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How Long Could We Last Without Insulin?

Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free so please,join our community todayto contribute and support the site. This topic is now archived and is closed to further replies. I as thinking, dangerous for me know lol, How long could we stay alive if all insulin ran out, due to war or a disaster? Please let me know your views on this. Thanks. Historically speaking, patients were placed on low cal diets, iv saline, and some lasted 1-2 years, those were new diabetics. They would all die from shock, dehydration, DKA, or when body weight dropped by 60 %. This was 1870-1920 before the discovery of insulin. Depressing question but with pre-existing Diabetes, I'd say not long, one to two weeks with no IV fluid in a so called disaster scenario. I wonder about that too sometimes. When I had better insurance I used to try to save aside some of my supplies each time I ordered, and I actually had some stores of strips and some syringes and insulin....but insurance and prescriptions changed, and now I have to be careful to have enough of everything to last. I hope I'm never in that situation, because I'm afraid Trev is probably right. Good question, I guess we do not think about it enough. Continue reading >>

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  1. testerz123456

    How long can I live w/o insulin (T1)

    Hi there,
    I'm 25 years old, have been diabetic (type 1) for about 6 years. I'm running out of money and I'm wondering, if I eat a low carb diet, how long I can go w/o insulin for? Will I die? I spent 2 of those 6 years doing little but heroin (diabetic needles made it convenient), so I didn't use to eat much.
    I don't have money for a doctor or for the good insulin (RX + $100 vial of lantis, humlog, etc).
    Any advice?

  2. testerz123456

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    Originally Posted by testerz123456
    Hi there,
    I'm 25 years old, have been diabetic (type 1) for about 6 years. I'm running out of money and I'm wondering, if I eat a low carb diet, how long I can go w/o insulin for? Will I die? I spent 2 of those 6 years doing little but heroin (diabetic needles made it convenient), so I didn't use to eat much.
    I don't have money for a doctor or for the good insulin (RX + $100 vial of lantis, humlog, etc).
    Any advice? I just realized my profile says diagnosed in 2009, but I can't change it for some reason.

  3. Shanny

    A type 1 will die without insulin. Even eating low-carb doesn't help if your pancreas makes no insulin at all, and even if it makes a little bit, it isn't enough for your body's needs.
    But insulin can be purchased at Walmart for lots less money. It isn't the prescription brands like Lantus & Humalog, etc. but you could get by I think. There are others here with so much more experience who can explain what it is and how it's used. I'm sure they'll check in soon. Stand by, okay, tester?

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How Long Can A Type 1 Diabetic Go Without Insulin

How long can a type 1 diabetic go without insulin How long can a type 1 diabetic go without insulin? I will be given an MRI this week that is an hour and 30 minutes long and cannot wear my insulin pump. I am not wanting to take insulin before as I cannot stop the test in the event of a low blood sugar. How long have you taken your insulin pump off for? Would taking it off for this period of time and then putting it back on put me at risk or just a high blood sugar? Youll be fine. If your blood Gluccose levels are a bit elevated after the test, correct accordingly. Put it in perspective; type 1 diabetics survived for a long, long time long before home testing was even possible and much longer than that before insulin pumps were even imagined It would probably take a few days before you become deathly ill. A few hours before you become real high and start feeling sick. An hour or two may cause your blood sugar to rise, but it should be easy enough to correct after the test. You can go without insulin for an hour and a half. For me, if I could, I would eat just before (taking insulin with it). This would probably make you go a bit high, but high is better than low short-term. The onl Continue reading >>

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  1. Andrew Kennedy

    Hi All,
    Im new to this - recently diagnosed with T1 on Tuesday
    This may seem like a stupid question - but in the event that Insulin injections ran out (yes I know I sound like an armageddon skeptic) would we be able to survive without the injection purely based on a diet of vegetables and meat?
    Andy

  2. Mini-Vicki

    Welcome to the forum! Sorry to hear of your diagnosis, how did it come about?
    In answer to your question, no we wouldn't be able to survive without the insulin. Vegetables all have some degree of carbohydrate in, and protein converts to glucose eventually, but at a much slower rate. Also, our liver pushes out glucose when we need it too, so we need insulin to cover all of these things.
    In the morning, I can wake at a good number, and when I'm up and moving about my BG will rise without me eating anything at all!
    What insulin regime have you been started on? I think the likelihood of running out of insulin is extremely small, so don't worry!

  3. SB2015

    An Vicki has said, without insulin we would not survive. So we have to inject every day to deal with the glucose that our liver releases and that which comes from any carbohydrates we eat. Your body in the early stages may have some beta cells that have not given up the ghost yet, but you will need injections every day from now on. It will take time to work out how much you will need and your Diabetes Specialist Nurse will help you with this , and help you adjust the doses to start with. Once things settle down you will gradually make your own adjustments to doses based on what you have eaten.

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Diabetes Life Expectancy

Tweet After diabetes diagnosis, many type 1 and type 2 diabetics worry about their life expectancy. Death is never a pleasant subject but it's human nature to want to know 'how long can I expect to live'. There is no hard and fast answer to the question of ‘how long can I expect to live’ as a number of factors influence one’s life expectancy. How soon diabetes was diagnosed, the progress of diabetic complications and whether one has other existing conditions will all contribute to one’s life expectancy - regardless of whether the person in question has type 1 or type 2 diabetes. How long can people with diabetes expect to live? Diabetes UK estimates in its report, Diabetes in the UK 2010: Key Statistics on Diabetes[5], that the life expectancy of someone with type 2 diabetes is likely to be reduced, as a result of the condition, by up to 10 years. People with type 1 diabetes have traditionally lived shorter lives, with life expectancy having been quoted as being reduced by over 20 years. However, improvement in diabetes care in recent decades indicates that people with type 1 diabetes are now living significantly longer. Results of a 30 year study by the University of Pitts Continue reading >>

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  1. testerz123456

    How long can I live w/o insulin (T1)

    Hi there,
    I'm 25 years old, have been diabetic (type 1) for about 6 years. I'm running out of money and I'm wondering, if I eat a low carb diet, how long I can go w/o insulin for? Will I die? I spent 2 of those 6 years doing little but heroin (diabetic needles made it convenient), so I didn't use to eat much.
    I don't have money for a doctor or for the good insulin (RX + $100 vial of lantis, humlog, etc).
    Any advice?

  2. testerz123456

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by testerz123456
    Hi there,
    I'm 25 years old, have been diabetic (type 1) for about 6 years. I'm running out of money and I'm wondering, if I eat a low carb diet, how long I can go w/o insulin for? Will I die? I spent 2 of those 6 years doing little but heroin (diabetic needles made it convenient), so I didn't use to eat much.
    I don't have money for a doctor or for the good insulin (RX + $100 vial of lantis, humlog, etc).
    Any advice? I just realized my profile says diagnosed in 2009, but I can't change it for some reason.

  3. Shanny

    A type 1 will die without insulin. Even eating low-carb doesn't help if your pancreas makes no insulin at all, and even if it makes a little bit, it isn't enough for your body's needs.
    But insulin can be purchased at Walmart for lots less money. It isn't the prescription brands like Lantus & Humalog, etc. but you could get by I think. There are others here with so much more experience who can explain what it is and how it's used. I'm sure they'll check in soon. Stand by, okay, tester?

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