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How To Handle An Insulin Overdose

Cold sweats, trembling hands, intense anxiety, a general sense of confusion -- these are signs of low blood sugar. Your doctor may call it hypoglycemia. It often happens when you take too much insulin. Hypoglycemia happens to many people with diabetes. It can be serious. Thankfully, most insulin problems can be avoided if you follow a few simple rules. How to Avoid Mistakes Several things can put too much insulin in your system. It most often happens when you: Misread the syringes or vials: This is easy to do if you’re unfamiliar with a new product. Use the wrong type of insulin: Let's say you usually take 30 units of long-acting and 10 units of short-acting insulin. It's easy to get them mixed up. Take insulin, but don't eat: Rapid-acting and short-acting insulin injections should be taken just before or with meals. Your blood sugar rises after meals. Taking rapid-acting or short-acting insulin without eating could lower your sugar to a dangerous level. Inject insulin in an arm or leg just before exercise . Physical activity can lower your blood sugar levels and change how your body absorbs insulin. Inject in an area that isn’t affected by your exercise. Symptoms of an Insulin Continue reading >>

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  1. ilana

    I was just recently diagnosed with type 1 and I'm taking about 20 units total (12 Lantus and 8 Novolog) per day. I'm curious how much insulin other people with type 1 take and if it's changed much over the years.

    Thanks much!

  2. Kari2

    60 units a day, on average. It's increased over the years. I'm type 1, but believe I have some insulin resistance.

  3. Gerri

    Hi Ilana,
    What other people take is quite variable. Insulin doses are based on weight, activity level, other meds being taken, how many carbs per meal, etc. You can't compare your doses based on other people's. A newly diagnosed T1, who may be still in a honeymoon phase, will take a different amount also.

    Insulin doses usually do change over time.

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