Category Archives: diabetes medication

Jane’s answer to the high price of insulin

My dad recently asked me about the price of insulin. He said he had read something about how expensive insulin is and was concerned about it. I don’t talk about diabetes with my family very often. They ask an occasional question, … Continue reading

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Time to eradicate hypoglycemia

I found out yesterday that on August 18th we lost a bright, energetic, amazing young man – 22 years old – because of hypoglycemia. Today I am attending the #beyondA1C Diabetes Outcome Measures FDA workshop. I mentioned last week that … Continue reading

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High Fat Low Glucose

Lately I’ve talked to and read about people who’ve eaten fast food and then experienced low blood glucose. This can be confusing and/or frustrating, but it actually makes sense. Fat takes longer to break down in our bodies and doesn’t turn into … Continue reading

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Timing of Insulin

Back in the days of Regular insulin, taking injections at least 30 minutes before a meal was important because it took quite a while for the insulin start working. Nowadays most people use rapid-acting insulin (Humalog, Novolog, or Apidra), which … Continue reading

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How to store insulin

Here’s my motto for storing insulin: if I’m comfortable, my insulin is comfortable. Insulin is a protein, so it can’t get too hot or too cold or it will denature (change shape and not work the way it’s supposed to … Continue reading

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Low Blood Glucose and the Elderly

A study showed that almost 100,000 people visit the ER each year because of diabetes. In the study, 96% of those ER visits were related to hypoglycemia, or low blood glucose. People over 80 are more than twice as likely … Continue reading

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Insulin Pen vs. Vial and Syringe

I still draw insulin from a vial into a syringe. I’ve written before about why I’m not using an insulin pump. Although I do think pumps are amazing, they aren’t for everyone and that’s ok. We actually have a third … Continue reading

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Insulin is our friend

There are many types of insulin out there. And before I go any further, I will share with you my mantra: “Insulin is my friend.” Insulin is everyone’s friend. Many people don’t have to think about insulin, because their bodies … Continue reading

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Insulin timing

A situation I experienced tonight made me decide to post the following: If you take mealtime insulin, avoid taking it too far ahead of a meal. This type of insulin is meant to “cover” or compensate for the meal you … Continue reading

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Inhaled Insulin

Do you remember Exubera? This was the first inhaled insulin product to hit the market, and it was available for just one year in 2006-2007. Exubera was pulled from the market because it wasn’t bringing in the sales that had … Continue reading

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