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How Can I Reduce My Risk Of Type 2 Diabetes?

Around three in five cases of Type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed. However you’ve found out you’re at risk – and knowing is a big first step – the important thing to do now is take action to lower your risk. Evidence shows the best way to reduce your risk of Type 2 diabetes is by: eating better moving more reducing your weight if you’re overweight Where do I start? The key is to find what works for you, fits in with your day and you enjoy. 1. Set clear goals Setting goals can help you break down what you need to do and how to do it. Use our Action Plan (PDF, 66KB)to set healthy goals and keep aFood and activity diary (PDF, 40KB)to keep you on track. 2. Plan ahead It’s helpful to plan meals for the week ahead especially when we all lead busy lives. This can help you reach your goal to eat better and stick to a budget. 3. Start to make healthy changes Time to put your plan into action. Each healthy choice you make is helping you to achieve your goal. If you find it hard, don’t give up – start again tomorrow. 4. Be creative Eating healthily doesn’t have to be boring. Take the opportunity to try new recipes and new food. 5. Sleep well Get a good night’s slee Continue reading >>

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  1. Chelle D

    Hi, I'm new to this forum.
    Not really sure if I should be posting here, or in the introduction section.
    I'm kinda upset, as I read many of the posts here.. .. My last A1c was like 10.5 I'm on 60 units of Lantus a night & doc wants me to increase it more. I see so many here are only on like 10-30 units a night & are maintaining well.
    I know I need to take drastic steps to improve my bs numbers.
    I hear that losing weight is hard with Lantus. I keep having to increase it more & more. If I lose any weight (can never get past a 10 lb weight loss), but I give up after 3 weeks, and in the 4th week, bam... gain it all back.
    So, I started to look online for replacement of this Lantus. All I see equivalent is the Levemir... Or going to some sort of a NPH linsulin & always doing 2 shots a day. I guess I won't mind 2 shots a day, but then that's all the more cost regarding insulin needles.
    So, does anyone know if Levemir is cheaper than Lantus? Some sites say the "replacement factor" is units per units... so, if I'm on 60 units Lantus, then it would be 60 units Levemir? Does levemir work as well? or do I need to split the dosages out?
    Doc wants me to increase 60 units of Lantus by 1 unit every other or every third day until my morning bs's are consistently under 100. He said occasionally up to 120 okay, but wants the increasing units to the 100 fasting bs mark, so that the higher is only occassional, & not the norm. Does that make sense? He anticipates that I will need to go all the way to 80 units a night.!.. my co-pay on the 60 units (2 vials a month) is already almost too much to bear.. with all the other meds & with hubby's meds. Now son needs to start on antidepressants... It's all just about shooting me down to where I cant afford to by food. We're already going down to buying cheapest types of food possible, lots of ramen noodles , & mac & cheese dinners. Generic Hamburger helper- with using barely 1/2 lb meat in it.
    Oh shoot... I got side tracked. Sorry so long a post. Mostly I'm wondering if anyone knows if Levemir is cheaper co-pays? or about the same? If so, then does it work as well as Lantus?

  2. poodlebone

    I believe that if you're paying out of pocket, Lantus & Levemir will cost around the same. If you have insurance they may have different co-pays for the two if one brand is preferred. I know my insurance won't even cover Lantus, only Levemir. NPH is cheaper and does not require a prescription. If you are near a WalMart, they sell it under their Relion brand (it is actually Lilly's version of NPH, so it's actually a brand name even though it says Relion). I think WalMart charges around $25 for a vial of it. Speaking of vials, they are cheaper than pens. Instead of screwing a needle onto a pen you would need a syringe to draw up the insulin. Also, many people reuse pen needles or syringes. Before I got my pump, I would just leave the pen needle screwed onto the pen and put the little cap back on it. I'd use the same needle for an entire cartridge and I was using Humalog, which meant multiple injections a day. For long acting insulin (I first used NPH, then Lantus) I always preferred the vials. I didn't need the convenience of a pen because I was always at home when I took long acting insulin. I would recap the needle and reuse it multiple times.
    Some people find little to no difference between Lantus & Levemir. SOme may need to use more of one over the other. Many people do find they need to inject it twice a day (either Lantus or Levemir).

  3. patricia52

    Sorry I don't know about Levemir.I started insulin (Lantus) about 7 weeks ago. Levemir and Lantus cost about the same here. Many people on Levemir have to split the dose, so two injections per day. By the way the ramen noodles, hamburger helper and Mac n cheese raise your bg a lot making you need more insulin. You need meats and veggies. No bread, rice, or pasta. You may be able to get fresh veggies at a farmers market for less than store prices. I'm blessed to have fresh veggies in our garden. Eating healthy is expensive and so is diabetes. If you are struggling to pay for your meds, check with your doctor. He may have samples or you may qualify for assistance. Others on the forum can give you better advice. Check back often for other posts.

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