Blog Entries With Tag: Novolog


Posted: May 5, 2010
Not only did gas prices shoot up here on the Island of Montreal (from $1.03 to average of $1.16 a litre) - my blood sugars (BG) shot up.  Not like they did about a month ago, where  my BG was 15 - 22 mmol/l (270 - 400 mg/dl) for a few days - but today I'm hovering around 9 - 10 mmol (162 - 180 mg/dl).

I thought that my high morning BG was due to my having a lousy sleep, tossing and turning all night with those oh so sweet menopausal sweat sessions.  Apparently according to an article I came across today - Type 2 diabetics BG's can be affected by bad sleep - so I'm thinking it's probably the same for Type 1's like myself.  Oh joy!

So, I had my ususal espresso, a shot of NovoRapid to cover the sugar (yes - I use real sugar - do not believe in forcing more chemicals in my body then necessary).  All was good, as I went downstairs to tackle work where I'm slowly winding up my volunteer duties as "forced upon" President of the West Island Diabetes Association (WIDA) and handing over the reins to remaining two board members at the end of June  I'll still be helping them out afterwards for awhile, but I've got to let them get used to dealing an email account and running a simple website, etc.

Noontime, the church bells struck behind my house.  I was feeling hungry.  Time to eat my first meal of the day (not a big breakfast eater).  I'm going up the stairs from my basement office, and then it hits me ...... BOOONNNNGGGGG ..... forgot to take my friggin' Lantus shot this morning.  This is the 2nd time I've done this over the past cpuple of weeks since going back to multiple doseage injections (MDI) - but never this late!

Test my BG, it's 9.5 mmol/l (171 mg/dl) - not as bad as I thought (I felt thirsty before - should have taken that as a warning sign).  Injected a few units less of Lantus then I would normally due, injected some NovoRapid to bring my BG down.  Sigh, I've really got to get with the plan, and REMEMBER, I am not using Salvador Dali (my Animas 2020 pump) at the moment.  I must use my brain to remember to do the motions that the pump so quietly does in the background without much thought process.

Wish me luck for this evening (WIDA meeting) and during my Beauty Sleep (please let me sleep a full sleep) that no hypos occur.  Since the late injection of Lantus may cause me to have a hypo as both 12 hour shots collide with each other. 

 

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Posted: Jan 23, 2009

Someone recently asked if they could eat fruit and if so, how much.  Well, as a person who is entirely insulin dependent (as opposed to a type 2 or LADA who may still make some insulin) and who targets normalized blood sugar (85) at all times, not just pre-meal and who uses many small doses of multiple insulin products, I can not justify eating fruit anymore.  (Thank you Dr. Bernstein for pointing out the problem.  Without testing blood sugar at 15, 30, 60 minutes, I never would have realized the problem - though I'd "felt" the effects for years.)

There are no insulin products (Apidra, Humalog or Novolog) currently being sold that prevent a spike in blood sugar if I stick a piece of fruit in my mouth.  In fact, most fruit is so fast that if I find myself at say 60 (need a 25 point increase), who needs juice?  All I have to do is take a bite of a peach or a few grapes and within minutes, I'm back to target.

Although fruit contains necessary vitamins, I believe we can get them from vegetables without rapid blood sugar spikes and drops.  Some people may eat fruit with some form of protein and are able to keep spikes from occuring.  Some people subscribe to being back in target at 2 hours is fine. 

I do not like the way eating fruit makes me feel ... rapid high, hunger, rapid drop.  No thanks. 

On the other hand, I use ONLY juice (no sugar added apple or orange)  for low blood sugar and usually buy juice with calcium added.  So I do get vitamin c and the bonus of the calcium.

My favorite metaphor is "do you choose the watermelon or your kidneys"?  I choose my kidneys!

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