I got an ugly look recently at what it used to be like to be type 1 diabetic.
On Friday, for a study I am participating in, I was put on an older 12-hour insulin called NPH. I've heard that when Lantus replaced these older long-acting insulins, they revolutionized the way a diabetic lives, but I had no idea how true this was until this weekend. I was diagnosed shortly after Lantus came out, and never had to use anything else.
Well, let me tell you, NPH sucks. This is why diabetics didn't used to be able to delay or skip meals! Good heavens. I fight crashing from lunchtime until well after dinner, but when I wake up in the morning, my blood sugar is sky high. I rarely ever have readings over 400, but I've woken up with my blood sugar that high two mornings in a row now.
It is destroying my life. I have to snack and purposely run my sugars high, so that I won't crash while I'm doing something like riding my horse. Then I feel like crap all the next morning while my blood sugar comes down from its ridiculous high.
Luckily, I'm only on NPH for a week, and let me tell you, I can't wait to get back on a real long-acting insulin! If you still take NPH — and I know there are type 1 diabetics out there who do — do yourself a favor and ask your doctor about switching to Lantus and a short-acting insulin such as Humalog. You'll be amazed at the freedom you get from more modern insulins.