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See how these people with type 2 diabetes
manage their blood sugar.*

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There’s a reason why people with diabetes are prescribed Lantus® insulin to help lower their blood sugar levels. 

Mary Ellen's Journey

Mary Ellen is an active, married mother of three.

After feeling symptoms that led to her diagnosis of type 2 diabetes, she decided that she had to take care of herself before she could take care of her family. Under the advice of an endocrinologist, she changed her diet and exercise routine, and started taking pills. When that still didn’t get her blood sugar under control, her doctor suggested taking Lantus® once-a-day.

With additional help from a Certified Diabetes Educator,a Mary Ellen is happy to say that has been able to manage her blood sugar levels.

Title: Meet Mary Ellen


Super: Mary Ellen, Taking Lantus® (insulin glargine [rDNA origin] injection) SoloSTAR® Since 2007.


Mary Ellen: Hi, I'm Mary Ellen, and I have type 2 diabetes. I'm married and I have three children, and I live in the Bronx.

I like to conserve trees in the Adirondacks. I'm active in scouting. I like to do hiking. I like to take my mom out to eat.

I like walking my dog, which is one of many rescues that my family has.

I also like to play pool with my children, and sometimes I actually win.

I've learned that it's very important to take care of myself first, because if I'm not healthy and I don't take care of myself first, then I can't take care of others.

Title: Running Scared From the Diagnosis


Mary Ellen: Before I was diagnosed, I was tired all the time. I needed to eat every three hours and then every two hours, and I really couldn't get out of bed some days, and I was blaming it on some other health conditions that I have.

I had a lot of family members that had diabetes. My grandmother had diabetes, and she took insulin. She would cry, she'd get very emotional when she had to take her shots, and she'd get reactions to the shots. And I just grew up hearing all these things.

My family believed a lot of myths about taking insulin… "If you're on insulin, your diabetes is ... is terrible and you're really, really ill"; "Insulin was the last resort …"

Finally, I decided that I could not be in denial anymore because I had to start taking care of myself.

Title: Uncontrolled Blood Sugar


Mary Ellen: Well, I started out with my diabetes medications. First I did just only diet and exercise. When that didn't work, my doctor added a diabetes pill. Then I started with two pills, and switched pills, and then that still did not get my blood sugar under control.

I did see an endocrinologist who is a diabetes specialist, and he showed me how to control my blood sugars better.

He recommended that the first thing I should do would be to lose weight, and I did lose some weight, but it was very difficult, and it wasn't enough.

I realized then that if I was to be able to take care of my family, that I had to take care of myself, and I decided to take control of my uncontrolled blood sugar.

Title: Getting Help

Mary Ellen: I decided that the way I was going with just the diet, exercise, and oral pills was not the way to treat diabetes because it was not controlling my blood sugar. Something had to be added.

Finally, my doctor and I decided to consider insulin.

… I thought there would be all sorts of problems with my lifestyle, which was very active.

Super: The most common side effect of insulin is low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), which may be serious and life threatening.


Mary Ellen:And my doctor explained to me that there was an insulin I could take once-a-day, and I said, "Gee, I can do that."

And then, my blood sugar started to get under control.

Super: Do not take Lantus® if you are allergic to any of its ingredients.

Mary Ellen: I was on insulin about four years before I switched over to the Lantus® SoloSTAR® pen.

Title: Changing Perceptions


Mary Ellen: I had wonderful conversations with a certified diabetes educatora. She changed all of my preconceptions about insulin overnight. She showed me how to do an injection, which I found was really relatively painless. I was really surprised.


Super: Individual discomfort levels may vary.

My certified diabetes educator showed me how important it was to test my blood sugar regularly ... to write it down, to keep a log. She told me what to do if I had a low blood sugar reaction.

And I also thought it was really wonderful that she was able to work with me, with my meal preferences, to design a meal plan that I could live with.

She showed me how to balance the foods I ate, how to use exchange lists published by the American Diabetes Association. And this was something that I was able to do.

Title: Today's Advantage


Super: Before starting Lantus®, tell your doctor about other medicines and supplements you are taking and all medical conditions.


Mary Ellen: I feel it's much easier to manage my blood sugar today than my grandmother's time through diet and exercise and oral medications and the insulin that my doctor has told me to take.

We have so many great tools. We have insulin that we can bring with us anywhere in a pen.

I can test my blood sugar at any time. I can do this at home…

When I go hiking, I always take snacks just in case I have a low blood sugar reaction, and I'm prepared to do anything that I'd like to do.

Title: Sense of Accomplishment


Mary Ellen: Through the years, I did gradually lose weight, but I've done a lot better with that recently because I've been taking care of my mom, and I've been running up and down stairs all day, and that's really been the difference.

I do walk my dog in the evenings and that helps me actually to relax.

I lived with uncontrolled blood sugar for at least nine years, and when I did finally get control of my blood sugar, it gave me such a sense of accomplishment.

I'm still involved with scouting. I'm a Merit Badge counselor and I do actually train other scout leaders. I also enjoy hiking; and I do everything I like with my family. I'm an active person. I have to take care of them, too. I have to drive people everywhere. I'm, you know, "Mom's Taxi."

Title: It's Never Too Late 


Mary Ellen: I believe that every failure is a learning experience, and I've learned from my failures how to be successful.

I am so very happy that I've been able to manage my blood sugars.

I think it's important for me to tell my story because it's never too late to get control of high blood sugars.

The key to staying in control is balance. I take things one day at a time, one step at a time, and one dose at a time.

Super: Please click below for additional Important Safety Information.

Please click below for Full Prescribing Information.

Individual results may vary. Do not share needles, insulin pens, or syringes with others.

Do NOT reuse needles.

Charles’s Journey

Charles is a retiree from the Veteran’s Administration.

Charles was shocked when he discovered that he had type 2 diabetes, even though he felt a number of diabetes-related symptoms. But once diagnosed, he worked with a Certified Diabetes Educatora to learn about blood sugar tests, low blood sugar symptoms, and the importance of blood sugar management.

Now, he actively manages his condition with diet, exercise, and once-daily Lantus®. He also became inspired to get involved with the community and speak with people about diabetes.

Title: Meet Charles

Super: Charles, Taking Lantus® (insulin glargine [rDNA origin] injection) SoloSTAR® Since 2007.

Charles: Hi. My name is Charles, and I'm retired from the Veterans Administration.

I have two grandchildren and four great grandchildren. I enjoy spending time with them. We play games; we walk; we go to the movies; we go to restaurants.

I enjoy cooking with my family. We have a lot of fun cooking meals together.

And we enjoy each other's company.

I started painting approximately 12 years ago, and I painted with oils and with acrylic paints, but watercolors sort of really captured my mind, and that's what I've stuck with.

Title: Diagnosed on Thanksgiving

Charles: I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes on Thanksgiving Day, three days after my 70th birthday.

At the time, I was engaged to be married, and I had gone over to my fiancée's house for Thanksgiving dinner …

When she saw me, I had lost 30 pounds, and I had frequent urination, and hunger and thirst, and all the classic symptoms. And I'd been ignoring these, so she saw me and said I was going to the hospital, and took me to the emergency room.

When I found out that I had type 2 diabetes, I was shocked. I was amazed, in denial, and a little afraid.

Title: Educating Myself

Charles: I knew nothing about diabetes. No one in my family had had it. It was something completely alien to me.

I found out about type 2 diabetes by going on the Internet and researching it there, talking with my doctor, and talking with people that had diabetes.

Blood sugar levels are very important. I worked with my primary care physician to create a plan to control my blood sugar and set goals for it.

Title: Adding Insulin

Charles: My treatment plan wasn't helping me control my blood sugar. My doctor decided to add insulin at that time because he felt it would give me better control of my blood sugar.

My doctor and I chose to add insulin to my treatment plan, which included healthy eating, exercise, and other diabetes medications.

When my doctor suggested adding insulin to my treatment plan, I was afraid of a couple things. One was the fact that I was going to have to inject myself with needles.

I had this anxiety about insulin because I knew nothing about it, and I felt I had to learn about it.

I found out that insulin could be a tool to help me gain control of my blood sugar.

Super: The most common side effect of insulin is low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), which may be serious and life threatening.

Charles: I learned about the side effects of insulin online and from my doctor. A major side effect is hypoglycemia, which can be very serious.

Super: Work with your healthcare provider to find a dose that's right for you.

Charles: Once I started insulin, my blood sugar was up and down. I couldn't get it under control.

I continued on insulin even though I was having ups and downs because I didn't want blood sugar to control me.

My family gave me a great deal of support because they didn't want anything to happen to me.

Today, I'm in control of my blood sugar and it's a good feeling.

Title: Meeting My Certified Diabetes Educatora

Charles: I met my Certified Diabetes Educator, or "CDE" for short, shortly after I had been diagnosed with diabetes.

My CDE helped me by showing me how to eat healthier — less salt, less bad fats, and eating more fruits and vegetables. She also set me up with an exercise program

I exercise by walking. I have two 5-pound weights that I carry with me. I walk along Lake Michigan. I love the fresh air; it's exhilarating; and I get a good workout.

A person should talk with their doctor before starting an exercise plan because this could change their insulin requirements.

Super: Test your blood sugar levels while using insulin and do not make any changes without talking to your doctor.

Charles: My CDE said it was important for me to check my blood sugar regularly…to find out if I was having a blood sugar low.

If I had a blood sugar low, that it was important for me to take immediate action.

Title: Reaching Out, Inspiring Others

Charles: I became inspired to get involved with the diabetes community by speaking with people and interacting with them.

When I tell people my story, many of them react positively. They can empathize with me because they've gone through the same things that I've gone through.

I explain to people that insulin and a healthy meal plan, exercise, and other diabetes medications can help lower their A1C.

When I mention insulin, people are most afraid of injections — the needles. They think that the needles are large, and painful.

I tell them they need to educate themselves about it, talk to their healthcare provider or CDE, and realize that it's something that can help them.

When people see the insulin pen and the small needles, they think that, "Oh, I can do this."

People come up to me and let me know what they've accomplished — how they've gained better control of their blood sugar. And it's a very rewarding feeling.

Title: Adding Lantus® SoloSTAR®

Charles: A few years ago, I began using the Lantus® SoloSTAR® insulin pen.

Super: Do not take Lantus® if you are allergic to any of its ingredients.

Charles: I decided to switch to Lantus® SoloSTAR® because it has a 24-hour timeframe, and it helped me better control my blood sugar.

This is the Lantus® SoloSTAR® pen. As you can see, it looks like a pen. It has a clip on it. It's gray in color, so it's easy to identify. Here is a dial which you dial in your dosage, and if you take the cap off, at the top is where you screw in your needle, and you dial in your dosage and you can take your medication.

Super:
Lantus®
SoloSTAR® pen

  • Follow all instructions as indicated
  • Perform a safety test
  • Select your required dose
  • Inject and hold for 10 seconds

Narrator: Before injecting Lantus® SoloSTAR®, be sure to follow all instructions as indicated and perform a safety test to ensure that pen and needle are working properly. After selecting your dose, you should keep the injection button pressed all the way in and slowly count to 10 before removing the needle.

Super - Do not share needles, insulin pens or syringes with others.

Charles: As a traveler, I find the Lantus® SoloSTAR® insulin pen easy to use.

Title: My Life Today

Charles: In addition to spending time on the things I love, I'm thankful that I chose to spend time actively treating my diabetes and working at getting my blood sugar under control.

I don't feel that diabetes has held me back from doing any of the things that I love to do — traveling, spending time with my grandchildren, my great grandchildren, or painting.

The apartment building that I live in had planned on having an art show, and I placed several pieces in it that were prominently displayed. I've been commissioned several times to paint pictures for people.

Title: I'm In Control

Charles: I feel that it's important to tell my story so that people would know that diabetes shouldn't stop them from doing the things they wish to do and living their lives as well as possible.

I've learned on my diabetes journey that I control my blood sugar; I don't let it control me.

I'm not going to allow diabetes to paint me into a corner.

Super:
Please click below for additional Important Safety Information.

Please click below for Full Prescribing Information.

Individual results may vary. Do not share needles, insulin pens, or syringes with others. Do NOT reuse needles.

Shenee’s Journey

Shenee is a nurse with type 2 diabetes who enjoys an active lifestyle of bowling and fishing with her family.

When Shenee was diagnosed, she soon realized she had to follow the same type of advice she gave her patients. That included changing her diet, exercising more, and later, adding once-daily Lantus® insulin to her treatment plan.

Shenee understands that it’s important to support people in their effort to maintain a healthy lifestyle, so she spends time helping others understand the benefits and risks of insulin and the importance of blood sugar management.

Title: Meet Shenee

Super: Shenee, Taking Lantus® (insulin glargine [rDNA origin] injection) SoloSTAR® Since 2007.

Shenee: Hi. I'm Shenee Poe from Auburn, Washington. I enjoy bowling with my family... actually, I bowl with my husband more. My daughter bowls with us sometimes, but mostly it's my husband and myself, that we do a lot of bowling together.

I go fishing with my entire family. We started fishing when we were young kids, and my parents would always take us out. So we all go fishing together.

Other things that I like to do are, I like to read a lot ... I try to help my husband in the yard some and …I love to cook. There were a couple of things when I was growing up that I said I wanted to do, and be a nurse, be a chef and a photographer were on that list.

My husband and I cook a lot together. I really like different things—new exotic stuff … we'll just prepare something out of the blue, or we'll just open up a cookbook and say, "Okay, let's just try this."

Title: Warning Signs

Shenee: I first experienced symptoms of type 2 diabetes on a Labor Day weekend, when we were going camping and I realized I was having these excruciating leg cramps, and I couldn't figure out what was going on.

My husband tried to massage them out, and it wouldn't help. Nothing helped. It was extremely painful.

I thought about going to the hospital after the first half an hour and I couldn't figure out what was going on and I couldn't get rid of them. I wanted to avoid going to the hospital just because I didn't want the wait; I didn't want to embarrass myself if it wasn't something important.

Being a nurse, I noticed the signs and symptoms of a person with diabetes. So, my husband's a diabetic, so I decided to check my blood sugar. So I asked him for his meter, and we checked it, and it was around 320. I knew at that point something was wrong.

Title: Confirmed Diagnosis

Shenee: I called my doctor the moment we got back, and I let him know that I thought I had diabetes. When I went into the doctor's office, he ran a series of blood tests, and the one for diabetes did come back high.

When I told my daughter and my husband that I had diabetes, my daughter just said, "Okay, Mom. You're still Mom." It was like I didn't change, even though I thought I had.

When I talked to my doctor about options, we talked about oral medication. We talked about healthy eating and exercising more. I did know what the impact of diabetes was, and I was extremely scared. Being a nurse, I know the things that can happen if it's not controlled, and I know what can happen if it is controlled. So, I was really concerned about it.

As a nurse, I found it a little harder to cope with because I could always tell people what to do, but now I actually had to walk in their shoes and do it myself.

Title: Breaking Old Habits & Creating New Ones

Shenee: When I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, I had to change my eating habits. I have to think about the things that I eat more. I have to think about, is it lean? Is it healthier? I'm more carb-conscious. I had to change from eating a lot of fried foods, a lot of sweets.

My doctor suggested in my diabetes treatment plan that exercise and good eating worked hand-in-hand. I enjoy being more active with my husband and I wouldn't want that to change.

I started doing yoga with some girls from work. It's different. It's more of a meditation. You kind of meditate with yoga. You kind of breathe. You kind of relax. It's taking some of the stress off of you.

Exercise definitely changes your insulin needs, so that's why it's important to talk to your doctor and let them know what you're doing so that they can help you adjust appropriately.

Title: Adding Insulin to My Treatment Plan

Shenee: I realized insulin was the right choice for me when my doctor said it may lower my blood sugars.

Super: The most common side effect of insulin is low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), which may be serious and life threatening.

Shenee: He also explained the potential risk when taking insulin such as low blood sugars, which can be serious.

I do have to remind myself a lot to check my blood sugars.

Super: Test your blood sugar levels while using insulin and do not make any changes without talking to your doctor.

Shenee: I think it's the sticking myself with the needle. There is a big difference in showing someone how to check it and checking it yourself. You show them and you don't feel that, but when you have to check it yourself, you feel what they feel.

It took a little while, but as…I got used to it after a couple weeks, insulin blended into my normal routine well.

After my doctor and I chose to add insulin to my diabetes treatment plan, my blood sugar levels were at the goal that we set. My doctor's reaction to my blood sugar levels after adding insulin was amazing.

Super: Do not take Lantus® if you are allergic to any of its ingredients.

Shenee: He was happy that I could get my levels down that low.

The advice that I give my patients is to exercise, eat right, and take their medications, and now I follow my own advice.

Title: A Mentor to Others

Shenee: Being a person with diabetes, I have become a patient mentor, and what that means is, I have learned how to control my blood sugars, and I like to help other people try to do the same thing with theirs. Being a patient mentor has affected my life because it keeps me honest. It keeps me focused on my blood sugars, and I know that I'm in control of my blood sugars. That makes me feel so good that I can help other people try to do the same thing by lowering their blood sugars.

There is a personal connection when it's two people with diabetes. You understand each other. I notice that once I had diabetes and would talk to other people, they would listen more. We could communicate more. We had more of a common goal with each other.

How does it feel to be a patient mentor? It is such an exhilarating feeling to know that you are affecting other people's lives, that they're listening to your story and getting hope. It's nothing I would have ever imagined.

Title: Building a Support System

Shenee: For someone with diabetes, having a support system is very important.

My personal support system is my husband and my daughter because they're the closest people to me. They know my weaknesses. They can tell when I need help. So, those are the people that I choose for my support system.

Since I'm a nurse, I work with a lot of other doctors and nurses, and believe it or not, they keep me on my toes. They kind of watch what is brought in whenever we have lunch, so they kind of ... it's kind of a network of, "Let's look out for Shenee even though she doesn't know we're doing it."

Title: Don't Give Up

Shenee: The advice I would give someone who, umm, doesn't have good control of their blood sugar is, "Don't give up. Just keep at it, one day at a time. See your doctor, and just don't give up."

I think it's important to tell others my story because they need to know there's someone out there just like them—someone who's gotten their blood sugars under control, and they can do it also.

It feels great to be in control of my blood sugars. It feels like I have accomplished something. It makes me feel good about myself.

Super:
Please click below for additional Important Safety Information.

Please click below for Full Prescribing Information.

Individual results may vary. Do not share needles, insulin pens, or syringes with others. Do NOT reuse needles.

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