Medications & Diabetes
Return to Medications
Open as PDF
If you need to take insulin your doctor will help you plan
what kind of insulin to take, how much, and when. It is important
to follow this plan carefully so that your blood sugar levels
will not be too high or too low.
There are two types of insulin plans:
- Standard Insulin Therapy
- Intensive Insulin Therapy
Standard insulin therapy means that you
inject insulin at the same dose one or two times a day at
the same time each day. Usually you give yourself one insulin
injection in the morning and one in the evening.
If standard insulin therapy leaves your blood glucose levels
too high you may need intensive insulin therapy.
Intensive insulin therapy means that you
inject insulin three or more times a day or use an insulin
pump. In this type of therapy you change your insulin dose
depending on how much you are planning to eat and what exercises
or activities you are planning to do. Intensive insulin therapy
allows you more flexibility, but it also increases your chances
of having severely low blood glucose levels because you are
keeping your blood glucose levels lower.
It is important to talk with your doctor about which insulin
therapy is best for you. The best insulin therapy is one that
allows you to meet your blood glucose and hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c)
This handout contains general information
on diabetes medication. It is not intended to replace medical
advice. It is important to talk to your doctor or pharmacist
about your dosage and any other questions that you may have.
Diabetes | Food & Diabetes
| Medications & Diabetes
| Current Issue | Archive