Re: [IPk] Change of insulin Pork - Dave Bayley please read
Very glad to hear that you are finally using a pump after so many years of
trying to get one.
YES, animal insulin (pork or beef) is available in the UK. Please click the
link below and you will see the information:
YES, you can use animal (pork or beef) insulin in a pump. Prof. John
Pickup, one of the 'fathers of insulin pump therapy', who is on staff at
King's in London, has experience of supervising insulin pump therapy with
animal insulin. Yasmine Khan, who used to be an active contributor to this
e-mail list but hasn't been around much recently, got a referral from her
local clinic so that she could see him when she was not feeling well with
rDNA ("human" insulins or insulin analogue) insulin products. Prof. Pickup
has been involved in insulin pump therapy since before rDNA ("human")
insulin was available so he and some of his colleagues from the early days
of pump therapy are very helpful when it comes to using animal insulin in a
!!!!!!!!!You CAN get animal insulin in the UK and you CAN use animal insulin
in a pump!!!!!!!
You SHOULD get a referral for the advice of a consultant who has experience
of using either animal insulin OR Actrapid (for the time/action profiles of
Actrapid and animal insulins are similar) before filling your pump with
animal insulin on your own. Most of the books and websites these days talk
about pump therapy with rapid-acting insulin analogues and it can be tough
to find tips geared towards slower-acting insulins. As John Neale says, it
is different to use animal insulin in a pump and it takes work to figure out
what to do when you change insulin types.
If you have had problems with all other rDNA insulins it might not be worth
your time to try Apidra - that is something for you to discuss with your
If your healthcare team refuse to give you a prescription for animal insulin
for use in your pump, contact John Davis of INPUT and he can explain your
options. His phone number is 01590 677763.
GET OFF the artificial insulin if it makes you ill!!!!!
Type 1 13 years; MiniMed pumper 7.5 years; Animas pumper 2 years 5 months
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From: "Dave" <email @ redacted>
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Subject: Re: [IPk] Change of insulin Pork
Date: Wed, 14 Jun 2006 23:50:18 +0100
Hello John. Have been pumping with a Medtronic 512 for just 3 weeks now. A
fantastic relief from MDI. Am using Novorapid but have never felt as well
as I did when on pork insulin. Have tried Humalog, Lantus and Levimer but
have had problems with them all. Fast acting Aprida may be next! Is pork
insulin available + suitable for pumping? You suggest stocks are not held
in the UK. I felt great on pork insulin for 28 years but now, on the modern
stuff, I feel ill. Thanks U lot. Happy pumper dave bayley.
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