Sliding scale insulin is a method of treatment mostly for type 1 diabetics, but during acute illness may be used for type 2 also. it is relatively easy to follow. However, don't use this method unless your Dr. agrees!
It is a method to fine tne your insulin requirements and normalize your blood sugar levels.
For instance at mealtimes, your prescription for regular insulin may look something like this. Most sliding scales involve regular insulin.
X Units for blood sugar less that 180
Y Units for 181-240
Z Units for 241-320
XY Units for 321-400
YZ for sugars greater than 401
Take the insulin 1/2 hour before you eat. Humalog is taken 15 minutes before a meal.
This is a way to manage sugars before you eat and 2 hours after you eat. normally, you check your sugar right before you eat which determines the sliding scale dose you will use.
Always check your sugars after eating and at bedtime. Hopefully this will get things under control and you can go back to your regular regime once feeling better.
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