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    vivian2013 posted:
    I'm new at taking insulin and have questions, when I wake up in the morning my sugar levels are very high (298) I take Lantus a time released insulin in the morning and Humalog throughout the day. Would it be better if I take the time released Lantus at night before I go to bed? Also the chart on how many units I should take of Humalog are just suggested guidelines, right?
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    mrscora01 responded:
    For some people, lantus does not work the full 24 hours and they split their dose and take it twice per day - sometimes a slightly larger dose at night.

    As for how much humalog you take, you are correct in assuming that the charts are just a guideline. What you take before a meal depends on both the amount of carb you are going to eat (insulin to carb ratio) as well as a correction dose if you need it. Keep in mind too that your ratios may be different at different times of day. Two excellent books to get to learn how to take care of yourself are "Using Insulin" and "Think Like a Pancreas". These books will tell you all you need to know about dosing and testing.

    Don't forget too that you need to test a lot when you are taking insulin. Some docs kind of forget to mention this.

    Best of luck to you. Feel free to ask lots of questions.

    Cora
    T1 1966, Dialysis 2001, kidney transplant and pump 2002, pancreas transplant 2008


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