Real people with type 2 diabetes talk about adding insulin

Lantus® SoloSTAR® Video – Real Life Story
When I found out I had type 2 diabetes, I learned as much as I could about it.

Mary Ellen:
I tried everything to manage my blood sugar . weight loss; oral medications; I went
on a strict diet. I still wasn’t reaching my blood sugar goals.

I knew I had to get my blood sugar under control. I went to talk to my doctor.

The doctor said that orals alone were no longer enough. I needed something more. I
needed to add insulin to my treatment plan.
The most common side effect of insulin is low blood sugar. Some people may experience
symptoms such as shaking, sweating, fast heartbeat, and blurred vision, while some experience
no symptoms at all. That’s why it’s important to check your blood sugar often.

At first, I was afraid. You know, nobody likes needles. The thought of giving myself a
shot scared me.

I educated myself on the importance of controlling my blood sugar and how insulin
could help me. I talked with my doctor about side effects of insulin such as low blood sugar,
which can be serious, and I learned about the importance of checking my blood sugar regularly.

Mary Ellen:
My doctor helped me get over my fears and incorporate insulin into my daily
Individual results may vary.

So I added insulin to my treatment plan.

After several months, my blood sugars went down. I took my insulin, watched what I
ate, exercised, and checked my blood sugars.
I remember thinking, “I should have done this sooner. Why did I wait so long?”

Now, I take my insulin with an insulin pen. I find it easy to use. I like that.

I’ll say this: you can’t get rid of diabetes, but you can manage it.

Mary Ellen:
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.
2012 sanofi-aventis U.S. LLC, A SANOFI COMPANY Indications and Usage for Lantus® (insulin glargine [rDNA origin] injection)
Prescription Lantus® is a long-acting insulin used to treat adults with type 2 diabetes and adults and 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.

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
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 breast-feed. 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. Please see additional Important Safety Information for Lantus® above or visit for full Prescribing Information.

2012 sanofi-aventis U.S. LLC, A SANOFI COMPANY


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