Yes, you can live off of iv fluids. Some patients will switch to a different type of IV fluid to manage their diabetes and some patients will switch to a different brand of insulin if their diabetes becomes more difficult to manage. It may be necessary to switch to a different insulin type or a different brand of insulin.
If you are going to use a lower-level IV infusion, talk with your doctor about the benefits and risks of switching to different products.
What can I eat?
You can eat whatever you want. Just be sure that what you are eating is high in protein. Some examples of foods that are high in protein include:
- Lean meats, poultry, and fish,
- Cottage cheese,
- Tofu, and
- Beans and peas.
What types of insulin should I use?
There are many different types of insulin available today. Talk with your doctor about which type of insulin is best for you.
There are two types of insulin available:
- Human insulin (Humulin R, Novolin R, Omnipres). This is a long-acting insulin that is given as a subcutaneous injection or an injection that is absorbed under your skin.
- Aspart, lispro, and glulisine (Novolog, Humalog, Humulin N, Novolog Duo, Toujeo). These are short-acting insulin that is given as an injection that is absorbed under the skin.
Talk with your doctor about which type of insulin is best for you. You may need to switch to a different type of insulin if you are having trouble controlling your blood sugar levels.
Your doctor may also recommend that you use an insulin pump. You can learn more about insulin pumps and their benefits and risks by reading this article.
Where can I get more information?
To find more information about diabetes and insulin-related questions, you can talk with your insurance company, call your local hospital, or talk with your doctor.
If you have questions about living with diabetes and your insulin, talk with your doctor or an endocrinologist.
Living with diabetes
Living with diabetes is a challenging and often frustrating condition. It will not be easy to live with diabetes if you do not have your own doctor and access to a diabetes education program.
Even if you have access to a diabetes care team and diabetes education program, it may still be hard to live with diabetes. Talk with your doctor about what you can do to help manage your diabetes and your symptoms.
The more you understand about living with diabetes and your symptoms, the better you will be able to manage them. Don’t forget to check your blood sugar level regularly.
Keep all of your medications and supplies in a safe place. Diabetes can be dangerous if your blood sugar level is too high or too low.
Your doctor can tell you more about ways to manage your diabetes and make it easier for you to live with the condition.
For more information about diabetes, visit:
- American Diabetes Association website
- Kaiser Permanente website
- American Association of Diabetes Educators website
For more information about insulin, visit:
- American Diabetes Association
- American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists website
- Canadian Association of Diabetes Educators website
For more information about insulin pumps, visit:
- American Diabetes Society website
- Canadian Diabetes Association website
- Diabetes Technology Society website
For more about living with a pump, visit:
- Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics website
- National Organization for Rare Disorders website
For more about living with insulin, visit:
- American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists
- Canadian Association of Diabetes Educators
- Diabetes Technology Society
For more about insulin pumps, visit:
- American Diabetes Society
- Canadian Diabetes Association
Living with type 1 diabetes
People with type 1 diabetes can have many different symptoms and complications. If you have type 1 diabetes, you may have to deal with:
- Nerve and kidney damage
- Weight loss
- Kidney failure
- Eye damage
- Painful wounds
- Poor blood flow
- Slow wound healing
- Delayed puberty
If you have type 1 diabetes, you may be at risk of developing other health problems, such as:
- Heart disease
- Low sex-hormone levels
- Poor wound healing
Type 1 diabetes may cause nerve damage. You may not be able to feel some of your feet, or the skin around your ankles, feet, and fingers. This is called peripheral neuropathy. This can cause your feet to burn and hurt. Your skin may feel tight and dry. You may also feel pain and cold. This type of pain and cold may go away, but it can come back.
People with type 1 diabetes may not be able to feel their hands and feet. This can cause problems, such as cuts and scrapes, scrapes, and infections. This can also cause problems with wound healing.
People with type 1 diabetes may also have problems with insulin production, and they may have low levels of insulin. Insulin is a hormone that helps your body use glucose (sugar). If you do not make enough insulin, your body may not have enough glucose (sugar) to function normally.
Some people with type 1 diabetes may develop cataracts. These are cloudy lenses in the front of the eye that can prevent you from seeing properly. This is called diabetic retinopathy.
Some people with type 1 diabetes have problems with nerve damage. If you have nerve damage, your hands and feet may hurt, even if you do not feel them. You may also have tingling, numbness, or pain in your hands and feet. This is called neuropathy.
If you have been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, you may be able to manage your condition with insulin and a continuous glucose monitor (CGM). Your doctor may also prescribe a pump.
People with diabetes must take medications and have regular blood sugar tests, and they need to take care of themselves and their skin.
People with diabetes must learn how to manage their condition and take care of themselves. They may need to do more physical activity and eat healthier. They may also need to avoid certain activities and keep their blood sugar level under control.
You may need to have your blood sugar levels tested more often to help keep your blood sugar within a healthy range.
If you have any questions or concerns about your diabetes or insulin, talk with your doctor or an endocrinologist
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