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What Happens If I Forget?

What will happen if I stop taking insulin? Some days you may feel like you want to skip injections, but you should be aware that skipping insulin can cause serious problems. Without enough insulin, your blood sugar will increase. High blood sugar (hyperglycemia) can make you feel unwell and can lead to emergencies such as diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA)a condition where your body is producing an unsafe level of ketones. Ketones are natural substances that are created when fat is being used for energy instead of sugar (since people with diabetes dont make enough insulin on their own to properly process blood sugar), but too many ketones in your blood can cause unsafe changes in blood chemistry. Skipping insulin can also lead to other issues, like infections and increased risk for long-term health problems. If blood sugar is consistently higher than it should be, it may increase the risk of some diabetes-related problems. Thats why its so important to keep your blood sugar at the levels recommended by your health care providerto help to reduce the risk of these problems. Your health care providers will look out for signs of these problems during your routine checkups. The tests they per Continue reading >>

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  1. projector

    I'm a type 1, I usually take a long acting dose each morning and a short acting one with meals. Somehow I forgot the long acting this morning - this doesn't happen often, but it did today.
    I'm planning to take correction doses / extra units with my meals, do extra tests between meals, and possibly take an extra dose or two to correct.
    I wondered if anyone here could offer any advice to me? Or tell me how you've handled this?

  2. javellin

    a little high is better than a little low IMO. I'd just test often through the day and correct with fast acting as needed.

  3. Sideburnt

    Inject 50% at the next available opportunity, 75% at the next scheduled Basal and then back to 100%. This will re-introduce the Basal with only a little conflicting overlap, you can adjust any swing using Bolus. It's annoying but better than going a whole 24H without Basal, then another 24H for your Basal to become balanced.

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Diabetes Medications, and the Consequences of Forgetting For many diabetes patients, taking their medications on schedule is a challenge. Some forget regularly, and others miss a dose here or there. Many people with diabetes rely on oral medication or insulin, or both, to control their blood glucose levels. "People with diabetes must take responsibility for their day-to-day care, and keep blood glucose levels from going too low or too high," advises the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The vast majority of diabetics control their blood sugar with medication or insulin. Twelve percent of adults with diagnosed diabetes take both insulin and oral medications, 53 percent take oral medications only, 19 percent take insulin only and 15 percent do not take either, according to federal health statistics. What happens if people don't adhere to their medication schedules? The potential for severe consequences is tremendous. In a 2004 study that appeared in Diabetes Care, researchers found that people with type 2 diabetes who missed doses of their medications had a greater risk of being hospitalized. The risk of hospitalization was more than twice as high among type 2 diabetics wh Continue reading >>

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    What will happen if you miss a dose of insulin?

    I have been a diabetic, Type 2 since 1986. It is not easy to watch what you eat,and to exercise when you have bad legs and a sensitive stomach. Also, I am not getting any younger, I am 60 years old. I take insulin 4 times a day, I test 4 times a day. Can anyone give me advice and be able to tell me what happens if I miss a dose of insulin?

  2. kdroberts

    The short answers is that you woo have higher blood sugar levels temporarily, as said. You will also need to take a little more next time to correct the high, that will depend on the insulin and your treatment plan. The long answer is that depending on how your body works you may start to see stones in your urine and if you go too long without inwulin, possibly go into DKA. That would be if your body does not produce any insulin and your blood sugar gets quite high.

  3. monkeymama

    Hello there! I use insulin via a pump. If I just get my basal (continuous insulin) and don't carb in (bolus), my numbers shoot way up on. Essentially, yes, without taking your insulin like you are suppose to, your numbers will go up. How Much? Every person is going to be different because of our metabolism

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Forget To Take Your Insulin

What happens if you forget to bring your insulin for meals or cannot due to some circumstance? Any major problems when you finally do get your shot? I know the b.s. will be up but is there any other complications from having it done even a few hours later? Just the high BG I'd imagine. Taking the bolus later might be tricky since the carbs are still being digested. So if you take enough insulin to deal with the high but the BG is still going up the bolus will be inefficient. If you take the amount of insulin you would have taken if you have taken the bolus on time there's a chance you may go low since it may take a different amount of insulin to lower your BG then it would have to bolus for the carbs. Insulin (avg): 19.8 U (35% bolus); CHO (avg): 87g; BG (avg): 97 mg/dl; SD: 31 Tests (avg): 5.1; High: 168; Low: 51; highs>140: 3; lows<70: 10 D.D. Family T1 since 1982, pumping with Animas on 10/20/08 I've done it before, depending on what my pre meal bg was I adjust and then I ensure to test frequently to ensure that it is working on bringing the sugar down but not causing a low. Also to ensure that I gave myself enough and I'm not super high. It's kinda like Regardless of our situa Continue reading >>

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  1. Anonymous

    What will happen if you miss a dose of insulin?

    I have been a diabetic, Type 2 since 1986. It is not easy to watch what you eat,and to exercise when you have bad legs and a sensitive stomach. Also, I am not getting any younger, I am 60 years old. I take insulin 4 times a day, I test 4 times a day. Can anyone give me advice and be able to tell me what happens if I miss a dose of insulin?

  2. kdroberts

    The short answers is that you woo have higher blood sugar levels temporarily, as said. You will also need to take a little more next time to correct the high, that will depend on the insulin and your treatment plan. The long answer is that depending on how your body works you may start to see stones in your urine and if you go too long without inwulin, possibly go into DKA. That would be if your body does not produce any insulin and your blood sugar gets quite high.

  3. monkeymama

    Hello there! I use insulin via a pump. If I just get my basal (continuous insulin) and don't carb in (bolus), my numbers shoot way up on. Essentially, yes, without taking your insulin like you are suppose to, your numbers will go up. How Much? Every person is going to be different because of our metabolism

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