Prescription Lantus® (insulin glargine [rDNA origin] injection) is a long-acting insulin used to treat adults with type 2 diabetes and adults and pediatric patients (children 6 years and older) with type 1 diabetes for the control of high blood sugar. It should be taken once a day at the same time each day to lower blood glucose.

Do not use Lantus® to treat diabetic ketoacidosis.

Important Safety Information for Lantus® (insulin glargine [rDNA origin] injection)

Do not take Lantus® if you are allergic to insulin or any of the inactive ingredients in Lantus®.

You must test your blood sugar levels while using insulin, such as Lantus®. Do not make any changes to your dose or type of insulin without talking to your healthcare provider. Any change of insulin should be made cautiously and only under medical supervision.

Do NOT dilute or mix Lantus® with any other insulin or solution. It will not work as intended and you may lose blood sugar control, which could be serious. Lantus® must only be used if the solution is clear and colorless with no particles visible. Do not share needles, insulin pens or syringes with others.

Tell your doctor about other medicines, especially ones commonly called TZDs (thiazolidinediones), and supplements you are taking because they can change the way insulin works. Before starting Lantus®, tell your doctor about all your medical conditions including if you have heart failure or other heart problems, liver or kidney problems, are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding or planning to breast-feed. If you have heart failure, it may get worse while you take TZDs with Lantus®.

The most common side effect of insulin, including Lantus®, is low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), which may be serious. Some people may experience symptoms such as shaking, sweating, fast heartbeat, and blurred vision. Severe hypoglycemia may be serious and life threatening. It may cause harm to your heart or brain. Other possible side effects may include swelling, weight gain, injection site reactions, including changes in fat tissue at the injection site, and allergic reactions, including itching and rash. In rare cases, some allergic reactions may be life threatening.

Lantus® SoloSTAR® is a disposable prefilled insulin pen. Please talk to your healthcare provider about proper injection technique and follow instructions in the Instruction Leaflet that accompanies the pen.

Click here for Full Prescribing Information for Lantus®.

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Day 5: Why Make Small Changes?

Small changes may not seem like a big deal. And that's the point.

By not feeling like it's much of a burden, we tend to accept small changes into our daily lives. When we've added enough to these changes, we may then start to see the progress.

Divide Your Plate Up Right

A simple way to do this is through the Plate Method. By using this method when you eat, you're really not making a major change in your routine. You can still eat the foods you like. You're simply changing the proportions of what's on your plate. But that small change may help with blood sugar levels.

½

non-starchy vegetables

¼

breads, grains, and starches

¼

meat, fish, eggs, protein, or dairy products

+

An 8 oz. glass of milk or other small carb serving (light yogurt, for example)

+

A piece of fruit or fruit salad


Suggestions for Your Grocery List

Unless you're a dietitian, some of the foods listed above may not be familiar to you, or you may not know which kinds to look for. For example, what is a starch? Is whole-wheat bread better than Pumpernickel?

So here are a couple of ideas to help you get started:

Vegetables: Non-starchy and Low Carb

  • Spinach
  • Lettuce
  • Cabbage
  • Green beans
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Mushrooms
  • Celery
  • Radishes
  • Tomatoes
  • Cucumbers
  • Okra
  • Peppers
  • Turnips

Proteins: Meat, Fish, Eggs, or Dairy Products

  • Chicken or turkey without the skin
  • Fish, such as tuna, salmon, cod, or catfish
  • Other seafood, such as shrimp, clams, oysters, crab, or mussels
  • Lean cuts of beef and pork, such as sirloin or pork loin
  • Tofu
  • Eggs
  • Low-fat cheese

Carbs: Breads, Grains, or Starches

  • Whole-grain breads, such as whole wheat or rye
  • Whole-grain, high-fiber cereal
  • Cooked cereal, such as oatmeal, grits, hominy, or cream of wheat
  • Rice
  • Pasta
  • Tortillas
  • Cooked beans and peas, such as pinto beans or black-eyed peas
  • Potatoes
  • Corn
  • Lima beans
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Winter squash
  • Low-fat crackers and snack chips
  • Pretzels
  • Fat-free popcorn

Prescription Lantus® is a long-acting insulin used to treat adults with type 2 diabetes and adults and pediatric patients (children 6 years and older) with type 1 diabetes for the control of high blood sugar. It should be taken once a day at the same time each day to lower blood glucose.

Do not use Lantus® to treat diabetic ketoacidosis.

Important Safety Information for Lantus® (insulin glargine [rDNA origin] injection)

Do not take Lantus® if you are allergic to insulin or any of the inactive ingredients in Lantus®.

Please click here for additional Important Safety Information.

Please click here for Full Prescribing Information.

Important Safety Information for
Lantus® (insulin glargine [rDNA origin] injection)

Do not take Lantus® if you are allergic to insulin or any of the inactive ingredients in Lantus®.

You must test your blood sugar levels while using insulin, such as Lantus®. Do not make any changes to your dose or type of insulin without talking to your healthcare provider. Any change of insulin should be made cautiously and only under medical supervision.

Do NOT dilute or mix Lantus® with any other insulin or solution. It will not work as intended and you may lose blood sugar control, which could be serious. Lantus® must only be used if the solution is clear and colorless with no particles visible. Do not share needles, insulin pens or syringes with others.

Tell your doctor about other medicines, especially ones commonly called TZDs (thiazolidinediones), and supplements you are taking because they can change the way insulin works. Before starting Lantus®, tell your doctor about all your medical conditions including if you have heart failure or other heart problems, liver or kidney problems, are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding or planning to breast-feed. If you have heart failure, it may get worse while you take TZDs with Lantus®.

The most common side effect of insulin, including Lantus®, is low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), which may be serious. Some people may experience symptoms such as shaking, sweating, fast heartbeat, and blurred vision. Severe hypoglycemia may be serious and life threatening. It may cause harm to your heart or brain. Other possible side effects may include swelling, weight gain, injection site reactions, including changes in fat tissue at the injection site, and allergic reactions, including itching and rash. In rare cases, some allergic reactions may be life threatening.

Lantus® SoloSTAR® is a disposable prefilled insulin pen. Please talk to your healthcare provider about proper injection technique and follow instructions in the Instruction Leaflet that accompanies the pen.

Click here for Full Prescribing Information for Lantus®.
Click here for information on Sharps Medical Waste Disposal.

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