Injecting after eating

By Psycon Latest Reply 2013-12-18 18:01:00 -0600
Started 2013-12-12 06:45:01 -0600

Hi. I was wondering if say I have my insulin before eating and dont put enough in so that after eating my sugar levels are still high, could I then give myself a little more insulin to bring it down a bit more?

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6 replies

Rebelove 2013-12-18 18:01:00 -0600 Report

Please consult your doctor before doing this. Injecting more insulin after a meal MIGHT be an option, but it depends on what type of insulin you are on. Some are long-acting, and some are short acting. If this were a commonly acceptable practice, diabetics like me would eat whatever we wanted, then just take a shot for it. You might also need to be on an oral diabetic medication, or an additional injection like Byetta or Victoza with meals. Be careful, stay informed, and let me know how you're doing! :)

IronOre 2013-12-12 13:03:55 -0600 Report

Yes, you can, you just need to figure the amount of insulin to take to bring your level down. it varies a little bit with each individual.
For me for every 40 points above where I want to be I take 1 unit of Novalog. So if my reading is 200, and I take two units of Novalog, my level will be brought down to 120.
If you want to experiment with this a little bit a good place to start is for every 50 points too high, take one unit of insulin.
I find it rather amazing how constant to this works for me.
It you get to the point where you spill keytones (usually around 300 and over) then you will need more insulin to bring it down.
As Far as Jayabee's comments below; take them for what you want, but I find his advice usually flawed.

jayabee52 2013-12-12 07:05:04 -0600 Report

Howdy Psycon

If you are not on a sliding scale drawn up for you by your endo I would not recommend adding more insulin if your Blood Glucose (BG) levels are running high. You could over shoot and end up with a hypo. When I was taking NPH insulin I was told to take 15 units in the AM and 10 units in the PM. If I was running high BG levels, then I took a look at what I was eating, or what else might be happening to me. (stress, illness, ect)

My late wife Jem was one who needed a sliding scale because she quite frequently had BG levels in the 200 to 300 mg/dl range. That was when we used the endo's sliding scale he had worked up for her. (I had to administer it since she was totally blind)

Unless you are under an endo's care, and s/he has developed a sliding scale for you, I would NOT recommend doing what you suggest.

Praying all God's best for you and yours

James Baker

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