How gradual does one have to be when changing insulin schedules?
Q:My boyfriend started taking insulin (10CCs) Tuesday, at the doctor’s office, they started at 10am. The last few days he has been taking his insulin around 10am. However, he prefers to take insulin at night, because of his work schedule. Is it safe to take Thursday’s insulin three hours earlier in the morning, say, around 7am, and then again, Thursday night around midnight, take “Friday’s insulin” then Saturday night, take the insulin around 11pm? And continue to take the insulin at 11pm every night from then on. Or, should the change be more gradual than that? How exact do you have to be about taking it at the “same time” every day?
More Answers to “How gradual does one have to be when changing insulin schedules?“He might have to patch the insulin he’s taking. When I took insulin shots, they had to be at pretty much the same time, since insulin only lasts a certain amount of time. For example, if you have three types of insulin, A B and C, and A lasts twenty four hours, B lasts 8 and C lasts four, your boyfriend might use A normally but patch with B and C to change teh time he takes his insulin. Otherwise, he could go low, which really sucks (if he hasn’t had a low yet, lucky him.). So, basically, he should talk to his doctor. PS I think that Lantus lasts twenty four hours, NPH lasts about 8 and humolog/novolog last about four, but don’t quote me on that. He should consult with his doctor explaining his work schedule. The doctor will advise him of any necessary changes according to his diet etc.
depending on what type of insulin he is taking and what his blood sugars are he can do just about anything he wants to. I change mine all the time even changing from a pump to shots and back again but then I know my body and have been a diabetic for many many years.The key is to keep the blood sugars even all day all night. if he is working a different schedule then it should be to his eating times not just his injection times. checking his BS more offen will help the doctor & him find his best timing. Insulin time is very rough timing, its not always a true 24-12-or even 1 hour timing depends on whats happening with the persons eating, stress etc. a simple call to his doctor’s office will help alot.
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