Treating Diabetes with Insulin
Once you are diagnosed with diabetes you start to ask questions such as what can you eat, how should you change your lifestyle and what medications are you going to need in order to keep it under control. We all know that there is no cure for the disease but it is possible to keep it under control so that you can live a normal happy life. One of the treatments is with insulin. There are different types of insulin and strengths so it will be important to sit down and talk with your doctor so you understand just what you are supposed to do.
It is important to understand that the reason you are taking insulin is to control the amount of sugar that you have in your blood. If you have type 1 diabetes you will most likely only need to be on insulin in order to control this so you do not get spikes in your glucose level. However, if you have type 2 diabetes you may be on a combination of medications which includes the insulin to keep things under control. Gestational diabetes is a whole different ball game as you need to be very careful when you are pregnant and the types of medications that you can take.
Your doctor will let you know what the best type of insulin is for you to be on. It is even possible that you will need to take more than one type of insulin for your diabetes in order to keep blood sugar levels under control. Rapid insulin will start doing its job in just minutes after you take it. However, it will last for several hours. The normal or regular insulin that is generally prescribed takes approximately a half hour to start working but the effects will last you from three to 6 hours long.
For someone that may need it to last a little longer the doctor may give intermediate insulin. Although this can take up to four hours for it to start working, it will continue working for 18 hours. This is great for someone that may not have the time in their day to stop consistently for a dose of medication. Lastly you may take a long acting prescription. Yes it takes up to 10 hours for it to get into your blood but it will give you 24 hours worth of protection. It is feasible that you might be able to control it with just the insulin but, it is also possible depending upon your lifestyle that a doctor will suggest prescribing something else along with the insulin in order to keep your glucose level where it is supposed to be.
Speaking with your doctor, he or she will be able to tell you the best place to inject your insulin, such as the stomach which is the fastest or perhaps your arm or leg. Getting used to the injections comes in time. Following doctor’s orders is the most important thing that you can do.
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