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Sun Sep 18 23:59:16 UTC 2011

I am a type 1.5 diabetic for the last 8 years......just starting on insulin for the last 3 months. Will I need more and more insulin as I get older??
Asked By: allench98  
Category: Insulin

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I have heard diabetes is a progressive disease.....does that necessarily mean stronger doses of insulin as I age??
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2011-09-28 13:03:11.0

Thank-you for contacting dLIfe.com regarding insulin usage increases as one ages and the progression of the disease.

You are correct that the disease is progressive and the secretion of insulin does decrease with age. This happens with everyone. The emands of insulin meaning high dosing depends on how your body remains sensitiy to insulin. This means how many md/dl (points on your meter) will decrease with one unit of insulin.

Working on healthy weight, good activity program, manageing the 7 healthy lifestyle behaviors will help somewhat in postponing increase in insuin demands in some people.

This is a normal progression with age and you are providing to your body exactly what would happen in the non-diabetic.

Stay well and stay self managed.

Accreditations: RN BSN CDE
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