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Fun with Fiasp.

As I mentioned in my previous post on this subject, my endocrinologist provided me with a sample vial of Fiasp so I could try it out in my insulin pump. This is only my opinion… before starting or stopping a medication, especially insulin, check with your doctor.

For anyone who hasn’t heard of it yet, Fiasp is Novo Nordisk’s faster acting insulin– in fact, Fiasp stands for Faster-acting Insulin ASPart. It was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration last September. I was able to try it out in my pump for about a week.

When I did an informal poll of this new insulin via Facebook, I got a series of answers. Some people love it, some hate it, some made adjustments, some went running back to their previous insulin. I really didn’t have an idea of what to expect before beginning my trial.

But I did think of some of the experiences shared on that thread when considering my own experience with Fiasp.

To begin with, let’s talk about the faster acting part of the equation. Maybe I’m a little more sensitive than I thought, but the first two or three boluses really hit me hard. Even if it took a little more time to kick in, when it hit me, my blood sugar would plummet.

The science behind this is a combination of Vitamin B3 and an amino acid known as L-Arginine. The first is to speed up the insulin’s absorption time, and the other is to help maintain the insulin’s stability.

After the first couple of boluses though, there didn’t seem to be any more of an impact with Fiasp than there was with the Novolog I’ve used up to now. The only difference I could notice was with pre-bolusing. I like to pre-bolus for a meal, but like anyone else, I’m not always perfect… sometimes I forget.

When that happened, the Fiasp allowed for some forgiveness of forgetfulness, allowing me to bolus late without any measurable post-meal BG spikes.

A couple of people mentioned feeling a burning sensation when injecting Fiasp. I didn’t really experience that. For me, it was more of a feeling like the insulin was thicker somehow, like something oversize was trying to squeeze its way past the tiny constraints of the cannula and under my skin.

Both times I changed out infusion sites while using Fiasp, I found blood about a foot up inside the tubing of my set. I don’t know if this phenomenon had anything to do with it, but blood in the tubing is a very rare occurrence for me.

It should also be noted that I’m using the now defunct Animas Vibe pump, which dispenses insulin at a rapid rate. If I had been using, say, a t:slim pump, which delivers insulin at a glacial pace, the result might have been different. You never know.

As far as in-range or out-of-range blood sugars go, there wasn’t really much difference between Fiasp and the Novolog I use on a regular basis. I had one post-workout BG in the upper 200s (mg/dL), which is not common for me. Otherwise, my highest highs were around 200.

Looking at the entire experience of my time on Fiasp, I can say that there just wasn’t much difference other than what’s noted above. In the end, yeah, there were differences… but not so much of a benefit using Fiasp that it’s going to make me want to go away from Novolog. Especially since Novo Nordisk products are not on my prescription provider’s formulary anyway.

If my out of pocket cost was less than what I’m shelling out now, I might make the switch. Same price? I’ll stick with what I have.

Again, this is just my experience using this drug. I’m not a medical expert. I also encourage you to learn more about Fiasp, by reading THIS from Diabetes Mine and THIS from diaTribe.

You can get additional first person accounts of Fiasp by reading about Julia’s experience HERE and Anna’s experience HERE.

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Liquid Splenda? A little goes a long way.

I was contacted recently regarding by a PR person asking if I’d like to try a sample of a new Splenda product: Splenda® Zero™ Liquid Sweetener.
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This is liquid Splenda. In case you didn’t know, I’m a Splenda fan, and when approached, I thought it would be fun to try this out. The idea is that this is Splenda’s formula, just in liquid form.

To set the table (no pun intended), Splenda is sucralose. It’s what goes into Coke Zero, which I really like. Another popular artificial sweetener is aspartame, which is what’s used in Diet Coke. And there’s your difference.

Up to now, we’ve only seen Splenda in granular form in the marketplace, and that’s been okay, because it still works in my morning coffee. How does liquid Splenda perform?

Very well, and very sweet (no pun intended). I mean, a little of this stuff goes a long, long way.

When I received my sample in the mail, I was surprised at how small the bottle was (1.68 fluid ounces), and I reached out to my contact at the PR firm that arranged the review and I asked whether the size I received was the actual retail size, or if it would be bigger. The answer was yes, what I received is the retail size, and it will sell for around $4.99 US.

Tasting it in my coffee, I understand why the bottle is so small. It packs quite the sweet punch. Ordinarily, a semi-heaping teaspoon of granular Splenda is what I’ll use in a typical cup of coffee. Or two packs of the stuff you see in a restaurant. In liquid form, that equates to one squirt of the bottle. More than that, and you really get extra sweetness.

I’m told that the new Splenda will go well in recipes, and I can’t wait to try it in my next batch of cornbread. I know, sweet cornbread. I’m one of those people. It’s the little something extra I go for when I’m enjoying barbeque, especially. Anyway, personal tastes aside, I can see this as something I might have in my cupboard for cooking. Not to replace sugar in things like pies, necessarily, but in things where I just need a little bump of sweetness, without the high glycemic boost that sugar brings. I suspect if you’re used to carrying a purse around every day, you could pack this little thing away and have instant artificial sweetness as close as your handbag.

If I were a thumbs-up or thumbs-down guy, I’d give this a thumbs up. Easy to figure out, still sugar free, the price isn’t crazy high. I hear it should be in your local store soon. Splenda® Zero™ Liquid Sweetener.

I was given a free sample of Splenda® Zero™ Liquid Sweetener to try at home. I not compensated in any way for my take on it, which is absolutely my view and cannot be bought with a little bottle of liquid sweetener. All opinions are my own.
 

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