I, too, have been classified as a Type 1.5 and I am not considered overweight,was just measured at 14.5% body fat (using calipers with tests repeated 3 times over multiple body areas), do not have a belly, love handles or muffin top. However, like yourself, my beta cells just don't produce sufficient insulin (probably none by now). However, I do use insulin judiciously, exercise regularly, carefully regulate my carb intake, and have been rewarded with an A1c that measured 5.0 shortly after my return from the Far East (my previous A1c was 5.2 taken six months prior). That was a bit surprisingly as I did experience a few high B.S. readings during my trip as the result of over-indulging in some of the 5-Star buffets that I had been invited to (yes, I do know better but sometimes the social environment and plentiful food selections will tempt even the most conservative diner.
I recently finished reading Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis. I did not eat any grain or wheat products while touring Asia and was able to eat considerably more fruit that I ever do here in the States. To be rewarded with an A1c of 5.0 makes me wonder if there's merit to Dr. Davis's claims that "modern wheat" is the major factor in obesity. I will provide a review of his book in a future thread but in the interim, do encourage everyone to read Dr. Davis's interesting viewpoints.View Thread
Mixtard 30 is human premixed insulin 30% of which is short-acting insulin and 70% is intermediate-acting, isophane insulin.
Humulin M3 is the nearest equivalent insulin to Mixtard 30. It is made by Eli Lilly and is also human premixed insulin made up of 30% short-acting insulin and 70% intermediate-acting, isophane insulin. The only pre-mixed insulin that will be available from Novo Nordisk is NovoMix 30, ananalogue premixed insulin 30% of rapid-acting NovoRapid [aspart> insulin and 70% protamine insulin aspart. This is not the same, nor even similar as NovoMix 30 has a very different peak and duration of action to Mixtard 30, as the chart below clearly demonstrates. The chart also demonstrates that Humulin M3 is more similar to Mixtard 30 than NovoMix 30.
So if you are forced to change from Mixtard 30, then the nearest equivalent insulin is Humulin M3. Clearly, Novo Nordisk will want people to stay with their brand of insulin, in this case NovoMix 30, and you may be advised to do this but remember, this is not the same. IDDT's advice is to discuss your options with your diabetes team and if you want the nearest equivalent insulin, then ask to change to Humulin M3 and not NovoMix 30.
The above information was extracted from the www.iddt.org website. If your local pharmacy doesn't carry the Humalin M3, it is not uncommon for insulin users to just purchase two separate vials in an emergency (one each of short-acting and intermediate-acting insulin and inject the dosages separately). View Thread