I'm on oral medication currently, but am still fighting to get my sugar down. If the doctor puts me on insulin how will I know how much to take? Is there a way I can calculate it?

Patty Bonsignore


Sometimes doctors will start their patients on insulin based upon the patient’s weight, but most often they will start patients on a dose of insulin that is much lower than their body will likely need (may-be 10 units of basal insulin to start with). This dose will then be increased according to the blood glucose results you get on your meter. For this reason, most doctors will ask patients to check their blood glucose levels more often when starting insulin. It can take several adjustments before a person gets to a dose that effectively lowers their blood glucose numbers. The amount of insulin you will need will depend on how your blood glucose levels respond -- there is no one set dose for everyone.

March 8, 2012 at 9:47 pm