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The right front of my tongue is numb. I have little taste sensation. Type 1 diabetic -9 yrs. Lantus, (insulin glargine) simlyn, nova log. Any recommendations?

The right front of my tongue is numb. I have little taste sensation. Type 1 diabetic -9 yrs. Lantus, (insulin glargine) simlyn, nova log. Any recommendations?

Doctor can evaluate: Numbness on the tip of the tongue due to a canker sore or other ulcer, or due to tasting overly-hot food, should recover by itself. If there's no obvious reason for the numbness, or if it doesn't recover by itself, a primary care doctor and an ENT doctor can evaluate to see what is going on. If one is a long-standing diabetic, nerve function can be worsening, so maybe that's causing loss of taste. ...Read more

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Diabetic not eating normal insulin 16unit 3 daily should I adjust n how much?

Diabetic not eating normal insulin 16unit 3 daily should I adjust n how much?

See below: Yes, most likely you will need to adjust but this is impossible to determine without blood sugar logs, your history of Insulin dosing, and any other meds (including diabetes meds) that you are taking. You should discuss this with your doctor who knows you and your history well. ...Read more

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What are the differences between humulin (insulin) r and humulin (insulin) n?

What are the differences between humulin (insulin) r and humulin (insulin) n?

Humulin: Humulin is the marketed name by Eli Lilly and Company. Both are biosynthetic human insulin.
Humulin N, is neutral protamine hagedorn (NPH), an intermediate-acting insulin, has an onset of 1-3 hours, peak of 8 hours and duration of 12 to 16 hours.
Humulin R is Regular insulin, a short-acting insulin, has an onset of 30 to 60 minutes, a peak of 2-4 hours, and a duration of 5-8 hours. ...Read more

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Is lantis a slow release insulin if so is humilin n the same need a cheaper answer for lantis

Is lantis a slow release insulin if so is humilin n the same need a cheaper answer for lantis

Lantis: Lantis is a slow release Insulin injection that is administered once a day, good for 24 hours. Humulin is not the same. Humulin lasts for about 14 hours and peaks differently than lantus (insulin glargine). If you were to switch to humulin, you may need to give your self 2 injections/day to regulate your blood sugar. Let your doctor know what your wishes are and that you'd like to opt for a substitute, one that is more affordable. The change may, however, change the way you administer Insulin to yourself in terms of how many injections you need in a day, as well as the frequency for which you check your blood sugar. ...Read more

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What is insulin?

An important hormone: Insulin is a hormone made by the pancreas that most importantly is involved in maintaining normal blood sugar by facilitating entry of glucose into cells. Insulin production is impaired in type 1 diabetes and Insulin is given as an injectable drug; it can be used in later type 2 dm when natural Insulin levels diminish, though the role of Insulin in type 2 is much more complicated. ...Read more

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What does insulin do?

What does insulin do?

Use glucose: Insulin allows the cells of the body to utilize the sugar that are floating in the blood. This sugar comes from the food you eat or sometimes from the liver while you are not eating. ...Read more

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How does insulin work?

Use glucose: Insulin allows the cells of the body to utilize the sugar that are floating in the blood. This sugar comes from the food you eat or sometimes from the liver while you are not eating. ...Read more

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How does insulin work?

How does insulin work?

INSULIN: Transports sugar molecules from the bloodstream to inside the cells, so they can utilize glucose for energy. ...Read more

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Are all insulin's the same?

Are all insulin's the same?

Insulin?: PAguilar ~ NO! They are definitively ALL different and have widely differing time of onset and duration of action. INSULIN MUST ONLY BE PRESCRIBED BY A QUALIFIED MD! If used incorrectly it can cause death. Thanks ...Read more

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When should insulin be held?

When should insulin be held?

Hold insulin: Hold Insulin with signs of hypogycemia like sweating, tready puls
e, nausea or vomiting. ...Read more

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What is the insulin response?

Diet, nutrition: When we consume too many high glycemic foods too much Insulin is released into the blood stream. This eventually leads to Insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome and weight gain. The type 2 diabetes epidemic is a direct result of this. Most people do not understand that diet foods and drinks and sugar free products are loaded with artificial sweeteners which are much more of a problem! ...Read more

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What is a good insulin meter?

Insulin meter: I presume you mean a blood sugar meter. If that is correct there are many brands of blood glucose meter, most being available at your pharmacy.
If you have diabetes your doctor should have given you some ideas of which blood glucose meter to use.

Do you indeed have diabetes? If so you should have been using a glucose meter by now. What am I missing? ...Read more

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What is a good insulin meter?

What is a good insulin meter?

Any major meter: Hi. All commercial meters have to pass muster with the FDA. I don't think we're supposed to give product endorsements on here, but suffice it to say all the major players are very good. Good luck, and control your diabetes tightly for life! ...Read more

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How do you give insulin shots?

Insulin shot: Hi, if you have been started on Insulin, your doctor has to show you how, it's not possible to demonstrate that on line, you need to be taught by a nurse or MD. ...Read more

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When will my body make insulin?

When will my body make insulin?

All the time: Providing you are healthy and do not have type 1 diabetes, your body is constantly making Insulin from the pancreas. Insulin is made in the beta cells of the pancreas. There is a constant, slow release of Insulin all the time. The pancreas also releases additonal Insulin rapidly after we eat in response to increasing blood glucose levels. ...Read more

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What can I do about high insulin?

Insulin resistance: Many people are Insulin resistant. That means you have to make more Insulin to keep blood glucose normal. The most common cause is obesity/overweight and sedentary lifestyle. Genetic predisposition. Medications and medical conditions can contribute. So the solution is to fix the problem: diet and exercise. I actually do not measure insulin, since it will not change what I would do anyway. ...Read more

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Should insulin be taken before food?

Should insulin be taken before food?

Depends: Rapid acting insulins such a humalog/novolog should be taken 15 minutes or less before food. Regular insulin, which hopefully not many people are still using, should be taken about 30 minutes before food. Basal Insulin such as Lantus (insulin glargine) should be taken at the same time of day each day, but has no relationship to food. ...Read more

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Can a nurse give insulin injections?

Can a nurse give insulin injections?

Injections: Certainly, but so can you, your husband, your family.
I started giving my dear departed mother insulin injections daily beginning at age 8. Took some time to get used to but soon OK.
FYI, in those days we checked blood sugar levels in the urine and the different colors had no effect on the dose.
Not pleasant to do but turned out OK for me and Mum. ...Read more

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How could I get funding for insulins?

How could I get funding for insulins?

Free insulin: If you don't have medical insurance and your income is below a certain amount, you can apply for drug assistance program to the phamaceutical company making the insulin. They are very good about giving insulin free under these circumstances ...Read more

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What makes the body insulin resistant?

Obesity: Excess Insulin production is related to obesity, and viceversa. Vicious cycle. They keep each other going. ...Read more

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Will I always need medications/insulin?

Will I always need medications/insulin?

Depends: Type 1 diabetes will always need insulin. Type 2 diabetes may not need any medication if the diabetes can be controlled with diet and exercise. ...Read more

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Is it okay for insulin to be freezed!?

No: Freezing will ruin the insulin. It can be refrigerated and often left at room temperature depending on brand and type of insulin. ...Read more

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How to tell if I am insulin resistant?

Insulin resistant: If you are taking insulin and your blood sugar is high, you are not insulin resistant but you are not taking enough insulin.

There are two ways around this:

1: Increase your insulin bit by bit for a while.
2: Make changes to your diet. See "Nuval" on line.
3: Exercise as regularly as you can.

4: Work your way to needing less insulin. ...Read more

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Please describe the medication: insulin?

Please describe the medication: insulin?

Insulin: A hormone produced in the pancreas by the islets of langerhans that regulates the amount of glucose in the blood. ...Read more

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How long before effects of insulin stop?

How long before effects of insulin stop?

Depending on type: Rapid, short-acting Insulin such as NovoLog starts working in15 mins and last 3-5 hours, Humalog starts in about 30 mins =, lasting 2-4 hours. Insulin-nph starts in about 1-1.5 hours, may last up to 24hours (often to about 14 hrs). Levemir (insulin detemir) or Lantus starts in about 3-4 hours and lasts about 24 hours, as these are basal insulin. Consult your pharmacist/doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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Why is there no generic of insulin drug?

Why is there no generic of insulin drug?

Tough drug to make: Hi. Not yet, but soon. Lilly (who first made commercial insulin, and who makes Humalog) will soon come out with a generic glargine (currently trade name Lantus). Making insulin's very complex, and the fruitful application of molecular biology to medicine via cloning & bacterial or yeast expression. Goddess, I love insulin!!! ...Read more

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What kinds of insulin will the body make?

What kinds of insulin will the body make?

Only one: The body only makes "human insulin." there are different types of synthetic Insulin used as medications. These vary from short acting to long acting insulin. They are all versions of human insulin, differing in how quickly they are absorbed by the body and used. ...Read more