Posted by: marietjie snyman | 2012-07-25



Is there any scale to how much insulin I need when suger test say 7

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Dear Marietjie
It is unclear whether you are a type or type 2 diabetic. The reason for knowing this, is that we adjust insulin, particularly the short acting insulin slightly different between the two. The long acting insulin is adjusted based on the morning fasting reading, and the short acting one, particularly in type 1 diabetes, is adjusted based on the reading prior to a meal in combination with a correction factor. Overall, the amount of insulin one requires , depends on how much insulin the pancreas still makes, how resistant to insulin the cells are, and also what one has eaten. It is not clear from your question in what scenario the level is being tested, and therefore I can’t comment further, but do suspect that you need more education about your diabetes, and therefore recommend an educator if one is near you.

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