allow 4 hours between insulin injections?

By sweetmelissa1 Latest Reply 2011-04-04 20:00:59 -0500
Started 2011-03-30 13:58:32 -0500

on a recent visit to my endocronologist, he mentioned (in passing!) that diabetics should not inject insulin more often than once every four hours. i am type 1, take Lantus every 12 hours and inject Humalog every time before i eat.

i used to wear a pump which provided a steady drip of Humalog…not just once every 4 hours. and i often take bolus injections to correct high BGs.

anyone heard of this 4 hour limitation before? know the logic or science behind it? i've been diabetic for 15 years and with this same doctor for 12 of them. i see nutritionists every few years, read everything i can get my hands on, belong to online groups like this one…still, i've never heard of this before!

5 replies

jenugen 2011-04-04 20:00:59 -0500 Report

I have type 2 and my doctor said the same thing. I was told to get 3 or 4 carbs at meals and 2 or 3 for my snacks. So far this has worked great for me. The calorieking website has been wonderful in helping me figure how many carbs are in homemade foods.

Erin P
Erin P 2011-04-04 19:44:44 -0500 Report

I've not heard that, but how could that be if u correct for highs or to eat snacks. If that's the case then I shouldn't be taking Lantus in the am and before bed. Hmmm now u have med wondering.

kdroberts 2011-03-30 14:12:17 -0500 Report

The science behind it is kind of weak if you are moderately intelligent. It's a generalized rule to do with stacking insulin. Nothing bad is going to happen if you inject more than once every 4 hours as long as you aren't injecting more than you need.

jayabee52 2011-03-30 14:09:21 -0500 Report

Neither have I, Melissa.

I HAVE heard my bride's diabetic nurse say that she should take her NPH 12 hrs apart to even out her insullin use, but then she also took sliding scales of 2 different insulins at the same times as her NPH. Perhaps Endo was talking about the same type of insulin.

Did your endo set up your current dosing schedule? I think a call to endo to clarify might be in order