slow acting insulin

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sl0042 DAFNE Graduate
NHS Lothian
2 posts

I have had type 1 diabetes for 6 1/2 years; I am 75 years of age.
My big problem is the fast acting insulin acts slowly; I started on Apidra & it was taking 3 hours to have an effect; I moved on to FIASP & on the instructions it said it had to be taken 0 - 1 minute before eating;
it still took 3 hours; I am now back on Apidra.
What am I doing wrong because my because my blood sugar levels are higher than they should be.
Thanks

michaelj DAFNE Graduate
South East Kent PCT
41 posts

I'm 78 and also sometimes have problems with insulin absorption especially in the tummy area. Unfortunately as we get older we tend to build a layer of fat around our middle and this interferes with insulin absorption. If you are injecting in the tummy area that could explain why you are having a struggle. You may have to use the thighs or the buttocks which is what I do. Not so hard as it sounds. I'm lucky as my missus is also happy to stick the needle in to my upper arms. Best of luck.

sl0042 DAFNE Graduate
NHS Lothian
2 posts

thanks michaelj I will try that