From Nacogdoches, Texas, USA:
When correcting for a high blood sugar, does a larger dose of insulin cause a faster drop in blood sugar? For example, if one unit causes a 50 mg/dl [2.8 mmol/L] drop in blood sugar, but the person wants a faster drop, could they take two units instead? Sometimes, when my son is high, he will intentionally over-inject even knowing that it will drop him low in the long run.
When having a high blood sugar, you typically should take enough insulin to correct the high within one to two hours. If you take too much insulin, you will be low in a few hours (or less than that sometimes). Taking too much insulin, especially intentionally, is a bad idea as there can be severe problems with low blood sugars, some requiring treatment by an ambulance or in a hospital.
Please encourage your son to dose his insulin appropriately to take care of his highs and to avoid lows when possible.
Original posting 25 Mar 2006
Posted to Insulin
Last Updated: Tuesday April 06, 2010 15:10:06
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