How Much Do You Need?
Although there are no perfect answers, almost all Type 1s, and most people with Type 2, on insulin find their control is best when their long-acting insulin (Lente, NPH, Ultralente, or the basal rate on a pump) makes up 55% to 60% of their total daily insulin dose. This level lets you skip meals, and still keep your blood sugars relatively level.
How Do I Tell?
|H or R||L/N/UL|
|Breakfast||___ units||___ units|
|Lunch||___ units||___ units|
|Dinner||___ units||___ units|
|Bedtime||___ units||___ units|
|Subtotal||___ units||___ units = A|
|TDD||___ units = B|
Then divide your total long-acting insulin (answer A) by your TDD (answer B):
A / B = ____% as your Basal/Bolus Balance
Critical question: How close is your own TDD to 55% to 60%?
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Using Insulin takes you step by step toward excellent control. Whether you use one injection and pills, or six injections, you'll learn far more from this book than from any other!