i've even printed out a free trial coupon to go with the prescription. But im scared to go because i know he'll be upset i didnt go sooner. SO i got 2 questions. #1: Do you think i could have Type 1 instead of Type 2 cause how could i progress so fast in not even 2 years yet, going from great control with just the metformin to poor control with so much, i've heard type 2s go to insulin but over 20 years not 2.
I usually go out for the night with a group of friends and take my normal insulin with dinner and normal insulin before bed and take enough Humalog to cover about 40 grams of carbs. I can drink about 5 cans of Fosters. After the third can I start slowing down and putting back some food. Breads and stuff like that are good because they will soak up some alcohol in you and give you a long lasting carb through the night as you sleep.
I hear you loud and clear about going back to injecting prior to meals and can see how you would hesitate to go back to that restrictive routine. But there are many out there who this works for, so it a personal choice. Here's something to think over; would you try this medication if it were in a pill form, even with the warnings? The answer to this may help you make your decision.
emotionally) when you take the next steps to improve your overall management. Good luck -- it does take marathon (not sprint) skills to manage our lives with diabetes.
I don't know how much you weigh to know how much you need to lose. You want to be as close to what's normal for someone your height. Don't overwhelm yourself with the diet, take it one day at a time. The best way for you to eat is to eat small things every 3-4 hours, this keeps your metabolism up (lose weight) and your blood sugar levels remain more stable. Keep a positive attitude regarding your stroke, this will take you far. One day at a time, you will get there.
i would make sure that you keep getting blood work done to check for arthritis and lupus. sometimes lupus takes a very long time to show up positive and sometimes it never does at all. Anyway i am suffering everyday the pain and stiffness is so bad that even my jaw hurts to move!! joint pain like crazy and nothing showing up at all!!! my last hope is a bone scan because this will show more then a x ray will if something arthritic is going on.
to use insulin you have to count carbs and inject for the carbs eatin take to much insulin and you go low, not enough insulin you go high. insulin done wrong can do more damage I think insulin done rite more work than eating rite.
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