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I Take Long Acting Insulin And Inject About 10 Inits

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Posted on Tue, 26 Jul 2022
Question: I take long acting insulin and inject about 10 inits about noon w 6 units in the evening. The doctor wants me yo start with a tandem pump became it will inject micro doses of fast acting insulin. Ithroughout the day. It will be programed to i ject x micro doses every. Y minutes. starting at 6 am and. Then later in the day w micros every. W minutes. My questions is how is this different Than what I do now with long acting insulin .. Wont the long acting do the same as the pump injecting short acting at defined time intervals through the day?
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Answered by Dr. Elona (13 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Different types of insulin.

Detailed Answer:
Hello
I have gone through your query and understood your concern.

Insulin is a hormone that helps to establish a healthy baseline blood sugar level.
There are different types of insulin depending on how quickly they work, when they peak and how long they last.

Long-acting insulin can help a person stabilize blood sugar levels throughout the day using only one or two shots like in your case.

If these therapy is not enought to have good diabetes results,your doctor can switch you to another insulin regimen.
An insulin pump that inject short acting insulin during 24h interval,can be an alternative of treatement.

You should know that Fast-acting or short acting insulins replaces the surge of insulin that a healthy pancreas would release at mealtime.
This means that when food enters the body,your blood glucose will increase consideralby. These types of insulin helps to decresse the blood sugar levels to a "more regular interval", making diabetes easier to manage.

In contrast, long-acting insulin mimics the low-level flow of insulin that a healthy pancreas releases between meals and overnight.This type of insulin works to establish a healthy baseline blood sugar level.

For this reason long acting insulin can not produce the same effects on blood sugar levels as the the pump injecting short acting insulin.

In correlation with your last diabetes results, your treating endocrinologist should choose the most appropriate insulin regimen for you.

My advice is to discuss with him about the right treatement ,in order to take control of your diabetes.

Hope this is helpful.
Wish you good health.


Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Elona (19 hours later)
Can you add any additional details as I find this confusing.. I would think. lots of repeated quick acting insulin would be about the same as long acting insulin.. I split my long action insulin in two doses .one in XXXXXXX one. In. Pm.
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Answered by Dr. Elona (5 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Instructions.

Detailed Answer:
Hi again

When you get started on a pump, you should be given full training on how to use and get the most out of your new pump.(You need detailled intructions by your healthcare providers)

Insulin pumps are small devices with an insulin reservuar and an infusion set that is applyied in your abdomen or thights.

This small device provides continuous delivery of short acting insulin all day long. Insulin pumps don’t use long acting insulin, instead they constantly deliver a small amount of fast acting insulin through the day.

The insulin pump substitutes the need for long acting insulin and is an alternative of multiple daily injections.

If you do not prefer to use insulin pump,i suggest to discuss with your local endocrinologist about the most appropriate insulin therapy for you.

Hope i have clarified your doubts.

Wish you all the best.
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Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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I Take Long Acting Insulin And Inject About 10 Inits

Brief Answer: Different types of insulin. Detailed Answer: Hello I have gone through your query and understood your concern. Insulin is a hormone that helps to establish a healthy baseline blood sugar level. There are different types of insulin depending on how quickly they work, when they peak and how long they last. Long-acting insulin can help a person stabilize blood sugar levels throughout the day using only one or two shots like in your case. If these therapy is not enought to have good diabetes results,your doctor can switch you to another insulin regimen. An insulin pump that inject short acting insulin during 24h interval,can be an alternative of treatement. You should know that Fast-acting or short acting insulins replaces the surge of insulin that a healthy pancreas would release at mealtime. This means that when food enters the body,your blood glucose will increase consideralby. These types of insulin helps to decresse the blood sugar levels to a "more regular interval", making diabetes easier to manage. In contrast, long-acting insulin mimics the low-level flow of insulin that a healthy pancreas releases between meals and overnight.This type of insulin works to establish a healthy baseline blood sugar level. For this reason long acting insulin can not produce the same effects on blood sugar levels as the the pump injecting short acting insulin. In correlation with your last diabetes results, your treating endocrinologist should choose the most appropriate insulin regimen for you. My advice is to discuss with him about the right treatement ,in order to take control of your diabetes. Hope this is helpful. Wish you good health.