How Much Does 1 Unit Of Insulin Bring Your Sugar Down

Question

Asked by karen

How Much Does 1 Unit Of Insulin Bring Your Sugar Down

Using a chart to give my mother her insulin, sometimes it just seams its not bringing

her sugar down to a lower level.

Answer

The "correction factor" is the term used for the amount of insulin a person needs in order to bring their blood sugar down to 120. It is different for everyone!

Your mother's endocrinologist should have a note of what this dose has been in the past, but you can also figure this out purely by conducting SAFE trial and error. If her blood sugar is at 200, try giving her one unit of insulin and test her blood sugar a half hour later, and then an hour later. If it's still high, give another.

For example, in MY body, if my blood sugar is at 200, I take two units of insulin to bring it down to 100 to 120. If I was going to be doing any exercise also at this time, i would only take one unit as my "correction factor" because the exercise would help bring the blood sugar down, too.

Ginger

Answered by Ginger Vieira