Are You Aware of What is in Your Insulin?

I wanted to take this time to share some of my personal experiences with other people in the hopes of possibly helping to change something which seem to be terribly wrong!

I have always been one to listen to my Dr.’s through the years, however have recently felt that they have not been helping me towards optimal health. It seems like I am just being fed medication, not a way to better my condition and ultimately get off of the medication.

Very recently I have really taken a very active role in trying to cure my Type 1 diabetes holistically. In addition to changing to a Vegan lifestyle, I have also begun to research different toxins which I was putting into my system without knowing it. My hopes were in some way to lesson my symptoms of diabetes and in turn, get off of insulin! So far, my results have been tremendous, as I have decreased my insulin dosage by almost 50% in only 6 weeks!

During this process, I researched everything that was going into my body, including my Novalog insulin. I was shocked and alarmed to find out some of the facts about some of the “fillers” which are being used as “stabilizers.” My main concern is a chemical called Meta Cresol. This chemical is extremely toxic, even in small doses and is found in ALL of our short acting insulin. Meta Cresol may be toxic to kidneys, lungs, liver, skin and the central nervous system. Repeated or prolonged exposure to the substance can produce target organs damage.

After finding out about this information, I immediately contacted my Dr.’s office. Their response of course was to tell me that my only choices were to use different insulin, but of course, they all are filled with the same chemicals, some even more! They have no answer as to why these fillers are being used, because truthfully, they really do not know!

Here is link which goes into greater detail about what I also discovered:

I urge you to share this with everyone you know, not only other diabetics. The same thing is happening all over with other medications. It’s hard enough having to deal with a chronic condition like diabetes, let alone not being able to trust our life support, which is insulin. We need to take a stand and become educated with what is going in our bodies and protect our rights and our safety. We only have one life and we disserve to live it in a safe and healthy way.

You can decrease the amount of insulin you take by eating better but if you are a type 1 diabetic, you will not be able to stop insulin without a transplant etc. Even if you don’t eat anything, if you don’t take your insulin, you will get very high blood sugar. I eat vey little carbs and now have to take very little insulin so I guess that makes me feel a bit better about it. They do need to find a better way and soon.

I do feel that there are ways for even Type 1 diabetic to get off of insulin completely without a transplant. I have read about them and am now even seeing the effects of what a holistic approach to diabetes can do for me. I have been on an Alkaline Vegan diet and have also done several cleanses. The results are amazing and I am slowly down to taking only minimal amounts of insulin. My A1C went from a 9.5 to 5.2! I still eat carbs, just the ones our body is able to process. We have been programmed to think that this is a forever condition and that we are always going to be dependant on insulin because the pancreas does not work. I am a believer that this is not the case. I have read accounts of Type 1 diabetics getting off of insulin, but it is a lot of effort to get to that point and you have to be dedicated to this lifestyle change. Our bodies our an amazing thing and given the proper ingredients anything is possible!

I was in no way telling people to stop taking their insulin, just to become aware of what they are putting in their bodies. Currently, there are no insulins available that do not have these fillers in them, so we have no choice but to take insulin with toxins. I am obviously still taking my insulin, but am only hoping that something can be done to change what is in it. The only way to make a change is to become educated and aware and begin to question how something can be done to prevent this.

Thanks for sharing. I think about the extra chemicals I’m injecting with every shot. I get my vet to order special rabies vaccines for my dogs that don’t contain mercury, eat organic, filter my water & here I am filling myself up with God’s know what toxins 5 times a day. It scares me witless.

Wishing you every success. Congratulations on the awesome A1c!

Hi Jenine! I am with you all the way. In fact, Allie’s voice (see link in Jenine’s post) is how I found TuDiabetes. I too believe it is possible, through nutrition and overall wellness, to get off insulin. I was very alarmed at that article about ‘what’s in your insulin.’ I read alot on the internet and I have just gotten Dr. Bernstein’s Diabetic Solution. It’s very difficult sifting through all the information out there. Everyone should do what they feel is best for them. I’m struggling with diabetes AND fighting against it every day,every meal. This site is a great source of info because we’re sharing our own personal triumphs and discoveries. I think a Dr. is still very important, but you have to have one who you can trust and who will work with you. Ask as many questions as you can come up with. My last endocrinologist wasn’t open to anything that had to do with natural cures and supplements and those things. I’m in search of one who can help me go in the direction I want to go…not to just follow what he/she says I should do. Info is good. Keep learning all you can. I’m not giving up. Thanks

Jenine you have tapped into one of my biggest fears. All I know is that my insulin works, and when I break a bottle it smells pretty bad. Whatever else is in there, I really had no idea.

I’m just gonna have to cross my calloused fingers and hope that the additives in my insulin won’t kill me. I don’t know about any Type 1’s getting off the insulin completely, but I’ve also cut back on my doses big time. I still feel that I’ll always need at least a little insulin for the rest of my life.

Yeah, I heard about a case where a type 1 was able to get off of insulin. After doing some research I believe that it was a misdiagnosed case of type 2. Nonetheless, good luck to you and keep us all posted. :slight_smile:

Insulin in a bottle is a derivative of what is naturally made in most peoples bodies. I believe “Regular” insulin is the closest thing to what is naturally occurring. The only reason we need these faster acting derivatives is because the insulin we take is not going directly in to our blood streams. It is more slowly absorbed in the subcutaneous tissue. Injecting or pumping insulin is not natural in and of itself. I don’t believe in the insulin derivative / additive bogey man. I haven’t seen any evidence that it is hurting anyone… I see quite the opposite.

I don’t believe in an insulin bogey man?? But just wondering how you would know how the additives in the insulin are in fact truly affecting us? Are you going purely on what you read? Besides the fact that the insulin we currently use has only been around for about 10 years. Not really long enough to have any evidence on long term effects to our systems now is it. Once again, we are all entitled to our opinions, however it is only healthy and natural to question and I feel that everyone should!

I also saw Allie’s post a while ago… whenever I prime my insulin pen and get a whiff of that yummy band-aid smell, all I can think is “mmmm, preservatives!” With our immune systems compromised as they are, we really don’t need more toxins in our bodies, but I really don’t know if it’s possible to have rapid-acting insulin without them (though it does look like NovoLog has a good bit less Meta Cresol than the others).

For now, my goals are to reduce my insulin requirements by 1) pumping, 2) eating fewer carbs and exercising (erm, gotta work on that second part right now), and 3) trying to prolong my honeymoon phase to what extent I can to see if I can maintain some of my own insulin production. I’m working on prolonging my honeymoon with a few supplements, which have definitely made a difference in my blood sugars–currently just working on boosting my beta cells, but soon I’ll add some to try and decrease my autoimmunity. My endo wasn’t entirely supportive, but basically I told her I still wanted to give it a try, and in the end, it’s me that decides what I put in my body. It may not in the end help, but I’m going to do everything I can.

TuDiabetes is a good place to exchange our experiences with diabetes. At the same time, it is very important to keep in mind that there are many aspects of diabetes that are still not clearly understood. There may be various causes of diabetes (suggesting that there may even be different types of type 1)-- so our experiences with any treatment method might be different. Just because one person was able to reduce or stop taking insulin does not imply that this is a possible solution for all people-- our experiences may vary even with equal degrees of dedication.

Anyone with type 1 diabetes should be very cautious about reducing his/her insulin because it could put them at risk for DKA and could lead to death. For this reason, any methods to reduce your insulin should only be considered under careful monitoring and medical supervision.


Some form cresol is in all insulin. And always has been.

This posting is irresponsible and causing unnecessary fear among people who use insulin.

Questioning the chemicals that are in a substance that I’ve been taking for 25 years hardly seems irresponsible. Quite the contrary. And it’s not just M-Cresol that’s a cause for concern.

There have been several approved drugs that, on later study, turned out to be harmful.