Diet, Exercise, and Lantus®
You didn't choose diabetes. However, you and your doctor can choose the right treatment
plan for you to balance diet, exercise, and diabetes medicines. By choosing to monitor
your blood sugar, plan your meals, and stay physically active, you're taking a positive
step toward blood sugar control.
Follow Your Meal Plan
People find it helpful to create their meals using a planning process. A simple
and popular one is the Plate Method. Using this method at lunch and dinner, you
would divide your plate into sections filling 1/2 with non-starchy vegetables, 1/4
with lean, low-fat protein, and 1/4 with carbohydrates (breads or grains). Then add an 8 oz. glass of milk or other small carb serving (light yogurt, for example), and a piece of fruit or salad.
Get to know which home-cooked, restaurant, and fast food meals meet your daily goals.
GoMeals® app can help you make good food choices for
your individual meal plan as suggested by your healthcare team.
Why Make Exercise a Part of Your Day?
Aside from giving you more energy, exercise makes your body more sensitive to the
insulin you make (or take). Physical activity also burns glucose (calories). Both
actions lower blood sugar.
Here are some ideas to help you get started:
Take the stairs instead of the elevator
When possible, ride your bicycle instead of driving
Go bowling, take a hike, or take a long walk
Find an activity you enjoy and fit it into your day
Talk to your healthcare team before you start any exercise plan.
Lantus®: Part of an Overall Diabetes Treatment Plan
By making Lantus® a part of your daily routine, along with eating
healthy and exercising, you are doing all you can to help control your blood sugar.
Download Our FREE GoMeals® Mobile App
The free GoMeals® iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, and Android application
makes it easy to access nutritional information, find restaurants, and keep track
of your food intake.
Get the right information at the right time
The Lantus® Day by Day Guide offers you valuable information and
helpful tips to help you get on track — and help you stay on track — with your Lantus®
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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
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
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 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.
Tell your doctor about other medicines 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 liver or kidney problems,
are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding or planning to
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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The health information contained herein is provided for general educational purposes
only. Your healthcare professional is the single best source of information regarding
your health. Please consult your healthcare professional if you have any questions
about your health or treatment.