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Tuesday, February 03, 2009 CaptainHowdy09, Community Member, asks

Q: how much insulin is needed to bring down a BG of 450?

ive been used to using the pump with the Novolog insulin now ive been switched to 

shots with Apidra(short term) 3 with every meal and Lantus (long term) befor i go to bed


i used to calibrate the pump to give me 1 unit of insulin per 12 grams of Carbohydrates now that i have two different insulins i have no idea how to correct this



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Cherise Nicole, Health Guide
2/ 3/09 11:04pm



Hello! 450 is pretty high.  Your off the pump and using apidra (shots) and lantus.  You are going to have to adjust your apidra but it depends on what your correction factor is.  You have to your physician to find out what you correction factor would be.  I awesome you carb count? Are you pretty good at it? it's a little strange to see you so high.


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1Laurine, Community Member
2/ 5/09 10:41pm

I am on a Medtronic pump that uses Humalog 100 - I use a sliding scale for correcting my blood sugars. My doctor has me using 1.0 units for every 40 points over my set normal blood sugar, which for me is 140.  I feel my best at that point.  So if I took my blood sugar and read 226, I would take 3.2 units.  For a blood sugar of 450, which is definitely not a controlled healthy reading, I would take 8.7 units to bring that reading back down around 140.  If your doctor has you at a set point average of 100, you would take an additional 1.0.  I have been an insulin dependent diabetic since I was a teen and for me that was 37 years ago.  Please take care and good health to you.  

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