Diabetes and Insulin
There are different brands of insulin that are available but in each brand there are two different kinds of insulin that are used to control juvenile diabetes. One is known as fast-acting insulin – once it is injected it acts quickly in your child’s system.
The other type of insulin is called slow-acting or last-lasting and as the name implies it is in the child’s system longer.
For most people with diabetes a combination of the two types of insulin is required. They can be mixed together in one syringe or they can be taken separately at different times in the day. In children, the two different kinds of insulin will still react at different times for each individual.
For some the fast-acting insulin will begin to work immediately and could be used up in a short period of time. In this case, they may have to have a second or even third injection of fast-acting insulin throughout the day.
These are the children who may want to consider an insulin pump to reduce the number of injections they are having in a day. An insulin pump will also provide them with a steady amount of the fast-acting insulin as they need it.
The long-acting insulin sits in a child’s body for some time before it is put to use. The amount of time is going to vary by child. Ideally, once the fast-acting insulin has done its work, the long-acting insulin will take over keeping a steady supply of insulin.
The combination of the two insulins and how they work together makes planning very important. After some time you will be able to determine how your child reacts to each of the different kinds of insulin’s. Planning meals and activities around how the insulin works is important not just when the injection is given.
Your Diabetes Medication
If you feel that your medication is not working to control your diabetes, you may want to talk to your doctor about switching medications. There are a wide variety of different diabetic medications and what works for one person, may not work well for you. Or your dosage may need to be increased.
Fast-acting insulin should be taken up to 15 minutes before you eat, unless your doctor has ordered differently. An option for maintaining blood sugar levels is fast-acting insulin. However, it has to be carefully dosed and timed dependent on the individual.
To keep your insulin resistance from increasing, always eat a good breakfast. Breakfast provides a kickstart to your metabolism that plays a crucial role in helping your body properly process insulin. Grabbing a quick snack instead of a balanced meal will make it hard to keep your blood sugar levels stable throughout the day.
If you have diabetes, a great tip is to make sure you get a proper amount of sleep. If your amount of sleep is poor, it can mess with your hormones and lead to an increased appetite and elevated blood sugar.
Research has shown that just one night of poor sleep can increase your insulin sensitivity by up to 25 percent. So make sure you get some sleep.
If you have been diagnosed as a diabetic it would behoove you to get a medical bracelet indicating as such. You never want to end up in a situation where you are unresponsive, and god forbid, those caring for you don’t know you are diabetic and do something, like give you a dextrose IV that can make your diabetes even worse.