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Levemir® FlexPen®

> Can be used by children as young as 2 years old with type 1 diabetes
> Is Pregnancy Category B
> Can be used in combination with a GLP-1 therapy and diabetes pill

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Tips to Support a Loved One with Diabetes

Food and nutrition choices

Consider someone’s personal eating habits when helping to prepare a diabetes-friendly meal plan for them. You can also think about what time of day he or she usually eats.

These are some important factors when making food choices:

  • Include vegetables, whole grains, fruits, low-fat meat and dairy, beans, and fish in the meal plan
  • Look for ways to include “good fats”, such as almonds, pecans, and olive oil
  • Find a good, balanced mix of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats
  • Carefully measure portion size
  • Limit the amount of “junk food” (such as candy, chips, pastries, and other high-calorie snacks) in the house

A dietitian or nutritionist can be helpful for creating a meal plan. They can also answer questions you may have about food for people with diabetes and help provide recipes and create shopping lists.

Communicating with doctors

Your support means a lot to your loved one. When you come along during visits to the doctor, you can help make the visit more productive in several ways:

  • Remember and write down questions and concerns that you have about your loved one’s condition. You can ask them during your visit
  • During your visit, ask the doctor to repeat anything that seems unclear, especially if it seems like your loved one feels the same way
  • You can write down what the doctor says during your visit and compare notes with your loved one afterward

Caring for yourself

The role of caregiver can be a lot of pressure. Your loved one depends on you to help them manage their diabetes and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

One thing to remember in all of this is to take care of your own needs. With all of the time and energy you devote to your loved one, your needs may get lost in the mix. Remember, if you’re not taking good care of yourself, you won’t be able to care for someone else.

Be sure to go out and do the things you normally do to relieve stress. This could be attending a yoga class, spending an afternoon at the park, or simply relaxing with friends. You should also consider taking a vacation once or twice a year, even if it’s just for a long weekend.

Caregivers of Levemir® FlexPen® Users

Levemir® FlexPen® is an insulin analog that works all day, when taken once or twice daily, with a low rate of hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar. When you’re using Levemir® FlexPen®, you have support in the form of financial assistance and rich tools and support on LevemirCare™.

Selected Important Safety Information

What are the possible side effects of Levemir®?

• Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), including when too much is taken. Some symptoms include sweating, shakiness, confusion, and headache. Severe low blood sugar can cause unconsciousness, seizures, and death.

• Other side effects include injection site reactions (like redness, swelling, and itching), skin thickening or pits at the injection site, if taken with thiazolidinediones (TZDs) possible heart failure, and weight gain.

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