Insulin sliding scale units

By YankeeLady Latest Reply 2015-03-16 16:18:40 -0500
Started 2015-03-14 17:47:14 -0500

Hi — can anyone tell me what the sliding scale of Novolog insulin is ?? I keep taking too much and hitting bottom—- yikes — I have one I found on the Internet but ?? it's different than I've ever seen—s so now? seems like I don't get enough !! argggggh —- can anyone help- just want to compare

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MarkS 2015-03-16 15:37:09 -0500 Report

A sliding scale is specific for each person. Its the units of insulin required to metabolize the grams of carbohydrate consumed. Everyone is different and it may differ depending upon the time of day as well as physical activity. It sounds like you are injecting to much insulin per gram of carbohydrates. It is also good to know your blood glucose to insulin ration so that when your blood sugar is not in your acceptable range, you know how much insulin to inject to get it to the acceptable range.

suecsdy 2015-03-15 16:11:48 -0500 Report

Ok, here is what I was told, but this was for me and probably not a general rule or guideline. I take 4 units of novalog with my meals. If my pre-meal reading is above 150, then I take 6 units; above 180(I think) add 2 more units, etc. I just looked through my paperwork and could not find it. It has been a long time since I needed to reference it, since I have never had to go above 6 units. The best thing would be to ask your Dr.

YankeeLady 2015-03-15 21:15:05 -0500 Report

ok— thanks - I get it — won't hold u to it — I guess I need to have a pow wow with my doc — oh well

YankeeLady 2015-03-15 15:40:51 -0500 Report

well I declare !! I have never had any doctor give me this information !! wow- I have never been to an Endo doc didn't think I needed it I guess — well — I have an appt coming up soon- so I'll ask - thanks to all of you for your posts

valentine lady
valentine lady 2015-03-15 13:40:04 -0500 Report

Hi. Yankee Lady,
When I was still on medication I used sliding scale. It's a very
Personal thing assigned by your Dr. just for you. You can not
get one from the internet that is suited just for you. You can cause more damage than good. Please contact your Dr. and
talk to him/her. Your Dr. may have to work on your Novolog.
I'll keep you in my prayers…VL

YankeeLady 2015-03-15 15:50:01 -0500 Report

thank you dear— I appreciate the prayers- it all helps so much— I return it also- it helps me feel so NOT alone — blessings to you

jayabee52 2015-03-15 08:24:00 -0500 Report

Howdy Yankee Lady
When my late wife was alive she needed to use 2 sliding scales for 2 specific insulins ("R" and "aspart"). Those sliding scales were created for her specifically by her Endo, and were changed occasionally when her logbook showed him that a tweak needed to be made.

I wouldn't trust any sliding scale found on the internet as to be effective it needs be tailored for the person for which it is intended.

Heidi's suggestion to contact Dr is spot on from my experience.

God's best to you

YankeeLady 2015-03-15 15:44:11 -0500 Report

Well - I just use it as guideline - not always exactly what it says — I sort of self medicate with insulin and go by my numbers— the only info I got from any doc was to be between 80-100 in the morning !! seems like I'm at 120-140= but finally today: 105 this morning— so I guess I adjusted pretty well — thanks for your answers and prayers - God's best to you also

lilleyheidi 2015-03-15 01:15:51 -0500 Report

I'm not sure, but I think every doctor gives different sliding scales to each patient. I could be wrong about that, but I would call your doctor and ask what you are supposed to be going for for sliding scale. Sorry I can't be more help.