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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?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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