Insulin is used to treat
type 1 diabetes. There are several different
types of insulin, and most people with type 1 diabetes
need a combination of long-acting and short-acting insulins.
Never skip a dose of insulin without the advice of your doctor. Be sure to know:
The dose of each type of insulin you are taking.
The daily schedule for your insulin injections. Usually people
with type 1 diabetes take a long-acting insulin once or twice a day and a
short-acting insulin with meals.
How long it takes for each type of insulin to start working
(onset), when it will have its greatest effect (peak), and how long it will
work (duration). See a table that shows this information about
types of insulin.
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Your level is currently
If the level is below 70 and you are experiencing symptoms such as shaking, sweating or difficulty thinking, you will need to raise the number immediately. A quick solution is to eat a few pieces of hard candy or 1 tablespoon of sugar or honey. Recheck your numbers again in 15 minutes to see if the number has gone up. If not, repeat the steps above or call your doctor.
People who experience hypoglycemia several times in a week should call their health care provider. It's important to monitor your levels each day so you can make sure your numbers are within the range. If you are pregnant always consult with your health care provider.
Congratulations on taking steps to manage your health.
However, it's important to continue to track your numbers so that you can make lifestyle changes if needed. If you are pregnant always consult with your physician.
Your level is high if this reading was taken before eating. Aim for 70-130 before meals and less than 180 two hours after meals.
Even if your number is high, it's not too late for you to take control of your health and lower your blood sugar.
One of the first steps is to monitor your levels each day. If you are pregnant always consult with your physician.
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