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# Insulin To Carb Ratio App

## Calculating Insulin Dose

You'll need to calculate some of your insulin doses. You'll also need to know some basic things about insulin. For example, 40-50% of the total daily insulin dose is to replace insulin overnight. Your provider will prescribe an insulin dose regimen for you; however, you still need to calculate some of your insulin doses. Your insulin dose regimen provides formulas that allow you to calculate how much bolus insulin to take at meals and snacks, or to correct high blood sugars. In this section, you will find: First, some basic things to know about insulin: Approximately 40-50% of the total daily insulin dose is to replace insulin overnight, when you are fasting and between meals. This is called background or basal insulin replacement. The basal or background insulin dose usually is constant from day to day. The other 50-60% of the total daily insulin dose is for carbohydrate coverage (food) and high blood sugar correction. This is called the bolus insulin replacement. Bolus – Carbohydrate coverage The bolus dose for food coverage is prescribed as an insulin to carbohydrate ratio.The insulin to carbohydrate ratio represents how many grams of carbohydrate are covered or disposed of by Continue reading >>

1. Luffy

I've had diabetes since I was 12, I am 25 now. I was under the impression that all diabetics have a 1 unit : 15g carb ratio. Only now am I reading here everyone is different and that ratio changes.
I am assuming I need to see my endo for this? I live in Guyana and make yearly trips to Canada for all my appointments.
I am also guilty of not keeping a journal of my blood sugar levels for years, I sort of just test and adjust as I go along. Very irresponsible, I know, but at the very least I managed to keep my AICs around 7.5%. If I need my endo to change my carb:insulin ratio, I'll be in trouble, as I don't have any records.
I have 3 weeks til my appointment, I guess I should start some detailed records from now.

Thoughts?

2. irrational_John

Luffy:

I am assuming I need to see my endo for this? I live in Guyana and make yearly trips to Canada for all my appointments.
Your endo or, in many cases, a "diabetes educator" can help you to determine what your carb ratio might be, but in the end the bulk of the work … i.e. the record keeping … is going to fall on you. I'm never sure how many of "us" determine and change such things with perhaps only an aside to the endo to let her/him know we've changed something.
That certainly is pretty much how I've done things for so long now that I couldn't really tell you how long it's been.
The first step in figuring out what your carb ratio might be is to make sure that both your basal rate(s) and duration of insulin activity (DIA) are correct. If those are out of wack then whatever results you get for a carb ratio will be skewed and not accurate. You can come up with a number which will pretty much work in the context of your other (incorrect) numbers, but if you ever change your routine it can turn around and bite you on the a\$\$.
What tools are you using to manage your D? I am assuming you are using MDI, yes? How often can you test your BG (Blood Glucose) during a day?
Luffy:

I have 3 weeks til my appointment, I guess I should start some detailed records from now.

Do you use a so-called "smart phone"? There are now "apps" which you can use to log your information. I tend to rely on my pump to track my information for me. But if I didn't have that I would probably feel more comfortable using an app of one kind or another as that just tends to end up being more organized and easier for me to read than if I were to use paper.

3. MarieB

a lot of people here use mySugr - it's kind of a fun app too