I recently received the following question:
What happens if you take your P.M. insulin in the morning?
First of all, everyone (including me) has messed up now and then when giving (or forgetting!) their insulin shots, so please don’t blame yourself for what is a very human error.
What will happen to your blood sugar level obviously depends on several factors that your question didn’t address.
Anyone giving the wrong amount or type of insulin runs a risk of either high or low blood sugars, depending on the duration of effect and the amount of insulin given compared to the usual duration of effect and amount, and also upon meals and exercise.
With that in mind, if you realize you gave the wrong dose, the first thing to do is to realize your blood sugars may be wacky, so plan to check blood sugar levels more frequently during the next day or so, perhaps as often as every hour or two. And tell your family or friend what happened, and be sure t...
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