What can I expect using insulin?

Patty Bonsignore


The first thing you can expect when taking insulin is that your blood glucose levels will be lower. This may not happen right away, because your doctor will usually start you on a dose lower than your body needs. You can expect that your dose of insulin will be gradually increased based on your blood glucose readings. Research has shown that it can take up to 12 adjustments to get to the correct insulin dose. For this reason, it will be important for you to keep in close contact with your doctor’s office when you are first starting insulin. Also, when first starting insulin, you may be asked to check your blood glucose level more often. The doctor will adjust your insulin based on these readings. Many people are concerned when they first start insulin that the injections will be painful, but are usually surprised at how little the injections hurt. It’s important to remember that insulin is safe, but can cause low blood glucose levels, so make sure to ask your healthcare provider how to prevent and treat lows.