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1 Unit Insulin Lowers Glucose By How Much? Calculating Insulin/carb Ratio

Remember High School algebra? Problem after problem wondering, when am I EVER going to use this? I sure remember thinking that on more than one occasion. Well, it turns out math does have more practical application than balancing your checkbook, keeping a budget, and calculating tips for servers. If you have type 2 diabetes, simple math may be crucial to keeping blood glucose under control. Why? As it turns out, the total amount of carbohydrates is the single most significant factor in maintaining blood glucose control. While many other factors play a role – such as meal timing, quality of food choices, balance of food groups etc – consistently maintaining the proper number of carbohydrates at meal times is most significant. Foods Really Matter This means it is not only key to choose complex carbohydrate (not simple sugars) whole foods sources, but also to be conscientious of the amount of carbohydrates you regularly consume. The amount of carbohydrates to eat per day is a hot issue of debate, with recommendations ranging from 20 to 200+ grams per day! In most cases 200 grams is way too much for a diabetic, research indicating that a lower carb diet is best for glucose control. Continue reading >>

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  1. Msmoonpie

    Why does my insulin make my blood sugar rise/do nothing sometimes?

    My blood sugar was 224, so I took my insulin like directed, I waited 15 minutes, 235. I tried to calm myself down but my anxiety started to rise (anytime I go above 200 I feel like the worst person, that my doctor will think I'm the worst, all kinds of terrible things). I waited another 15 minutes and now it's 255. I took my insulin, novolog so fast acting, I haven't eaten in over an hour, and I took correct amount of insulin with my meal. Why is this happening? Is this normal? Also, sometimes when I go high, I start shaking and feeling like I'm low, though obviously I'm not. Any ideas?

  2. Msmoonpie

    Update. 30 minutes after the last reading it's at 263 and I'm giving more insulin

  3. Msmoonpie

    So after an hour and a half, and 8 units of insulin, it's dropping, slowly, but it's dropping. I am on my period, could this just be hormonal stuff?

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