Ok, I have been podding for 20 months. I am a 1.5 diabetic. 20 months ago my A1C was over 11.3. On the pod I quickly dropped down to the 7.3-7.7 range but I've been stuck there for the past year. My Endo says my logbook of 8 or more recorded blood sugars per day looks good & she is surprised my A1C isnt under 7! I've been using Apidra on the pod and today she wrote me a perscription for humalog saying she wants to see if it makes a difference & that the majority of pod users are using humalog. What do you all think & what, if anything, should I expect when making the switch? thanks!!
I would love to know where your Endo is getting that information because I'm thinking of changing from Apidra to Novolog because it claims to have a longer "reservoir" life. Both Apidra and Humalog state that there should be a 48 hour limit in the reservoir. I have the impression which I haven't fully documented that my insulin (Apidra) loses effectiveness in that last 24 hours before the 72 hour pod change. Keep me posted with information you learn regarding this topic. You might want to look at my posting "Omnipod and Insulin Brands. Apidra, Humalog, or Novolog?"
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I use humalog (always have since I switched from R back in the 90's). It's been working fine with me and the pump.
I guess if I were in your shoes and was stalled out with my A1C and wanted it lower I would give it a whirl. What's the worst that could happen? A couple bad days and the knowledge that humalog doesn't work. You could just go back to Apidra. But if it works, you're in a better place. I guess I see it as a no-harm, no-foul kind of choice. Best of luck and let us know how it goes for you!
I've only ever used Apidra, so I couldn't tell you what difference it might make. However, Apidra is supposed to work the fastest and get out of your system the quickest of the 3 rapid-acting insulins. So it's possibly you'll have to change lots of settings on hour PDA. And watch any stacking more closely.
I made the switch today & will report the results once I see what, if any, difference there is!
There was a huge difference between Novalog and Humalog for me in terms of speed of correction. Novalog was taking hours and repeat boluses to knock down high bg, and Humalog was taking 10-15 min. They are supposed to be nearly identical chemically, but my body sure knows the difference. I'm sticking with Humalog for the time being.
All that said, you may indeed find a big difference... good luck.
Can't wait to hear how it goes!!