Your First 3 Months on NovoLog®

Your first few months taking NovoLog® are very important. Below is a Top 10 list of tips and facts to help you get started on NovoLog® and make the first 90 days until your next A1C test count.

  1. Make sure you fill your NovoLog® prescription right away, even if you received samples from your health care provider.  You don’t want to miss a dose. If cost is a concern, the makers of NovoLog® offer support for those who qualify
  2. NovoLog® is not a quick fix or temporary solution; even after your A1C improves, you will still need to take it to help manage your diabetes
  3. Work NovoLog® into your daily routine, like brushing your teeth
  4. Measuring after-meal blood sugar (PPG) is key to success with NovoLog®. You may see changes in your PPG as you work with your diabetes care team over the next few days and weeks to adjust your NovoLog® dose
  5. We all have busy schedules but NovoLog® offers adjustable dosing that can be tailored to your activity and eating patterns
  6. Some medicines are designed to be taken only when you feel sick. However, insulin needs to be taken as prescribed for it to work. You cannot always tell what your blood sugar is based on how you feel, so it’s important to keep taking NovoLog®
  7. Low blood sugar (also called hypoglycemia) is a common side effect of all insulin, but there are ways to help address it if it happens. It's important to know the signs and symptoms of hypoglycemia
  8. It may take some time before your blood sugar levels improve. Don’t assume NovoLog® is not working if after a few days of testing your blood sugar, you’re not seeing your goal numbers just yet. The important thing is to take your NovoLog® as prescribed
  9. Be patient and keep at it–diabetes management is a marathon, not a sprint!
  10. Join Cornerstones4Care® and get access to the Diabetes Health Coach – an online support program specifically designed to help you get through your first 90 days on NovoLog®


With the Cornerstones4Care® Diabetes Health Coach:

  • Track your progress as you start to make changes in your life
  • Get periodic phone calls from a Certified Diabetes Educator


Keep learning with e-coaching sessions and videos that cover topics that matter to you, including:

  • Taking Medicine by Injection
  • Changing Behavior
  • Identifying Your Goals and Motivation
  • Fitting Injections Into Your Daily Routine
  • Checking Blood Sugar and A1C

Find support every step of the way with personalized e-mails, tips, and reminders.


Additionally, as a member of Cornerstones4Care®, you will get personalized access to:

Meal Planning Tools—Plan and track your meals, and create a menu of tasty, diabetes-friendly dishes

Diabetes E-books—Free, educational e-books designed to help you learn more about your diabetes

Interactive TrackersKeep track of your A1C, weight, and blood sugar


Reach out to your diabetes care team

  • Keep your first follow-up visit with your diabetes care team
  • Share progress or issues with your diabetes care team
  • Join a diabetes support group or attend a diabetes event in your area


Important to-do list

  • Don’t forget to refill your prescriptions—to help you remember, you can set a medicine reminder using Diabetes Health Coach
  • Discuss your care plan with your diabetes care team to see if it can be improved
  • Schedule an eye exam and foot exam
  • Set up an appointment with a mental health professional if you feel discouraged or depressed
  • Reward yourself and stay focused on the good things
  • Find ways to relax and relieve stress
  • Make it a habit to get plenty of sleep each night
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The Cornerstones4Care® Diabetes Health Coach can give you the extra support you need, especially during your first 90 days (3 months) of taking your mealtime insulin.

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