Last insulin shot before bedtime... befor or after snack

By BreC Latest Reply 2015-02-03 09:07:30 -0600
Started 2015-02-02 20:30:36 -0600

I try to have a small snack before bed. Nuts, popcorn, or raw veggies. I have my snack before my last insulin injection of the day. Don't know why I do it that way or if it is the right way. What do you do.

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Beach Betty
Beach Betty 2015-02-03 09:07:30 -0600 Report

I'm on the medtronics insulin Pump therapy. I'm new at this. So far I just put the amount of carbs in and the pump delivers. I would check your blood, and take your insulin accordingly. I was on Humalog quik pen during the day and Lantus at night. It's a good idea to stay consistent, whether its…insulin, or whatever you do with your diet. Have a great day.

Type1Lou 2015-02-03 08:21:54 -0600 Report

Is your nighttime insulin long-acting (like Lantus) or fast-acting (like Novolog or Humalog)? If long-acting, it's more important to try and take it at the same time each night since it provides for your basal insulin needs. If fast-acting, that is usually taken to handle any ingested carbohydrates and would be best taken before you eat your snack, unless your BG level before your snack is low. (You don't want to inject insulin if you are already hypoglycemic.) If your fasting BG's are good, that indicates that what you are doing works for you.

BreC 2015-02-03 08:39:26 -0600 Report

My bedtime injection is long acting Lantus. My fasting BS lately has been running 100-120. I do the last injection about 9pm.

DrJohn 2015-02-03 06:49:18 -0600 Report

Whatever works for you. There are no rules about this as long as you are covering your snack with insulin.

GabbyPA 2015-02-03 04:50:47 -0600 Report

It depends on how your insulin works and what your doctor set you up on. My insulin is every 12 hours, so I take it in the morning and then before bed. But mine is a long lasting insulin, so it may work different.

suecsdy 2015-02-03 02:01:42 -0600 Report

I have been told that a bedtime snack is good because 1) it keeps me from waking up hungry in the middle of the night( a problem when first dx) and 2) it helps your body have something to keep things running smoothly at night and avoid those morning highs. Also helps keep one from crashing in the middle of the night, a concern for me because I live alone. I don't usually have a problem in the morning unless I overstressed or did not pay enough attention to what I ate the day before. I will take my shot and then enjoy my little snack.

jayabee52 2015-02-03 00:38:02 -0600 Report

Howdy Bre
I am curious as to why you take a snack before bed. Is it to avoid a liver dump?
Just curious.


BreC 2015-02-03 06:12:12 -0600 Report

I don't have a snack every night. We eat dinner fairly early at 4pm, I have always tried to have a good supper ready when my husband gets home from work. He gets off at 3:30 most days and sometimes 5:30(we eat at 6 on those days). So a snack keeps me from waking up hungry in the middle of the night. I have a routine that I follow as close as I can. At 8pm I check my BS for the last time for the day. I take my meds around 8:30 and my insulin injection by 9pm. I usually am in bed by 10pm. If I don't feel well I may check BS again after taking the meds and the snack.