Afrezza: Extreme Glucose Challenge

This video is a follow-up to the Extreme Coke Challenge.

Using fast-acting emergency glucose with 5g more sugar than the can of coke, and a higher starting blood glucose level, we see how Afrezza deals with this unlikely situation. Afrezza is so fast it doesn’t need a head start. This video shows why Afrezza is less effective when taken before a meal, and should be taken at least 10 minutes after starting most meals.

It is of interest that the final glucose reading in Coke video at 85 minutes after drinking the coke was 6.0 mmol/L. In this video, the glucose reading was 6.4 mmol/L at 80 minutes after drinking the glucose. This is 0.4 mmol/L difference between the two videos, which is identical to the starting difference. This suggests the results would have stayed in the non-diabetic range if Afrezza was not taken in advance.

Update: It will be interesting to re-run this experiment without giving Afrezza a head start, and see how different the result is now that I have switched basal.


The unedited video can be downloaded below.

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Afrezza: Extreme Coke Challenge

This impressive video demonstrates how Afrezza works very differently to previous treatments for Type 1 diabetes.

Although I’m only 3 weeks in and still working it all out, I’m beginning to see how Afrezza can really widen the range of foods I could eat while still improving my glucose control. This is the best demonstration I could think of to show off its capabilities. For non-diabetics, read this for real experiences of would happen without Afrezza.

I did this test on an empty stomach. I started at 11:57am, the only thing I had consumed was a coffee at 9:27am. For this I had the small Afrezza dose (blue), so there was no residual glucose lowering going on.

I couldn’t have done this even a week ago, and feel like I am getting better control of my diabetes and a better understanding of Afrezza every day.
Carbs: Ice-cream 15.2g + 375mL Coke 40g = TOTAL 55.2g sugar
Lantus: 7u AM, 9u PM – (before Afrezza, Lantus was 10u AM, 9u PM)

Also see a follow up experiment using emergency glucose here.

The unedited files can be downloaded below.


Update: The results for this experiment may be even more impressive now that I have further optimised my basal insulin type and dose. Expect a re-run in the future.


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