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Getting Over the Hurdles

Getting Over the Hurdles

There can be a lot of reasons why you don’t want to take insulin. Here are some ways to work around them.

It’s a fact of life with type 1 diabetes: You have to take insulinInsulinA hormone made by the beta cells in the pancreas that helps sugar move from the blood into the cells. Insulin is also an injectable medicine that is used to treat diabetes by controlling the level of sugar in the blood. like your doctor says for it to be as effective as possible. But that doesn’t mean that sometimes it doesn’t get tough to stay on course. Here are some common issues people with diabetes face and ideas for getting past them.

My medicine costs too much

Taking medicine is too inconvenient

I have a hard time remembering when to take insulin

I don’t like taking insulin

I'm afraid of side effects

I am confused about how and when to take insulin

I don’t think insulin is helping me

“My medicine costs too much.”

Speak with your diabetes care teamDiabetes care teamYour diabetes care team may include: a primary care doctor, a diabetes and hormone doctor (endocrinologist), a registered nurse, a diabetes educator, a dietician, a heart doctor (cardiologist), a foot doctor (podiatrist), an eye doctor (ophthalmologist/optometrist), a kidney doctor (nephrologist), a dentist, a pharmacist, and a mental health professional.  if you have trouble paying for your medicine. Novo Nordisk has several affordability resources and savings programs including a Patient Assistance Program (PAP). To see if you are eligible, call 1‑866‑310‑7549 from 8 AM to 8 PM ET Monday through Friday, or visit NovoCare.com. You can find more ideas for saving money here.

“Taking medicine is too inconvenient.”

Having trouble fitting your diabetes care plan into your daily life? Are you not taking your insulin as directed because you feel it’s too big of a burden? Speak with your diabetes care team and see what simple changes can be made to help your diabetes care plan work better for your lifestyle.

“I have a hard time remembering when to take insulin.”

Speak with your doctor about your medicine schedule. Then, you can add it to your own daily routine.

“I don’t like taking insulin.”

When you understand the benefits of your medicine, it can be easier to accept that you need it. Some people may not like the idea of taking medicine. But know that keeping your blood sugarBlood sugarOr blood glucose. The main sugar (glucose) found in the blood, and the body’s main source of energy. as close to your target range as possible will help reduce the risk of other health problems. Also see What Happens if I Don’t Take Insulin.

“I’m afraid of side effects.”

All medicines, including insulin, have possible side effects, and some can be serious. Not everyone will get every side effect. It is very important to let your doctor know how you feel while taking your insulin, because he or she may be able to offer help. You are also encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

“I am confused about how and when to take insulin.”

Keep a written plan handy so that you know how and when to take insulin and how much to take. Ask your doctor to help you with this plan. Keep your plan near your medicine. Ask your care team questions until you are clear on what you need to do and how to do it.

“I don’t think insulin is helping me.”

If you don’t think that your current treatment plan is helping you, or you think your blood sugar is not well controlled, speak with your doctor. Some adjustments to your treatment plan may be needed. Only your diabetes care team will be able to tell for sure how well your medicine is working, so don’t stop taking it without speaking to them.

Talk with your doctor if you are not reaching your blood sugar goals.

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